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Is There a Better Therapy for Hospitalized Anorexia Patients?

Is There a Better Therapy for Hospitalized Anorexia Patients?TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It may seem counterintuitive, but when someone with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is hospitalized, treatment often begins by cutting calories. Now, new research suggests that those eating restrictions can be safely relaxed in the hospital. Starting with a lower-calorie diet has long been thought to prevent big shifts in fluid and electrolytes that can lead to cardiac arrest, coma and even death, said study lead author Andrea Garber. She's chief nutritionist for the University of California, San Francisco's Eating Disorders Program. Though this has been the practice for decades, experts suspected that adding calories might speed recovery. Plus, with current medical technology and lab capabilities, doctors can safely monitor shifts in...

Bringing the Forest to Kids' Daycare May Boost Young...

15 October 2020
Bringing the Forest to Kids` Daycare May Boost Young Immune SystemsTHURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Want to give your kids an immune system boost? Try letting them play in the dirt more often, a new study suggests. Researchers in Finland found that when they brought nature into daycare playgrounds -- including forest soil and vegetation -- preschoolers' immune function showed a change for the better. In simple terms, it shifted to a less inflammatory state. That immune system redirect was also accompanied by some changes in the children's microbiome -- the vast collection of bacteria and other microbes that naturally live on and in the body. Research has revealed those bugs to be vital in normal body processes -- from metabolism to brain function to immune system regulation. It's too early to know whether bringing the forest to urban...

Pandemic Silver Lining: Steep Drop in Kids' Fractures

7 October 2020
Pandemic Silver Lining: Steep Drop in Kids` FracturesWEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a rare bit of good news tied to the coronavirus pandemic, researchers say pediatric fractures plummeted by nearly 60% this past spring. Investigators say the finding likely reflects the sudden evaporation of organized sports and curtailed playground use due to the threat of COVID-19. "We compared fracture incidence in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic -- March 15 to April 15 -- to the same monthly interval in the years 2018 and 2019," explained study author Joshua Bram, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. "There was a 58% decrease in the number of fractures per day presenting to our hospital in 2020 compared to the previous years," noted Bram. Fracture cases dropped from roughly 23 per day in...

Early School Sports Reduce ADHD Symptoms Years Later for...

6 October 2020
Early School Sports Reduce ADHD Symptoms Years Later for GirlsTUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who played after-school sports in elementary school seem to have fewer symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) once they reach middle school, a new study suggests. The research included both boys and girls, but the effect of sports on attention and behavior symptoms was only significant in girls. "Girls, in particular, benefit from participation in sport when it comes to ADHD symptoms," said lead author Linda Pagani. She's a professor at the University of Montreal School of Psychoeducation in Quebec, Canada. ADHD is a condition that includes ongoing patterns of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity -- issues that interfere with a person's functioning or development, according to the U.S. National...

Got Sciatica? Stay Active and Start Early on Physical Therapy

5 October 2020
Got Sciatica? Stay Active and Start Early on Physical TherapyMONDAY, Oct. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For people with back pain caused by sciatica, it might be a good idea to start physical therapy sooner rather than later, a new clinical trial suggests. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the hip and down the back of the leg. It's often the result of a bulging spinal disc that compresses the nerve. In general, people with sciatica should try to remain active and not take to bed, said study author Julie Fritz, a physical therapist and associate dean for research at the University of Utah's College of Health, in Salt Lake City. But it's one thing to tell patients to stay active, and another to give them targeted exercises to deal with the condition, Fritz said. So her team...
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