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2021

1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

1 in 4 Parents Won`t Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: PollTHURSDAY, April 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don't plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds.This opposition was more common among moms than dads, and was especially common among white mothers who identified as Republican/Republican-leaning, the researchers said."Women tend to serve as family health managers within the family so they are generally more likely than men to follow expert medical recommendations for avoiding health risks," said study co-author Jessica Calarco. She is a professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. "However, with the onslaught of misinformation around the coronavirus, the pressure women face to control risks may be leading them...

Stillbirths, Other Pregnancy Complications Up During...

1 April 2021
Stillbirths, Other Pregnancy Complications Up During PandemicTHURSDAY, April 1, 2021 (HealthDayNews) -- The ripple effect of the COVID-19 scourge has led to more complications among pregnant women worldwide, including an increase in stillbirths, a new study says.The research review also found higher rates of maternal deaths and depression in the first year of the pandemic. "The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on health care systems around the world. Disruption to services, nationwide lockdowns, and fear of attending health care facilities mean that the adverse effects of COVID-19 are expected to have health consequences that extend beyond the deaths and disease caused by the virus itself," said study lead author Dr. Asma Khalil, a professor at St. George's University of London.Khalil's team reviewed 40 studies that included data on 6...

Most Parents Skip Child Car Seats When Using Uber, Lyft

31 March 2021
Most Parents Skip Child Car Seats When Using Uber, LyftWEDNESDAY, March 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. parents don't use child safety seats when they take ride-share vehicles like Uber or Lyft with their young children, a new study finds."Our results are concerning, as ride-share services are increasingly popular," said senior study author Dr. Michelle Macy, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago."Car accidents remain the leading cause of death for children under 10 years old, and traveling without the recommended child restraint system increases the risk for serious injury or death in a crash," she explained."Importantly, our findings suggest that even parents who usually use child car seats face barriers to doing so in ride-share vehicles," Macy said in a hospital news...

Even in a Pandemic, Child Vision Tests Are Crucial

31 March 2021
Even in a Pandemic, Child Vision Tests Are CrucialWEDNESDAY, March 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- It's critical for parents to maintain their children's vision checkups during the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert says. "All children should have their eyes checked by their pediatrician at regular intervals, even if they don't have any symptoms," said Dr. Samantha Feldman, a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore. "Part of the reason that vision screening is so important is because it gives us the opportunity to detect and treat patients that otherwise may be at risk of permanent and lifelong visual disability," she said in a LifeBridge Health news release. Screening is necessary because your child may not be able to describe vision problems to you. "They might not even know their eyesight isn't normal because it...

Obesity Tied to Shorter Survival in Cancer Patients

30 March 2021
Obesity Tied to Shorter Survival in Cancer PatientsTUESDAY, March 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity may shorten the lives of patients with certain types of cancers, but not others, a new research review concludes.The analysis, of more than 200 studies, found that across numerous cancers, obesity was linked to shorter survival. The list included breast, colon, prostate, uterine and pancreatic cancers.On the other hand, patients with lung, kidney or melanoma skin cancer all had better survival, on average, if they were obese.Experts said the relationship between weight and cancer survival is complicated, and the results do not necessarily reflect cause and effect.The finding that obesity was linked to better survival in certain cancers is no surprise: Researchers have even labeled it the "obesity paradox."But the connection does not...
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