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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.

Stay Cool & Safe: Tips as Heat Wave Pummels U.S.

Stay Cool & Safe: Tips as Heat Wave Pummels U.S.

A record-breaking heat wave is spreading across the United States, baking the Northeast and Midwest with high temperatures and sweltering humidity.

Everyone is at risk for heat-related illness as body temperatures rise, experts warn.

Heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps can fell anyone who overheats. People who are outdoors f...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Deadly Strep Bacteria Is Spreading in Japan

Deadly Strep Bacteria Is Spreading in Japan

A deadly bacterial infection known as streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) is spreading across Japan, officials in that country report.

In March, Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases issued its first warning that STSS cases were on the rise. As of June 2, Japan's health ministry has reported 977 ...

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  • June 19, 2024
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More Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Bars, Cones and Gummy Edibles

More Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Bars, Cones and Gummy Edibles

The number of people severely sickened after consuming mushroom edibles sold as Diamond Shruumz-brand chocolate bars, cones or gummies has risen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

"As of June 17, 2024, a total of 26 illnesses have been reported from 16 states," the FDA noted in an updated advisory. That's up from 12 cases...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Dollar Tree Left Recalled Apple Sauce Pouches on Store Shelves Too Long, FDA Says

Dollar Tree Left Recalled Apple Sauce Pouches on Store Shelves Too Long, FDA Says

After a recall was issued last year for lead-tainted applesauce pouches linked to illnesses in over 500 children, the discount retailer Dollar Tree failed to remove all products from store shelves for too long, federal officials said Tuesday.

In a warning letter sent to the company, the U.S. Food and Drug Administratio...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Leg Workouts Around Retirement Could Keep You Mobile With Age

Leg Workouts Around Retirement Could Keep You Mobile With Age

Folks nearing retirement shouldn’t skip leg days at the gym, a new study advises.

One year of heavy strength training preserves vital leg strength up to at least four years later, researchers found.

“This study provides evidence that resistance training with heavy loads at retirement age can have long-term effects over several ye...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Most Outpatient Mental Health Clinics Don't Offer Opioid Addiction Meds

Most Outpatient Mental Health Clinics Don't Offer Opioid Addiction Meds

Only a third of outpatient mental health facilities offer medications essential for treating opioid addiction, a new study finds.

Standard care for treating people with opioid use disorder involves drugs like buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, which help suppress cravings and blunt the effects of narcotics.

But most front-line ...

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  • June 19, 2024
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New Tool Could Spot Liver Cancer Early, Upping Survival

New Tool Could Spot Liver Cancer Early, Upping Survival

A new AI-driven blood test could improve detection of liver cancer, which is one of the most fatal cancers because early diagnosis is difficult.

The test looks for “fusion genes” -- two different genes that have become bound together, producing proteins that can lead to cancer.

A test for four specific fusion-gene combinations wa...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Smartphone Face-Screening Tool Could Help Paramedics Spot Stroke

Smartphone Face-Screening Tool Could Help Paramedics Spot Stroke

A new smartphone tool could help paramedics identify a stroke in seconds by scanning the patient’s face.

The AI-driven tool analyzes facial symmetry and specific muscle movements to detect subtle signs of stroke, researchers explained.

“One of the key parameters that affects people with stroke is that their facial muscles typical...

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  • June 19, 2024
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More Americans Worry About Climate Change's Effect on Mental Health, Poll Finds

More Americans Worry About Climate Change's Effect on Mental Health, Poll Finds

As summers get hotter and hurricane seasons less predictable, more Americans now say that climate change affects their mental health, a new poll finds.

In a survey conducted among more than 2,200 adults at the end of May, 53% of respondents said they believe that the effects of global warming impacts Americans' mental health.

That's ...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 19, 2024
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Too Often, Overdose Survivors Miss Out on Vital Treatments: Study

Too Often, Overdose Survivors Miss Out on Vital Treatments: Study

Most seniors who survive a drug overdose often miss out on treatments that could help save them from a subsequent OD, a new study shows.

Almost 24,000 Medicaid beneficiaries died from a follow-up overdose out of 137,000 who survived an OD in 2020, researchers say. That’s nearly one in five (17%).

