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Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next WeekTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.Earlier this week, the FDA announced a preliminary deal with Abbott to restart production if safety upgrades and certifications are met. However, even after production resumes, it could take about two months before new formula from the plant starts appearing on store shelves, Abbott has said."We had to wrestle this to ground with Abbott," Califf told members of the House Appropriations...

Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

19 May 2022
Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant FormulaTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes. Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it into the United States, getting it more rapidly onto store shelves. The move comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was also expediting the approvals process, so that foreign suppliers of baby formula could quickly get their products into the United States. "I know parents all across the country are worried about finding...

Could Video Games Boost a Child's Intelligence?

19 May 2022
Could Video Games Boost a Child`s Intelligence?THURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folks often believe that video games rot a kid's mind, but a new study argues the opposite could be true.Children actually might get a brain boost from playing hour after hour of video games, researchers report.American kids between 9 and 10 years of age who spent more time playing video games experienced a significant increase in their intelligence scores when retested two years later -- amounting to an extra 2.5 IQ points above the average."Children who played more video games were the ones experiencing the most gains in intelligence after two years," researchers concluded in their paper, which was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. "This is evidence of a beneficial causal effect of video games on cognition."Other forms of...

ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

18 May 2022
ER Docs to Parents: Please Don`t Dilute Infant FormulaWEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have."Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). "Given the current formula shortage, it may be tempting to look for a workaround, but it is very important to always mix formula according to the manufacturer's instructions," Schmitz said in an ACEP news release.Unless advised by a physician, infants younger than 6 months should not be given water or any liquids other than infant formula or breast milk, the...

Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

18 May 2022
Most Day Care Programs Don`t Give Kids Enough ExerciseWEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.National guidance for child care programs calls for providing at least two opportunities a day for physical activity, totaling 60 to 90 minutes. While the new study found that 74% of programs did provide enough opportunities for physical activity, only half gave kids the recommended amount of time, and just 43% gave them both enough opportunities and enough time."Kids who are less active have poorer physical fitness and coordination, higher rates of obesity, shorter attention spans, and poorer cognitive development," said study author Lauren...

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