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2023

Non-White Kids With Recurrent Ear Infections Less Likely to Get Specialist Care

Non-White Kids With Recurrent Ear Infections Less Likely to Get Specialist CareTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Which U.S. kids see specialists for ear infections and have tubes placed to drain fluid and improve air flow differs significantly by race.Asian, Hispanic and Black children are much less likely than white kids to see ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, new research shows.“For the first time, our study found there are significant differences in the rate of ENT office visits for children with ear infections, based on race and ethnicity,” said lead author Dr. Yu Shi, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.The research was presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in San Francisco.Shi said there are probably several reasons underlying the differences."For...

Americans Can Expect to Spend Half Their Lives Taking a...

17 October 2023
Americans Can Expect to Spend Half Their Lives Taking a Prescription DrugTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans born in recent years can likely count on taking prescription drugs for about half their life, according to new research.For males born in 2019, it’s about 48% of their lives. For women, it’s 60% of their lifetime, the study found.“The years that people can expect to spend taking prescription drugs are now higher than they might spend in their first marriage, getting an education or being in the labor force," said Jessica Ho, an associate professor of sociology and demography at Penn State University. "It’s important to recognize the central role that prescription drug use has taken on in our lives,” Ho added in a university news release.Ho studied this using surveys from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...

New Technology Could Predict Your Teen Driver's Risk for...

16 October 2023
New Technology Could Predict Your Teen Driver`s Risk for a CrashMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When your teen gets a driver’s license, you'll likely have mixed emotions. While you’re off the hook for carpools, it’s scary to think about your baby behind the wheel.Now, a new video game technology that exposes drivers to the most common serious crash scenarios and sees how they react may help predict what type of driver your teen will be. It can also highlight any potential problems, a new study suggests.“Not only is the virtual driving assessment a great resource for young drivers to get feedback on their driving going beyond just pass or fail results, but it can also be a helpful resource for parents to determine if their child is ready to drive safely [and] know what types of driving skills they should focus on when taking their...

Think You're Not a 'Helicopter' Parent? New Poll Finds...

16 October 2023
Think You`re Not a `Helicopter` Parent? New Poll Finds Many AreMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As kids grow up, their desire to venture out on their own and gain some independence is natural.And a new national poll suggests that most parents say they’re fine with that.The problem? The poll highlights a pretty big gap between what parents say and what they actually allow, with many choosing to keep their kids on a pretty short leash.“We wanted to see if parents are consistent between what they say and what they do with respect to fostering independence,” explained poll co-director Sarah Clark, a research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics with the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center at the University of Michigan Medicine.“We thought there would be a gap, but we didn’t think it would be this big,” Clark...

More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID Shots

13 October 2023
More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID ShotsFRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Following a rocky rollout, more than 7 million Americans have now gotten the newly updated COVID vaccines.Unfortunately, that’s still lagging behind the number who sought booster shots last fall. For the the first updated boosters, 18 million people had received their shots by the same time last year, according to data from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.This year's shots were updated to target circulating variants.About 91% of Americans ages 12 and up can now get the vaccines within five miles of home, as 14 million doses have been shipped to pharmacies and other vaccine sites. However, some people have reported trouble finding doses or getting insurance coverage for their shots, CNN reported, and distribution delays...
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