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Big Rise in U.S. Teen Girls Reporting Violence, Sadness -- Far More Than Boys

Big Rise in U.S. Teen Girls Reporting Violence, Sadness -- Far More Than BoysMONDAY, Feb. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- An alarming new survey shows that American teen girls are experiencing record high levels of violence, sadness and suicide risk. Schools may be the answer to improving what’s happening for young people, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 in 5 girls -- 57% -- said they felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021. That’s up 60%, the CDC reported, and those numbers are double the number of teen boys experiencing sadness or hopelessness. Girls fared worse than boys across nearly all measures, though all teens reported increasing mental health challenges, experiences of violence and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. LGBTQ teens also continued to experience extremely high levels of violence and...

Wildfire Smoke May Send Pregnant Women Into Premature Labor

13 February 2023
Wildfire Smoke May Send Pregnant Women Into Premature LaborMONDAY, Feb. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to wildfire smoke can increase the risk of premature birth, new research suggests.For the study, the researchers reviewed birth certificates and hospital delivery data for more than 2.5 million pregnant women in California from 2007 to 2012, and used satellite images and ZIP codes to compare daily estimates of wildfire smoke intensity.The study found that from the four weeks prior to conception and through the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, 86% of the women were exposed to at least one day of wildfire smoke. They had an average exposure of 7.5 days.Wildfire smoke was significantly associated with spontaneous preterm birth, the investigators found. Each additional day of smoke exposure slightly increased the odds of delivering...

Marijuana Use in Early Pregnancy Could Raise Risks to...

10 February 2023
Marijuana Use in Early Pregnancy Could Raise Risks to the PlacentaFRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) – New research links cannabis use in the first trimester of pregnancy to poor outcomes, closely related to functioning of the placenta.This is important information given that more U.S. states are legalizing marijuana for recreational use, researchers said. The study findings were presented Thursday at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, in San Francisco and online. “We wanted to look specifically at cannabis use early in pregnancy because that’s when the placenta is forming, and a lot of information we currently have indicates that cannabis use does affect the placenta,” said lead author Dr. Torri Metz, a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah...

This Super Bowl, Keep Little Hands From Tip-Over TVs

10 February 2023
This Super Bowl, Keep Little Hands From Tip-Over TVsFRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Watching the big game on a big TV? Keep safety in mind if young children are around.Seven of 10 fatal furniture tip-over incidents in children involve a falling television, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.Its latest report on furniture-related tip-over incidents turned up an annual average of 19,400 tip-over injuries treated in emergency rooms from 2019 to 2021.In all, 592 deaths — 81% involving children under age 18 — were reported between 2000 and 2021. Of the 482 children who died, 88% were under age 5.About 93% of TV tip-overs included head injuries.Black Americans appeared to be at particular risk, sustaining 23% of the injuries when race was known, despite making up just 13% of the U.S. population.“Furniture...

Toddlers' Attention to 'Motherese' Could Give Clues to Autism

9 February 2023
Toddlers` Attention to `Motherese` Could Give Clues to AutismTHURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Some toddlers who don't interact with their parents may have early signs of autism, a new study suggests.Researchers showed kids between 12 and 48 months of age "split-screen" moving images, then used eye tracking to evaluate their attention. Some toddlers who paid closer attention to scenes without people rather than to someone saying playful phrases a mother might use were later diagnosed with autism with 94% accuracy."Autism can be accurately diagnosed in a subset of children using new eye-tracking technology in just a few minutes," said lead researcher Karen Pierce, a professor of neurosciences and co-director of the University of California, San Diego Autism Center of Excellence."This finding helps us to rethink how autism is diagnosed...

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