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Losing A Beloved Pet Can Trigger Mental Health Issues In Some Children

The pain of pet loss is worse on boys than girls, researchers say.

17 Sep

A Single Session Of Aerobic Exercise Can Make You Smarter

Researchers say even a two-minute workout may boost your brain power

Effects of Gun Laws Cross State Borders, New Study Suggests

Effects of Gun Laws Cross State Borders, New Study Suggests

Strong gun laws may be negated by more permissive laws in neighboring states, a new study reports.

It found that weaker gun laws appear to increase gun deaths in adjoining states. The finding could support policymakers looking to strengthen gun laws in their state, according to authors of the study published online Sept. 14 in the A...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 21, 2020
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Middle-Aged Americans Report More Pain Than Seniors

Middle-Aged Americans Report More Pain Than Seniors

Middle-aged Americans are living with more physical pain than older adults are -- and the problem is concentrated among the less-educated, a new study finds.

The pattern may seem counterintuitive, since older age generally means more chronic health conditions and wear-and-tear on the body. And the middle-age pain peak is not seen in ot...

  • Amy Norton
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  • September 21, 2020
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Fall Risk Rises Even in Alzheimer's Early Stages

Fall Risk Rises Even in Alzheimer's Early Stages

In older people a fall can sometimes be a sign of oncoming Alzheimer's disease, even in the absence of mental issues, new research suggests.

Although falls are common among older people, in some cases they can be a sign of hidden mental problems that can lead to dementia, according to researchers at Washington University School of Med...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 21, 2020
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1 Woman in 5 With Migraine Avoiding Pregnancy: Study

1 Woman in 5 With Migraine Avoiding Pregnancy: Study

Many women with severe migraines don't want to get pregnant because of concerns about their headaches, a new study finds.

Migraine, one of the world's leading causes of disability, particularly affects women of childbearing age.

Researchers surveyed 607 U.S. women afflicted with severe migraines. One in 5 said they're avoidin...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 21, 2020
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Too Much or Too Little Sleep Bad for Your Brain

Too Much or Too Little Sleep Bad for Your Brain

Everyone needs sleep, but too little or too much of it might contribute to declines in thinking, a new study suggests.

Too little sleep was defined as four or fewer hours a night, while too much was deemed 10 or more hours a night. The ideal amount? Seven hours a night.

"Cognitive function should be monitored in individuals ...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 21, 2020
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Immunotherapy Drug Boosts Survival With Bladder Cancer

Immunotherapy Drug Boosts Survival With Bladder Cancer

An immunotherapy drug significantly improved survival in patients with the most common type of bladder cancer, according to a new study.

About 550,000 new cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year, making it the 10th most common type of cancer, the study authors noted.

Chemotherapy is the initial standard of c...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 21, 2020
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Guard Yourself Against the Health Dangers of Wildfire Smoke

Guard Yourself Against the Health Dangers of Wildfire Smoke

As the smoke left by wildfires in California and Oregon continues to linger, people exposed to it need to take steps to protect themselves, an expert says.

In healthy people, wildfire smoke can cause symptoms such as runny nose, burning and watery eyes, sore throat, chest pain and shortness of breath, said Dr. Reza Ronaghi, a pulmonolo...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 21, 2020
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AHA News: High Blood Pressure May Cause Poor Communication Between Brain Regions

AHA News: High Blood Pressure May Cause Poor Communication Between Brain Regions

A test that measures blood flow changes in the brain shows people with high blood pressure are more likely to experience poorer communication between brain regions than those with normal blood pressure, according to a small study.

The research, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, also found those with...

U.S. COVID Death Toll Nears 200,000, While Cases Start to Climb Again

U.S. COVID Death Toll Nears 200,000, While Cases Start to Climb Again

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2020 (Healthday News) -- As the U.S. coronavirus case count neared 200,000 on Monday, public health experts debated whether the spread of the virus will continue to slow or a new surge will come, as cold weather returns to much of the country.

