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Tips for Families: Supporting Children With Speech and Language Disorders as They Return to In-Person School

With students across the country preparing to return to in-person school, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is providing advice for parents and caregivers of children with speech and language disorders. These disorders are the second most common disability category under which children receive special education services, representing more than 1 million schoolchildren nationwide.

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s recent report, Education in a Pandemic: The Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on America’s Students: “For many elementary and secondary school students with disabilities, COVID-19 significantly disrupted the education and related aids and services needed to support their academic progress and prevent regression—and may have exacerbated longstanding disparities in their academic achievement.”

Many students with communication disorders were partic

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People Who Manage Their Asthma Can Improve Their Chances Against Covid-19

To avoid severe COVID-19 outcomes, people with asthma should stay on top of the condition with control medication, a new USC study finds.

Individuals with well-controlled asthma have less severe COVID-19 outcomes than those with uncontrolled asthma, according to a large study conducted by USC and Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

The findings, published today in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice suggest that asthma patients, especially those who require clinical care, should continue taking control medications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Anyone with asthma should continue to work with their healthcare provider to ensure they are getting the best treatment for their asthma, which leads to better asthma control and decreases the likelihood of severe COVID-19 outcomes,” said co-first author Zhanghua Chen, an assistant professor of population and publi

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Healthy Diet Before And During Pregnancy Linked To Lower Risk Of Complications, Nih Study Suggests

A healthy diet around the time of conception through the second trimester may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, suggests a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Expectant women in the study who scored high on any of three measures of healthy eating had lower risks for gestational diabetes, pregnancy-related blood pressure disorders and preterm birth. The study was conducted by Cuilin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers analyzed dietary data collected multiple times during pregnancy from the NICHD Fetal Growth Study. Nearly 1,900 women responded to questionnaires on their diets at eight to 13 weeks of pregnancy and were asked to estimate what they ate in the previous three m

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Antacids May Improve Blood Sugar Control In People With Diabetes

Antacids improved blood sugar control in people with diabetes but had no effect on reducing the risk of diabetes in the general population, according to a new meta-analysis published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Type 2 diabetes is a global public health concern affecting almost 10 percent of people worldwide. Doctors may prescribe diet and lifestyle changes, diabetes medications, or insulin to help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugar, but recent data points to common over the counter antacid medicines as another way to improve glucose levels.

"Our research demonstrated that prescribing antacids as an add-on to standard care was superior to standard therapy in decreasing hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels and fasting blood sugar in people with diabetes,” said study author Carol Chiung-Hui Peng, M.D., of the University of Maryland

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