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9May
2022

Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

Kids` Sleep Suffers When Parents Can`t Afford DiapersMONDAY, May 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It might seem like an unlikely connection at first, but a new study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues -- and maybe other problems --- when their parents can't afford diapers."Sleep promotes brain development and solidifies learning and memory," noted study co-author Sallie Porter, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Jersey. "Children with compromised sleep are more at risk for childhood obesity and emotional and behavioral problems."Porter and her colleagues surveyed 129 parents of children age 3 and younger who were signed up for early development, home visits and disability support programs. The parents were asked about their diaper needs and their child's sleeping habits, including how long it takes...

CDC Investigating 109 Cases of Severe Hepatitis Among Kids

6 May 2022
CDC Investigating 109 Cases of Severe Hepatitis Among KidsFRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Five children have died in a mysterious wave of acute hepatitis that has sickened dozens of kids across the United States during the past seven months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.Overall, public health officials have identified 109 children in 25 U.S. states and territories stricken with the liver condition, according to Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC's deputy director for infectious diseases. Their average age has been 2 years."More than 90% of these patients under investigation were hospitalized, 14% received liver transplants, and more than half had a confirmed adenovirus infection," Butler said during a media briefing on the cases.Despite the recent reports, pediatric hepatitis remains rare in this country,...

Uterine Cancer Rates Have Been Rising, and New Study...

6 May 2022
Uterine Cancer Rates Have Been Rising, and New Study Suggests WhyFRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Uterine cancer deaths have been increasing in the United States, particularly among Black women. Now, research appears to pinpoint a cause. A rare but aggressive type of cancer known as Type 2 endometrial cancer is more difficult to treat and was responsible for 20% of cases and 45% of deaths identified in the study.Deaths from this type of cancer increased by 2.7% per year during the eight years the study focused on, while deaths from a less aggressive uterine cancer remained stable. Therefore, uterine cancer death rates increased by 1.8% per year from 2010 to 2017 for women aged 40 and older. The increases were more profound for women from certain racial and ethnic minority groups. For example, rates increased by 6.7% annually for Hispanic...

U.S. Baby Formula Shortage Worsens

6 May 2022
U.S. Baby Formula Shortage WorsensFRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Supply chain issues around the world are fueling a shortage of baby formula – and the problem is only getting worse. About 40% of the top-selling baby formula products were out of stock during the week ending April 24 in the United States, CBS News reported. That’s an increase from just 11% in November and still a large bump from 31% on April 3."We've been tracking it over time and it's going up dramatically. We see this category is being affected by economic conditions more dramatically than others," Ben Reich, CEO of Datasembly told CBS News.In some states shortages were more severe, including Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota, which had shortages of 50% or more, Missouri at 52%, Texas at 53% and Tennessee at 54%. Between 40% and 50% of...

Obesity May Be Affecting Heart Health in Kids as Young as 6

4 May 2022
Obesity May Be Affecting Heart Health in Kids as Young as 6WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As early as age 6, children who carry extra weight could be headed down a path toward future diabetes or heart disease, a new study suggests.The study, of nearly 1,000 Danish children, found that kids who were overweight often had elevations in blood sugar and insulin by the time they were school-age. They also had higher triglycerides (a type of blood fat) than their peers, but lower blood levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol.Those differences were not, however, apparent among preschoolers who were overweight. The researchers said the findings underscore the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity in the preschool years — before the effects of excess weight begin to arise.But no one is pointing the finger at parents. Experts said...
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