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2022

Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart HealthTUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high scores, compared to 33% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 56% of kids between 2 and 5, the analysis found.“We found that among U.S. children, scores were lowest for the diet metric, which is comparable to what we saw in adults,” said senior author Dr. Amanda Marma Perak, a cardiologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago."Life's Essential 8" evaluates heart health on eight components: sleep...

Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

30 June 2022
Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety THURSDAY, June 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. parents don't take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries, claims a new survey released just ahead of the Fourth of July. The poll of more than 2,000 parents of children ages 3-18 was conducted this spring and found that more than half said someone in their family or neighborhood set off fireworks in the past two years. Only 1 in 5 said children stayed at least 100 feet away from where fireworks were being set off, and one-third said their children or teens helped set off fireworks in the past two years.One in 5 parents said they’d allow their child 10 or younger to help set off fireworks, a third said they'd let youngsters ages 11-15 do so, and more than a quarter said they'd...

Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

29 June 2022
Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA WarnsWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, the agency said in its news release.The neck floats can increase the risk of neck strain and injury, according to the agency. "The FDA is aware that some manufacturers are claiming these products support water therapy interventions in babies with developmental delays or special needs and that the benefits of these products include increased muscle tone, greater flexibility and range of...

Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

29 June 2022
Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: StudyWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours."Screen time, where you are sitting and watching TV or playing computer games or scrolling social media for hours on end, is so detrimental because it's sedentary and usually not engaging," said study author Rosa Virgara, a research associate at the University of South Australia.She and her colleagues looked at how nearly 62,000 kids aged 4 to 9 spent their time after school. These kids also completed questionnaires about their well-being. Children who played video games, watched TV and used social...

Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

28 June 2022
Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer GuidanceTUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the resulting media coverage is likely causing anxiety for many people, including children.On Friday, the high court's ruling on Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ostensibly kicked decisions about restricting or banning abortion back to the states.This is a lot to process, and parents and caregivers should talk to their kids about what is happening and what it may mean for their futures, said Kimberly Wolf, an adolescent health educator in Houston, and author of "Talk with Her: A Dad's Essential Guide to Raising Healthy, Confident, and Capable Daughters."This is not a one-time or one-size-fits-all conversation, Wolf said. "These conversations are very personal and...
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