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Air and Noise Pollution May Make You Vulnerable to Heart Failure

Air and Noise Pollution May Make You Vulnerable to Heart FailureFRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Years of exposure to air pollution and traffic noise could make you more vulnerable to heart failure, a new study warns."We found that long-term exposure to specific air pollutants and road traffic noise increased the risk of incident heart failure, especially for former smokers or people with hypertension, so preventive and educational measures are necessary," said lead study author Youn-Hee Lim, an assistant professor in the section of environmental health at the University of Copenhagen."To minimize the impact of these exposures, broad public tactics such as emissions control measures should be implemented. Strategies like smoking cessation and blood pressure control must be encouraged to help reduce individual risk," she added.Lim's study...

For Kids, Accidental Burns Another Scar of the Pandemic

8 October 2021
For Kids, Accidental Burns Another Scar of the Pandemic FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Accidental burns among U.S. children rose by one-third during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study."COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders inevitably created a new dynamic between children and their social environment. One result was the increased risk of burns those children experienced," said Dr. Christina Georgeades, a study author and pediatric surgery research fellow at Children's Wisconsin, in Milwaukee."Understanding specific factors that contributed will be key in minimizing the risk of future burn injuries as we continue to navigate the pandemic environment," Georgeades added in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Many children stayed home from school and may have been unsupervised at...

Social Distancing Kept Kids From Getting Flu, RSV

8 October 2021
Social Distancing Kept Kids From Getting Flu, RSVFRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Social distancing and mask mandates during the pandemic nearly eliminated cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children, a new study finds."Numbers don't lie. Face masking, and proper hygiene and isolation, can be effective means to protect the vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and young children, during the respiratory virus season," said study author Dr. Osama El-Assal, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio.Seasonal flu can be deadly for medically vulnerable children, and RSV causes about 300,000 emergency room visits a year in the United States, the researchers noted.Like the rest of the nation, Ohio instituted school closings, travel restrictions, social distancing and face...

Brush & Floss: Better Oral Health Keeps Severe COVID at Bay

8 October 2021
Brush & Floss: Better Oral Health Keeps Severe COVID at BayFRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Good dental hygiene may well be a weapon against severe COVID-19: A new study shows that taking care of your teeth and gums may lower your risk of serious infection, especially if you have heart disease.Previous research has found an association between poor oral hygiene and increased inflammation and heart disease, and COVID-19 severity has also been linked to an inflammatory response, the study authors noted."Oral tissues could act as a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2, developing a high viral load in the oral cavity. Therefore, we recommended maintenance of oral health and improving oral hygiene measures, especially during COVID-19 infection," said study lead author Dr. Ahmed Mustafa Basuoni, a cardiology consultant at Cairo University in Egypt.To...

Could an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid Surgery?

7 October 2021
Could an App Help Kids With Severe Ear Condition Avoid Surgery?THURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of special headphones plus a free app might help kids with hearing difficulty due to "glue ear," a new, small study suggests.Glue ear is slang for a condition called otitis media with effusion (OME), where thick fluid builds up in the middle ear. It's very common in young children but strikes older kids as well, and often occurs after a cold or sore throat. Usually, the fluid goes away on its own in four to six weeks.Sometimes, though, the buildup persists for months and may impair hearing -- which can be a big problem for young children developing their language skills, and for older kids in school.The standard way to manage those cases is by surgically implanting a tiny tube in the opening of the eardrum to drain the fluid from behind...

Picky Eating, Social Phobia Often Linked in College Students

7 October 2021
Picky Eating, Social Phobia Often Linked in College StudentsTHURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Parents frazzled by their little ones' finicky food choices often sigh in exasperation, thinking: "They'll grow out of it by college."Maybe not, suggests a new study from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Some young people continue their picky eating into early adulthood, often restricting their diets to 10 foods or even fewer.Such a limited diet can mean they're not getting the fiber and vegetables they need, which could be a health issue. But the study also suggests picky eaters also may be experiencing other challenges such as social phobias, including around eating. Social phobia is the fear of being judged by others during everyday activities, often resulting in fear or embarrassment."If someone's a picky eater but they couldn't...

Pfizer Seeks FDA Emergency Approval for COVID Vaccine in Younger Kids

7 October 2021
Pfizer Seeks FDA Emergency Approval for COVID Vaccine in Younger KidsTHURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pfizer Inc. announced Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval for its coronavirus vaccine to be given to children between the ages of 5 and 11."We're committed to working with the FDA with the ultimate goal of helping protect children against this serious public health threat," the company said in a tweet announcing the FDA filing.Meanwhile, the FDA has already scheduled an Oct. 26 meeting to consider Pfizer's request, with a ruling expected between Halloween and Thanksgiving, the New York Times reported.Pfizer has proposed giving children one-third of the adult dosage, which may require adding more diluent to each injection or using a different vial or syringe, the Times reported. Vaccine doses...

AHA News: A 3-year-old girl with Down syndrome is already a model and ambassador of the heart

7 October 2021
AHA News: A 3-year-old girl with Down syndrome is already a model and ambassador of the heartTHURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Heart surgery can be tough. It can be stressful. And while it can lead families on a path they might not have chosen, sometimes that path guides them smack dab into a purpose.That's what happened to Ariel Hernandez and her family.When she was barely 2 years old, Ariel had a lifesaving operation. It was a groundbreaking procedure that her heart surgeons learned in Brazil, and news of it spread widely. A year later, Ariel has been part of television interviews with her cardiologist, Dr. James Hill, in Sacramento, California.Even before surgery, Ariel, who also has Down syndrome, was modeling for major retailers, which she loves, said her mom, Kristal Hernandez. It's a way "to tell her own story, and to put a face and personality...

Kids With Food Allergies Are Often Targets for Bullies

THURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Life is challenging enough for teens and pre-teens with food allergies. But bullying often comes with the territory, making their situation worse.In a...

Los Angeles Passes Country's Strictest Vaccine Mandate

THURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- One of the strictest coronavirus vaccine mandates in the United States has been approved in Los Angeles.The city council on Wednesday voted 11-2 in favor...

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