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20 Oct

Teenagers Are Quitting HS Sports Due to Body Image Concerns Driven by Social Media

More teens are quitting HS sports saying they don’t look right for the sports based on what they see in the media and social media, according to a new study.

19 Oct

COVID-19 Linked to Increased Risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a Rare but Serious Autoimmune Disorder, New Study Finds

In a new study, participants recently infected with COVID-19 were six times more likely to develop Guillain-Barré syndrome, where the immune system attacks the nerves.

18 Oct

Adult ADHD Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

A new study finds adults with ADHD are nearly 3 times more likely to develop dementia compared to those without the condition.

Mental Health Issues a Prime Driver of Deaths for New Moms: Study

Mental Health Issues a Prime Driver of Deaths for New Moms: Study

Data from dozens of studies supports the notion that mental health crises are a big factor behind rising rates of maternal deaths during and around pregnancy in the United States.

“We need to bring this to the attention of the public and policymakers to demand action to address the mental health crisis that is contributing to the demise ...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Grief Affects the Body, Not Just the Mind

Grief Affects the Body, Not Just the Mind

Of course grief can ravage your mind, but science shows it can also weaken your body, leaving you open to illness.

“As humans, we are strongly motivated to seek out social bonds that are warm, dependable, friendly and supportive,” explained George Slavich. He directs the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research at the Semel Insti...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Emergency Calls by Youth Rose After States Decriminalized 'Magic Mushroom' Drug

Emergency Calls by Youth Rose After States Decriminalized 'Magic Mushroom' Drug

U.S. poison center calls related to psilocybin “magic mushrooms” among youth skyrocketed after U.S. cities and states began decriminalizing the hallucinogen, a new study shows.

Psilocybin-related calls among teens ages 13 to 19 more than tripled between 2018 and 2022, rising from 152 to 464 calls annually, according to data from the Na...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Amy Schumer Reveals Cushing's Syndrome Diagnosis

Amy Schumer Reveals Cushing's Syndrome Diagnosis

Comedian Amy Schumer has disclosed that she has been diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome, a condition that arises when there is too much cortisol in the body.

In an interview published Friday in the News Not Noise newsletter, Schumer revealed she has exogenous Cushing syndrome, brought on by getting steroid injecti...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Asthma Drug Xolair Guards Against Severe Reactions in People With Food Allergies

Asthma Drug Xolair Guards Against Severe Reactions in People With Food Allergies

The asthma medication Xolair has proved its prowess against food allergies, with new research showing the medication substantially lowers the chances of severe reactions in patients.

Data published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented simultaneously at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Im...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Women Over 60: Here's How Many Daily Steps You Need to Avoid Heart Failure

Women Over 60: Here's How Many Daily Steps You Need to Avoid Heart Failure

Women might need a lot fewer daily steps to lower their risk of heart failure than they think, a new study suggests.

The usual recommendation is that people get 10,000 steps a day, but women ages 63 and older actually gain solid heart benefits from around 3,600 steps daily, researchers report Fev. 21 in the journal JAMA Cardiology...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Earbuds, Headphones a Rising Threat to Kids Hearing

Earbuds, Headphones a Rising Threat to Kids Hearing

Many younger children could be permanently damaging their hearing by blasting loud music on their earbuds and headphones, a new report finds.

Two in three parents say that their child between the ages of 5 and 12 regularly pop listening devices in their ears, according to the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Na...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Hormone Replacement Therapy Could Ease Depression Around Menopause

Hormone Replacement Therapy Could Ease Depression Around Menopause

Hormone replacement therapy might help women avoid depression as they go through menopause, a new study finds.

Women treated with hormone therapy at a menopause clinic in Ontario, Canada, experienced a reduction in their symptoms of depression, researchers report Feb. 21 in the journal Menopause.

This improvement occurred wh...

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  • February 26, 2024
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Faulty Pulse Oximeters Could Worsen Heart Failure in Black Patients

Faulty Pulse Oximeters Could Worsen Heart Failure in Black Patients

Pulse oximeters, devices that measure your blood's oxygen levels, are known to work less accurately in Black patients.

Now, new research suggests faulty readings might also be worsening the care of Black people who battle heart failure.

The findings could signal a needed shift in heart failure care, said senior study author Dr. Sara...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Treating Crohn's Sooner, More Aggressively Greatly Improves Outcomes: Study

Treating Crohn's Sooner, More Aggressively Greatly Improves Outcomes: Study

In a finding that suggests sooner is better than later, a new trial shows that giving advanced treatment early to Crohn’s patients can dramatically improve their gut health.

