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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.

Shannen Doherty Dies of Breast Cancer at 53

Shannen Doherty Dies of Breast Cancer at 53

Actress Shannen Doherty, best known for her roles in 1990s television hits such as “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed," has died at 53 after a long struggle with breast cancer.

In a statement, Doherty's publicist, Leslie Sloane, said she died Saturday at her home in Malibu, Calif.

According to the New York Times, Doh...

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  • July 15, 2024
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Global Childhood Vaccination Rates Still Haven't Recovered from Pandemic Declines

Global Childhood Vaccination Rates Still Haven't Recovered from Pandemic Declines

More than four years after the pandemic began, childhood vaccination rates worldwide have yet to recover, a new report shows.

The latest data, issued Monday by the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), underscore the need for continuing to try to catch-up to pre-pandemic levels...

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  • July 15, 2024
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Five Cases of Bird Flu Reported in Colorado Poultry Workers

Five Cases of Bird Flu Reported in Colorado Poultry Workers

Five poultry workers in Colorado have been diagnosed with bird flu, state health officials reported Sunday.

"In coordination with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the State Emergency Operations Center and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment [CDPHE] is now reporting a t...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Thinking of a Switch Away from Meat? Your Genes May Be Key

Thinking of a Switch Away from Meat? Your Genes May Be Key

Pondering a move to a vegetarian or vegan diet? Your heart might be in it, but your genes might not, a new study says.

Genetics are an important part of whether a person responds well or poorly to a vegetarian diet, researchers said.

People with a specific genetic variant can see increased calcium levels after going vegetarian, which...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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New Drug Tames Stress Incontinence in Clinical Trial

New Drug Tames Stress Incontinence in Clinical Trial

An experimental drug appears to help women deal with stress incontinence, clinical trial data show.

The drug, for now dubbed TAS-303, reduced the frequency of leaks related to stress incontinence by about 58%, compared with 47% reduction in a placebo group, trial results show.

Further, about 65% of patients taking TAS-303 had their s...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Late Cancer Diagnosis Biggest Health Concern for Most, Poll Shows

Late Cancer Diagnosis Biggest Health Concern for Most, Poll Shows

MONDAY, July 15, 2024 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to health worries, cancer leads the way, a new poll shows. 

The University of Cambridge poll included 2,000 adults who said their biggest concern is getting diagnosed with cancer when it's too late to treat it. Seven in 10 respondents have that fear, while 52% fret about th...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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AI Better at Predicting Progression to Alzheimer's Than Standard Care

AI Better at Predicting Progression to Alzheimer's Than Standard Care

An AI program has proven better than doctors at sifting through the telltale signs that indicate who with early dementia will progress to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study says.

AI predicted in 4 cases out of 5 when early dementia would either remain stable or worsen into Alzheimer’s, according to a report in the journal eClinical M...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Could OTC Nasal Sprays Ease Colds & Flu and Cut Antibiotic Use?

Could OTC Nasal Sprays Ease Colds & Flu and Cut Antibiotic Use?

Over-the-counter nasal sprays could be a potent weapon against a major public health threat -- antibiotic resistance, researchers report.

Their analysis, which looked at data from nearly 14,000 adults, found that common nasal sprays could help keep upper respiratory tract infections at bay, reducing the need for antibiotics.

Antibiot...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Some Diabetes Drugs May Lower Dementia Risk

Some Diabetes Drugs May Lower Dementia Risk

Some diabetes drugs appear to lower the risk that people with type 2 diabetes will develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new evidence review says.

The risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s is significantly lower in patients treated with metformin or a class of meds called "sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors", compared ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Most Americans Think Incontinence, Pelvic Pain after Childbirth is Normal -- It's Not

Most Americans Think Incontinence, Pelvic Pain after Childbirth is Normal -- It's Not

Roughly a month after having her second child, Nicole Gerardi-Lukens suddenly felt pressure in her pelvis that was so intense it sent her to the hospital.

When doctors told her bladder had prolapsed — meaning that it had slipped from its normal position and was bulging into the vaginal wall — she anticipated surgery and a long, difficu...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Too Little, Too Much: Poor Sleep Linked to Vessel Damage in Those With Diabetes

Too Little, Too Much: Poor Sleep Linked to Vessel Damage in Those With Diabetes

Diabetics who sleep too little or too much are more likely to suffer damage to their small blood vessels, a condition that can cause organ damage throughout their bodies.

Short sleep duration is tied to a 2.6 times increased risk of small blood vessel damage, also known as microvascular disease, in people with diabetes, a new study reports...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Some Youths Still Taking Opioids Months After Surgery

Some Youths Still Taking Opioids Months After Surgery

Many tweens and teens are filling prescriptions for opioids far in advance of surgeries unlikely to be associated with severe pain afterward, a new study says.

Worse, a significant minority continue to fill those opioid prescriptions three to six months after surgery, a sign of possible addiction, researchers found.

“Our study foun...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 15, 2024
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Have Fun in the Sun, But Protect Your Skin, Expert Says

Have Fun in the Sun, But Protect Your Skin, Expert Says

SUNDAY, July 14, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Roughly 20% of Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives, but it's not inevitable.

Skin cancer is not only the most common cancer, it's also the most preventable. Most of the time, too much sun exposure is to blame.

"When it comes to skin cancer, prevention is key...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 14, 2024
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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, ...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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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...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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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 ...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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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, ...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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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...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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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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