"What will happen, nobody knows," Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease e...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • September 21, 2020
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COVID Survivor Rita Wilson Wants You to Get Your Flu Shot

COVID Survivor Rita Wilson Wants You to Get Your Flu Shot

Aches and fatigue quickly progressed to fever with severe chills, but the terrible and unrelenting headache was the real signal that actress Rita Wilson was in for a rough ride following her infection with COVID-19.

"It was a massive headache that really lasted for about two weeks," Wilson recalls. "It was relentless. It wasn't like Ty...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 21, 2020
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Clear Danger: Glass-Topped Tables Injure Thousands Each Year

Clear Danger: Glass-Topped Tables Injure Thousands Each Year

At Rutgers New Jersey Medical School's trauma center, Dr. Stephanie Bonne and her team noticed a string of patient injuries caused by broken glass tables.

"They were quite serious, significant injuries that required pretty big operations and long hospital stays," said Bonne, who is an assistant professor of surgery and trauma medical d...

  • Cara Roberts Murez
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  • September 21, 2020
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Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Parents of kids with food allergies probably won't be surprised to hear that Halloween is an especially risky time for their youngsters.

A new study found that serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) triggered by peanuts jumped 85% when kids were trick or treating. Serious reactions triggered by an unknown tree nut or peanut expo...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • September 21, 2020
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Potential COVID-19 Drug Could Increase Heart Risk: Study

Potential COVID-19 Drug Could Increase Heart Risk: Study

The widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin is being investigated as a COVID-19 treatment, but a new study warns it could increase the risk of heart problems.

Researchers analyzed data from millions of patients (average age: 36) in the United States and found that azithromycin by itself isn't associated with an increase in heart prob...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 21, 2020
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Life Expectancy Could Decline Worldwide Due to COVID-19

Life Expectancy Could Decline Worldwide Due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic could cause short-term decreases in life expectancy in many parts of the world, according to a new study.

Using a computer model, the researchers concluded that infection rates of only 2% could cause a drop in life expectancy in countries where average life expectancy is high (about 80 years).

At ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 21, 2020
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A Guide to Acne Care for People of Color

A Guide to Acne Care for People of Color

Dealing with acne can be especially difficult for people of color, a skin expert says.

Acne affects up to 50 million people in the United States each year. For people of color, acne is often accompanied by dark spots or patches called hyperpigmentation.

"Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., and it can be partic...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 19, 2020
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, the court announced. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg was 87.

First appointed to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Ginsburg was the longest serving member of the liberal justices on the bench. Her many votes in support of abortion righ...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 19, 2020
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CDC Reverses COVID Test Guideline After Controversy

CDC Reverses COVID Test Guideline After Controversy

Facing strong criticism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reversed a prior COVID-19 guideline that had said that people who know they've been in close contact with an infected person but are asymptomatic do not have to get tested.

Instead, the revised guideline now clearly tells Americans who find themselve...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 18, 2020
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There's No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog's Aging

There's No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog's Aging

Despite the deep desire to help your dog age gracefully and stay mentally sharp, new research suggests that even the best diet and training won't slow the ravages of time for your furry friend.

Just like their human owners, dogs can experience thinking declines and behavioral changes as they age. They might display less curiosity about...

  • Serena McNiff
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  • September 18, 2020
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Pregnancy May Delay MS

Pregnancy May Delay MS

Pregnancy can delay the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) by more than three years, researchers report.

The international study found those who'd been pregnant had their first MS symptoms an average of 3.3 years later than those who'd never been pregnant. Having carried a baby to term delayed MS onset by an average of 3.4 years, the res...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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As Schools Reopen, Many Students, Staff Live With High-Risk Family Member

As Schools Reopen, Many Students, Staff Live With High-Risk Family Member

School districts across America are navigating exactly how to resume classes this fall, just as a new study warns that many students and teachers live in homes with people at high risk for severe COVID-19.

"For many school districts, decisions over whether and how to reopen will likely be revisited throughout the school year … [...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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