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Americans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed Foods

Americans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed FoodsFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods is putting their health at risk, researchers warn.Ultra-processed foods are ready-to-eat or heat, include additives, and contain little, if any, whole foods. They include frozen pizza, soda, fast food, sweets, salty snacks, canned soup and most breakfast cereals. Previous research has shown that eating ultra-processed foods is associated with obesity and heart disease.The New York University investigators analyzed U.S. federal government data and found that the proportion of ultra-processed foods in Americans' diets grew from 53.5% of calories in 2001-2002 to 57% in 2017-2018, while consumption of whole foods fell from 32.7% to 27.4% of calories, mostly due to people eating less meat...

Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective...

15 October 2021
Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective Against COVID VariantsFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines protect against a number of coronavirus variants, including highly contagious Delta, another study confirms.The findings come as breakthrough infections in vaccinated people raise questions about the vaccines' ability to protect against emerging variants.The shots do "induce high levels of antibodies against Delta and most variants," said study co-author Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology at Yale University. "And two shots are better than one." Booster shots can also help protect against infection, according to the findings. They were published Oct. 11 in the journal Nature.For the study, the researchers collected blood samples from 40 health care workers between November 2020 and January 2021,...

Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them...

15 October 2021
Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In some heartening news on the vaccine front, two-thirds of American parents of children ages 5 to 11 plan to get their youngsters vaccinated when COVID-19 shots are approved for that age group, a new survey shows."While we're encouraged to see that a majority of parents intend to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 once they are eligible, there is clearly more work to be done to help address parents' questions and ease concerns about the vaccines," said Beth Battaglino, CEO of HealthyWomen and an organizer of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, which conducted the survey."Reaching people where they are, listening and working with trusted community voices to help instill confidence in the vaccine development, and [the]...

Horseback Riding Carries Big Risk for Serious Injury: Study

15 October 2021
Horseback Riding Carries Big Risk for Serious Injury: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Days in the saddle can be risky, with horseback riding a potentially deadly activity, according to a new study."Hospital admission risk from horseback riding is higher than football, auto and motorcycle racing, and skiing," the study authors noted. Chest injuries are most common among riders, but head and neck injuries are the deadliest.The findings show that "equestrian-related injuries are a frequently ignored public health issue," wrote lead author Dr. Jeffrey Skubic and colleagues. Skubic is a trauma surgeon from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.The researchers analyzed data on nearly 25,000 adults, average age 47, treated for horse riding-related injuries at U.S. trauma centers between 2007 and 2016. The...

Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

15 October 2021
Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Children who spent more time in nature during pandemic lockdowns suffered fewer behavioral and emotional problems, British researchers say.The investigators also found that children in wealthier families tended to increase their connection to nature during the pandemic more than those from poorer families. The new study included 376 families in the United Kingdom who had children aged 3 to 7, and took part in an online survey between April and July 2020. More than half of the families said their children's interaction with nature increased during the first lockdown, while the rest said their children's connection with nature stayed the same or decreased. One-third of children whose links with nature declined had increases in acting out or in...

Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

15 October 2021
Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: StudyFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Adult staff in schools are more likely than students to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often used and improve the chances of survival, a new study finds. AEDs are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to try and restart the heart. If appropriate action isn't taken immediately, cardiac arrest is often fatal."Most research on sudden cardiac arrest in school-aged populations focuses on high schools and student athletes, leaving out the majority of students and adults in schools," said lead study author Milla Arabadjian. She is a postdoctoral research associate at New York University College of Nursing, in New York City.To get a more complete picture, the researchers surveyed almost 900...

'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

14 October 2021
`Feel Good` Hormone Won`t Help Ease Kids` Autism, Study FindsTHURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Despite hints of promise from early research, a new clinical trial finds no evidence that kids with autism benefit from nasal sprays containing the "love" hormone oxytocin.Researchers called the findings disappointing.But they said the study also offers important information: Some parents of children with autism are already using oxytocin nasal sprays in the hopes of supporting their children's social development.That hope was spurred by positive findings in some small studies testing synthetic versions of oxytocin — a natural hormone in the body that supports bonding, whether between mother and child or romantic partners.Yet, the new trial found that over six months, children given oxytocin showed no more gains in their social abilities...

Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

14 October 2021
Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- It could be a bad flu season this year — and for a couple of years to come — in places in the United States where COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and masking have been lifted, researchers warn.These sorts of measures caused flu cases to decline by more than 60% within the first 10 weeks after COVID-19 lockdowns were implemented in 2020, Columbia University researchers found.That's because face masks, hand washing and maintaining your distance work as well at preventing influenza infections as they do to stop the spread of COVID-19, said senior researcher Sen Pei. He is an assistant professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in New York City."We know COVID-19 and influenza share...

AHA News: New York City Attorney Was the Picture of Good...

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- A lifelong athlete who rowed for Brown University and enjoyed the occasional cycling road race, New York City attorney Lowell Chase...

CDC Reports Record High 12-Month Drug Overdose Death Toll

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths in the United States hit a new record for the 12-month period ending March 2021, new government data shows.A record high 96,779...
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