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More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn't Work, Can Cause Harm

More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn`t Work, Can Cause HarmWEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Is spanking good for parents? Is spanking good for kids? Is spanking good for anyone? No, no and no, according to a big new review of prior research."Zero studies found that physical punishment predicted better child behavior over time," said study co-author Elizabeth Gershoff, a professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.She and her team sifted through the findings of 61 U.S. studies and eight international investigations. All examined how childhood behavior changed -- for better or for worse -- after children were exposed to physical punishment of some sort, including spanking."We reviewed all studies of physical punishment that looked at children's behavior at two or more points in time,"...

Women's Cancer Screenings Plummeted During Pandemic

30 June 2021
Women`s Cancer Screenings Plummeted During PandemicWEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Breast and cervical cancer screenings dropped sharply among low-income minority women during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.That could lead to delayed cancer diagnoses, health consequences and an increase in existing disparities, the agency warned.The new findings "reinforce the need to safely maintain routine health care services during the pandemic, especially when the health care environment meets COVID-19 safety guidelines," said lead study author Amy DeGroff, a CDC health scientist.Compared with the previous five-year averages for April, screening tests received by women through CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for underserved women were 87% lower for...

CBD Products Gain Following Among Fibromyalgia Patients

30 June 2021
CBD Products Gain Following Among Fibromyalgia PatientsWEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Could the answer to easing the tough-to-treat chronic pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia be found in edibles and other products containing CBD?A new study from Michigan Medicine examined whether people using potentially addictive painkillers like opioids could get relief by replacing those narcotics with over-the-counter cannabidiol (CBD) treatments.There's recent research "suggesting that CBD does potentially have analgesic properties. That it might help with inflammation. That it may help with anxiety and sleep," explained Kevin Boehnke, a research investigator in the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. He believes there's growing evidence CBD products may help fibromyalgia patients ease...

Pandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working...

29 June 2021
Pandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working Moms to Leave JobsTUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When child care centers were forced to close in the pandemic's early months, hundreds of thousands of American working mothers lost their jobs, new research shows.The study is just the latest illustration of the toll the pandemic has taken on working women in the United States.Over the first 10 months of the U.S. pandemic, more than 2.3 million women left the labor force, according to the National Women's Law Center. That compared with just under 1.8 million men.That was, in part, because many job losses were in industries where women make up much of the workforce. On top of that, working mothers — more than fathers — faced the difficulty of having kids home from school or day care.The new study looked specifically at the impact of...

Kids Born Through Fertility Treatments Have No Higher Cancer Risk

29 June 2021
Kids Born Through Fertility Treatments Have No Higher Cancer RiskTUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Good news for couples considering fertility treatments: Children born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) don't have an increased risk of cancer, researchers say.In the new study, kids born through high-tech fertility treatments — such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and frozen embryo transfer (FET) — were followed for 18 years on average.The results should be "quite reassuring, especially for children conceived by IVF, and are an important contribution to the current knowledge about health risks in ART-offspring," said study author Dr. Mandy Spaan, of Amsterdam University Medical Center and the Netherlands Cancer Institute.The researchers noted there's growing evidence that fertility drugs, egg/embryo freezing and thawing, and...

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