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Monday, November 04, 2024

The structure of this blog



I have several blog posts that are at the top of my blog for extended periods of time, because I believe they are of continuing usefulness. So when you look at my blog, the fact that the first few are the same doesn't mean I haven't updated the blog recently.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Is your child a fussy eater? Top tips to help your child get back on track

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929049

 

 News Release 20-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
University of South Australia

 

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Now, new research from USC, the University of South Australia, and the University of Queensland is providing a better understanding of what influences fussy eaters, and what is more likely to increase or decrease picky eating in children under 10.

Reviewing 80 health industry studies, the research found that a range of factors contributed to a child’s likelihood of being a fussy eater.

The study found that pressuring a child to eat, offering rewards for eating, very strict parenting all negatively influenced fussy eaters. Conversely, a more relaxed parenting style, eating together as a family, and involving a child in the preparation if food all reduced the likelihood of fussy eating.

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A sexual assault may jeopardize a woman's brain health

 

 https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928217

 

 News Release 22-Sep-2021
New study suggests trauma history (especially sexual assault) is associated with greater risk of dementia, stroke, and other brain disorders
Reports and Proceedings
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

 

Traumatic experiences, including sexual violence, have been linked to poor mental and cardiovascular health in women as they age. A new study suggests they may also be linked to indicators of cerebrovascular risk that may be precursors to dementia, stroke, and other brain disorders. Study results will be presented during The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, September 22-25, 2021.

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Strength training can burn fat too, myth-busting study finds

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929164

 

 News Release 22-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
University of New South Wales

 

It’s basic exercise knowledge that to gain muscles, you strength train, and to lose fat, you do cardio – right?

Not necessarily, a new UNSW study published this week in Sports Medicine suggests.

In fact, the study – a systematic review and meta-analysis that reviewed and analysed existing evidence – shows we can lose around 1.4 per cent of our entire body fat through strength training alone, which is similar to how much we might lose through cardio or aerobics. 

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COVID-19 infection increases risk for preeclampsia reported by WSU and PRB investigators

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929225

 

 News Release 22-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research

 

A newly published study found that women who contract COVID-19 during pregnancy are at significantly higher risk of developing pre-eclampsia, the leading cause of maternal and infant death worldwide.

 

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Pregnant women who receive COVID-19 vaccination pass protection from the virus to their newborns

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929205

 

 News Release 22-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
NYU Langone Health / NYU Grossman School of Medicine

 

Women who receive the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy pass high levels of antibodies to their babies, a new study finds.

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Corticosteroid injections of hip linked to 'rapidly destructive hip disease'

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929338

 

  News Release 23-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Wolters Kluwer Health


 Corticosteroid injections are a common treatment option for pain and inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. But a new study adds to concerns that hip steroid injections may lead to increased rates of a serious complication called rapidly destructive hip disease (RDHD), according to a paper in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

The increased rates of RDHD are especially apparent in patients receiving repeated and/or high-dose corticosteroid hip injections, according to the report by Kanu Okike, MD, MPH, of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, Honolulu, and colleagues. Their study includes the largest series of patients with post-injection RDHD reported to date.

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Alternative to using race in kidney function test found

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929354

 

 News Release 23-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Kaiser Permanente

 

Researchers have identified an approach to remove race from equations used to estimate a person’s kidney function. These equations have been criticized for potentially perpetuating racial health disparities. The findings, reported September 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, are expected to inform National Kidney Foundation–American Society of Nephrology Task Force guidelines on evaluating kidney function.

“Our research showed that if you use a blood cystatin C test, instead of a blood creatinine test, you don’t need to include race to get a similarly accurate estimate of kidney function,” said the study’s co-senior author, Alan S. Go, MD, a senior research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Northern California.

Testing for blood creatinine levels is currently the most commonly used way to measure kidney function. Since the1990s, mathematical equations that include a person’s age, sex, and race along with their creatinine level have been used to determine estimated glomerular filtration rate, known as GFR. Race — classified as Black or non-Black — was added because studies showed that, on average, creatinine levels are higher in people who are self-reported Black versus self-reported non-Black, even when kidney function is the same. Over the past year, the equation’s use of Black race has been used by reporters and activists as a prominent example of possible medical racism.

