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Sports Might Be Good Therapy for Boys With Behavioral Issues: Study

Sports Might Be Good Therapy for Boys With Behavioral Issues: StudyTUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Participation in organized sports could help reduce behavior problems in very young boys, a new study of Irish kids suggests.One-year-old boys with developmental delays were less likely to have developed emotional problems or poor conduct by age 5 if they regularly attended a sports club or group, researchers reported recently in The Journal of Pediatrics."Think about it as a possible protective effect," said lead researcher Ross Neville, a lecturer in sport management with the University College Dublin. "When we look at the data, participation in organized sport was associated with significant reduction in the proportion of developmental delayed boys who might have otherwise gone on to develop increases in behavioral problems prior to going to...

Pandemic Causing Dangerous Delays in Care When...

7 December 2020
Pandemic Causing Dangerous Delays in Care When Appendicitis Strikes KidsMONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors became concerned that people were delaying needed medical care to avoid hospitals. Now a new study hints that some parents may have waited to get emergency treatment for their children's appendicitis.Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch that extends from the colon, on the lower right side of the abdomen. It's usually treated as a medical emergency, with doctors often surgically removing the appendix to keep it from rupturing.But in the new study, doctors found a concerning trend at their children's hospital. During the early months of the pandemic, more children started arriving in the emergency department with a ruptured appendix.Between March 16 and June 7, 90...

Too Many, Too Few Babies May Speed Aging in Women

7 December 2020
Too Many, Too Few Babies May Speed Aging in WomenMONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy can be exhilarating or exhausting, and sometimes both at the same time. It may not come as a surprise to a woman who has experienced pregnancy once, twice or many times, that it can age her.New research reveals that how many pregnancies a woman has may affect just how much her body ages. And, as it turns out, women who have no babies — or many — seem to age faster than others, according to findings published online recently in Scientific Reports."There seems to be this buffering effect, that having some children, three to four, is better than having no children or having a lot of children" in terms of physiological aging, said study author Waylon Hastings. He's a post-doctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University in...

U.S. Moms-to-Be Are Much Less Healthy Now

7 December 2020
U.S. Moms-to-Be Are Much Less Healthy NowMONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the past 30 years, U.S. women have been in progressively worse physical shape as they become pregnant, a new study finds.A combination of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and having children later in life have led to potentially more complications, and even infant and maternal death, researchers say.Obesity is a major driver of these complications, said lead researcher Dr. Eran Bornstein. He's vice chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City."They're also going to have more hypertensive disorder [high blood pressure] because older women are at a higher risk for all of these complications," he said. "Basically, we showed that over the last three decades, women's health in the United States...

Parents, Don't Worry if Baby's Sleep Is Erratic

7 December 2020
Parents, Don`t Worry if Baby`s Sleep Is ErraticMONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New parents can relax: Research suggests it's normal for infants' sleep patterns to vary widely."Although previous research has shown that infants start sleeping through the night at different stages of development, little is known about individual sleep patterns night after night," explained study leader Marie-Helene Pennestri. She's an assistant professor in the department of educational and counseling psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.Many new parents expect their baby to start sleeping through the night by about 6 months of age, but Pennestri and colleagues found there's no firm timeline.For the study, the researchers asked the mothers of 44 infants who were 6 months old to keep a sleep diary about their children for two...

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