“People who have experienced one ...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Depression Around Pregnancy Could Take Toll on Women's Hearts

Depression Around Pregnancy Could Take Toll on Women's Hearts

Depression during or after a pregnancy could be tied to a heightened risk for heart trouble in women decades later, new research warns.

This so-called "perinatal" depression was linked to a 36% higher odds of developing heart disease within the next 20 years, reported a Swedish team led by Dr. Emma Bränn, of the Karolinska Institute in St...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Scientists Uncover Links Between MS and Epstein-Barr Virus

Scientists Uncover Links Between MS and Epstein-Barr Virus

The discovery that the Epstein-Barr virus might be a major driver of multiple sclerosis has re-energized research into the autoimmune disease.

Now, investigators in the U.K. and Sweden believe they might be closer to understanding how the virus, which also causes mononucleosis, might help spur MS.

“The discovery of the link betwee...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Rates of Problem Marijuana Use Are Rising Among Seniors

Rates of Problem Marijuana Use Are Rising Among Seniors

As marijuana use becomes legal and more accepted across America, more seniors are developing unhealthy relationships with the drug, a new report suggests.

A look at data on almost 56 million Medicare beneficiaries finds "rates of health care encounters with cannabis-related disorders increased from 2017 through 2022," according to a study ...

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  • June 18, 2024
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Could a Blood Test Predict Parkinson's Years Before Symptoms?

Could a Blood Test Predict Parkinson's Years Before Symptoms?

A new blood test might be able to predict Parkinson’s disease up to seven years before symptoms of the movement disorder surface, researchers said.

The test correctly predicted a high risk of Parkinson’s in 16 patients who went on to develop the disease, results show.

If validated, the test could help provide early treatment that...

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  • June 18, 2024
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Using Diabetes Drug Metformin Around Pregnancy Won't Raise Birth Defect Risk

Using Diabetes Drug Metformin Around Pregnancy Won't Raise Birth Defect Risk

Two new studies offer reassurance that using the diabetes drug metformin before and during pregnancy is not linked to birth defects.

The latest findings, which apply to men planning to conceive with their partners or women in early pregnancy, contradict a 2022 study that found metformin use by men in the three months before they conceive...

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  • June 18, 2024
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Average American's Diet Improved Only Slightly Over Past 20 Years

Average American's Diet Improved Only Slightly Over Past 20 Years

 The average American diet has only improved modestly over the past two decades, despite tons of research tying unhealthy food to obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds.

The percentage of U.S. adults with a poor diet decreased from 49% to 37% between 1999 and 2020, based on data from a regular federal survey of ...

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  • June 18, 2024
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High Out-of-Pocket Costs Keep Some From Lifesaving Opioid Antidote

High Out-of-Pocket Costs Keep Some From Lifesaving Opioid Antidote

Patients are less likely to fill prescriptions for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone when they have to shell out more at the pharmacy, a new study finds.

Naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) is a critical lifesaving tool in preventing deaths from opioid overdose, researchers said.

But about 1 in 3 naloxone prescriptions ...

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  • June 18, 2024
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Pandemic-Era Tax Credits Made Healthcare More Affordable, But They're Set to Expire

Pandemic-Era Tax Credits Made Healthcare More Affordable, But They're Set to Expire

In a success story for Americans seeking affordable healthcare coverage, tax credits put in place during the pandemic helped millions gain health insurance, a new report found.

Trouble is, the credits are set to expire at the end of 2025, noted a research team from the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ).

According to RWJ'...

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  • June 18, 2024
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Another Study Finds CRISPR Gene Therapy Fights Sickle Cell

Another Study Finds CRISPR Gene Therapy Fights Sickle Cell

There's more good news in the battle against sickle cell disease, with another trial finding CRISPR gene-editing therapy delivering impressive results for patients.

“It’s encouraging that this gene-editing treatment continues to show promising efficacy for sickle cell patients,” said study lead investigator Dr. Rabi Hanna. He's chair...

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  • June 18, 2024
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Most Americans Believe Pandemic Policies Were Good Idea: Poll

Most Americans Believe Pandemic Policies Were Good Idea: Poll

Despite all the grumbling at the time, most Americans now look back upon pandemic-era policies as a good idea, a new poll shows.

A majority of Americans see four key pandemic policies as “generally a good idea” in retrospect:

  • Mask requirements in stores and businesses (70%)

  • Healthcare worker vaccination req...

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