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Lab-Made Heart Valves Can Grow Along With Youngest Heart Patients

Lab-Made Heart Valves Can Grow Along With Youngest Heart PatientsMONDAY, March 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Lab-created heart valves that grow with the recipient could spare kids born with heart defects from the repeated valve-replacement surgeries they now endure.University of Minnesota researchers found that lab-created valves implanted in young lambs for a year were capable of growing within the recipient. "This is a huge step forward in pediatric heart research," said senior researcher Robert Tranquillo, a professor of biomedical and chemical engineering and materials science. "This is the first demonstration that a valve implanted into a large animal model, in our case a lamb, can grow with the animal into adulthood."Right now, the only accepted options for kids with heart defects are valves made from chemically treated animal tissues. But...

Virtual Learning Has Taken a Toll on Kids' & Parents'...

19 March 2021
Virtual Learning Has Taken a Toll on Kids` & Parents` Mental HealthFRIDAY, March 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A new government report confirms what many moms and dads already know: Parents and kids are struggling mightily to cope with the stresses of distance learning.A survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of parents of children aged 5 to 12 found that parents of kids receiving in-person instruction were less likely to suffer from stress than those whose schooling was via computer or a combination of in-school and distance learning. The pandemic itself increased stress, which was compounded by not having regular supports and its impact on parents' ability to work, said Kathleen Ethier, director of CDC's division of adolescent and school health."These are families that may have experienced loss and are in communities...

Lockdowns Are Putting People With Eating Disorders in Crisis

19 March 2021
Lockdowns Are Putting People With Eating Disorders in CrisisFRIDAY, March 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- At Eating Recovery Center, which offers treatment and services for people who have eating disorders, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs were switched to virtual when the pandemic began.But that didn't sit well with people who were working on their recovery."Our patients said, 'You can't do this. This is not enough support for us,'" said Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, a certified eating disorder specialist and regional clinical director at the Eating Recovery Center in Chicago. "And within a week, we brought partial hospitalization back on site because we realized that the risk to them not getting treatment on site was worse than the risk to them coming out in public."Among those who are facing fear, isolation and loss during...

Pandemic Has Pregnant Women 'Really Stressed,' Survey Shows

19 March 2021
Pandemic Has Pregnant Women `Really Stressed,` Survey ShowsFRIDAY, March 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The pandemic is turning what should be a joyful time for pregnant women into a stress-filled experience.Why? Fears that their infants might catch COVID-19 is one of the main reasons anxiety levels are soaring, a new survey finds.Researchers from Washington State University analyzed responses from more than 160 pregnant and postpartum women (those who'd recently delivered) from April 28 to June 30, 2020.The results showed that 52% of pregnant women and 49% of postpartum women worried about their babies contracting COVID-19, and 46% had sought additional information about COVID-19 protocols from the hospital where they planned to deliver, or had delivered, their babies.The survey also revealed many other serious concerns. For example, one woman...

Many U.S. Mammography Centers Aren't Following Expert Guidelines: Report

18 March 2021
Many U.S. Mammography Centers Aren`t Following Expert Guidelines: ReportTHURSDAY, March 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- An ongoing debate about when and how often women should undergo screening mammograms is intensifying in medical circles.A new study and an editorial published online March 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine are adding new fuel to the fight. The research suggests many U.S. screening centers are testing women earlier and more often than necessary, and an accompanying editorial warns that "recommendations from breast cancer centers for frequent screening mammography in younger women may do more harm than good."That prompted a rapid response from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging, which called both pieces misleading. The groups added that the writers ignored racial and regional disparities.So, when should a woman...

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