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2022

1 in 5 Young Women Has No Plans to Get a Mammogram

1 in 5 Young Women Has No Plans to Get a MammogramTHURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Terlisa Sheppard knows the value of tracking changes in her body.The Orlando Health patient was eight and a half months pregnant and just 31 years old when she felt a lump under her arm. She left work to get it checked out and "didn’t return back to work because that is the evening that I found out I had breast cancer," Sheppard said.Now, 23 years later -- and long after delivering that healthy baby -- Sheppard wants young women to understand the benefits of screening for breast cancer."I know for sure that that mammogram saved my life and my baby's life," Sheppard said.Early detection of breast cancer is critical to help women avoid a late-stage diagnosis that is harder to treat. Yet a new survey finds many younger women have no plans to...

COVID Shot in Pregnancy Helps Baby, Even If Mom's Been...

29 September 2022
COVID Shot in Pregnancy Helps Baby, Even If Mom`s Been Infected: StudyTHURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who get COVID-19 and then get vaccinated before giving birth are more likely than other moms to pass protective antibodies to their newborns, new research shows.Babies can't get their own shots until they're 6 months of age. For this study, a team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), studied both vaccinated and unvaccinated moms.At birth, 78% of their babies had detectable antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.That included all of the babies born to vaccinated moms and about three out of four whose mothers were unvaccinated.“Several studies have demonstrated that mothers with a history of COVID during pregnancy may pass antibodies to their babies at delivery,” said lead author Dr. Mary Cambou, clinical instructor in the...

Katie Couric Announces Breast Cancer Diagnosis

28 September 2022
Katie Couric Announces Breast Cancer DiagnosisWEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Former TV newswoman and TODAY show anchor Katie Couric has breast cancer. Couric shared that information Wednesday on Instagram, while also releasing an essay about the experience on her media website."Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States," Couric wrote on Instagram. "On June 21st, I became one of them.”Couric, 65, received her cancer diagnosis in June, had a lumpectomy on July 14 at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and then began radiation treatments on Sept. 7, TODAY.com reported.The anchor’s name is often associated with cancer awareness because her first husband, Jay Monahan, died from colon cancer at 42, when their children were young. Couric has long been a spokeswoman...

Sleep Experts Warn Against Giving Melatonin to Children

28 September 2022
Sleep Experts Warn Against Giving Melatonin to ChildrenWEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin is increasing among young people, and calls to poison control centers and visits to the emergency room are also on the rise. This is mostly because young children and teens are accidentally ingesting more of the supplement than is safe, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has issued an advisory urging parents to talk to a doctor before giving children melatonin or any other dietary supplement.“The availability of melatonin as gummies or chewable tablets makes it more tempting to give to children and more likely for them to overdose,” said Dr. Muhammad Adeel Rishi, a critical care specialist at Indiana...

More Evidence COVID Vaccination Can Cause Temporary Change in Menstrual Cycle

28 September 2022
More Evidence COVID Vaccination Can Cause Temporary Change in Menstrual CycleWEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Women may experience a small, but temporary, delay in their menstrual cycle after receiving a COVID shot, a new study finds.The delay was, on average, less than one day and, for most women, it resolved after the first cycle post-vaccination, according to this research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The results mirrored the findings of an earlier U.S. study. "These findings provide additional information for counseling women on what to expect after vaccination," said Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). "Changes following vaccination appear to be small, within the normal range of variation, and temporary," she said in an NIH news...
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