Cystatin C is a less-widely used test for kidney function. The new study showed that when cystatin C test results were substituted for creatinine test results, race could be taken out of the equation.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Cleveland Clinic Children’s study shows healthy diets reduce cardiovascular risk factors in overweight children

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928851

 

 News Release 21-Sep-2021
If children are obese, their obesity and disease risk factors are likely to be more severe in adulthood
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Cleveland Clinic

 

A Cleveland Clinic-led research team found that statistically overweight children who followed a healthy eating pattern significantly improved weight and reduced a variety of  cardiovascular disease risks. The study, which published today in the Journal of Clinical Pediatrics, paired parents and children together throughout the trial.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States. Children who are obese are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Adult obesity is associated with increased risk of several serious health conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The evidence is in: COVID vaccines do protect patients with cancer

 

 https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928997

 

 News Release 20-Sep-2021
First concrete results presented at the ESMO Congress 2021 confirm need to promote vaccination in patients with cancer
Reports and Proceedings
European Society for Medical Oncology

 

    Robust data proves vaccination against COVID-19 is effective in patients with cancer

    Third, booster dose may improve immune response in patients with cancer with no sufficient protection after second dose

    Large body of research concordantly demonstrates safety of vaccines in this population
 

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Therapy with babies boosts social development, reducing clinical autism diagnosis by two-thirds

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928767

 

 News Release 20-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Telethon Kids Institute

 

A parent-led therapy that supports the social development of babies displaying early signs of autism has significantly reduced the likelihood of an autism diagnosis being made in early childhood, according to world-first research led by CliniKids at the Telethon Kids Institute.In a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, an international research team led by Professor Andrew Whitehouse (Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research at Telethon Kids and The University of Western Australia and Director of CliniKids) found that a clinician diagnosis of autism at age three was only a third as likely in children who received the pre-emptive therapy (iBASIS-VIPP)compared to those who received treatment as usual. 

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 ”Professor Whitehouse said many therapies for autism tried to replace developmental differences with more ‘typical’ behaviours. Incontrast, iBASIS-VIPP soughtto work with each child’s unique differences and create a social environment around the child that wouldhelp them learn in a way that was best for them.“The therapy uses video-feedback to help parents understand and appreciate the unique abilities of their baby, and to use these strengths as a foundation for future development,” Professor Whitehouse said.“By doing so, this therapy was able to support their later social engagement and other autistic-related behaviours such as sensory behaviours and repetitiveness, to the point that they were less likely meet the ‘deficit-focused’ diagnostic criteria for autism.“We also found increased parental sensitivity to their baby’s unique communicationand an increase in parent-reported language development.

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Researchers call for a focus on fitness over weight loss for obesity-related health conditions

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928601

 

 News Release 20-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Cell Press

 

The prevalence of obesity around the world has tripled over the past 40 years, and, along with that rise, dieting and attempts to lose weight also have soared. But according to a review article publishing September 20 in the journal iScience, when it comes to getting healthy and reducing mortality risk, increasing physical activity and improving fitness appear to be superior to weight loss. The authors say that employing a weight-neutral approach to the treatment of obesity-related health conditions also reduces the health risks associated with yo-yo dieting.

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Dangers of smoking during pregnancy

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928958

 

 News Release 20-Sep-2021
McGill University

 

Mothers who smoke are more likely to deliver smaller babies even after a full-term pregnancy, increasing the risks of birth defects and neurological disorders later in life, say researchers from McGill University. The team of researchers, which includes Assistant Professor Michael Dahan and Ido Feferkorn of the McGill University Health Care Center, examined the effects of smoking on more than nine million deliveries in the Unites States over 11 years, one of the largest studies to date.

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We found that mothers who smoke had a 40% increased risk of premature birth and 50% increased risk of rupturing the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus before labor begins. More substantially, there was a 130% increased risk of having a baby that was too small for its developmental stage. Our findings confirmed the effects detected in other smaller studies. Surprisingly, we also discovered that smoking mildly decreased certain pregnancy risks including developing preeclampsia, which can lead to infections in the uterus and bleeding and require delivery by cesarean section. We believe that the smaller infant size induced by smoking may contribute to less bleeding and less need for cesarean sections.

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Babies with low birth weight often have increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and even certain cancers later in life. In childhood, infants that are born too small are at increased risk of intestinal and urinary disorders, lung problems, and adverse neurological outcomes. Mothers who smoke can reduce these risks by quitting.

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If this the reason Republican politicians are encouraging actions that lead to more disease?

 Another possibility  is that the cause is the other direction, that conservative, authoritarian attitudes lead to less effective measures against disease.  We have seen that in action in the U.S.  Of course, both could be true.

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928946

 News Release 21-Sep-2021
Rates of infectious disease linked to authoritarian attitudes and governance – study
Peer-Reviewed Publication

University of Cambridge


According to psychologists, in addition to our physiological immune system we also have a behavioural one: an unconscious code of conduct that helps us stay disease-free, including a fear and avoidance of unfamiliar – and so possibly infected – people.

When infection risk is high, this “parasite stress” behavior increases, potentially manifesting as attitudes and even voting patterns that champion conformity and  reject “foreign outgroups” – a core trait of authoritarian politics.

