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2021

Could an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid Surgery?

Could an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid Surgery?THURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of special headphones plus a free app might help kids with hearing difficulty due to "glue ear," a new, small study suggests.Glue ear is slang for a condition called otitis media with effusion (OME), where thick fluid builds up in the middle ear. It's very common in young children but strikes older kids as well, and often occurs after a cold or sore throat. Usually, the fluid goes away on its own in four to six weeks.Sometimes, though, the buildup persists for months and may impair hearing -- which can be a big problem for young children developing their language skills, and for older kids in school.The standard way to manage those cases is by surgically implanting a tiny tube in the opening of the eardrum to drain the fluid from behind...

Pfizer Seeks FDA Emergency Approval for COVID Vaccine in...

7 October 2021
Pfizer Seeks FDA Emergency Approval for COVID Vaccine in Younger KidsTHURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pfizer Inc. announced Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval for its coronavirus vaccine to be given to children between the ages of 5 and 11."We're committed to working with the FDA with the ultimate goal of helping protect children against this serious public health threat," the company said in a tweet announcing the FDA filing.Meanwhile, the FDA has already scheduled an Oct. 26 meeting to consider Pfizer's request, with a ruling expected between Halloween and Thanksgiving, the New York Times reported.Pfizer has proposed giving children one-third of the adult dosage, which may require adding more diluent to each injection or using a different vial or syringe, the Times reported. Vaccine doses...

Over 140,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Caregiver to COVID-19

7 October 2021
Over 140,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Caregiver to COVID-19 THURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- It is an excruciating statistic: One in every four COVID-19 deaths in the United States leaves a child without a parent or other caregiver, researchers report.The analysis of data shows that from April 2020 to July 2021, more than 120,000 children under the age of 18 lost a primary caregiver (a parent or grandparent who provided housing, basic needs and care), and about 22,000 lost a secondary caregiver (grandparents who provided housing, but not most basic needs)."Children facing orphanhood as a result of COVID is a hidden, global pandemic that has sadly not spared the United States," study author Susan Hillis, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher, said in a U.S. National Institutes of Health news release. Overall,...

Kids With Food Allergies Are Often Targets for Bullies

7 October 2021
Kids With Food Allergies Are Often Targets for BulliesTHURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Life is challenging enough for teens and pre-teens with food allergies. But bullying often comes with the territory, making their situation worse.In a new study of more than 100 kids with food allergies, nearly one-third said they had been subject to some form of food allergy-related bullying. "We also found that only 12% of parents reported that their child was bullied for food allergies, which tells us they don't always know when bullying is happening," said study lead author Linda Herbert.Herbert is director of the psychosocial clinical program in the Children's National Hospital division of allergy & immunology, in Washington, D.C. The study involved 121 children, aged 9 to 15, along with their caregivers. The kids were allergic to at...

As Kids Turned to Screens During Pandemic, Their Mental Health Suffered

5 October 2021
As Kids Turned to Screens During Pandemic, Their Mental Health SufferedTUESDAY, Oct. 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even in normal times, getting regular exercise and spending less time on screens can be good for kids. So it should come as no surprise that researchers discovered that kids who exercised more and used technology less during the pandemic had better mental health outcomes. "Both as a pediatrician and as a mother, it was obvious that the circumstances of the pandemic -- school closures, restrictions on regular activities that get kids active and outdoors and moving -- had made it very challenging for children to engage in the physical activity they needed," said study lead author Dr. Pooja Tandon, a researcher at Seattle Children's Hospital. "And then also because of remote schooling, which was happening in most parts of the country last year,...
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