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2021

Post-COVID PTSD? Many Find Return to 'Normal' Unsettling

Post-COVID PTSD? Many Find Return to `Normal` UnsettlingMONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans felt relief and joy at the announcement last week that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks at many indoor and outdoor locations.But don't be surprised if those good feelings come tinged with stress or worry: Mental health experts said in a HealthDay Now interview that the COVID-19 pandemic has left a lasting mark on people's psyches, and folks will be struggling with lingering worry for some time to come."There's actually such a thing as post-COVID stress disorder, which is along the lines of PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]," said Sherry Amatenstein, a psychotherapist based in New York City. "We lived for over a year with such fear and such uncertainty. Your body doesn't know what to do. Our cues are all...

Should There Be 'Gun Retirement' for the Elderly?

17 May 2021
Should There Be `Gun Retirement` for the Elderly?MONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Just as some elderly drivers need to give up their car keys, older gun owners may eventually face "firearm retirement." And a preliminary study suggests they are open to the idea.In focus-group interviews with older gun owners, researchers found that many had considered putting limits on their firearm access -- though they usually hadn't yet laid out plans for when and how.It's an important issue, given that 40% of older Americans live in a home with a gun, said lead researcher Laura Prater of Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.The concern, she said, is that a significant number of those seniors have or will develop dementia or major depression. If they have easy access to a firearm, they...

Boys Born Very Prematurely May Age Faster as Men

17 May 2021
Boys Born Very Prematurely May Age Faster as MenMONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Boys who weigh less than 2 pounds at birth don't age as well as their normal-weight peers, a long-term study finds.Canadian researchers have followed a group of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies and their normal-weight counterparts since 1977. When participants were in their early 30s, researchers compared the genes of 45 who were ELBW babies with those of 47 whose birth weight was normal. After accounting for health issues that could affect the results, researchers found that at least biologically, premature boys age faster than and were five years older than boys born at the same time whose weight was normal. This difference was not found in girls."Although it is unclear why accelerated biological aging is seen in the ELBW men, this...

Bullying, Violence Common for Gender-Diverse Youth

17 May 2021
Bullying, Violence Common for Gender-Diverse YouthMONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Gender-diverse youths are three times more likely to be bullied and victimized than those who identify as male or female, a new study of more than 4,400 teens has found."Transgender youths reported the highest rates of all forms of peer victimization, which were double to nearly triple those of males and up to 2.6 times higher than those of females," said researcher Rachel Garthe, a social work professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign."Slightly more than half of transgender youths reported verbal abuse such as peers calling them names or spreading rumors about them. About 1 in 3 of these youths reported cyber victimization, and slightly fewer reported psychological dating violence," such as a romantic partner denigrating or...

Odds of Catching COVID at Dentist's Office Very Low: Study

17 May 2021
Odds of Catching COVID at Dentist`s Office Very Low: StudyMONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Do yon need to have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled?Go ahead. Dental treatment won't put you at risk for contracting COVID-19, a new study affirms."Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist's office does," said lead author Purnima Kumar, a professor of periodontology at Ohio State University in Columbus.Because COVID-19 spreads mostly by airborne droplets, fears have persisted throughout the pandemic that saliva released during a dental procedure could spread the virus.For the study, Kumar's team analyzed the genetic makeup of organisms found in air samples during a range of dental procedures. The takeaway: Water solution from irrigation tools —...

Parents' Input Key When Screening Toddlers for Autism

17 May 2021
Parents` Input Key When Screening Toddlers for AutismMONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Early screening for autism can speed up diagnosis and treatment, and now new research shows that pediatricians are more likely to act when parents express concerns.According to pediatricians surveyed in the study, only 39% of toddlers who had failed a screening looking for autism signs were then referred to additional expert evaluation."The lack of referral follow-through was because pediatricians thought that the results of the screen were wrong," said lead researcher Karen Pierce, a professor in the department of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. However, "if a parent noted that they were concerned, the referral rate increased to 70%," Pierce said in a university news release."If you are a parent and have even minor...

Melanoma Can Strike Your Nails: Here's How to Check

16 May 2021
Melanoma Can Strike Your Nails: Here`s How to CheckSUNDAY, May 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When checking your body for signs of skin cancer, don't overlook your nails.The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) points out that skin cancer -- including melanoma, the deadliest type -- can develop under and around the fingernails and toenails. Though it's rare, it's more common in older people with darker skin.Risk factors include personal or family history of melanoma or nail trauma."When found early, melanoma -- even on the nails -- is highly treatable," said Dr. Skylar Souyoul, a board-certified dermatologist in Norwell, Mass. "The best way to find skin cancer on your nails early, when it's most treatable, is to know what to look for and regularly check your nails."Souyoul recommends looking for:Dark streaks. They may look like a brown...

Is Your Family 'CO Safe' When Big Storms Hit?

15 May 2021
Is Your Family `CO Safe` When Big Storms Hit?SATURDAY, May 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you live in the path of hurricanes , the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging you to be prepared.Deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, fires and electric shock are common during severe weather events, according to the CPSC.Hurricane season in North America runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has upped averages from 12 to 14 named storms and from six to seven hurricanes. Its official forecast is due out next week, but Colorado State University has already forecast a dire season, with 17 named storms and eight hurricanes, four of them major ones."Millions of Americans who are still dealing with the stress of the global COVID-19 pandemic also live in regions...

Bike-Linked Head Injuries Plummet for U.S. Kids, But Not...

FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad on rates of head injuries among America's bike-riding public: Rates for these injuries have sharply declined among kids but...

Magnets in Cellphones, Smartwatches Might Affect...

FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that strong magnets in some cellphones and smartwatches can interfere with pacemakers and other implanted...
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