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Why Are Sports-Linked Concussions Rising Among Girls?

Why Are Sports-Linked Concussions Rising Among Girls?WEDNESDAY, Sept. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Sports-related head injuries in male athletes tend to grab all of the headlines, but new research shows that female athletes are also increasingly at risk.From 2000 to 2019, there was a threefold jump in sports-linked concussions seen among high school-aged girls. These injuries were most likely to occur during soccer, basketball, cheerleading, softball and volleyball, but they also happened during recreational activities such as roller-skating, skiing and dancing, the study found.Exactly why concussions in female athletes appear to be on the rise is not fully understood yet. "It is likely a combination of more female athletes playing these sports and sustaining more injuries as well as better detection of concussions, given all of the...

Pandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screening in...

31 August 2021
Pandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screening in Older, Low-Income WomenTUESDAY, Aug. 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many parts of the United States saw a significant drop in breast cancer screening of older low-income women during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.The analysis of data from 32 community health centers that serve low-income people found that breast cancer screening for 50- to 74-year-old women dropped 8% between July 2019 and July 2020. That wiped out an 18% increase between July 2018 and July 2019."This study is important because these populations have long-standing barriers to accessing care, lower breast screening rates, higher breast cancer [death] rates, and are especially vulnerable to health care disruptions," said study leader Stacey Fedewa of the American Cancer Society.If the 2018 to 2019 trend had continued through 2020,...

Leaving Work to Care for Special Needs Child Takes Big...

30 August 2021
Leaving Work to Care for Special Needs Child Takes Big Financial TollMONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Having a special needs child can mean medical emergencies and doctors' visits where parents have to take time off from work, and now a new study shows that can bring a bit financial hit to a family.Researchers analyzed U.S. government data from more than 14,000 families in that situation and found they lost an average of $18,000 a year in household income in 2016-2017."We found a strong association between increasing hours of family-provided medical care and forgone family employment, likely because the more daily health care a child needs, the more likely their parents are to leave the workforce or reduce work hours," said study author Dr. Carolyn Foster, a pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.Lost wages were...

Soothing Sound: Mom's Voice Eases Preemies' Pain

30 August 2021
Soothing Sound: Mom`s Voice Eases Preemies` PainMONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers are known for drying their little ones' tears, sometimes with a hug, a song or a kiss on a scraped knee. So, perhaps it isn't a surprise that new research shows the sounds of mom's voice provide comfort and even pain relief to the tiniest ones, premature babies. Researchers from the University of Geneva in Switzerland found that not only did the sound of a mother talking or singing decrease an infant's pain as the preemie had necessary medical procedures while in intensive care, but it also increased their levels of oxytocin, the "feel good" attachment hormone."We demonstrate here the importance of bringing parents and child together, especially in the delicate context of intensive care," said study first author Manuela Filippa. A baby...

Trying Out a New Skin Care Product? Test It First

28 August 2021
Trying Out a New Skin Care Product? Test It FirstSATURDAY, Aug. 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- You've just bought a new skin care product and you're excited to see how it might transform your look. Instead, you end up with red, itchy or swollen patches because one of the ingredients causes an allergic reaction. The best way to avoid this problem while trying something new is to test it on several small areas of your skin first to determine whether it's likely to irritate you, according to board-certified dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology."There are more than 15,000 allergens that can cause allergic contact dermatitis, and skin care products are a common cause," said Dr. Bruce Brod. "Even products labeled 'hypoallergenic', 'natural' or 'clean' can cause a skin reaction, so it's helpful to test skin care products...
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