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2021

Toppling TVs, Furniture Sending Many Young Children to ERs

Toppling TVs, Furniture Sending Many Young Children to ERs FRIDAY, Aug. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- It can happen in an instant. A young child climbs a heavy piece of furniture, and it topples over on the toddler.New research suggests that's not as rare as you might think: Hundreds of thousands of children have been treated in U.S. emergency rooms for such injuries in recent decades."Some families may not think that heavy furniture or TVs can tip over, but they do, and when this happens the injuries can be very serious and even life-threatening," said study senior author Dr. Gary Smith. He is director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio."It only takes a few seconds for a child to pull out a drawer to climb up, causing a tip-over. By taking a few minutes now to anchor furniture and...

College Is Even More Stressful for Girls: Study

26 August 2021
College Is Even More Stressful for Girls: StudyTHURSDAY, Aug. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even before COVID-19, college could be a challenging experience, but a new study suggests those stresses are much higher for female students. Still, in the face of a continuing pandemic, all students may need interventions to develop healthy coping strategies, the study authors said."They're balancing work, classes, relationships and family — and then now you're throwing COVID on top of that," said study author B. Sue Graves, an associate professor in Florida Atlantic University's department of exercise science and health promotion, in Boca Raton. "Our study was before COVID, but they were stressed enough with those other issues." For the study, the researchers surveyed students who were registered for one of a few different health and...

Women May Find It Tougher to Quit Smoking Than Men

26 August 2021
Women May Find It Tougher to Quit Smoking Than MenTHURSDAY, Aug. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Women smokers puff fewer cigarettes than men but have more trouble quitting, French researchers report."Our findings highlight the need to provide smoking cessation interventions tailored to the needs of women," said Ingrid Allagbe, a doctoral student at the University of Burgundy, who led the research.The study included nearly 38,000 smokers (about 43% women) aged 18 and older in France who visited smoking cessation services between 2001 and 2018.On average, women smoked 23 cigarettes a day; men, 27. About 56% of women had severe nicotine dependence compared to 60% of men.But 55% of men were able to quit, compared to 52% of the women, the investigators found. The findings were scheduled for presentation at an online meeting of the European...

Wildfire Smoke Could Raise Odds for Preterm Delivery

26 August 2021
Wildfire Smoke Could Raise Odds for Preterm DeliveryTHURSDAY, Aug. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The health impact of wildfires is already huge, and new research suggests it might also raise a mom-to-be's risk for preterm birth, according to a new study.Wildfire smoke contains high levels of PM 2.5, the deadliest type of pollution from particles so fine they can embed deep in the lungs and pass into the bloodstream."In the future, we expect to see more frequent and intense exposure to wildfire smoke throughout the West due to [many] factors, including climate change, a century of fire suppression and construction of more homes along the fire-prone fringes of forests, scrublands and grasslands," said study author Sam Heft-Neal, a research scholar at Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment. "As a result, the health burden...

Why Do Black, Hispanic Newborns Face Higher Health Risks?

25 August 2021
Why Do Black, Hispanic Newborns Face Higher Health Risks? WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- All births are not created equal, new U.S. research reveals: Differences in the quality of hospital care contribute to a higher chance of complications among Black and Hispanic newborns compared to white and Asian infants. The analysis of more than 480,000 live births at term (at least 37 weeks' gestation) in New York City from 2010 through 2014 found that the overall rate of unexpected complications was 48 per 1,000 births. Rates were higher among Black (about 72 per 1,000) and Hispanic (54 per 1,000) newborns than among white (about 35 per 1,000) and Asian (about 36 per 1,000) infants, the investigators found. Compared to white infants, the risk was about two times higher among Black infants and about 1.5 times higher among Hispanic...
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