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America's Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

America`s Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe HalloweenSUNDAY, Oct. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As pint-size witches, ghosts and superheroes roam the streets on Halloween, it’s important for adults to keep their eyes on safety.“It’s always best for an adult to accompany young children when they trick-or-treat,” said Dr. Sadiqa Kendi, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.“Often your town or park district will offer Halloween activities earlier in the day so you can avoid going out after dark. Older children should travel in groups and create a ‘buddy system’ to get each other home safely and prevent walking alone,” Kendi said in an academy news release. The pediatricians' group suggests that homeowners keep pathways to the door well-lit and...

A New Dad's Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His Kids

20 October 2023
A New Dad`s Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His KidsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s well known that mothers can suffer postpartum depression, a condition that affects not only their well-being but also their child’s development.Now, new research finds that fathers can also experience depression after the births of their babies and this doubles their children’s odds of having three or more adverse childhood experiences before the age of 5. “There's a number of things that motivated our study. The first was that father's depression in the first year of life has already been shown to have other kinds of adverse effects on children, such as parenting difficulties or difficulties in child behavior later in life,” said study author Dr. Kristine Schmitz. She is an assistant professor of population health, quality...

Mom's Curling Iron Can Be Big Burn Hazard for Kids

20 October 2023
Mom`s Curling Iron Can Be Big Burn Hazard for KidsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of thousands of U.S. children received burns over a decade from beauty devices found in many homes: curling irons.“Hair styling tools are a timeless piece of our everyday routine, helping to create the picture-perfect look. Yet they have the greatest propensity to create a not so picture-perfect accident when not handled with care,” said Dr. Brandon Rozanski, lead author of a new study and a pediatric resident at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.“Electric hair styling tools can reach temperatures as high as 450 degrees F in a matter of minutes, creating potential situations of unintentional burn injury for both the device user and surrounding bystanders,” Rozanski said in a news release from the American Academy of...

Menopause Bring New Risks for Women's Heart Health

20 October 2023
Menopause Bring New Risks for Women`s Heart HealthFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of having heart disease grows as a woman ages, so women need to be familiar with their heart disease risk factors, the American Heart Association (AHA) says.Menopause factors into this risk in several different ways, with age, estrogen, symptoms and other body changes also playing a role.Women who reach menopause at younger ages -- before 45 -- have a significantly higher risk of heart disease, according to the AHA. When a woman has had surgical removal of her ovaries, forcing menopause early, she can also have a higher risk of heart disease.However, the same surgery around the age of natural menopause does not raise risk, the AHA said. A hysterectomy, where the uterus is removed, also doesn't appear to influence cardiovascular risk...

FDA Proposes Ban on Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Over Health Dangers

18 October 2023
FDA Proposes Ban on Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Over Health DangersWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on the use of formaldehyde in hair relaxers over concerns about its link to respiratory problems and certain cancers.Right now, the FDA only discourages using such hair-straightening products, which are typically used by Black women.Recent research has helped raise awareness about the potential dangers of using chemical hair relaxers.“We know that these products are very poorly regulated by the federal government in terms of what goes in there,” said Kimberly Bertrand, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the lead author of a recently published study on the dangers of relaxers. “You can’t look at an ingredient label and know that it...

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