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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.

U.S. Injuries From Electric Bikes, Scooters Are Soaring

U.S. Injuries From Electric Bikes, Scooters Are Soaring

More and more Americans who use "micromobility" transport, such as electric bikes and e-scooters, are motoring their way straight into the ER, new data shows.

In fact, the rate of e-bike injuries among Americans doubled each year between 2017 and 2022, reportED a team led by Dr. Adrian Fernandez, of the University of California, San Franc...

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  • July 23, 2024
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Extra Money Keeps Poorer Americans Out of the ER, Study Finds

Extra Money Keeps Poorer Americans Out of the ER, Study Finds

It's a simple strategy that could deliver powerful health dividends: New research shows that giving cash to poor people could help them stay out of the ER.

In the study, investigators followed nearly 2,900 low-income people who applied for a lottery in the Boston area. Almost 1,750 of them got up to $400 per month from November 2020 throug...

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  • July 23, 2024
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Marijuana Use While Pregnant Could Raise Odds for Complications

Marijuana Use While Pregnant Could Raise Odds for Complications

There's a slight but significant rise in dangerous obstetric complications for pregnant women who use marijuana, new research shows.

Data from almost 317,000 pregnancies in women in California found those who used the drug had higher odds for gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, weight gain that goes beyond recommended levels and a con...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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Study Finds Big Shift in Who's Using GLP-1 Meds Like Ozempic

Study Finds Big Shift in Who's Using GLP-1 Meds Like Ozempic

The boom in using GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic to treat obesity has resulted in a bust regarding the drugs’ original purpose, which was to treat type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. 

New prescriptions for these drugs have doubled among people who have obesity but not diabetes, investigators found.

As a result, drug shortages have t...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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Psychotherapy Via Texts Can Be Just as Effective

Psychotherapy Via Texts Can Be Just as Effective

Folks with depression who got therapy via text or voice messages fared just as well as those who got weekly video-based telemedicine sessions with a therapist, a new trial has found.

The findings "suggest that psychotherapy delivered via text messages may be a viable alternative to face-to-face or videoconferencing delivery and may allow ...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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Younger May Not Fare Better When It Comes to Leg Artery Disease

Younger May Not Fare Better When It Comes to Leg Artery Disease

Middle-aged folks don’t necessarily fare better than seniors following urgent surgery to unclog arteries and restore blood flow to their legs, a new study warns.

Adults in their 50s with peripheral artery disease (PAD) appear more likely to require a leg amputation within years after emergency surgery to unblock their arteries, compared ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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Another Study Ties Poor Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes

Another Study Ties Poor Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes

Consistently bad sleep is linked to a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study shows.

Both too little and too much sleep is tied to diabetes risk, and swinging wildly between the two patterns of poor sleep reflects the most risk, researchers reported recently in the journal Diabetologia.

The findings suppor...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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City vs. Country vs. Suburbs: Who's Happier?

City vs. Country vs. Suburbs: Who's Happier?

City dwellers are less likely to be healthy, happy and well-off than people living outside urban areas, a new study reports.

Instead, there’s a suburban “Goldilocks zone” between cities and rural areas where people are happiest, researchers report.

“Areas near cities but beyond their boundaries… show the highest and most eq...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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Predicting Myriad Diseases From a Single Drop of Blood

Predicting Myriad Diseases From a Single Drop of Blood

A single drop of blood might be able to predict the onset of dozens of diseases, a new study claims.

Analysis of the protein “signatures” in a droplet of blood can predict 67 diseases, including blood cancers, degenerative nerve diseases, lung disease and heart failure, researchers reported July 22 in the journal Nature Medicine.

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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How Well Would Meds Work on a Mission to Mars?

How Well Would Meds Work on a Mission to Mars?

How many drugs in your bathroom medicine cabinet have expired?

Now imagine you have no way of refilling them, because you’re millions of miles from home.

That’s the dilemma that will face astronauts on a Mars mission, a new study warns.

