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High Blood Pressure Now Affects 1 in Every 7 U.S. Pregnancies

High Blood Pressure Now Affects 1 in Every 7 U.S. Pregnancies FRIDAY, April 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of high blood pressure among pregnant women in the United States are on the rise and now occur in at least one in seven hospital deliveries, a new government report warns.The overall rate of what are called hypertensive disorders in pregnancy increased from about 13% of hospital deliveries in 2017 to 16% in 2019, but rates are higher among certain racial/ethnic groups. In addition, the researchers found that the rate was highest among women older than 45 (31%), and also high among those in rural counties (16%), in lower-income ZIP codes (16%), and those in the South (16%) and Midwest (15%). High blood pressure in pregnancy can cause severe complications, such as heart attack and stroke, and is a leading cause of pregnancy-related death...

Vaccine Taken During Pregnancy Might Shield Baby Against RSV

28 April 2022
Vaccine Taken During Pregnancy Might Shield Baby Against RSVTHURSDAY, April 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine given during pregnancy has shown early promise for protecting infants from a potentially severe respiratory infection.The vaccine, being developed by Pfizer, aims to protect babies from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Most of the time, RSV causes nothing more than a cold. But it can lead to serious lung infections in some babies, especially preemies, and in young children with certain medical conditions.The researchers found that the experimental vaccine, dubbed RSVpreF, could be safely given to moms between the 24th and 36th week of pregnancy. The vaccine spurred them to generate infection-fighting antibodies against RSV, which were then transferred across the placenta — providing their newborns with defenses...

Teens on TikTok: Fun, But Addictive and Maybe Harmful

28 April 2022
Teens on TikTok: Fun, But Addictive and Maybe HarmfulTHURSDAY, April 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In the fall of 2021, TikTok announced a major milestone to coincide with its fifth anniversary: The amassing of roughly 1 billion global users, many of them young, turning to the app every month as a way to view, make and share bite-sized videos. But what exactly do those young users think of the app? Is it a boon to their self-esteem and creativity, or an addictive time-waster that creates unhealthy competition and expectations?A small, new study suggests the answer is likely both."TikTok is an app used by many adolescents that features short videos on a wide range of topics," explained study author Bradley Kerr. He is a researcher in the department of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public...

U.S. Doctors on the Frontlines of Hepatitis Outbreak...

27 April 2022
U.S. Doctors on the Frontlines of Hepatitis Outbreak Striking KidsWEDNESDAY, April 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As health experts around the world try to understand why nearly 200 children in 12 countries have fallen seriously ill with severe hepatitis, doctors in Alabama are investigating nine such cases in that state. In each case, seemingly healthy kids ended up in hospital with acute liver inflammation.What's going on is "definitely not the norm," said Dr. Helena Gutierrez, medical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Children's of Alabama, a hospital in Birmingham, which has been treating all nine patients, who range in age from 1 to 6 years."It's quite rare to see severe hepatitis to the point of needing hospitalization in kids this age," Gutierrez noted. "On average, we see maybe four to five cases a year at most. So, to see...

Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

27 April 2022
Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood VaccinesWEDNESDAY, April 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Babies and toddlers who've been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations, new research warns.The study is the first to suggest that antibiotics might dampen youngsters' ability to generate infection-fighting antibodies in response to vaccination.Experts cautioned that more research is necessary, and it's not clear whether antibiotic use is linked to higher rates of breakthrough infections.But the study builds on earlier work, in lab animals and one study of adults, hinting at a way that antibiotics could hinder antibody production: The drugs temporarily kill off some of the beneficial bacteria that live in the gut, and those bugs play a key role in immune function.Routine childhood...

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