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2020

Schools Can Reopen Safely If Precautions in Place, Australian Study Shows

Schools Can Reopen Safely If Precautions in Place, Australian Study ShowsMONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Safeguards such as contact tracing and swift isolation of cases of COVID-19 could be the key to reopening U.S. schools safely this September, a study from Australia shows. In the study, which involved thousands of schools or preschools, a total of 27 kids or teachers were determined to have been present in schools while they were infected with the new coronavirus. But because of proper social distancing, hand-washing and contact tracing, infections spread to only 18 more people out of a school population of thousands, said a team led by pediatrician Dr. Kristine Macartney from the University of Sydney. She directs Australia's National Centre for Immunization Research and Surveillance. "Our findings are the most comprehensive data that we have...

A New 'Spin' on How Sperm Swim

31 July 2020
A New `Spin` on How Sperm SwimFRIDAY, July 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you ever had a sex-ed class in school, you have probably seen a visual of sperm swimming with a wagging tail. Now, high-tech tools have shattered that view of how sperm move. More than 300 years ago, a Dutch scientist used an early microscope to observe human sperm in motion. He saw that they appeared to swim using a tail that moved from one side to the other. But scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek only had access to a 2D microscope. And sperms' rapid spinning causes an illusion when seen from above with a 2D microscope, according to a study published July 31 in the journal Science Advances. That illusion makes it appear that the tail moves from side to side, as Leeuwenhoek described. Now, an international team has deployed a high-speed...

In NYC at Least, Routine Child Vaccinations Rebound...

30 July 2020
In NYC at Least, Routine Child Vaccinations Rebound After LockdownTHURSDAY, July 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- After the COVID-19 pandemic had millions of New Yorkers in lockdown, the rate of routine child vaccinations plummeted -- as it did in cities across the United States. That had pediatricians worried that a second wave of illness outbreaks -- measles, whooping cough, mumps -- might follow as large groups of kids were left vulnerable. But a new report from the nation's largest city finds that parents have largely gotten the message, and vaccination rates are now rebounding. After a steep decline in March and April, "the increase in vaccine administration seen in May and June is encouraging," reports a team led by Dr. Jane Zucker, of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. At its worst, during the week of April 5-11, there...

What's the Best 'Uterine-Sparing' Treatment for Fibroids?

29 July 2020
What`s the Best `Uterine-Sparing` Treatment for Fibroids?WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two "uterine-sparing" treatments for fibroids can improve women's quality of life -- though one might be more effective than the other, a new clinical trial suggests. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in and around the wall of the uterus that are usually harmless. But when they cause significant problems, like persistent pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, treatment may be necessary. Traditionally, the go-to has been hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus. "Fibroids are incredibly common, and they're the leading reason women have hysterectomies," said Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. However, there are reasons hysterectomy should not be the "one-size-fits-all" approach,...

HPV Shots: Safe and Effective, But Many Parents Still Hesitate

29 July 2020
HPV Shots: Safe and Effective, But Many Parents Still HesitateWEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More than a decade of research has shown that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects against a host of cancers, yet a new study finds that only half of American teens complete the multiple-shot regimen. Why? Researchers discovered that many parents still harbor safety concerns about the vaccine, even though it guards against 90% of all cervical and anal cancers. Using data from the 2017-2018 National Immunization Survey, researchers analyzed responses from parents or caregivers of more than 82,000 U.S. teens. "We wanted to understand the dynamics of HPV vaccination, and why HPV vaccine rates are suboptimal despite the vaccine being in the market for over 10 years now," explained study author Kalyani Sonawane, an assistant...
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