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For Preemie Babies, Preschool Plus Parenting Can Spell Academic Success

For Preemie Babies, Preschool Plus Parenting Can Spell Academic SuccessFRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born three to six weeks early -- considered late preterm -- are at risk for learning problems, but they can be overcome, researchers say.Preschool attendance and sensitive parenting can help them bridge the gap academically, a new study shows. "Our findings highlight an opportunity for pediatric providers to offer prevention strategies to parents of late preterm infants to mitigate academic risk, and promote academic resilience through sensitive parenting," said lead author Dr. Prachi Shah, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.Low level of maternal education, prenatal tobacco use, twins/multiple gestation and male sex increased the risk for deficits in...

More American Men Now Opting for Vasectomy

31 August 2023
More American Men Now Opting for VasectomyTHURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Vasectomies are becoming more common in the United States, with rates surging by more than one-quarter during the past decade, a recent study reveals.The U.S. vasectomy rate increased by 26% between 2014 and 2021, according to an analysis of commercial health claims data.“All areas in the United States except the Northeast showed increased vasectomy rates,” said senior researcher Dr. Omer Raheem. He is an assistant professor of surgery-urology with the University of Chicago School of Medicine.Overall numbers remain low, with roughly 4% of men having undergone vasectomy, the researchers noted.But doctors expect the demand for vasectomy will continue to increase following the 2022 Supreme Court decision that abolished the national right to...

Infertility Treatment May Put Women at Greater Risk for...

31 August 2023
Infertility Treatment May Put Women at Greater Risk for StrokeTHURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Scientists have spotted an elevated risk of stroke in women who became pregnant after fertility treatments. Although the absolute number of strokes reported in the new study were low, women seeking fertility treatment should be made aware of the increased risk, said senior study author, Dr. Cande Ananth, chief of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.Ananth offered possible explanations for the link, including that infertility procedures can cause physiological changes because women receive large amounts of estrogen during the treatments. This can lead to increased clotting, which is a strong risk factor for stroke.“We know that women who receive infertility treatment have certain vascular...

More Stress, Higher Odds for A-Fib in Women After Menopause

31 August 2023
More Stress, Higher Odds for A-Fib in Women After MenopauseTHURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who are stressed, depressed or have trouble sleeping may face an increased risk of a common heart rhythm disorder, new research suggests.The study, of nearly 84,000 women over the age of 50, found that certain psychological factors were linked to the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, or a-fib -- a heart arrhythmia that can cause serious problems over time.The higher the women scored on two measures of "stress" and "strain," the greater their risk of developing a-fib over the next 10 years. Two specific factors -- stressful life events and insomnia -- showed the strongest connection to the heart condition.The findings highlight the role of mental well-being in physical health, according to an expert not involved in...

Deaf Children 'Equal, Healthy and Whole,' Pediatricians' Group Affirms

30 August 2023
Deaf Children `Equal, Healthy and Whole,` Pediatricians` Group AffirmsWEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's time for everyone to change the words we use when we talk about kids who are deaf or hard of hearing.This is one of the main messages from newly updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on hearing in infants, children and teens."The removal of deficit-framing terminology such as ‘loss,’ ‘failed’ and ‘impairment’ was to reflect that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are equal, healthy and whole," said report author Dr. Charles Bower, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Arkansas Children's Northwest. Words like hearing-impaired or loss focus on what people can't do, he said."The terminology needs to change because kids who never had hearing from birth have not experienced a loss. It is their normal. They...

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