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Abuse in Childhood May Shorten Adult Lives: Study

Abuse in Childhood May Shorten Adult Lives: StudyWEDNESDAY, Oct. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Child abuse and neglect can do significant and long-lasting damage, according to a six-decade review of British data.The analysis of records dating to the late 1950s found that children who experienced physical or sexual abuse were more likely to die early as adults."Our work shows the long-lasting consequences that specific types of child abuse and neglect can have. The findings are especially important because these early-life adversities are not uncommon, affecting millions of people in the U.K.," said first study author Dr. Nina Rogers. She is an epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, who led the study while at University College London.The analysis included more than 9,300 people born in 1958 who were part of a nationwide study...

Big Rise in Injuries From E-Scooters, Hoverboards

5 October 2021
Big Rise in Injuries From E-Scooters, HoverboardsTUESDAY, Oct. 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Hoverboards, electric scooters and electric bikes are the transportation of choice for a growing number of Americans, but they're taking many straight to the emergency room.Injuries associated with these so-called "micromobility products" skyrocketed 70% between 2017 and 2020, according to a soon-to-be-released report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).That increase dovetails with greater use of these transportation alternatives as Americans return to work, school and other activities.Between 2017 and 2020, injuries related to micromobility products resulted in more than 190,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments. The numbers rose steadily — from 34,000 in 2017 to 44,000 in 2018, 54,800 in 2019 and 57,800 last year,...

Minorities Bore the Brunt of U.S. COVID Deaths: Study

5 October 2021
Minorities Bore the Brunt of U.S. COVID Deaths: StudyTUESDAY, Oct. 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has hit minority groups in the United States hard, with significantly more deaths among Black and Hispanic Americans compared with white and Asian Americans, a new study finds.According to the report, these disparities highlight the need to address ongoing inequities influencing health and longevity in the United States.What's more, "focusing on COVID-19 deaths alone without examining total excess deaths — that is, deaths due to non-COVID-19 causes as well as to COVID-19 — may underestimate the true impact of the pandemic," added study author Meredith Shiels. She's a senior investigator at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.For the study, the researchers compared excess deaths by race/ethnicity, sex, age...

U.S. Passes 700,000 COVID Deaths

4 October 2021
U.S. Passes 700,000 COVID DeathsMONDAY, Oct. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The United States has now surpassed 700,000 coronavirus deaths, as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to hold the country in its grip.America continues to have more COVID-19 deaths than any other the country in the world, followed by Brazil with more than 597,000 deaths, and India with more than 448,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.Exactly who is perishing to COVID-19 is changing, according to an analysis conducted by The New York Times. Most of the last 100,000 Americans to die from the disease did so in a period where vaccines were widely available, and most of the fatalities during this period have been in unvaccinated people, statistics show. A disproportionate amount of deaths also occurred in the South -- especially...

U.S. Nursing Home Deaths Rise as Delta Spreads

4 October 2021
U.S. Nursing Home Deaths Rise as Delta SpreadsMONDAY, Oct. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) – There has been a significant increase in COVID-related deaths in nursing homes as the highly contagious Delta spreads across the country, a new analysis shows."While the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths happened outside of nursing homes in July and August, the high rate of increase within nursing homes indicates that residents and staff in these settings are at risk of death during the Delta surge," the Kaiser Family Foundation report found.The numbers of nursing home deaths are still down significantly from their peak in late 2020, but the 1,800 residents and staff who died in August from the virus was the highest number in six months. The analysis did not include data on the numbers of those who died were vaccinated. "Vaccinations are very...

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