Now, a new study, the largest yet to investigate links between pathogen prevalence and ideology, reveals a strong connection between infection rates and strains of authoritarianism in public attitudes, political leadership and even lawmaking.

While data used for the study predates Covid-19, University of Cambridge psychologists say that greater public desire for “conformity and obedience” as a result of the pandemic could ultimately see liberal politics suffer at the ballot box. The findings are published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Researchers used infectious disease data from the United States in the 1990s and 2000s and responses to a psychological survey taken by over 206,000 people in the US during 2017 and 2018. They found that the more infectious US cities and states went on to have more authoritarian-leaning citizens.

The US findings were replicated at an international level using survey data from over 51,000 people across 47 different countries, comparing responses with national-level disease rates.        

The most authoritarian US states had rates of infectious diseases – from HIV to measles – around four times higher than the least authoritarian states, while for the most authoritarian nations it was three times higher than the least.

This was after scientists accounted for a range of other socioeconomic factors that influence ideology, including religious beliefs and inequalities in wealth and education. They also found that higher regional infection rates in the US corresponded to more votes for Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential Election.     

Moreover, in both nations and US states, higher rates of infectious disease correlated with more “vertical” laws – those that disproportionately affect certain groups, such as abortion control or extreme penalties for certain crimes. This was not the case with “horizontal” laws that affect everyone equally.

“We find a consistent relationship between prevalence of infectious diseases and a psychological preference for conformity and hierarchical power structures – pillars of authoritarian politics,” said study lead author Dr Leor Zmigrod, an expert in the psychology of ideology from the University of Cambridge.

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Wow. My blog stats show 18,388 views yesterday. I don't know if blogger made some kind of mistake, or if one of my posts contained some kind of accidental reference that showed up in drug or pornographic searches
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I don't see high numbers for the top individual posts, so I don't have a clue, although that does suggest a mistake in the number.
 
A while back, I was happy that a post on the plight of elephants continued to attract a fairly high number of views for years after being posted. I was happy to see that so many people are concerned about the welfare of elephants. I finally got suspicious and did a search,and found that "elephant" and some phrases containing the word are used as slang for certain street drugs!

Arctic seals experiencing dramatic weight loss as temperatures rise, study warns

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rapid-warming-in-the-arctic-is-causing-seals-to-wither-away

 

 By Li Cohen
January 29, 2021 / 10:22 PM


The Arctic has seen rapid transformation in recent years as a result of climate change, with rising temperatures and significant fluctuations in sea ice thickness. Those changes could be causing three species of Arctic seals to lose body mass at alarming rates, according to a new study.

Researchers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries studied ribbon, spotted and harbor seals in the Bering Sea and Aleutian islands from 2007 to 2018. They tracked changes in how heavy the seals were in relation to their length, a metric known as "body condition."

The researchers found that the seals' body condition declined in almost all age and sex classes in every studied species. Only two groups, spotted seal subadults and adults, did not experience a decline in body condition.

"Our findings point strongly to climate-related impacts. We saw declines in seal condition that coincided with recent pronounced warming," lead researcher Peter Boveng said in a statement. "Warming conditions in the Arctic seem to be affecting the condition of individual seals in a way that could impact their populations." 

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Nurse who died from COVID wouldn't get vaccine, brother says

 

https://abc11.com/covid-misinformation-vaccine-nurse-natalie-rise/11034602/

 

CNNWire
By Dan Simon and Theresa Waldrop, CNN
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:05AM

 

Natalie Rise was a registered nurse in Idaho

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Rise refused to be vaccinated, even as the virus surged in her city, Coeur d'Alene. And even as her mother lay in a coma in a hospital bed, fighting for life against Covid, Natalie advised her family against being vaccinated.

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Natalie Rise was a registered nurse in Idaho who loved her job as a home health care worker before she decided to stay at home with her special-needs twins, according to her brother, Daryl Rise.

But her science-based training to become an RN was apparently no match for the disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines being shared across social media, according to her brother.
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Rise refused to be vaccinated, even as the virus surged in her city, Coeur d'Alene. And even as her mother lay in a coma in a hospital bed, fighting for life against Covid, Natalie advised her family against being vaccinated.

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"She was telling me not to get vaccinated," Daryl Rise told CNN. "I think it was from misinformation, I think it was falling into negative social media and bloggers, YouTubers."

His sister didn't think there had been studies on the vaccines, Daryl Rise said.

There have been numerous scientific studies of the vaccines, testing on thousands of people and millions have received them after authorities granted approval based on those studies.

According to the CDC, 54.7% of the US population is fully vaccinated. However, in Idaho, it's only 40.8%.

Natalie Rise, 46, died August 22, one of the many unvaccinated patients who have triggered a capacity crisis in Idaho hospitals that's flowing into Spokane, Washington, which is about 33 miles away.

