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Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe? How to Help School Children Get Good Sleep

Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe? How to Help School Children Get Good SleepSATURDAY, Sept. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Lots of parents are giving their children the supplement melatonin to help with sleep, but is it safe? In a new survey, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 46% of parents -- what it called a “shocking number” -- have given melatonin to children under the age of 13. About 30% gave their teenager melatonin to aid in sleep.Yet, there is little evidence that melatonin helps with insomnia in children, the AASM said. A natural hormone that helps regulate the body’s internal clock, melatonin may seem like a simple solution, the AASM said. Yet the organization noted important safety concerns. Parents should talk to a health care professional before giving melatonin or any supplement to children, the AASM advised. Melatonin...

Global Warming Could Make Pregnancies More Dangerous

8 September 2023
Global Warming Could Make Pregnancies More DangerousFRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Global warming has been linked to higher rates of asthma, heart disease and other health concerns. Now, new research suggests that rising temperatures across the planet may place pregnant women at greater risk for severe pregnancy-related illnesses, especially in their third trimester.And this is likely to get worse in the near future, said study author Anqi Jiao, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine. “Climate change will continue to impact all facets of health with increasing severity and duration of extreme heat events,” she noted.Severe maternal illness is an umbrella term for 21 serious conditions that can include heart attacks, kidney failure, sudden cardiac arrest, heart failure, anesthesia complications, blood...

Combo of Certain Birth Control Pills, Painkillers Could...

8 September 2023
Combo of Certain Birth Control Pills, Painkillers Could Raise Women`s Clot RiskFRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that certain forms of birth control carry a small risk of blood clots. Now a large new study suggests that some common painkillers can magnify that risk.The study, of 2 million Danish women, found what numerous others have before: Women who used birth control pills or other estrogen-containing contraceptives had a heightened risk of developing a blood clot in the legs or lungs.But researchers found an additional layer. The risk of a blood clot was further increased during weeks when those women also used a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID -- including such common painkillers as ibuprofen and naproxen.Experts stressed that for any one woman, the risk of a blood clot is very low.Dr. Colleen Denny, director of family...

New Test Could Spot a Tough-to-Detect Cervical Cancer

7 September 2023
New Test Could Spot a Tough-to-Detect Cervical CancerTHURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new test detects a type of cervical cancer often missed by a standard Pap test, providing an important advance in detection.The test was developed by scientists at Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center in New York City.“Our novel test appears sensitive for detecting cervical adenocarcinoma [ADC] — which now accounts for up to 25% of cervical cancer cases — as well as its precursor lesions, adenocarcinoma in situ [AIS], that often develop into ADCs,” said researcher Dr. Howard Strickler of the cancer center.“Because ADCs are often missed by current screening methods, they have higher [death] rates than the more common cervical squamous cell cancer,” Strickler added in a cancer center news release. “Our goal is to catch the disease...

Were You a Big Baby at Birth? Your Infant May Be Also, Study Finds

7 September 2023
Were You a Big Baby at Birth? Your Infant May Be Also, Study FindsTHURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you were a big baby -- or your spouse or partner was -- your baby has a good chance of being big, too.New research shows parents who were large babies are more likely to give birth to a large baby.Knowing this has the potential to improve prenatal care and interventions by identifying which pregnancies have higher risk of labor and delivery complications.To study this, researchers combined information on parents' birthweight to pregnancies they parented, over 50 years. Data on nearly 648,000 singleton births in Norway were included.Researchers defined macrosomia, the scientific word for a big baby, as 4,500 grams -- about 10 pounds.About 3.2% of parents in the study were big babies, compared to 4% of their offspring.Compared to both...

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