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Child Car Seat Safety Tip: Skip Puffy Winter Coats

Child Car Seat Safety Tip: Skip Puffy Winter CoatsSATURDAY, Jan. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Puffy coats have their place, but it's not inside a car seat.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a variety of tips for keeping your little ones safe and warm while traveling by car.The first is to avoid dressing children in puffy coats or snowsuits before buckling them in, because car seat straps won't tighten enough. That creates a danger that the fluffy padding will flatten in the force of a crash and the youngster will slip from the seat and be thrown from the car. Puffy coats are not safe in a car seat or under a seat belt for someone of any age, the AAP said."Parents may not recognize the potential danger of buckling up a child who is wearing a puffy coat," said Dr. Sarah Denny, a pediatrician with expertise in injury...

FDA Approves First Once-a-Month HIV Therapy

22 January 2021
FDA Approves First Once-a-Month HIV TherapyFRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The first monthly shots to treat adults with HIV were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday."Currently, the standard of care for patients with HIV includes patients taking daily pills to adequately manage their condition. This approval will allow some patients the option of receiving once-monthly injections in lieu of a daily oral treatment regimen," said Dr. John Farley, director of the Office of Infectious Diseases in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research."Having this treatment available for some patients provides an alternative for managing this chronic condition," he added in an agency news release.One expert said the shots will likely be welcomed by HIV patients.The shots "will enhance quality of life"...

For Maximum Effectiveness, De-Stress and Get Healthy...

22 January 2021
For Maximum Effectiveness, De-Stress and Get Healthy Before Your COVID ShotFRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Not many people have had the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine yet.But while you wait your turn, there are some steps you can take to give the vaccine — whichever brand you get — a boost when it's available to you.An Ohio State University review of 49 vaccine studies dating back 30 years examined how stress, depression and healthy behaviors, such as exercise, can affect immune response to a vaccine.Although it's not realistic to entirely transform your health and habits in a few weeks or months, there are some steps everyone can take — even last-minute ones — to make a difference.Those include getting good sleep as well as exercise in the days before and after you get your shot, said the review's senior author, Janice...

Half of Americans Still Not Wearing Masks When Out in...

22 January 2021
Half of Americans Still Not Wearing Masks When Out in Public: PollFRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Though masks are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19, half of Americans don't wear them when mixing with the public.That's a key takeaway from the ongoing study of more than 6,000 U.S. adults by researchers at the University of Southern California Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research.Even though 83% of American adults view wearing a mask as an effective way to protect themselves from COVID-19, their behavior is inconsistent, and often high-risk, researchers found.Two-thirds of respondents said they were in close contact with people outside their household in early December, but only about 51% said they mostly or always wore a mask at those times.White people were least likely to mask up -- 46% said they always or most...

AHA News: Anxiety Is Linked With Smoking – But How Is Still Hazy

22 January 2021
AHA News: Anxiety Is Linked With Smoking – But How Is Still HazyFRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- In these stressful pandemic times, health experts have more reason to circle back to the link between anxiety and smoking: Does anxiety cause people to smoke? Or does smoking cause anxiety?Like many other aspects of mental health and addiction, there are no cut-and-dried conclusions."I think we've generated more questions on the subject than we have answers," said Brian Hitsman, associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the U.S., affecting between 15% and 19% of the adult population and encompassing everything from phobias and panic attacks to intense fear of social situations and chronic...

For Rising Number of People, Obesity Is a Literal Headache

22 January 2021
For Rising Number of People, Obesity Is a Literal HeadacheTHURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As worldwide obesity rates continue to soar, new research shows that growing numbers of people are developing a potentially blinding type of weight-linked headache that was once considered rare.Though the study was conducted in Wales, one U.S. expert said the same surge in these headaches is likely happening in this country and elsewhere, but he cautioned that just because someone is obese and has headaches doesn't mean he or she have this rare headache, known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)."Obese individuals are at greater risk for more frequent migraine, too," noted Dr. Brian Grosberg, director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center in Connecticut.In the study, IIH rates increased sixfold in Wales between 2003 and 2017 --...

Even When Cancer Is in Remission, Patients' Risks of Severe COVID Rise

22 January 2021
Even When Cancer Is in Remission, Patients` Risks of Severe COVID RiseFRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Your cancer has gone into remission, so you breathe a sigh of relief as you try to navigate the coronavirus pandemic safely.Not so fast, says new research that finds even cancer patients in remission still have a high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.Previous studies have shown that cancer patients who have active disease or are hospitalized are at increased risk of severe COVID-19. Now, this latest report shows that protective measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing are just as important for cancer patients in remission, Penn Medicine researchers said."Patients who have cancer need to be careful not to become exposed during this time," said senior study author Dr. Kara Maxwell, an assistant professor of...

Exercise Doesn't Boost Health If You Stay Obese, Study Finds

22 January 2021
Exercise Doesn`t Boost Health If You Stay Obese, Study FindsFRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The harmful effects of obesity on the heart can't be undone by exercise, and it's not possible to be "fat but healthy," Spanish researchers warn."Exercise does not seem to compensate for the negative effects of excess weight," said study author Alejandro Lucia, a professor of exercise physiology at European University in Madrid. The study findings "refute the notion that a physically active lifestyle can completely negate the deleterious effects of overweight and obesity," he said.Lucia and his colleagues analyzed data from nearly 528,000 working adults in Spain. The participants' average age was 42 and close to 7 out of 10 were men.About 42% of these adults were normal weight; 41% were overweight, and 18% were obese. Most were inactive...

You're More Likely to Maintain Social Distance If Your...

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Family and friends can influence whether people follow social distancing recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study finds.British...

Immune System May 'Remember' Infections From Previous...

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Previous coronavirus infections might prime the immune system to fight the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a new study suggests. There are numerous...
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