Month: June 2021

Younger patients, including adolescents, are less likely to suffer severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms. This is the case even though the risk of infection with its causative pathogen – the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – is not necessarily reduced in this age group. This has led to the supposition that stronger
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“No more walking!” my three-year-old screamed during his first hike without a carrier. We weren’t even halfway. Remembering the bubbles in my backpack, we decided to end with a smile instead of completing the hike at all costs.  My husband and I have guided paddling, dogsled and backpacking trips over the years—but adventuring with our
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Years ago, in a university sociology class, I remember learning about unsocialized children. Children who spent months hiding from invading armies in barns and basements. Children chained to cribs by cruel parents. Children, quite literally, raised by wolves. And while most modern families will never encounter such extreme situations—not even in the midst of a global
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It was a nagging mystery: A rare-disease expert at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh had found a successful treatment for two of the deadliest symptoms of one of the more common classes of rare diseases diagnosed by newborn screenings, but one symptom–painful episodes of muscle breakdown that land victims in intensive care–persisted. Today, the scientists
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Here are four ways to keep their skin shielded from the sun’s harmful rays. Warmer weather means we’ll be spending more time outside—and it’s very important to make sure your kid’s skin is protected. Not only are sunburns uncomfortable (and in some cases, downright painful) but getting sunburned increases your kid’s risk for developing skin
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Making the most out of the summer months when you’re pregnant is important. After all, pregnancy is hard enough as it is, you deserve time to treat yourself! Now that the season is officially in swing, here is how you can practice pregnancy self care of yourself and stay healthy all summer long. 1. Take
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A gene variant that lowers white blood cell levels and is common in individuals with African ancestry contributes to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings from three institutions, led by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, provide an example of how using genetic data
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Liza Makowski, PhD, professor in the Department of Medicine and the UTHSC Center for Cancer Research, has long been interested in how the immune system is altered by obesity and how this impacts cancer risk and treatment. “Obesity is complex, because it can cause both inflammation and activate counter-inflammation pathways leading to immunosuppression,” Dr. Makowski
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Social distancing measures in public places decrease the risk of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the pathogen responsible for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. However, while social distancing may be effective in public places, people who live in overcrowded or multigenerational households are at a higher risk of exposure. Researchers at the Weill
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Despite research showing associations between anabolic steroid use and criminal offending, the possibility of a similar association between legal performance-enhancing substance use, such as creatine, and criminal offending remained unknown. A new study published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence now shows that both forms of performance-enhancing substance use is longitudinally associated with
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