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COMMENTARY: COVID-19 Diary Day 2: Insomnia -- The Mark of Medical Practice  - web md

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 Diary Day 2: Insomnia -- The Mark of Medical Practice

Don Dizon shares how he is dealing with the pandemic, knowing that despite COVID-19, people still need care, chemotherapy needs to be administered, and new patients are still coming in for evaluation.
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COVID-19 Hitting Some African American Communities Harder  - web md

COVID-19 Hitting Some African American Communities Harder

In states such as Michigan and Louisiana, as well as in cities like Chicago and Milwaukee, African American people are making up a disproportionately large number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, officials say.
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What’s it like to be a healthcare worker in a pandemic? - harvard

What’s it like to be a healthcare worker in a pandemic?

Millions of healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus have a much higher risk of becoming infected, and are being put in further danger due to shortages of protective equipment, but they continue to do their jobs while adapting to current conditions. The post What’s it like to be a healthcare worker in a pandemic? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
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No School Forces Many Medical Workers to Stay Home  - web md

No School Forces Many Medical Workers to Stay Home

About 29% of U.S. health care workers have children between 3 and 12 years of age, the analysis showed. In households without a non-working adult or a sibling age 13 or older to care for them, 15% of health care workers will require child care if schools close.
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Mysterious Heart Damage Hitting COVID-19 Patients

Most of the attention in the COVID-19 pandemic has been on how the virus affects the lungs. But evidence shows that up to 1 in 5 infected patients have signs of heart damage and many are dying due to heart problems.
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Patients on Steroids With COVID-19 Might Need Rescue Steroids

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Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications - harvard

Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications

People who are prescribed medication for high cholesterol or high blood pressure may be more likely to gain weight and less likely to exercise, but for those who are on such medications, it's even more important to commit to making healthier lifestyle choices. The post Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
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Test for Coronavirus Antibodies Approved by FDA  - web md

Test for Coronavirus Antibodies Approved by FDA

The test checks for protective antibodies in a finger prick of blood, revealing whether a patient has ever been exposed to the coronavirus and now may have some immunity, The New York Times reported.
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COMMENTARY: NYU Med Student Joins COVID Fight:

COMMENTARY: NYU Med Student Joins COVID Fight: 'Time to Step Up'

New York med schools asked fourth-year students to graduate early and volunteer to help battle COVID. One student discusses how he weighed the potential life-or-death decision to join the front lines.
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Coronavirus Hangs Around After Symptoms Subside  - web md

Coronavirus Hangs Around After Symptoms Subside

It took about five days from the time patients were infected until symptoms appeared, and about eight days before they disappeared. Patients were contagious for one to eight days, the researchers said in a news release from the American Thoracic Society.
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WalMart Will Check All Workers

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In Some Cases, COVID-19 May Harm the Brain

It's believed the brain can be damaged by viral infection whenever a patient's immune system overreacts to the virus. This immune system hyperactivity triggers a "cytokine storm" -- an overproduction of immune cells and their activating compounds, known as cytokines.
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How does cardiovascular disease increase the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19? - harvard

How does cardiovascular disease increase the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19?

Initial investigation into COVID-19 focused on its respiratory effects, but a more recent report describes serious cardiovascular complications in people with pre-existing heart disease. How does this underlying condition increase risk for these people? The post How does cardiovascular disease increase the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
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With new European Society of Intensive Care Medicine guidelines on caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients covering more than 50 recommendations, Medscape asked one author for his essential top 10.
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Top 10 Tips for Diabetes Telehealth Prophetic in Face of COVID-19  - web md

Top 10 Tips for Diabetes Telehealth Prophetic in Face of COVID-19

A new article sets the stage for routine virtual diabetes visits, offering 10 top tips that will undoubtedly be of use for transforming care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and likely for long afterwards.
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Abortion Access Shifting in Some States Amid COVID-19

In addition to challenges the coronavirus pandemic already poses to women seeking healthcare, several states have included surgical abortions as restricted procedures in executive orders related to COVID-19.
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Ranitidine (Zantac) recall expanded, many questions remain - harvard

Ranitidine (Zantac) recall expanded, many questions remain

The FDA has not yet released the results of its testing of the heartburn medication ranitidine. The testing method used by the online pharmacy that originally alerted the FDA may have affected their results. The post Ranitidine (Zantac) recall expanded, many questions remain appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
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Taking Stock - positively positive

