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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.

Respect Summer's Scorching Heat, Experts Warn

Respect Summer's Scorching Heat, Experts Warn

The human body is no match for extreme heat, and scorching temperatures seem to be the rule rather than the exception these days.

"It's hard to think of an organ that is not affected by the heat," said Craig Crandall, professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern in Dallas. 

Extreme heat means temperatures above 90 degrees, ...

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  • July 13, 2024
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Thousands of Hospital Patients in Oregon May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis, HIV

Thousands of Hospital Patients in Oregon May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis, HIV

After an anesthesiologist may have exposed thousands of people treated at several hospitals in Oregon to hepatitis and HIV, those patients are being advised to get tested for the diseases.

Two health care providers in Portland -- Providence and Legacy Health -- have been told to offer the tests as a safety precaution.

"We recently le...

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  • July 12, 2024
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Fake Botox Shots Land 13 Women in Hospital

Fake Botox Shots Land 13 Women in Hospital

Seventeen women in nine states have fallen ill after getting fake Botox shots, with 13 of them landing in the hospital and one requiring a ventilator, a new report warns.

In the report, published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers provided alarming details of patients getting injections outside of ...

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  • July 12, 2024
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New Report Calls for More Research on Women's Health Issues

New Report Calls for More Research on Women's Health Issues

A new report finds research is sorely lacking on how chronic illnesses affect women, and it urged government agencies to do more to investigate how these diseases strike women differently.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analysis, commissioned by the Office of Research on Women's Health and released Wednesday, ...

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  • July 12, 2024
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Nearly 1 in 10 Pregnant Women Who Get COVID Develop Long COVID

Nearly 1 in 10 Pregnant Women Who Get COVID Develop Long COVID

Almost 10% of women who get COVID during pregnancy develop long-lasting symptoms, and a new study suggests doctors may be overlooking them.

"I doubt most obstetric clinicians are as aware of Long COVID as perhaps we should be," said study co-leader Dr. Torri Metz, vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Utah Health.

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 12, 2024
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Gun Laws Help Lower Suicides, not Murders, Among Children

Gun Laws Help Lower Suicides, not Murders, Among Children

Restrictive gun laws can decrease suicide rates among children and teenagers, but they don’t seem to lower their risk of being murdered, a new study says.

States with laws requiring safe storage of firearms and mandatory waiting periods had lower suicide death rates among kids younger than 18, researchers report.

However, no gun la...

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  • July 12, 2024
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Study Measures Mental Harms of Terrorism on Children With Autism

Study Measures Mental Harms of Terrorism on Children With Autism

The Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel has left children and parents with significant psychological scars, a new study shows.

But families with a child who has autism have been especially hard hit, according to researchers from the Autism Center at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

"Parenting a child during wartime is a universal ...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 12, 2024
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Black Patients Diagnosed With Huntington's Later Than Whites

Black Patients Diagnosed With Huntington's Later Than Whites

Black patients with Huntington’s disease receive their diagnoses an average of one year later than white people with the incurable genetic disorder, a new study shows.

Early diagnosis is essential to help patients get proper care and prepare for the effects of the disease, lead researcher Dr. Adys Mendizabal, a UCLA Health assistant prof...

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  • July 12, 2024
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Having Diabetes Raises Risk of Failure With Spinal Fusion Surgery

Having Diabetes Raises Risk of Failure With Spinal Fusion Surgery

Diabetes can make lumbar spinal fusion surgery much more likely to fail, a new study says.

People with diabetes are nearly three times more likely to have their vertebrae fail to properly heal and fuse together, what surgeons call a non-union complication, according to results recently published in the journal JBMR Plus.

“...

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  • July 12, 2024
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Four in 10 Cancer Cases, Nearly Half of Cancer Deaths Linked to Lifestyle

Four in 10 Cancer Cases, Nearly Half of Cancer Deaths Linked to Lifestyle

Nearly half of cancer deaths and 4 of 10 cases of cancer are linked to a person’s lifestyle, a new study says.

Cigarette smoking remains the biggest cancer risk, contributing to 30% of cancer deaths and 20% of cancer cases, results show.

But excess body weight, drinking, lack of exercise, diet and skipping cancer-preventing vaccina...

