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Pandemic Caused Rise in Telemedicine Visits for Kids, But Will the Trend Continue?

Pandemic Caused Rise in Telemedicine Visits for Kids, But Will the Trend Continue?MONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Virtual doctor visits for children grew this past year during the pandemic, but a new poll shows U.S. parents are divided on whether they will continue using this option in the future. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan found that about one in five children had a virtual visit with their doctor for check-ups, minor illnesses, mental health or a follow-up appointment."COVID has had a major impact on the delivery of health care for children, both for routine check-ups and visits for illnesses," said Mott Poll co-director and pediatrician Dr. Gary Freed. "We've seen a massive expansion of virtual care, but this experience is especially new to parents who primarily relied on in-person...

Boys Born Very Prematurely May Age Faster as Men

17 May 2021
Boys Born Very Prematurely May Age Faster as MenMONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Boys who weigh less than 2 pounds at birth don't age as well as their normal-weight peers, a long-term study finds.Canadian researchers have followed a group of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies and their normal-weight counterparts since 1977. When participants were in their early 30s, researchers compared the genes of 45 who were ELBW babies with those of 47 whose birth weight was normal. After accounting for health issues that could affect the results, researchers found that at least biologically, premature boys age faster than and were five years older than boys born at the same time whose weight was normal. This difference was not found in girls."Although it is unclear why accelerated biological aging is seen in the ELBW men, this...

Parents' Input Key When Screening Toddlers for Autism

17 May 2021
Parents` Input Key When Screening Toddlers for AutismMONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Early screening for autism can speed up diagnosis and treatment, and now new research shows that pediatricians are more likely to act when parents express concerns.According to pediatricians surveyed in the study, only 39% of toddlers who had failed a screening looking for autism signs were then referred to additional expert evaluation."The lack of referral follow-through was because pediatricians thought that the results of the screen were wrong," said lead researcher Karen Pierce, a professor in the department of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. However, "if a parent noted that they were concerned, the referral rate increased to 70%," Pierce said in a university news release."If you are a parent and have even minor...

Depression Even More Common With Heart Failure Than Cancer

14 May 2021
Depression Even More Common With Heart Failure Than CancerFRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart failure are 20% more likely than those with cancer to develop depression within five years of their diagnosis, a new study finds.Nearly 1 in 4 patients with heart failure are depressed or anxious, according to the German researchers."The treatment of mental illnesses in cancer patients -- psycho-oncology -- is long-established, but similar services for heart patients [psycho-cardiology] are still in their infancy," said study author Dr. Mark Luedde of the Cardiological Group Practice in Bremerhaven, Germany. "Our study suggests that heart failure patients could benefit from greater support with psychological problems."The research, published May 14 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, used a German disease database...

Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

14 May 2021
Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During PandemicFRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When the COVID-19 pandemic kept young kids indoors, their time spent watching TV and other screens rose dramatically.That's the finding of a new study that investigated the screen time of kindergarteners from low-income families in Ohio. The researchers found that their use of television, video, movies, short clips, and apps or games on any electronic device topped six hours a day in May and June of 2020.That was nearly double previous levels of screen use reported in earlier studies."We found a high level of media use compared to what many experts think is appropriate for this age group," said lead author Rebecca Dore. She is senior research associate at Ohio State University's Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, in Columbus....

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