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America's Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

America`s Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe HalloweenSUNDAY, Oct. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As pint-size witches, ghosts and superheroes roam the streets on Halloween, it’s important for adults to keep their eyes on safety.“It’s always best for an adult to accompany young children when they trick-or-treat,” said Dr. Sadiqa Kendi, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.“Often your town or park district will offer Halloween activities earlier in the day so you can avoid going out after dark. Older children should travel in groups and create a ‘buddy system’ to get each other home safely and prevent walking alone,” Kendi said in an academy news release. The pediatricians' group suggests that homeowners keep pathways to the door well-lit and...

Best Foot Forward: Tips to Keeping Feet Healthy

21 October 2023
Best Foot Forward: Tips to Keeping Feet HealthySATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most people spend a lot of time on their feet, so it’s a good idea to take care of them.With proper care, you can minimize the stress your feet take on when holding you up and getting you around, an expert says.“Common problems that people face include hammertoes, blisters, plantar fasciitis and bunions. Some of these are easily solvable, but others may need the involvement of a specialist,” said Dr. Ronald Lepow. He is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.Foot issues are most often caused by friction and pressure. Choosing the correct shoe for daily activities can help. Your shoes should have a toe box that is wide and deep so that your toes can freely move. They should be breathable for...

A New Dad's Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His Kids

20 October 2023
A New Dad`s Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His KidsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s well known that mothers can suffer postpartum depression, a condition that affects not only their well-being but also their child’s development.Now, new research finds that fathers can also experience depression after the births of their babies and this doubles their children’s odds of having three or more adverse childhood experiences before the age of 5. “There's a number of things that motivated our study. The first was that father's depression in the first year of life has already been shown to have other kinds of adverse effects on children, such as parenting difficulties or difficulties in child behavior later in life,” said study author Dr. Kristine Schmitz. She is an assistant professor of population health, quality...

Teens Are Quitting Sports as Social Media Ups Body Image...

20 October 2023
Teens Are Quitting Sports as Social Media Ups Body Image ConcernsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who get discouraged by idealized athletic bodies on social media may end up dropping out of sports, a small study suggests.In a preliminary study of 70 kids who played -- or used to play -- sports, researchers found that some had quit because they thought they didn't have the "right" body for the activity. And most got that idea from media images, including TikTok and Instagram posts.Experts said the findings add to evidence that unrealistic, often "filtered" or "edited," images on social media can make some kids feel bad about their own bodies.And in the case of kids who play sports, the study suggests, those feelings could translate into action: quitting.That outcome would be "heartbreaking," said researcher Dr. Cassidy Foley Davelaar,...

A Tropical Skin Infection Spread by Sand Flies Is Spreading in the U.S.

20 October 2023
A Tropical Skin Infection Spread by Sand Flies Is Spreading in the U.S.FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is bringing diseases once considered tropical afflictions to the United States, and new research warns that a parasite spread by sand flies may be the latest to join this growing list.The Leishmania parasite causes several forms of the disease leishmaniasis, including cutaneous leishmaniasis, which causes skin sores. Cutaneous leishmaniasis infects up to 1 million people each year, mainly in the Middle East, central Asia, northern Africa and Latin America.Another potentially life-threatening form of the disease, visceral leishmaniasis, affects the spleen, liver and bone marrow, and a new study suggests this form may be gaining a foothold in U.S. sand flies when they feed on infected dogs brought into the country by well-meaning...

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