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2022

Stories of Difficult Conception, Birth Can Boost Appreciation of Life

Stories of Difficult Conception, Birth Can Boost Appreciation of LifeWEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Stories about their difficult birth or their parents' fertility challenges can give adult children a more grateful, upbeat attitude towards their lives, British researchers suggest.They studied the messages as well as how they were delivered, interviewing people about the stories they had been told about their conception and birth."Many of us know our birth story. However, for those whose parents had difficulty in conceiving them or whose mothers had a traumatic delivery, hearing those stories can shape their perceptions of both themselves and their parents as they grow to comprehend all the hardships and pain experienced to bring them into the world," said study author Jane Ogden. She's a professor of health psychology at the University of...

Almost Two-Thirds of Women Have Troublesome Premenstrual...

7 September 2022
Almost Two-Thirds of Women Have Troublesome Premenstrual SymptomsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of women experience premenstrual mood swings and anxiety, making it a “key public health issue globally,” a new study finds.Researchers found that 64% of women experience these symptoms, which disrupt their daily lives.“Our study demonstrates that premenstrual mood symptoms are incredibly common worldwide,” said senior study author Dr. Jennifer Payne, director of the Reproductive Psychiatry Research Program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. “More important, a majority of women reported that their premenstrual symptoms interfered with their everyday life at least some of the time.”For the study, the researchers analyzed more than 238,000 survey responses from women aged 18 to 55 in 140 countries using an...

Black Women Less Likely to Get Laparoscopic Fibroid...

6 September 2022
Black Women Less Likely to Get Laparoscopic Fibroid SurgeriesTUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery for uterine fibroids can often be done through minimally invasive techniques that avoid a hospital stay. But Black and Hispanic women may be less likely to receive these treatments, a recent study finds.Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus. Sometimes they cause no problems, but when they do — like heavy monthly bleeding and pain — treatment may be necessary.One option is surgery: a myomectomy, which removes just the fibroids; or a hysterectomy, which removes the uterus. Either surgery can often be done in a minimally invasive way — vaginally or through small incisions in the abdomen.Yet in the new study, researchers found that Black and Hispanic women often did not receive those less extensive procedures —...

Pediatricians Urge Parents to Get Kids a Flu Shot

6 September 2022
Pediatricians Urge Parents to Get Kids a Flu ShotTUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children should get their flu shot as soon as it is available, preferably by the end of October, a leading medical group recommends.Flu vaccination lagged last year, with 55% of children getting their vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted. Coverage levels were 8 percentage points lower for Black children compared with white children, and the academy said the flu disproportionately affects families who are Black, Hispanic or American Indian or Alaska Native.“As a pediatrician and a parent, I consider the flu vaccine as critical for all family members,” said Dr. Kristina Bryant, lead author of a new policy statement from the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. It was published online Sept. 6 and will appear in the...

Could High-Dose Folic Acid Raise COVID Risks?

6 September 2022
Could High-Dose Folic Acid Raise COVID Risks?TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folic acid, a B vitamin that's used widely to fortify foods and lower the risk of birth defects, may carry a hidden risk for those who have to take huge quantities of it: A new study shows those folks were more likely to get COVID-19 and to die from it.“We examined whether COVID-19 diagnosis and death were related to the large doses of folic acid -- five times the safe upper limit -- prescribed to patients for a variety of medically approved indications," said study co-author Dr. Ralph Green, an expert on B vitamins from the University of California, Davis. "We found that the risk of becoming infected and dying from COVID-19 was significantly greater in the group treated with folic acid.”In general, low levels of folic acid are linked to...
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