Taking Stock

My intention is to walk this part of my life’s journey with a tremendous amount of compassion for myself and others. To navigate with as much positivity as I can muster, to set the intention to come out the other side knowing myself more, connecting a bit more deeply with the world outside my door even if it is over Zoom, and realizing that when push comes to shove, we sure as hell do know how to come together when faced with a difficult time. The post Taking Stock appeared first on Positively Positive.
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FDA Requests Zantac Be Pulled From the Market  - web md

FDA Requests Zantac Be Pulled From the Market

Six months after independent testing first raised the possibility that popular heartburn drug ranitidine (Zantac) might break down into the powerful carcinogen n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), the FDA has asked for the removal of all ranitidine products from the market.
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EPA Didn’t Tell Residents About Gas Risks: Report  - web md

EPA Didn’t Tell Residents About Gas Risks: Report

A new government report has rebuked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to tell residents about the health risks they face by living near facilities that release cancer-causing ethylene oxide gas.
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What to do when your child swears

What to do when your child swears

harvard - 2 months ago

Young children are constantly reminding parents that they pay attention. Theyll do this in surprising ways, offering up new thoughts, actions, and especially words. Sometimes the choices are funny and impressive. Other times, what comes out of the mouths of children between ages 5 and 8 is not as adorable.

Namely, they swear.

It might be one word. They may not know what it means. You may not know where they heard it. Unfortunately, unwanted language is everywhere. You cant prevent them from being exposed to it, says Dr. Jacqueline Sperling, clinical psychologist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. A 2013 study found that by 8 years old, children know 54 taboo words. At that age, the most frequently used words are along the lines of stupid and god. But by 11 and 12, theres a shift where the top two become decidedly more adult-like.

Children imitate swearing in others

Imitation is a big part of development, Sperling says. Children see and hear whats said after someone stubs their toe or yells at another driver, and they decide to try it. Part of this is emulating a sibling or parent; part is attention; part is the reaction. Does it get people upset or get a laugh? The feedback can be encouraging, which is why its good to remain initially neutral, she says.

Home is also a safe place to get upset. Thats why children have meltdowns when they get back from school. After a day of following rules, they need to let go, says Gene Beresin, MD, executive director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

How can you handle swearing?

Fortunately, children this age are becoming more socialized, particularly through school. They know that adults act in ways that kids cant. For example, Grandpa yells expletives at the television while watching a football game. They also know that there are different rules for different places they dont go to school or the supermarket without their pants on. They understand context, Beresin says.

So, consider context. If swearing is rampant, you most likely would have heard from their teacher or principal. Still, its not something to encourage. Kids still need occasional reminders of rules to live by.

When you hear swearing, try these guidelines:

  • Take a beat before you say anything. You dont want to give unwanted behavior too much attention, Sperling says.
  • Ask why. Then, suggests Beresin, follow up with, What were you feeling when you said that? You might tease out that they were angry or frustrated.
  • Problem-solve together. How else could you say that? What are some mad words? What would you say if you were at school or Grandmas house? Youre building their repertoire. Our job of parenting is to give them tools of what to do and say in different settings, Beresin says.
  • Explain acceptable behavior. If the word was directed at someone else, clearly express that this isnt acceptable. Its an assault, and we dont assault other people with words or physically. Its out of the question, Beresin says. Also explain that people make mistakes and apologize for them.
  • Encourage understanding through questions. How do you think that word made the person feel? How would you feel? How would it make you feel if they said sorry? It all helps build empathy. When they show empathy, praise them. Support the behavior that you want to see, Sperling says.
  • Be concrete. Younger kids dont understand subtleties, but they understand good/bad, yes/no, thats the way things are, Beresin says. Keep it simple: Swearing is something that adults do. Its done at home, not in the store, a friends house, or the doctors office. Give examples of school rules they already know to reinforce context: You dont cut in line. You dont get up from the lunch table. The teacher doesnt swear.

Building blocks for future success

Along with curbing bad language, youre creating an environment to talk about feelings and building their social and emotional learning. Beresin says its an area that gets neglected, even though its essential for future success. People lose jobs because of social gaffes and conduct, he says.

Your exchanges dont have to be perfect. Kids can fumble with their language; parents can as well. Its important that youre modeling appropriate behavior, you apologize if you slip, and that the dialogue stays open and supportive. That consistency will help as conversations become more complex as children get older.

We want our kids to be able to reflect and talk about their emotions and behavior, and be able to consider others people emotions and behavior, says Beresin. The earlier we start on this stuff, the better it is as a building block for their future.

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