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Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for Dementia

Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for DementiaFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Reading, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends might help lower your risk of dementia, a new study suggests."Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated with various health benefits, such as a lower cancer risk, a reduction of atrial fibrillation, and a person’s perception of their own well-being," said study author Lin Lu, of Peking University Sixth Hospital in Beijing, China. "However, there is conflicting evidence of the role of leisure activities in the prevention of dementia. Our research found that leisure activities like making crafts, playing sports or volunteering were linked to a reduced risk of dementia," Lu added.For the new study, Lu and his team reviewed 38 studies that included more than 2...

Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

12 August 2022
Wind Can Uproot Kids` Bouncy Castles, With Tragic ResultsFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerable to being blown aloft and even flipped over if left unmoored, a new study warns.But even when staked firmly in place, researchers warn that the biggest problem is the potential for a bounce house accident to send a child to the ER with a broken bone, a muscle sprain or a concussion."By far the most common bad outcome is not related to meteorology," explained study lead author John Knox, a geography professor at the University of Georgia. "It's when a child collides into someone else by bouncing into them, or they bounce right out of the...

1 in 4 Kids Hospitalized With COVID Have Symptoms Months...

12 August 2022
1 in 4 Kids Hospitalized With COVID Have Symptoms Months LaterFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More than a quarter of kids hospitalized with COVID-19 or a complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) continue to have health problems more than two months later, a new study finds.A follow-up of COVID cases from 25 hospitals found that 27% of children and teens hospitalized with acute infection and 30% of those with MIS-C had persistent symptoms, activity impairment or both two to four months later."The risks of severe illness and lingering complications are higher than the risk of complications from the vaccine, which are very rare," said lead researcher Dr. Adrienne Randolph, of Boston Children's Hospital.For the new study, her team conducted followup surveys on 358 patients. They heard back from 279. Of those, 40% were...

When Adults Sign Up for Medicaid, Kids Can Benefit

12 August 2022
When Adults Sign Up for Medicaid, Kids Can BenefitFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Some adults who sign up for Medicaid also bring their unenrolled but eligible kids into the system, a new study reports.For every nine adults who gained access to Medicaid in Oregon due to a special enrollment lottery, one previously eligible child was added to the rolls as well, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Their study called this an example of the "woodwork effect," where people eligible for social programs come out of the woodwork to claim benefits that have been on the table for months or years.Across the United States, about 14% of eligible adults and 7% of eligible children have not enrolled in Medicaid, the national health insurance plan for low-income people.In 2008, Oregon obtained funding to...

Race, Income Keeps Many Families From Letting Kids Play Sports

11 August 2022
Race, Income Keeps Many Families From Letting Kids Play SportsTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- American kids who are poor or members of ethnic minority groups are missing out on the youth sports that have long been touted for building strong bodies and strong character, a new study reports.The researchers found that youngsters who are poor, or from Black or Hispanic households, are less likely to take part in organized sports than their white peers.Across the United States, 54% of 6- to 17-year-olds took part in sports in 2020. That included 42% of Black children, 47% of Hispanic youngsters, 51% of Asian children and 60% of white kids, researchers from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found."These disparities may place some children at risk for poor health during key periods of growth and development," said lead...

Pandemic Showed Teachers' Key Role in Spotting Child Abuse

11 August 2022
Pandemic Showed Teachers` Key Role in Spotting Child AbuseTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Teachers play a critical role in the early detection and reporting of child abuse, according to a new study that found school closures during the height of the pandemic may have meant that up to 8,000 reports of endangered children were missed."Child maltreatment is a vexing problem in the U.S.," said study author Maria Fitzpatrick, a professor of economics and public policy in Cornell University's Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. "To protect children, we need to better understand why so many are maltreated -- 13% according to one study and 4 in 10 according to another," she said in a university news release. "Maltreatment has significant costs for society. Early detection is crucial because it leads to quicker intervention and that can...

Another Study Shows COVID's Danger to Pregnant Women

11 August 2022
Another Study Shows COVID`s Danger to Pregnant WomenTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy significantly increases the odds of devastating outcomes from COVID-19, a new study confirms.Complications from the virus to pregnant women can include heart attack, arrhythmias, heart failure and long-haul symptoms, which may be hard to tell from other heart complications during pregnancy. Heart attacks are estimated to occur in up to 12% of patients."Pregnant people need to know that they are at increased risk of a severe COVID-19 infection, including ICU admissions, cardiac complications, need for critical care and death for the patient or fetus," said researcher Dr. Joan Briller, a cardiologist and professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

Most Older, Vaccinated Americans Say They'll Get Updated Booster in Fall: Poll

10 August 2022
Most Older, Vaccinated Americans Say They`ll Get Updated Booster in Fall: PollWEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Most older U.S. adults are prepared to roll up their sleeves to get an updated COVID-19 booster shot once one becomes available, a new poll shows.About 3 in 5 (61%) people over 50 who have gotten at least one dose of COVID vaccine say they would get an updated booster that offers protection against the new variants that have emerged, the University of Michigan poll found.And even more might get the booster if their doctors specifically recommend it, the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests.Groups especially hard hit by COVID -- people older than 65, Black adults over 50, people with low incomes -- in particular are interested in the booster. About 68% of people in each of those groups said they're likely to get a booster.How you feel...

FDA Stretches Monkeypox Vaccine Supply by Authorizing...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay) -- As at-risk Americans stand in long lines across the country, trying to get the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced they will...

Turning Away From Vaping, Nicotine-Addicted Teens Choose...

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Teens increasingly are turning to nicotine-loaded gum, lozenges and gummies for a quick rush, a groundbreaking study warns.Tobacco-free oral nicotine...
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