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How Divorce Harms Kids, and How to Lessen That Harm

How Divorce Harms Kids, and How to Lessen That HarmTUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who see their parents bicker during a separation or divorce are more likely to develop a fear of abandonment, new research warns.And even if a youngster feels close to one or both parents, that fear can still undermine his or her mental health down the road.The findings stem from interviews with roughly 560 kids between 9 and 18 years of age. Parents and teachers were also interviewed.Interviewers first asked kids how frequent and intense the conflict between their parents was. Then they asked how often kids felt like they were caught in the middle — for example, being asked by one parent to carry a message to the other. Finally, researchers wanted to know if their parents said bad things about each other."We found that exposure to...

During Lockdowns, Women Took on Most of Burden of Child Care

18 January 2021
During Lockdowns, Women Took on Most of Burden of Child CareMONDAY, Jan. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Despite being locked down during the pandemic, child care responsibilities often fell on women's shoulders, a new study shows."Most people have never undergone anything like this before, where all of a sudden they can't rely on their normal child care, and most people's work situation has changed, too," said researcher Kristen Shockley, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Georgia. "We thought this would be a chance for men to step in and partake equally in child care, but for many couples we didn't see that happen."In mid-March, as schools and day care centers shut down, Shockley's team surveyed couples, both of whom worked and had at least one child under the age of 6. The team researchers first surveyed 274 couples and...

Estrogen Taken During Gender-Affirming Surgeries Won't...

18 January 2021
Estrogen Taken During Gender-Affirming Surgeries Won`t Raise Blood Clot Risk: StudyMONDAY, Jan. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Most transgender women can safely continue their estrogen treatments during gender-affirming surgery, a new study finds.Estrogen therapy and surgery can increase the risk of blood clots, so experts have suggested that transgender women stop taking the hormone when having gender-affirming surgery.But the sudden loss of estrogen was sometimes very uncomfortable, causing symptoms similar to sudden, severe menopause.Now researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City have found that withholding estrogen before gender-affirming surgery is not necessary.For the study, the investigators looked at more than 900 transgender patients who had gender-affirming surgery between November 2015 and August 2019. Participants included...

Fresh Embryos Beat Frozen for IVF: Study

15 January 2021
Fresh Embryos Beat Frozen for IVF: Study FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to in vitro fertilization, new research suggests fresh is best.In the study, researchers analyzed data from 33,000 women who received fresh or frozen embryos derived from freshly retrieved donor eggs. The data was from 370 in vitro fertilization clinics in the United States that account for more than 95% of all assisted reproduction nationwide. Women who received fresh embryos derived from fresh donor eggs had significantly higher pregnancy and live birth rates, while miscarriage rates were the same between both groups. The live birth rates were 56.6% when live embryos were used, compared with 44% for frozen embryos. Clinical pregnancy rates were 66.7% for fresh embryos compared to 54.2% for frozen embryos."In cycles using...

Program Helps Low-Income Women Get Needed Mammograms

15 January 2021
Program Helps Low-Income Women Get Needed MammogramsFRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Giving low-income women mammograms when they're hospitalized can boost their breast cancer screening rates, according to a new study.Getting cancer screening tests can be challenging for low-income women due to factors such as a lack of transportation and not being able to take time off work, so researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital examined the impact of giving these women mammograms when they're hospitalized.They identified 21 Medicaid and dual-eligible women, average age 59, who were admitted to the hospital's General Medicine service and were overdue for mammograms. Four were discharged from the hospital before mammograms could be coordinated, but 17 got mammograms.Of those 17, 35% had never had a mammogram and the other women...

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