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America's Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

America`s Pediatricians Offer Tips for a Safe HalloweenSUNDAY, Oct. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As pint-size witches, ghosts and superheroes roam the streets on Halloween, it’s important for adults to keep their eyes on safety.“It’s always best for an adult to accompany young children when they trick-or-treat,” said Dr. Sadiqa Kendi, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.“Often your town or park district will offer Halloween activities earlier in the day so you can avoid going out after dark. Older children should travel in groups and create a ‘buddy system’ to get each other home safely and prevent walking alone,” Kendi said in an academy news release. The pediatricians' group suggests that homeowners keep pathways to the door well-lit and...

A New Dad's Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His Kids

20 October 2023
A New Dad`s Postpartum Depression Can Be Tough on His KidsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s well known that mothers can suffer postpartum depression, a condition that affects not only their well-being but also their child’s development.Now, new research finds that fathers can also experience depression after the births of their babies and this doubles their children’s odds of having three or more adverse childhood experiences before the age of 5. “There's a number of things that motivated our study. The first was that father's depression in the first year of life has already been shown to have other kinds of adverse effects on children, such as parenting difficulties or difficulties in child behavior later in life,” said study author Dr. Kristine Schmitz. She is an assistant professor of population health, quality...

Mom's Curling Iron Can Be Big Burn Hazard for Kids

20 October 2023
Mom`s Curling Iron Can Be Big Burn Hazard for KidsFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of thousands of U.S. children received burns over a decade from beauty devices found in many homes: curling irons.“Hair styling tools are a timeless piece of our everyday routine, helping to create the picture-perfect look. Yet they have the greatest propensity to create a not so picture-perfect accident when not handled with care,” said Dr. Brandon Rozanski, lead author of a new study and a pediatric resident at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.“Electric hair styling tools can reach temperatures as high as 450 degrees F in a matter of minutes, creating potential situations of unintentional burn injury for both the device user and surrounding bystanders,” Rozanski said in a news release from the American Academy of...

Think You're Not a 'Helicopter' Parent? New Poll Finds...

16 October 2023
Think You`re Not a `Helicopter` Parent? New Poll Finds Many AreMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As kids grow up, their desire to venture out on their own and gain some independence is natural.And a new national poll suggests that most parents say they’re fine with that.The problem? The poll highlights a pretty big gap between what parents say and what they actually allow, with many choosing to keep their kids on a pretty short leash.“We wanted to see if parents are consistent between what they say and what they do with respect to fostering independence,” explained poll co-director Sarah Clark, a research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics with the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center at the University of Michigan Medicine.“We thought there would be a gap, but we didn’t think it would be this big,” Clark...

When Health Care Access Is Equal, Race Gap in Prostate Cancer Survival Vanishes

12 October 2023
When Health Care Access Is Equal, Race Gap in Prostate Cancer Survival VanishesTHURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Men of all races and ethnic groups who have prostate cancer fare equally well when access to care is identical, a new study finds. The disparity in outcomes from prostate cancer between Black, Hispanic and white men disappears when treatment and care are the same, as it is in U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) hospitals. In fact, Black and Hispanic men, on average fared better than white men, researchers report."Traditionally, the outcomes for Black and Hispanic patients, at least in non-equal access health care settings, have been poor," said lead researcher Kelli Rasmussen, an epidemiologist at the University of Utah School of Medicine."There's a myriad of reasons, one of which we know is that prostate cancer often presents in Black...

Want Your Child to Have Empathy? Stay Close

9 October 2023
Want Your Child to Have Empathy? Stay CloseMONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Young children who are close to their parents are more likely to grow up to be kind, caring and considerate. These kids may also have fewer mental health problems during early childhood and adolescence, a new study finds.By contrast, children whose early relationships with their parents are emotionally strained or abusive are less likely to become thoughtful and generous.“Taking time to build warm, close, comforting and understanding relationships between parents and children in early childhood tends to predict children’s resilience against mental health difficulties, and increases their levels of prosociality throughout childhood and adolescence,” said study co-author Ioannis Katsantonis, a researcher at the University of Cambridge in the...

California Governor Rejects Bill to Provide Free Condoms to High Schoolers

9 October 2023
California Governor Rejects Bill to Provide Free Condoms to High SchoolersMONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A California bill would have made free condoms available for high schoolers, but it was vetoed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom because of cost. California has a budget deficit of $30 billion, Newsom noted in his veto of Senate Bill 541. This bill, plus several other measures lawmakers passed, would have increased state budget costs by $19 billion.“This bill would create an unfunded mandate to public schools that should be considered in the annual budget process,” the Democratic governor wrote. If the bill had been allowed to go through, it would have required public schools with grades 9 through 12 to make condoms available and free for all students. Those with grades 7 through 12 would have been required to allow condoms to be available as part...

New Dads Might Also Need Screening for Postpartum Depression

6 October 2023
New Dads Might Also Need Screening for Postpartum DepressionFRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Postpartum depression is commonly thought of as something new moms experience, but fathers can also suffer from these feelings when entering this phase of life.A pilot study from the University of Illinois Chicago suggests new dads should also be screened for the condition. Addressing their health may also be an important tool for improving the maternal health crisis, given that the physical health of these parent partners are so intertwined, according to the authors.“A lot of dads are stressed. They’re scared. They’re struggling with balancing work and parental and partner responsibilities,” said lead author Dr. Sam Wainwright, an assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics. “Men are often not doing well, but no one is...

Big Rise Seen in Gun Deaths, Overdoses Among U.S. Kids

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- America's kids are safer now than a decade ago when it comes to many types of injury, with two glaring exceptions: drugs and guns.That's the crux of a...

Breastfeeding in Infancy Tied to Healthier Weight Later...

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- What a baby eats, or how the baby eats, may have an impact on future weight and health, research has shown.A new study backs that up. It found that...
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