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Even Minor Traffic Accidents Can Raise a Woman's Odds for Birth Complications

Even Minor Traffic Accidents Can Raise a Woman`s Odds for Birth ComplicationsTUESDAY, March 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- “Baby on Board” warning stickers apply even when there's a mom-to-be in the vehicle, a new study argues.Pregnant women involved in traffic collisions are at heightened risk of potentially serious birth complications, even if the wreck only involves minor injuries, researchers report.These complications can include dislodgement of the placenta, very heavy bleeding, and the need for a cesarean section, according to a new Taiwanese study published March 20 in the journal Injury Prevention.Traffic crashes are the leading cause of trauma during pregnancy, with some reports suggesting they account for up to 70% of injuries to pregnant women, researchers said in background notes.To better assess the risk wrecks pose to pregnancies, the...

Post-Op Delirium Could Signal Faster Mental Decline

21 March 2023
Post-Op Delirium Could Signal Faster Mental DeclineTUESDAY, March 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults often develop delirium after surgery, and new research finds this is associated with a faster rate of mental decline.The study highlights the importance of preventing delirium to preserve brain health in older adults who undergo surgery, according to the authors.“Whether delirium causes this faster rate of decline, or is simply a marker of those who are at risk of experiencing faster rates of decline, is still to be determined,” co-author Zachary Kunicki said in a news release from the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, in Boston.Kunicki is an assistant professor in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, R.I. The investigators found a 40% faster rate of cognitive (mental) decline in those who...

Poll Finds Many Parents Unaware of Kids' Exposure to Vaping

20 March 2023
Poll Finds Many Parents Unaware of Kids` Exposure to VapingMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Four out of five U.S. parents questioned in a large poll believe their preteen and teenage kids are clear on the risks that electronic cigarettes pose, and only a few think their child actually vapes.Still, if their child did vape, would parents know? Nearly half of more than 1,300 parents polled said they would.The findings, experts say, point to a potential disconnect between what parents think is going on and the real deal when it comes to vaping among American youth. “These findings point to a few ways parents might be off,” said poll co-director Sarah Clark. For one thing, Clark pointed to 2022 data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found that 14% of high school students and 3% of middle schoolers...

The Most Common Anxiety Disorders, Explained

20 March 2023
The Most Common Anxiety Disorders, ExplainedMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes an anxiety disorder feels like worry and ruminating about lots of little and big things. Other times it’s focused on a specific phobia, such as a fear of flying or being in social situations. It can also be expressed as intense feelings about separation from loved ones.What’s clear is that someone experiencing anxiety disorder symptoms isn’t alone. About 40 million American adults have one or more types of anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).If you think you may be among those dealing with these issues, it is possible to get help. There are a range of treatment options for anxiety disorders. A common experienceThe pandemic exacerbated anxiety issues, which led the U.S....

Anxiety Attacks: Symptoms and Calming Techniques

20 March 2023
Anxiety Attacks: Symptoms and Calming TechniquesMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety attacks can seem overwhelming when you’re in the middle of one, but with the right coping tools you can come out the other side. What is an anxiety attack? According to the Detroit Medical Center, an anxiety attack is a stretch of time during which you experience “intense” anxiety symptoms, especially fear. It can last anywhere from minutes to weeks.So, what does an anxiety attack feel like?A racing heart, dizziness and being out of breath are common experiences for people who are having an anxiety attack, according to Harvard Health. In addition, this "fight-or-flight" response that is triggered by worry or fear can cause more fear to develop, creating a negative loop of panic.“If you’re feeling lightheaded, your heart...

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