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Educational handouts boost flu vaccinations in kids, study says

Educational handouts boost flu vaccinations in kids, study says

Health
July 10 (UPI) -- About half the children in the United States receive the flu vaccine, even though they have a higher risk than adults of suffering a severe illness from the condition, a study says. An inexpensive and easy to understand pamphlet for parents could increase the number of children who get flu shots, according to new research published Wednesday in Pediatrics. "Parents' concerns and misperceptions about vaccines are on the rise," Melissa Stockwell, a researcher at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and study senior author, said in a news release. "But previous studies have shown that offering information to disprove vaccine myths, in some cases, only reinforces parents' beliefs about vaccination and can even reduce the number of vaccine-hesitant p...
Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Health
Scientists hope a new type of medication could boost healthy growth in children born with dwarfism. Sam Short, nine, from south-west London has been on the treatment for three years as part of a global trial.It is experimental but experts hope the drug can stop some of the medical complications linked to stunted growth.The researchers behind the work, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, say the goal is to improve health, not just increase height.Gene changeSam's mother, Jennifer, had a normal pregnancy, so when Sam was born with his condition, it came as a complete surprise. Achondroplasia - the most common form of dwarfism - affects about one in every 25,000 babies. It is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation in a gene that impairs the gr...

New drug to boost women’s sex drive approved in US

Health
U.S. women will soon have another drug option designed to boost low sex drive: a shot they can give themselves in the thigh or abdomen that raises sexual interest for several hours. The medication OK'd Friday by the Food and Drug Administration is only the second approved to increase sexual desire in a women, a market drugmakers have been trying to cultivate since the blockbuster success of Viagra for men in the late 1990s. The other drug is a daily pill. The upside of the new drug "is that you only use it when you need it," said Dr. Julia Johnson, a reproductive specialist at UMass Memorial Medical Center who was not involved in its development. "The downside is that it's a shot — and some people are very squeamish." The drug's developer, Amag Pharmaceuticals, could also face some of the
Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Science
Scientists are developing a satellite system to record the temperatures of individual fields of crops.The aim is to survey land temperatures to estimate water-use by plants and to show how they transfer that water back to the atmosphere. The data will also help monitor how much water is available to grow crops and how they are responding to drought.The new system is being considered for inclusion in the EU's Earth observation programme, Copernicus.It would be an addition to the Union's ever-growing number of satellites it calls the Sentinels.A team led by Prof Martin Wooster at King's College London, UK, is exploring options for the next phase of the EU and European Space Agency-coordinated programme. "The main science goal is t...