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5Sep
2023

Childhood Trauma Can Affect a Woman's Adult Sex Life, Study Finds

Childhood Trauma Can Affect a Woman`s Adult Sex Life, Study FindsTUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A stressful or traumatic childhood experience — anything from parents divorcing to a sibling's drug problem — may have long-term effects on a woman’s sexual health.These adverse childhood experiences may be linked to sexual inactivity and dysfunction in women later in life, a recent study reports.Health care providers should screen their patients with sexual dysfunction for adverse childhood experiences, researchers recommend. Doctors should offer these women treatment that could include a referral for counseling."This research adds to the literature exploring sexual function in women," said senior author Dr. Ekta Kapoor, assistant director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Women’s Health in Rochester, Minn. "Sexual dysfunction has a...

Common Plastics Chemical Could Harm Boys' Development

4 September 2023
Common Plastics Chemical Could Harm Boys` DevelopmentMONDAY, Sept. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Phthalates are commonly used in plastics, and researchers have now tied them to developmental issues in toddler boys who were exposed to the chemical in the womb.The new study links the chemicals to emotional and behavioral development issues in 2-year-old boys who were exposed during the first trimester of pregnancy.“Our findings … underscore the potential impact of maternal exposure to phthalates on children's emotional and behavioral development, particularly among boys," said lead author Liron Cohen-Eliraz, who conducted the research as part of her doctoral dissertation at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence highlighting the need for greater environmental awareness, and action to...

ADHD: What Parents Need to Know

4 September 2023
ADHD: What Parents Need to KnowMONDAY, Sept. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of children and adolescents have the condition known as ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.What should parents know? A number of treatments exist to help with functioning, including medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Typically, ADHD begins between ages 3 and 6, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. It can continue into adulthood. People can experience one of three types of ADHD. They are predominantly inattentive, with trouble focusing, following instructions and finishing tasks; predominantly hyperactive/impulsive, with behavior of being “constantly on the go,” talking excessively and interrupting others; and a combination of those symptoms.An increasing number of...

Marijuana Edibles Are Sending Kids to the ER: Here's...

4 September 2023
Marijuana Edibles Are Sending Kids to the ER: Here`s Tips to Keep Them SafeMONDAY, Sept. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs and children don’t mix, so it’s important to keep little ones safe by storing any marijuana edibles out of reach from small hands.The New Jersey Poison Control Center is offering warnings that can apply anywhere, after aiding in the medical treatment of 30 children ranging from the ages of 1 to 12 who accidentally ate marijuana edibles in July."It is difficult for anyone, especially children, to tell an edible marijuana product from food when the product is almost identical to common everyday foods and drinks," said Dr. Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “For this reason, it’s important to store marijuana products, especially edibles, the same...

When Parent Is in Prison, Kids' Heart Risks Rise

1 September 2023
When Parent Is in Prison, Kids` Heart Risks RiseFRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Along with having to deal with the social stigma of having a parent who is incarcerated, young adults in that situation may be more likely to develop signs of heart trouble, a new study finds.The health impacts of having a parent who spent time in jail have been understudied, the researchers noted."There was very little data on its association with cardiovascular risks,” said lead author Dr. Elizabeth Tung, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. “We set out to fill that gap in understanding."Her team analyzed data from over 9,600 young adults between the ages of 33 and 44 in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.They found that 14.1% of all participants, but 21.4% of Black participants,...
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