About 80% of those who got therapy with an immune-suppressing drug called infliximab shortly after their Crohn's diagnosis experienced an improvement in their sympto...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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New Drug Could Be Big Advance Against Rare Blood Cancer

New Drug Could Be Big Advance Against Rare Blood Cancer

Polycythemia vera is a rare form of blood cancer with few good treatment options, but that may soon change based on the results of a new clinical trial.

An injected experimental drug called rusfertide appears effective in reducing the excess production of red blood cells that's a hallmark of the disease.

“Rusfertide appears to rep...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Junk Food Ups Colon Cancer Risk, But Most Americans Don't Know It

Junk Food Ups Colon Cancer Risk, But Most Americans Don't Know It

Junk food increases people’s risk of colon cancer, as well as alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity.

Unfortunately, many Americans don’t know about these risk factors for colon cancer, a new survey has found.

Colon and rectal cancers have been rising in people under 50 for two decades, researchers said, meaning that many develop ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Women Working in Health Care Face Burnout at Higher Rates Than Men

Women Working in Health Care Face Burnout at Higher Rates Than Men

Women working in health care endure significantly more stress and burnout compared to their male co-workers, a new review concludes.

Gender inequality, a poor balance between work and life and a lack of workplace autonomy all create pressure on female health care professionals, researchers report.

On the other hand, there are factors...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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Colon Cancer Under 50: Know Your Risks and How to Prevent It

Colon Cancer Under 50: Know Your Risks and How to Prevent It

SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2024 (HeathDay News) -- Colon cancer rates are on the rise among young Americans and Americans of color, so much so that the disease is now the leading cause of cancer death for men under 50 and the second most deadly cancer for women under 50.

The American Cancer Society released those statistics in its 2024 Report, cau...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 24, 2024
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Young Workers' Injuries Rise After Recreational Marijuana Sales Made Legal

Young Workers' Injuries Rise After Recreational Marijuana Sales Made Legal

After states legalize the sale of weed for recreational use, on-the-job injuries rise among younger workers, new research shows.

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics for 2006 through 2020 show that legal “recreational marijuana sales were associated with a 10% increase in workplace injuries among individuals aged 20 to 34 years,” the study ...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 23, 2024
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How to Keep the 'Ozempic Effect' Going: Exercise

How to Keep the 'Ozempic Effect' Going: Exercise

An open question for weight-loss drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy and Zepbound has been whether folks will keep the pounds off when they stop taking them.

Regular exercise could be the key to quitting the drugs without regaining weight, a new Danish study says.

“It is actually possible to stop taking the medication without large weight r...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 23, 2024
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Florida Surgeon General Defies CDC Guidance Amid School Measles Outbreak

Florida Surgeon General Defies CDC Guidance Amid School Measles Outbreak

Amid an outbreak of measles at a Florida elementary school, the state's surgeon general has defied federal health guidance and told parents it's up to them whether they want to keep their unvaccinated child home to avoid infection.

In a letter to parents of children attending Manatee Bay Elementary school in Weston, where six cases of meas...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 23, 2024
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Poll Shows Strong Support Among Black Voters for Menthols Ban

Poll Shows Strong Support Among Black Voters for Menthols Ban

Black voters support a ban on menthol cigarettes by a wide margin, refuting claims that such a ban would be strongly opposed by Black Americans, a new survey shows.

Black voters support by a 37-point margin the menthol ban proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with 62% in favor and 25% against.

That’s even greater than...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 23, 2024
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Is a 'Universal' Snake Venom Antidote Near?

Is a 'Universal' Snake Venom Antidote Near?

A “universal” antivenom can block the lethal toxins in the venoms of a wide variety of poisonous snakes found in Africa, Asia and Australia, researchers report.

The antibody protected mice from the normally deadly venom of snakes like black mambas and king cobras, according to findings published Feb. 21 in the journal Science Tran...

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  • February 23, 2024
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AI Outperforms Eye Docs in Managing Glaucoma

AI Outperforms Eye Docs in Managing Glaucoma

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- Artificial intelligence can match and even outperform human eye doctors in diagnosing and treating glaucoma, a new study finds.

The GPT-4 system from OpenAI did as well or better than ophthalmologists in assessing 20 different patients for glaucoma and retinal disease, researchers report Feb. 22 in...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 23, 2024
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