 

Idaho last week said that healthcare providers are allowed to ration care, meaning that providers decide who is sickest and needing immediate care, and who must wait for care.

"This is serious; your ability to receive care in a hospital will likely be affected," the Idaho Department of Health explained the measure on its website. "It may look very different than how you have received care in the past. Surgeries are being postponed, emergency departments are full, and there may not be any beds for patients to be admitted to the hospital."


But there's not much alternative, Idaho providers say. Hospitals are converting classrooms and conference rooms into hospital care rooms, and there are patients in the hallways.

"We're in the worst state that we ever have been in the pandemic, this surge has been back-breaking for our health care facilities," said Katherine Hoyer, a spokeswoman for Panhandle Health District that covers five northern counties in Idaho. "Our case investigators, they cannot keep up."

She explained that the hospitals are full of people who are unvaccinated. "It's been like a tsunami wave that continues to hit us each day," Hoyer said.

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  the overwhelming majority of those crowding medical facilities in both Washington and Idaho are not vaccinated, health officials said.

"The vast majority of patients that are in the hospital for Covid right now are unvaccinated, especially those patients that are in our ICU on ventilators," Getz said.

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Confused

 

I'm not a lawyer, so I don't understand why the Texas abortion law does not involve public officials to enforce it.  If someone sues me, and I just ignore them, how can the lawsuit have any effect w/o public officials to enforce it?

UNH research finds witnessing abuse of sibling can lead to mental health issues

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928730

 

 News Release 16-Sep-2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication
University of New Hampshire

 

 A national study from the University of New Hampshire shows children who witness the abuse of a brother or sister by a parent can be just as traumatized as those witnessing violence by a parent against another parent. Such exposure is associated with mental health issues like depression, anxiety and anger.

“When we hear about exposure to family violence, we usually think about someone being the victim of direct physical abuse or witnessing spousal assault,” said Corinna Tucker, professor of human development and family studies. “But many children witness abuse of a sibling without being a direct victim and it turns out we should be thinking more about these dynamics when we tally the effects of family violence exposure.”

 

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 tags: child abuse,

Monday, September 20, 2021

COVID-19 virus is evolving to get better at becoming airborne, new study shows

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928734

 

 News Release 16-Sep-2021
UMD School of Public Health study suggests need for better ventilation and tight-fitting masks, in addition to widespread vaccination to help stop spread of the virus
Peer-Reviewed Publication
University of Maryland

 

Results of a new study led by the University of Maryland School of Public Health show that people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 exhale infectious virus in their breath – and those infected with the Alpha variant (the dominant strain circulating at the time this study was conducted) put 43 to 100 times more virus into the air than people infected with the original strains of the virus. The researchers also found that loose-fitting cloth and surgical masks reduced the amount of virus that gets into the air around infected people by about half. The study was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Patients with multiple sclerosis show robust T-cell responses to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines

 

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928743

 

 News Release 16-Sep-2021
Research from Penn Medicine shows mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are effective at inducing T-cell responses in multiple sclerosis patients who receive B cell-depleting infusions even if their antibody responses are diminished
Peer-Reviewed Publication
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

 

 New research shows that Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing anti-CD20 (aCD20) treatment – which depletes the B cells that contribute to the MS attacks – are able to mount robust T-cell responses to the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, despite having a muted antibody response to the vaccines.

Because B cells are responsible for antibody production, patients’ ability to produce antibodies that prevent the virus from entering and infecting a person’s cells is significantly muted when the B cells are depleted with aCD20 treatment. But the same patients are nonetheless able to mount very good responses of the second protective arm of their immune system, which uses T cells to eliminate cells once infected (thereby preventing viral spread to other cells), according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in a new paper published in Nature Medicine.

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Killings of Environmental Advocates Around the World Hit a Record High in 2020

 

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/14092021/environmental-advocates-murdered-hit-record-high-2020/

 

By Georgina Gustin
September 14, 2021


A record number of environmental activists were killed in 2020, according to the latest accounting by a U.K.-based advocacy group that puts the blame squarely on extractive industries, including agribusiness and logging.

The number of documented killings—227—occurred across the world, but in especially high numbers throughout Latin America and the Amazon. According to the report, published late Sunday by Global Witness, the real number is likely to be higher.

“On average, our data shows that four defenders have been killed every week since the signing of the Paris climate agreement,” the group said, “but this shocking figure is almost certainly an underestimate, with growing restrictions on journalism and other civic freedoms meaning cases are likely being unreported.”

Most of those killed were small-scale farmers or Indigenous people, and most were defending forests from extractive industries, including logging, agribusiness and mining. Logging was the industry linked to the most killings, 23, in Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru and the Philippines.

In 2019, also a record-breaking year, 212 environmental defenders were killed, the Global Witness report said.

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