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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...

Menopause Bring New Risks for Women's Heart Health

20 October 2023
Menopause Bring New Risks for Women`s Heart HealthFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of having heart disease grows as a woman ages, so women need to be familiar with their heart disease risk factors, the American Heart Association (AHA) says.Menopause factors into this risk in several different ways, with age, estrogen, symptoms and other body changes also playing a role.Women who reach menopause at younger ages -- before 45 -- have a significantly higher risk of heart disease, according to the AHA. When a woman has had surgical removal of her ovaries, forcing menopause early, she can also have a higher risk of heart disease.However, the same surgery around the age of natural menopause does not raise risk, the AHA said. A hysterectomy, where the uterus is removed, also doesn't appear to influence cardiovascular risk...

FDA Proposes Ban on Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Over Health Dangers

18 October 2023
FDA Proposes Ban on Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Over Health DangersWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on the use of formaldehyde in hair relaxers over concerns about its link to respiratory problems and certain cancers.Right now, the FDA only discourages using such hair-straightening products, which are typically used by Black women.Recent research has helped raise awareness about the potential dangers of using chemical hair relaxers.“We know that these products are very poorly regulated by the federal government in terms of what goes in there,” said Kimberly Bertrand, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the lead author of a recently published study on the dangers of relaxers. “You can’t look at an ingredient label and know that it...

Obesity Raises Odds for Recurrence in Breast Cancer Survivors

18 October 2023
Obesity Raises Odds for Recurrence in Breast Cancer SurvivorsWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer survivors take a hormonal drug after cancer treatment to stave off a recurrence, but new research suggests these drugs may be less effective in women who are obese.Breast cancer cells in hormone-positive breast cancers are fueled by the female sex hormone estrogen. Aromatase inhibitor medications lower estrogen levels by stopping an enzyme in fat tissue called aromatase from changing other hormones into estrogen. When compared to breast cancer survivors of normal weight, women who were obese were 18% more likely to have a recurrence even when taking an aromatase inhibitor, and this increased risk was even higher among survivors who were severely obese, the investigators found.“Postmenopausal women with hormone...

A Doctor's Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer Care

18 October 2023
A Doctor`s Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer CareWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A breast cancer diagnosis often causes anxiety and depression, but an empathetic doctor can help.Supportive communication is key to reducing patient uncertainty and promoting mental well-being, Rutgers University researchers have found.“Our findings suggest that provider communication is a key component to reducing uncertainty, and thus providers play a key role in helping to facilitate psychological well-being,” said lead researcher Liesl Broadbridge. She's a doctoral candidate at Rutgers School of Communication and Information in New Jersey.Discussing uncertainties and responding with empathy to patients' concerns is critical to their healing and recovery, according to the study authors.“Our findings are directly applicable as...

Americans Can Expect to Spend Half Their Lives Taking a Prescription Drug

17 October 2023
Americans Can Expect to Spend Half Their Lives Taking a Prescription DrugTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans born in recent years can likely count on taking prescription drugs for about half their life, according to new research.For males born in 2019, it’s about 48% of their lives. For women, it’s 60% of their lifetime, the study found.“The years that people can expect to spend taking prescription drugs are now higher than they might spend in their first marriage, getting an education or being in the labor force," said Jessica Ho, an associate professor of sociology and demography at Penn State University. "It’s important to recognize the central role that prescription drug use has taken on in our lives,” Ho added in a university news release.Ho studied this using surveys from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...

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

MONDAY, 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 ...

'Three's Company' Star Suzanne Somers Dies From Cancer at 76

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Actress Suzanne Somers died “peacefully at home” Sunday morning after a return of breast cancer, her publicist announced.Best known for her roles on...
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