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Kids of Mentally Ill Parents Have Higher Injury Odds

Kids of Mentally Ill Parents Have Higher Injury OddsTHURSDAY, April 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children of parents with mental illness are at increased risk for injuries, researchers report. Risk is highest before 1 year of age, but remains elevated to age 17, according to the new study. "Our results show there is a need for increased support to parents with mental illness, especially during the first year of life," said Alicia Nevriana. She is one of the study authors and a Ph.D. student in the global public health department at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. "There are already recommendations for new parents to ensure their children's safety, but we think there is a need to update these recommendations also by taking into account parents' mental health," Nevriana said in an institute news release. For the study, the...

Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature ...

8 April 2020
Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature  Birth: StudyWEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The makeup of bacteria in an expectant mother's vagina may help identify which women are most at risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests. It also found that pregnant women who deliver early are more likely to have a diverse community of vaginal bacteria. The findings, based on more than 3,000 samples taken from more than 400 women, were recently published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. "We found that women who deliver prematurely have a significantly more diverse vaginal microbiome, especially in their first trimester, than those who deliver at full term," said study co-author Marina Sirota, an assistant professor at the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute at the University of California, San...

Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or Dad

8 April 2020
Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or DadWEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- All hugs are not created equal -- and babies as young as 4 months are proof. Heart rates in infants less than a year old slowed more during a hug than a hold. And the hug had a greater effect when it came from Mom or Dad rather than from a stranger, according to a study published April 7 in the journal iScience. The findings offer some of the first proof that hugs help parents and infants bond, the researchers said. "Like most parents, we love to hug our children," said first author Sachine Yoshida of Toho University in Tokyo, Japan. "We also know that children love to be hugged by their parents. But what surprised us as scientists is how little we know about hugging." For the study, her team assessed infants' heart rates when they were...

U.S. Suicide Rate Climbed 35% in Two Decades

8 April 2020
U.S. Suicide Rate Climbed 35% in Two DecadesWEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. suicide rate has jumped 35% in the past two decades, health officials reported Wednesday. From 1999 to 2018, the suicide rate rose from 10.5 to 14 per 100,000, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers found the rate of suicide rose by about 1% a year from 1999 to 2006, then increased to 2% a year from 2006 through 2018. The report also shows that men are more likely to die by suicide than women, and people in rural areas are at greater risk than their urban counterparts. "This report shows that there continues to be differences in suicide rates by sex, age group and urban and rural location," said lead researcher Dr. Holly Hedegaard, an injury epidemiologist at CDC's...

Family Ties Help Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Flourish

8 April 2020
Family Ties Help Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes FlourishWEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Type 1 diabetes is a challenging, time-intensive disease that often strikes children, and new research suggests that strong family support helps improve the well-being of young adults with the condition. The study found that young adults (under 30) with type 1 diabetes were more likely to be "flourishing" if they had good family connections. Flourishing was defined in the study as having a general sense of well-being, including having a purpose in life, feeling self-acceptance, and having positive relationships with others. "Communication and connection with parents is super-important throughout human development, but type 1 diabetes can become a rupturing event for some families. The stress of the disease can be more than some families...

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