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2021

Medical Mistrust Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy Among Hispanics

Medical Mistrust Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy Among HispanicsTUESDAY, Oct. 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Misinformation and medical mistrust are major drivers of vaccine hesitancy among U.S. Hispanics, new research shows.The researchers also found that protecting other family members is an important factor in convincing Hispanics to get vaccinated.The small study included 22 Hispanic mothers in Oregon and 24 of their children who were in grades 9 to 12. At the time of the study, Hispanics accounted for 27% of coronavirus infections in Oregon, even though they made up only about 13% of the state's population.A major concern among the study participants was the myth that COVID-19 vaccination causes sterility, the Oregon State University researchers found.That fear has a historical basis due to previous forced sterilization programs by the U.S....

Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual Cycles

4 October 2021
Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women`s Menstrual CyclesMONDAY, Oct. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- From the fear of getting sick to lockdown isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased stress levels, and for many women, the uptick led to changes in their monthly periods.More than half of respondents to an online survey reported changes in their menstrual cycles during the pandemic, including differences in premenstrual symptoms and in the time between cycles and the duration of their bleeding."It is well-known that stress can cause changes in menstrual cycles, and these changes range from shorter or longer periods to heavier or lighter bleeding, and may cause women and people who menstruate to skip or miss a period altogether," said study author Nicole Woitowich. She's a research assistant professor of medical social sciences at...

Flu Shot Even More Important During Pandemic: Expert

3 October 2021
Flu Shot Even More Important During Pandemic: ExpertSUNDAY, Oct. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Although the focus is on the COVID-19 vaccine, don't forget to also get your flu shot — it's important, an expert says."In the United States, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the flu, and there are many vaccines available that will fit your need based on age and other important risk factors," said Dr. Pedro Piedra. He is a professor of molecular virology and microbiology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.Last year's flu season was very mild, probably due to masking and social distancing to prevent COVID-19. But, now that these guidelines have been eased, this year's flu season could look quite different.According to Piedra:All flu vaccines this season contain four components...

1 in 4 Parents Say Their Kids Have Been Quarantined...

1 October 2021
1 in 4 Parents Say Their Kids Have Been Quarantined Since School StartedFRIDAY, Oct. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of U.S. parents report that their child has had to quarantine because of possible COVID-19 exposure since school started, a new poll finds.The nationally representative survey of 1,519 people conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 22 included 414 people who identified themselves as parents of children aged 17 and younger. Still, about two-thirds of parents said they thought schools are taking appropriate measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.The vaccine landscape has changed some since the survey happened, with Pfizer announcing recently that its vaccine is safe and effective for children aged 5 to 11, though it has not yet applied for emergency use authorization. No vaccine has been approved yet for this age group.Meanwhile,...

Breastfeeding Longer May Lower Postpartum Depression Risk

1 October 2021
Breastfeeding Longer May Lower Postpartum Depression RiskFRIDAY, Oct. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Besides the long-established benefits of breastfeeding for baby and mom, a new study reports one more: Nursing could help chase the blues away.It is linked to a lower risk for postpartum depression -- the so-called "baby blues" -- and nursing for a longer time may further ease depression symptoms, according to the findings."Women suffering from postpartum depression, which occurs within four weeks and up to 12 months after childbirth, endure feelings of sadness, anxiety and extreme fatigue that makes it difficult for them to function," said senior study author Christine Toledo, an assistant professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University."Women with postpartum depression who are not treated also may have...
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