More than half of the medicines stocked on the International Space Station would expire ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 23, 2024
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Two More Bird Flu Cases Reported in Colorado Poultry Workers

Two More Bird Flu Cases Reported in Colorado Poultry Workers

Two more cases of bird flu have been reported in Colorado poultry workers, but reassuring research finds the virus doesn't seem to be fueling silent infections, U.S. health officials report.

The two additional H5N1 avian flu infections bring the total in that state to six, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a healt...

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  • July 22, 2024
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CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Tied to Deli Meats

CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Tied to Deli Meats

At least 28 people have been hospitalized and two have died in a multi-state outbreak of listeria linked to deli meat, U.S. health officials warned.

In an investigation notice posted Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the true number of illnesses is likely higher because there is often a lag time in repor...

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  • July 22, 2024
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Money Worries Keep Depressed Americans From Mental Health Care

Money Worries Keep Depressed Americans From Mental Health Care

Medical debt is significantly more common among people with a mood disorder, and these money woes can keep them from getting the help they need, a new study says.

Among people with depression or anxiety, those with medical debt were twice as likely to delay or forego mental health care as those who were debt-free, results show.

“Th...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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Scientists May Have Stopped a Form of Inherited Blindness in Dogs

Scientists May Have Stopped a Form of Inherited Blindness in Dogs

In her youth, Shola, an English Shepherd Dog, was a member of the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, a corps of U.K. pooches charged with helping hurt and stranded hikers.

But Shola was retired as part of the Rescue Team after a rare genetic disease affecting dogs, called progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), robbed her of her sight.

It's to...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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Prenatal Exposure to Zika Virus Might Affect Child's Immune System

Prenatal Exposure to Zika Virus Might Affect Child's Immune System

Children exposed to Zika virus in the womb might suffer long-term damage to their immune system, a new study warns.

Zika virus is known to cause microcephaly, brain disabilities and other birth defects in about 5% of children whose mothers contract Zika virus while pregnant, researchers said.

But this study suggests that the 95% of c...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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Scientists May Have Spotted Way to Predict Seizures

Scientists May Have Spotted Way to Predict Seizures

The risk of seizures within the next 24 hours can be predicted by watching for abnormal brain activity patterns in people with epilepsy, a new study finds.

The storm of brain activity that characterized a seizure is presaged by abnormal communication between specific areas of the brain, researchers discovered.

They say they can forec...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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As Days Heat Up, More Seniors Skip Doc Appointments

As Days Heat Up, More Seniors Skip Doc Appointments

More folks, especially seniors, are missing doctors’ appointments due to extreme weather, a new study shows.

The rate of missed primary care appointments increases 0.64% for every 1-degree increase in temperatures 90 degrees or hotter, researchers reported recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The same g...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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Dogs Can Smell Your Stress and Make Choices Based on It

Dogs Can Smell Your Stress and Make Choices Based on It

Dogs can sniff out whether a human is stressed or relaxed, new research suggests, and that sensory feedback appears to influence canine emotions and choices.

The dog doesn't even have to know the human well to interpret odor in this way, the British researchers noted.

“Dog owners know how attuned their pets are to their emotions, b...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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Natural Medicine: Head Outside for Better Mental Health, Study Finds

Natural Medicine: Head Outside for Better Mental Health, Study Finds

Spending time in nature can provide a boost for people with mental illness, a new review finds.

Even as little as 10 minutes spent in a city park can improve a person’s symptoms, researchers found.

The positive effects of nature approved particularly helpful for people with mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder, result...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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Daily Supplements May Slow 'Dry' Form of Macular Degeneration

Daily Supplements May Slow 'Dry' Form of Macular Degeneration

Daily supplements can slow loss of vision related to late-stage “dry” age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study finds.

The rate of dry AMD progression into a key eye region slowed by about 55% over an average three years for late-stage patients who took a daily blend of antioxidants and minerals, researchers reported July 16 ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 22, 2024
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