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2021

Acupuncture During a Knee Replacement Could Lessen Post-Surgical Pain

Acupuncture During a Knee Replacement Could Lessen Post-Surgical PainTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- After knee replacement surgery, many patients experience a level of pain that has them reaching for prescription opioid painkillers. Now new research suggests that using acupuncture during the operation may help reduce that pain without raising the risk of addiction."The opioid epidemic has been in the news and on our minds for years and has created an urgency for us to seek alternatives to postoperative pain, and acupuncture can be an attractive option," said study author Dr. Stephanie Cheng. She is an assistant attending anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and an assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, both in New York City. Acupuncture may ease pain by stimulating the release of the body's...

Could an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid...

7 October 2021
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...

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,...

U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest...

6 October 2021
U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise EverWEDNESDAY, Oct. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The rate at which homicide is taking the lives of Americans jumped by 30% over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic — the largest year-to-year increase ever, new federal government figures show.The rate jumped from 6 homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per 100,000 in 2020, according to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).The previous largest year-to-year increase was a 20% increase from 2000 to 2001, and that rise was largely driven by the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, when nearly 3,000 people perished. The new figures didn't come as a surprise to one emergency medicine doctor."Emergency physicians are continuing to follow an increasingly...

Depression in Early Life May Up Dementia Risk Later

6 October 2021
Depression in Early Life May Up Dementia Risk LaterWEDNESDAY, Oct. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Happy young adults may be somewhat protected from dementia, but the reverse may be true, too: If you're a depressed young adult, your odds for dementia rise, a new study suggests. "Generally, we found that the greater the depressive symptoms, the lower the cognition and the faster the rates of decline," researcher Willa Brenowitz said. "Older adults estimated to have moderate or high depressive symptoms in early adulthood were found to experience a drop in cognition over 10 years," added Brenowitz, of the University of California, San Francisco's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The researchers developed a statistical model to predict the average arc of depression among 15,000 participants ages 20 to 89. They found that in a...
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