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Concerns Around Sex, Fertility Often Ignored in Breast Cancer Care: Survey

Concerns Around Sex, Fertility Often Ignored in Breast Cancer Care: SurveyTUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Shehzin Tietjen was 27 years old when she felt a lump in one of her breasts while in the shower.That discovery led to a confirmation of breast cancer, an unexpected jolt at her age. "I was really shocked," said Tietjen, who lives in Atlanta.Though breast cancer is more common in postmenopausal women, about 9% of new breast cancer cases occur in women under 45. Many breast cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, can affect fertility.While Tietjen soon began talking with doctors about preserving her fertility, that's not a conversation all young women with a similar diagnosis have, according to a survey of more than 700 breast cancer patients by Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit.Only 49% of survey respondents...

As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse Soars

5 December 2022
As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse SoarsMONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- American kids are drinking to excess less and abusing marijuana more, a new study finds.Marijuana abuse among 6- to 18-year-olds has increased 245% since 2000, while child alcohol abuse has steadily declined over those years, say researchers who analyzed poisonings over two decades. "This dramatic increase does coincide with this huge wave of decriminalization in the U.S.," said lead researcher Dr. Adrienne Hughes, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.And use of cannabis has evolved over the years, too."We're seeing that adolescents are moving away from smoking weed, and they're moving on to alternative modes of consumption," like edibles, Hughes said. "A lot of times they're marketed in ways that...

Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers...

5 December 2022
Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers Now Know WhyMONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Young girls tend to babble their way to bigger vocabularies earlier than boys, and researchers now think they might know why.It has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with parental interaction, researchers assert.Parents tend to talk more to young children who have started talking and can respond to them, regardless of gender, according to data derived from more than 2,000 hours of observation.In turn, those conversations fuel language development among the children."This study provides evidence that children actively influence their own language environments as they grow," said lead researcher Shannon Dailey, a postdoctoral scholar at Duke University in Durham, N.C.Appropriately, today is National Communicate With Your Kids Day --...

Put Safety at Top of Your Holiday Toy Gift List

4 December 2022
Put Safety at Top of Your Holiday Toy Gift ListSUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Getting toys for some of the tots in your life this holiday season? Experts at Penn State Health offer tips on making safe choices.Each year, about 200,000 U.S. children end up in the emergency room with a toy-related injury, ranging from poisoning to choking hazards, according to Jen Lau, program manager of Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa.“Not all toys are safe,” said Dr. Mary Catherine Santos, a pediatric surgeon at the hospital. “We see problems with children requiring surgery or having traumatic injuries from toys where the child isn’t supervised or the toy is given to a child of the wrong age.”Among the biggest concerns are button batteries or magnets.If ingested,...

Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

30 November 2022
Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season WorseWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual “sick season,” pharmacists report.The antiviral flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply for both adults and children, in both its brand name formulation as well as the generic version, said Michael Ganio, senior director of pharmacy practice and quality with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.In addition, shortages are occurring in the pediatric versions of amoxicillin and Augmentin, two antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections that often follow flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) or COVID in children, said Brigid Groves, senior director of practice and professional affairs with the American...

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