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  • July 12, 2024
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Older Adults More Stressed About Inflation, Hold Off on Health Care

Older Adults More Stressed About Inflation, Hold Off on Health Care

Financial stress persists even though rising inflation rates have eased, and the group feeling the pinch most acutely is in its peak earning years, a new poll shows.

"Our biggest surprise from this poll is that the age group most likely to be affected or stressed by pressures on personal finances is not the group whose incomes are more lik...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 12, 2024
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Know a Narcissist? They May Become Less So as They Age

Know a Narcissist? They May Become Less So as They Age

Your schoolmate who acted like he was better than everyone else has probably shed some of that narcissistic behavior an adult.

New research shows people tend to be less narcissistic as they age. Still, those who were more narcissistic as kids tended to be narcissists as adults.

"One theory suggests that the social roles we take on i...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 11, 2024
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Only 1 in 4 Still Taking Ozempic, Wegovy for Weight Loss Two Years Later

Only 1 in 4 Still Taking Ozempic, Wegovy for Weight Loss Two Years Later

Three of four patients stop taking Ozempic or Wegovy two years after being prescribed the blockbuster drugs for weight loss, a new analysis shows.

Conducted by Prime Therapeutics and Magellan Rx Management (MRx), the review sifted through pharmacy and medical claims data for 3,364 people with insurance plans that cover the GLP-1 drugs. Pat...

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  • July 11, 2024
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At Least 58 Have Now Been Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Edibles

At Least 58 Have Now Been Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Edibles

Nearly 60 illnesses, including 30 hospitalizations, have now been linked to eating Diamond Shruumz edibles, U.S. health officials reported.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted in an update issued Tuesday that of the people who got sick after eating the recalled chocolate bars, cones and gummies, one patient has died.<...

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  • July 11, 2024
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Survey Shows Loneliness Haunts Over 1 in 5 People

Survey Shows Loneliness Haunts Over 1 in 5 People

Loneliness strikes more than a fifth of people worldwide, a new survey warns.

In the Gallup survey published Wednesday, 23% of people said they felt lonely "a lot of the previous day." Those experiencing feelings of loneliness often felt physical pain, worry, sadness, stress and anger, as well.

Beyond its emotional toll, loneliness i...

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  • July 11, 2024
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Scientists Spot Cause of Lupus, Way to Reverse It

Scientists Spot Cause of Lupus, Way to Reverse It

Lupus is caused by a specific defect in the immune system that can be reversed, potentially curing the autoimmune disorder, a new study claims.

The disease appears to be caused by malfunctions in an immune system pathway that regulates cells’ response to environmental pollutants, bacteria and toxins.

Insufficient activation of this...

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  • July 11, 2024
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New Research Points Towards Potential Treatment for Anorexia

New Research Points Towards Potential Treatment for Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa could be caused by lack of a specific brain chemical, reports a research team that has developed a possible cure for the eating disorder.

Mouse studies have revealed that a deficit in acetycholine, a neurotransmitter associated with the brain’s reward system, could be linked to excessive habit formation.

This defic...

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  • July 11, 2024
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Could an App Help Predict Thinking Declines for Those With  Alzheimer's?

Could an App Help Predict Thinking Declines for Those With Alzheimer's?

Dutch researchers are developing an app to predict how individual cases of Alzheimer's disease will progress.

Based on data from nearly 1,000 Alzheimer's patients, they have already developed a prediction model that can forecast mental decline in people who have mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia. 

The model is a step to...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 11, 2024
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Women With Fibroids Often Offered Hysterectomy Over Less Invasive Treatment

Women With Fibroids Often Offered Hysterectomy Over Less Invasive Treatment

Women with uterine fibroids are often told hysterectomy is the best treatment, even though less invasive options are available, a new study finds.

More than half (53%) of women with uterine fibroids -- non-cancerous growths along the wall of the uterus -- were presented hysterectomy as the preferred treatment, according to a Harris Poll su...

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  • July 11, 2024
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New Type of Brain Stimulation Could Shorten Treatment Time for Bipolar Disorder

New Type of Brain Stimulation Could Shorten Treatment Time for Bipolar Disorder

Powerful magnetic stimulation can help treat people with bipolar disorder, according to results from a small trial.

The therapy, called accelerated intermittent theta burst stimulation, involves magnetic waves delivered to specific regions of the brain using an electromagnetic coil placed against the scalp.

This form of transcranial ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 11, 2024
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