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AHA News: How Pregnant Woman's High Blood Pressure Can Change Shape of Baby's Heart

AHA News: How Pregnant Woman`s High Blood Pressure Can Change Shape of Baby`s HeartTHURSDAY, April 30, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Mothers who have high blood pressure are more likely to have babies with slightly different-shaped hearts, a finding that could impact future cardiovascular care for those women and their children, according to a new study. The research, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds a new layer of understanding to how pregnancy complications affect prenatal and postnatal heart health. Past studies have shown premature birth and low birth weight may affect how an infant's heart forms. The new research looked at the prenatal experience – whether high blood pressure, also called hypertension, among pregnant women also might affect the shape of babies' hearts. Researchers from the United Kingdom...

AHA News: Make Mother's Day Last All Year With Wellness...

29 April 2020
AHA News: Make Mother`s Day Last All Year With Wellness and AppreciationWEDNESDAY, April 29, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- It wouldn't be Mother's Day without flowers and a messy breakfast in bed. But is there more we can do for mom's long-term benefit, and perhaps even for motherhood in general? There surely is, experts say, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. As May 10 approaches, here are a few things to keep in mind. "My kids are always asking me what they should do for Mother's Day," said Dr. Norrina Bai Allen, associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology. "I like to have a mix of family time and peace and quiet," said Allen, whose five children range from 18 months to 10 years. "So, we'll try and do something as a...

COVID-19 Continues to Strike Men Harder Than Women

29 April 2020
COVID-19 Continues to Strike Men Harder Than WomenWEDNESDAY, April 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New research adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests men are far more vulnerable to severe COVID-19 than women are. Although both genders fall ill in the same numbers, men are 2.5 times more likely to get severe disease and die, the study from China showed. The finding comes as scientists in New York and California are starting to test a novel hypothesis that sex hormones might play a part in disease severity. Last week, doctors on Long Island started treating COVID-19 patients with estrogen to boost their immune systems, The New York Times reported. And beginning next week, physicians in Los Angeles will start treating male patients with progesterone, a hormone that is predominantly found in women. Progesterone has...

FDA Bans Products That Help Kids Hide Vape Use From Parents

27 April 2020
FDA Bans Products That Help Kids Hide Vape Use From ParentsMONDAY, April 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With more American teens taking up e-cigarettes, there's a flood of products designed to allow them to vape without getting caught by parents or teachers -- and federal officials want to put a stop to it. On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was sending warning letters to 10 manufacturers to stop making these products targeting youth. "The public should really be outraged by these products," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. The products being targeted by the FDA include: backpacks and sweatshirts designed with stealth pockets to hold and conceal an e-cigarette; vaping products that resemble smartwatches or children's toys such as a portable video game system or fidget spinner;...

Calm Parenting Will Help Children Through Coronavirus Pandemic

26 April 2020
Calm Parenting Will Help Children Through Coronavirus PandemicSUNDAY, April 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The disruptions in daily life caused by the coronavirus pandemic could cause problems for children, but there are things parents can do to help their kids deal with the changes, experts say. "There are major stressors that children are experiencing, such as the inability to attend school, adjusting to home school, being in the house with their family all day, not being able to see their friends, worrying about grandparents and loved ones -- but they seem to be quite resilient and taking all of these changes in stride," said Alexandria Meyer, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University. Parents can reduce children's anxiety by limiting their exposure to the news related to COVID-19, having regular, open conversations...

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