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Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

Most Day Care Programs Don`t Give Kids Enough ExerciseWEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.National guidance for child care programs calls for providing at least two opportunities a day for physical activity, totaling 60 to 90 minutes. While the new study found that 74% of programs did provide enough opportunities for physical activity, only half gave kids the recommended amount of time, and just 43% gave them both enough opportunities and enough time."Kids who are less active have poorer physical fitness and coordination, higher rates of obesity, shorter attention spans, and poorer cognitive development," said study author Lauren...

FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

17 May 2022
FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11TUESDAY, May 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.The third shot can be given at least five months after healthy kids complete the two-dose vaccine series, the FDA said. Its action, which now goes to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for approval, dovetails with a rise in infections in many areas of the country."While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the Omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, and children may also experience longer-term effects, even following initially mild disease," said FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf. "The...

HPV 'Herd Immunity' Now Helping Vaccinated, Unvaccinated...

17 May 2022
HPV `Herd Immunity` Now Helping Vaccinated, Unvaccinated WomenTUESDAY, May 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccination against the virus that causes most cervical cancers has spurred a widespread reduction of infections among young Americans — including those who are unvaccinated, a new government study finds.The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at the impact of the nation's HPV vaccination program, which began in 2006.HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts. While that disease is usually minor, certain HPV infections can become persistent and eventually cause cancer. In the United States, almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by persistent infection with certain HPV strains; those strains can also cause cancers of the vagina, penis, anus or...

Menopause Might Worsen Jaw Pain in Women

17 May 2022
Menopause Might Worsen Jaw Pain in Women TUESDAY, May 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Estrogen loss during menopause may worsen women's pain from a jaw disorder, a new study warns. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes pain in the jaw joint and affects an estimated 4.8% of U.S. adults, or about 12 million people. Some estimates suggest that as many as 15% of U.S. adults have at least one symptom of TMD, which is the second most common type of musculoskeletal pain, after low back pain. Women are two times more likely than men to have TMD, which has led some experts to suggest that hormone changes play a role in the disorder. There is limited research on TMD during menopause, but a 2018 study found that TMD was more common and severe in premenopausal than postmenopausal women. In this new study, researchers in Brazil evaluated...

As Baby Formula Shortage Continues, Experts Offer Guidance to Frantic Parents

16 May 2022
As Baby Formula Shortage Continues, Experts Offer Guidance to Frantic ParentsMONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A nationwide baby formula shortage continues across the United States, with desperate parents scouring shelves to find nutrition for their infants.Millions of babies rely on formula -- the only source of nutrition recommended for infants who aren’t exclusively breastfed.Two prominent pediatricians have advice for parents who are scrambling to find formula, offering a list of do’s and do-not-do’s:Don't hoard.The shortages are caused in part by supply chain issues, and pediatricians are concerned that fretful parents might make the situation worse by hoarding whatever they find on the shelves."I asked a mom today, 'If you saw three cans on the shelf, what would you do? Would you buy two and leave one or would you take all three?'" said Dr....

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