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2021

Better Access to Birth Control Boosts School Graduation Rates

Better Access to Birth Control Boosts School Graduation RatesTHURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Access to free or low-cost birth control may be an important factor in improving young women's futures, according to new research from Colorado.When access to affordable birth control increased, the percentage of young women leaving high school before graduation dropped by double digits, while the rates of pregnancies and abortions also dropped. The study, led by University of Colorado at Boulder researchers, followed more than 170,000 women for seven years."One of the foundational claims among people who support greater access to contraception is that it improves women's ability to complete their education and, in turn, improves their lives," lead author and assistant professor of sociology Amanda Stevenson said in a university news release....

ADHD Meds Can Help Preschoolers, But Effects Vary

5 May 2021
ADHD Meds Can Help Preschoolers, But Effects VaryWEDNESDAY, May 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be advised to give their child medication to help them concentrate, sit still and/or control impulsive behaviors.A new study comparing two classes of medications might help them arrive at a decision.While stimulants are often first in line, the research shows that another class of ADHD drugs known as alpha-2 adrenergic agonists may also improve symptoms and could have fewer side effects for some kids."Stimulants aren't the only answer if your child has ADHD and needs medication," said Mary Solanto, a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and a member of the advisory board for Children and Adults...

U.S. Birth Rates Continue to Fall

5 May 2021
U.S. Birth Rates Continue to FallWEDNESDAY, May 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The baby "boom" that some expected during last year's pandemic lockdowns has turned into a baby "bust."The U.S. birth rate continued to drop in 2020, marking the sixth consecutive year with fewer babies born in America and raising concerns about the economic effects of declining population levels.There were about 3.6 million babies born in the United States last year, down 4% from the 3.75 million born in 2019, according to researchers from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.It's the lowest number of births in America since 1979, the report noted."Early on, some experts had speculated that births might increase due to people having more time at home, but as the pandemic worsened it became clear the rate was falling," said Dr. Scott...

A Vitamin Could Be Key to Women's Pain After Knee...

5 May 2021
A Vitamin Could Be Key to Women`s Pain After Knee ReplacementWEDNESDAY, May 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with low levels of vitamin D may have more pain after total knee replacement than those with adequate levels of the nutrient, a new study suggests.Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy diet, and its benefits include protecting against bone disease and maintaining soft tissue health.Estrogen deficiency, inactivity and a lack of sun exposure have been linked with vitamin D deficiency in perimenopausal women. During perimenopause, the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. Menopause, the end of a woman's monthly period, follows within years.In this study, the researchers assessed factors affecting pain after total knee replacement in postmenopausal women. The surgery is common and safe, but many women have pain...

Americans Missed Almost 10 Million Cancer Screenings During Pandemic

5 May 2021
Americans Missed Almost 10 Million Cancer Screenings During PandemicWEDNESDAY, May 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 10 million cancer screenings have been missed in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers report.The investigators analyzed data on three types of cancer for which early screenings are most beneficial — breast, colon and prostate — and found that 9.4 million screenings for these cancers did not occur in the United States due to COVID-19.Screenings for all three types of cancer fell sharply. For example, there was a 90% decline in breast cancer screenings in April 2020, according to the study published online April 29 in JAMA Oncology."As a physician, I wasn't surprised to see that screenings had declined, but this study measures by how much," said study author Dr. Ronald Chen, associate director of health...
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