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Got Smallpox Vaccine as a Child? You're Probably Immune to Mpox

Got Smallpox Vaccine as a Child? You`re Probably Immune to MpoxTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Smallpox vaccines, which were routinely given into the 1970s, seem to provide protection from mpox, a new study says. The mpox virus, responsible for a worldwide outbreak last year, could surge again this summer, public health experts have warned. It was previously called monkeypox.Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden wondered whether the smallpox vaccine would offer some level of immunity against mpox due to a residual memory response. Mpox is among orthopoxviruses that have similarities to smallpox, which was eradicated in the mid-1970s."The findings from our study demonstrate that this holds true, indicating that the memory cells exhibit remarkable longevity and possess the ability to identify closely related viruses like the...

Research Helps Uncover Causes of SIDS

25 May 2023
Research Helps Uncover Causes of SIDSTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have found another clue as to why some infants die suddenly in their sleep, and it's related to a faulty chemical receptor in the brainstem. Experts said the findings provide another puzzle piece in understanding the root causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).By examining autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that a particular chemical receptor was altered in the brain stems of babies who'd died of SIDS, versus infants who'd died of other causes.The receptor, called serotonin 2A/C, is believed to play a key role in helping a sleeping infant wake up and gasp for air in response to oxygen deprivation."This 2A receptor is very important in arousing them as a defense mechanism," said Robin Haynes, a researcher at Boston...

Nowhere Safe to Play: 'Play Deserts' Keep Kids from Fun...

24 May 2023
Nowhere Safe to Play: `Play Deserts` Keep Kids from Fun Physical ActivityWEDNESDAY, May 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The problem of "food deserts" in many parts of the United States has gained attention in recent years. Now, researchers are highlighting a similar issue: play deserts.In a recent study, investigators at the University of Georgia found that in many areas of the country -- particularly the South -- families have few safe, free parks and playgrounds for their kids to enjoy.That's a problem, experts said, because when kids lack those opportunities, they're more likely to stay inside and stare at screens.It's well known that there are communities nationwide where people have a hard time getting to a grocery store or any other source of fresh, nutritious food. Those places have been dubbed food deserts, and an estimated 10% of the United States...

'Secure Attachment Style': Parents, Here’s What to Know

24 May 2023
`Secure Attachment Style`: Parents, Here’s What to KnowWEDNESDAY, May 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Picture this: A child running towards their parent, arms outstretched, with an infectious smile stretching from ear to ear. That deep, unbreakable bond built on trust, love and security is an outgrowth of a secure attachment style, which forms the foundation for healthy relationships.This article will explore the characteristics of a secure attachment style, highlighting key differences between secure and insecure attachment. It will outline the benefits of nurturing a secure attachment, ranging from enhanced self-esteem to improved resilience and the capacity for fulfilling relationships.What is secure attachment?"Your attachment style from your infancy can influence your relationships with others, but as humans, we're complex creatures,"...

U.S. Surgeon General Warns That Social Media Can Harm Teens' Mental Health

23 May 2023
U.S. Surgeon General Warns That Social Media Can Harm Teens` Mental HealthTUESDAY, May 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Social media presents a “profound risk” to young brains, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy warned on Tuesday.In a report, Murthy warned about the risks of social media use for young people and called on policymakers, tech companies, researchers and parents to “urgently take action."“There are ample indicators that social media can also have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents,” Murthy said. The full effect of social media isn’t well understood, he noted. “Adolescents are not just smaller adults,” Murthy told The New York Times. “They’re in a different phase of development, and they’re in a critical phase of brain development.”Among the concerns are that if kids are...

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