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Biggest Hurdle for Young Burn Survivors Is Acceptance

MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The way they're treated by other people can cause young burn survivors more distress than their physical challenges, two surveys find. In one, researchers asked 64 burn survivors between 17 and 25 years of age what they found hardest to deal with. The seven most common responses: people staring; being bullied; memories of being burned; needing more surgeries; self-consciousness about scars; unwanted questions; pain and itching. In the second survey, 147 burn survivors between 10 and 16 years of age and 81 young adult survivors were asked about each of the seven issues. More than 70% were bothered by staring and bullying. More than half reported issues with scars (65%), memories of being burned (52%), and pain and itching (50%). Scarring...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Are Linked: Review

1 June 2020
MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There's an association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and celiac disease, according to a new research review. Researchers analyzed dozens of studies published between 1978 and 2019 that included tens of millions of people in Europe, North America and Asia. They found that people with a previous diagnosis of celiac disease had a ninefold increased risk of IBD, and IBD patients had an increased risk of celiac disease, but to a smaller extent. "Clinicians have always suspected that IBD and celiac disease may be linked, however a clear association was never established," said first author Dr. Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez. She's a gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. "This is...

Juul-Type E-Cigarettes May Be Especially Addictive for...

1 June 2020
MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Talk to a teacher if you want an idea of how addicted teenagers can become using Juul and other pod-based e-cigarettes. That's the suggestion of Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. "We've had teachers tell us that once they confiscate a Juul from kids in school, the teens beg to get them back because they're so uncomfortable," Folan said. "The withdrawal symptoms appear to be pretty intense." To her it's not surprising that a new evidence review has concluded many aspects of pod-based e-cigarettes like Juul are designed to addict people to nicotine. The way they deliver nicotine represents a technological advance, allowing people to more comfortably imbibe huge doses of nicotine,...

Health Warning Labels Could Cut Soda Sales

1 June 2020
MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Warning labels on sugary drinks may help people make healthier choices, a new study finds. Sugary drinks are those with added sugar or sweeteners, including soda, sports drinks and fruit-flavored drinks. "Our findings suggest that sugary drink warnings help consumers better understand products' healthfulness and encourage consumers to make healthier choices about what drinks to buy," said study leader Anna Grummon. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston. "These results highlight the potential usefulness of sugary drink warning policies in both informing consumers and reducing consumption of unhealthy beverages like sodas, energy drinks and fruit-flavored drinks," she said. For the study,...

Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids: Study

1 June 2020
MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As if the childhood obesity epidemic isn't bad enough, new research warns that over one million more American boys and girls stand to become obese if coronavirus-related school closures continue through the end of the year. The culprit: a steep rise in sedentary behavior following the spring shutdown of school and afterschool sports and activities across all 50 states. "If school closures continue to the end of 2020 -- due to unsubdued community transmission of COVID-19 -- the childhood obesity rate in the U.S. might further increase by 2.4%," said study author Ruopeng An. He's an assistant professor with the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. That translates into 1.27 million new childhood obesity cases by March 2021. In...

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