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Early High School Start Times May Hurt Attendance

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- High school students who have early start times are more likely to show up late or cut school entirely, a new study finds. As schools across the United States think about reopening, they might want to bear this in mind. "The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that high schools begin class after 8:30 a.m., but we know that most schools start much earlier," said researcher Melinda Morrill, an associate professor of economics at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. "We were able to look at five high schools that moved start times from 8:05 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. in order to examine the effect that the change had on students," she said in a university news release. The researchers found that the five schools had significantly lower...

Best Ways to Help Kids Through the Pandemic

1 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- They're not at school. They miss their friends. And Mom and Dad look worried. Lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic can take a toll on everyone, especially kids. Most children are aware of what's going on at some level, said Dr. David Schonfeld, director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Even toddlers pick up on their parents' anxiousness and changes in the family's schedule. To help your children manage their feelings, you can ask what they understand and what concerns them. "If a parent is worried about what's happening, the children can pick up on that. I advise people not to hide it," Schonfeld said in a hospital news release. "Children want adults to be authentic and...

AHA News: How Pregnant Woman's High Blood Pressure Can...

30 April 2020
THURSDAY, April 30, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Mothers who have high blood pressure are more likely to have babies with slightly different-shaped hearts, a finding that could impact future cardiovascular care for those women and their children, according to a new study. The research, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds a new layer of understanding to how pregnancy complications affect prenatal and postnatal heart health. Past studies have shown premature birth and low birth weight may affect how an infant's heart forms. The new research looked at the prenatal experience – whether high blood pressure, also called hypertension, among pregnant women also might affect the shape of babies' hearts. Researchers from the United Kingdom...

AHA News: Make Mother's Day Last All Year With Wellness...

29 April 2020
WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- It wouldn't be Mother's Day without flowers and a messy breakfast in bed. But is there more we can do for mom's long-term benefit, and perhaps even for motherhood in general? There surely is, experts say, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. As May 10 approaches, here are a few things to keep in mind. "My kids are always asking me what they should do for Mother's Day," said Dr. Norrina Bai Allen, associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology. "I like to have a mix of family time and peace and quiet," said Allen, whose five children range from 18 months to 10 years. "So, we'll try and do something as a...

COVID-19 Continues to Strike Men Harder Than Women

29 April 2020
WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New research adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests men are far more vulnerable to severe COVID-19 than women are. Although both genders fall ill in the same numbers, men are 2.5 times more likely to get severe disease and die, the study from China showed. The finding comes as scientists in New York and California are starting to test a novel hypothesis that sex hormones might play a part in disease severity. Last week, doctors on Long Island started treating COVID-19 patients with estrogen to boost their immune systems, The New York Times reported. And beginning next week, physicians in Los Angeles will start treating male patients with progesterone, a hormone that is predominantly found in women. Progesterone has...
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