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After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens, Serious Side Effects Rare: CDC

After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens, Serious Side Effects Rare: CDCMONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials have some reassuring news about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in young people: Among millions of U.S. teens who've received Pfizer's shots, serious side effects have been rare.As of July 16, close to 9 million teens, aged 12 to 17, had received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — the only one okayed for that age group. Among roughly 9,240 reported side effects, 91% were minor, such as soreness near the vaccination site. But 9% were serious, with 4% developing a heart problem known as myocarditis, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday."Local and systemic reactions are common among adolescents following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, especially after the second dose; however, serious adverse events...

Leading U.S. Ob-Gyn Groups Urge COVID Vaccines for All...

2 August 2021
Leading U.S. Ob-Gyn Groups Urge COVID Vaccines for All Pregnant WomenMONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- All pregnant women should be vaccinated "without delay" against COVID-19, two leading groups of U.S. obstetric specialists recommend.That advice — from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) — is based on tens of thousands of cases over the past several months showing that vaccination during pregnancy is safe."ACOG encourages its members to enthusiastically recommend vaccination to their patients. This means emphasizing the known safety of the vaccines and the increased risk of severe complications associated with COVID-19 infection, including death, during pregnancy," said Dr. J. Martin Tucker, ACOG president. "It is clear that pregnant people need to feel confident...

Acne Can Take Big Emotional Toll on Women

2 August 2021
Acne Can Take Big Emotional Toll on WomenMONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Acne is more than skin deep.This is the overarching message of a new study that looked at the mental and psychological toll that acne can take on adult women."Some felt that their acne made them appear less professional or qualified at work, and many described that having fewer peers with acne in adulthood magnified the impact of acne on their mental health, leading to feelings of social isolation," said study author Dr. John Barbieri, a dermatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.For the study, the researchers asked 50 women with acne how they felt about their acne and its treatment, and the comments were telling. "Concerns about appearance, mental and emotional health consequences, and disruption to their personal and professional...

Premature Delivery Raises Odds for Cerebral Palsy

30 July 2021
Premature Delivery Raises Odds for Cerebral PalsyFRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature babies have a much higher risk of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions than full-term infants, a large Israeli study affirms.Cerebral palsy -- the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination -- is the most common cause of severe childhood physical disability and motor impairment. It can also affect sensation, perception, thinking, communication and behavior."Extremely premature exposure to the environment outside of the uterus may alter musculoskeletal and nervous system development, and shift the trajectory of motor development for otherwise healthy children," study co-author Dr. Eyal Sheiner said in a news release from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel....

Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to Play

30 July 2021
Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to PlayFRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Having a genetic heart condition often means the end of sports for young athletes, but new research could be a game changer. A 20-year study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., suggests that for kids with most genetic heart conditions, the risks of playing sports can be managed through a shared decision-making process.The study is a continuation of research on return to play that genetic cardiologist Dr. Michael Ackerman, director of Mayo's Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, first published in Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012."When I joined Mayo Clinic's staff in 2000, we rejected the prevailing approach to athletes with genetic heart diseases that was embraced throughout the world: 'If in doubt, kick them...

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