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19 Apr

Overweight Breast Cancer Survivors At Increased Risk Of Second Cancers

Excess body weight in breast cancer survivors linked to increased risk of second primary cancers. The link was strongest for obesity-related cancers and second breast cancers, researchers say.

16 Apr

Starting School Later Helps Kids Get More Sleep, Study finds

Middle and high school students see biggest improvements in sleep duration and quality with later school start times, while elementary students experience no negative impact, researchers say

15 Apr

HealthDay Now: How to curb prostate cancer

A conversation with Anna Plym, PhD, postdoctoral fellow and prostate cancer researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, about what men can do to minimize the chance of developing prostate cancer

CPSC Warns Against Using Peloton Treadmill After Child's Death

Steven Reinberg April 19, 2021

CPSC Warns Against Using Peloton Treadmill After Child's Death

Users with small children and pets should stop using Peloton Tread+ exercise machines immediately, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The warning comes after one child died and dozens of others have been sucked underneath the home treadmill. One family pet also was injured, CPSC said.

Less than a month a... Full Page

AHA News: Sorting Folklore From Fact on the Health Benefits of Garlic

American Heart Association News April 19, 2021

AHA News: Sorting Folklore From Fact on the Health Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is a food of legends, supposedly capable of providing protection against everything from common colds to heart disease – not to mention vampires and werewolves.

But does it really ward off as many health ills as its reputation suggests?

"That might be a stretch," said Kristina Petersen, an assistant professor in the departme... Full Page

Epidural in Delivery Not Linked to Autism: Study

April 19, 2021

Epidural in Delivery Not Linked to Autism: Study

In news that should reassure many pregnant women, having an epidural during childbirth won't increase the child's risk of autism, researchers report.

The new findings refute a widely criticized 2020 study that said epidurals were associated with a 37% higher risk of autism.

Experts said that study didn't account for numerous socioe... Full Page

Are You Eating Foods That Harm Your 'Microbiome'?

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter April 19, 2021

Are You Eating Foods That Harm Your 'Microbiome'?

MONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People who eat plenty of vegetables, fish and fiber may have more inflammation-fighting bacteria in their guts, but fast-food lovers may be feeding inflammatory microbes.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at people's diet habits and the makeup of their gut "microb... Full Page

Half of American Adults Have Now Gotten at Least One COVID Vaccine Shot

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter April 19, 2021

Half of American Adults Have Now Gotten at Least One COVID Vaccine Shot

Half of all Americans aged 18 or older have now gotten at least one shot in the arm of a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday.

The agency said that almost 130 million people -- 50.4% of the U.S. adult population -- have received at least one dose of vaccine, while almost 84 million adults, ... Full Page

Many Employees Have Mixed Feelings as Offices Reopen

Sarah D. Collins HealthDay Reporter April 19, 2021

Many Employees Have Mixed Feelings as Offices Reopen

Bye-bye Zoom meetings: As America begins to emerge from the pandemic, many companies are welcoming employees back into physical work spaces.

But Taylor Villanueva, an entrepreneurship specialist at the Girl Scouts of Orange County, counts herself among the millions of Americans who might be feeling just a little anxious about that transit... Full Page

Is It Allergies or COVID? Expert Shows How to Tell the Difference

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter April 19, 2021

Is It Allergies or COVID? Expert Shows How to Tell the Difference

Seasonal allergies are striking this year at the worst possible time, with the United States in the midst of a fourth wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

You've got an itchy nose and watery eyes. Or maybe you've got a fever and a sore throat. Or you've developed a cough and you have trouble breathing.

Is it COVID-19, or just your u... Full Page

In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer's Return

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter April 19, 2021

In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer's Return

MONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Most people know obesity can lead to diabetes or heart disease, but excess weight can play a role in cancer, too, researchers say.

A new study found that breast cancer survivors who are overweight have a statistically significant increased risk of developing a second primary can... Full Page

Common MS Meds Might Be Less Effective in Black Patients

Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter April 19, 2021

Common MS Meds Might Be Less Effective in Black Patients

MONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Black people experience more severe courses of multiple sclerosis (MS), and now new research suggests that drugs commonly used to treat this disease may not work as well or for as long in these folks.

"I was amazed," said study researcher Dr. Gregg Silverman, a professor of medi... Full Page

Pandemic Stress Keeps Many From Exercising

Robert Preidt April 19, 2021

Pandemic Stress Keeps Many From Exercising

Exercise can provide a much-needed mental health boost during the COVID-19 pandemic. But stress and anxiety may hold you back, new research suggests.

According to a survey by researchers at McMaster University in Canada, some people may need mental health support to exercise during the pandemic.

"Maintaining a regular exercise progr... Full Page

L.A.'s Oil Wells Could Be Harming Citizens' Health

Robert Preidt April 19, 2021

L.A.'s Oil Wells Could Be Harming Citizens' Health

The respiratory health risks among people who live near oil wells in Los Angeles are similar to the risks from daily exposure to secondhand smoke or living near a freeway, researchers say.

In a new study, they also found that people of color are disproportionately affected by respiratory problems such as wheezing and reduced lung function ... Full Page

Unexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth 'Not a Good Thing'

Robert Preidt April 19, 2021

Unexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth 'Not a Good Thing'

Children who have a sudden lowering of their resting heart rate as they move into young adulthood may be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, researchers report.

For their new study, they assessed data from 759 Black and white participants in the Augusta Heart Study, which was designed to evaluate the development of risk fact... Full Page

Hormone Treatments May Raise Blood Pressure in Transgender People

Cara Murez April 19, 2021

Hormone Treatments May Raise Blood Pressure in Transgender People

Monitoring blood pressure is important for transgender people, according to new research, which found changes in systolic blood pressure after the start of gender-affirming hormone therapy.

Transgender men and transgender women have a higher burden of heart attack, stroke and related conditions, the study noted.

Gender-affirming horm... Full Page

Job Losses Hit Americans Hard in Pandemic, Report Confirms

Robert Preidt April 19, 2021

Job Losses Hit Americans Hard in Pandemic, Report Confirms

American families that suffered job losses during the pandemic are struggling to pay their bills and afford food, and many have turned to government help, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,700 adults who took part in an Urban Institute survey in December 2019 and from more than 7,700 who took part in a December 20... Full Page

Live Near a 'Superfund' Site? Your Life Span Might Be Shorter

Robert Preidt April 19, 2021

Live Near a 'Superfund' Site? Your Life Span Might Be Shorter

Living near a Superfund hazardous waste site may shorten your life, new research suggests.

There are thousands of Superfund sites across the United States and they include manufacturing facilities, processing plants, landfills and mines where hazardous waste was dumped, left out in the open or poorly managed, posing a risk to the environme... Full Page

Warmer Climate, More Pollen, Worse Allergies: How to Fight Back

April 18, 2021

Warmer Climate, More Pollen, Worse Allergies: How to Fight Back

Climate change has made North America's pollen season longer and more severe, but there are ways to reduce your allergy misery, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

The best way to deal with worsening pollen seasons is to get ahead of them.

"If you know it's likely that your allergy sympto... Full Page

Strike Out Kids' Overuse Injuries This Baseball Season

April 17, 2021

Strike Out Kids' Overuse Injuries This Baseball Season

Young baseball players are at risk for overuse injuries, but there are ways to play it safe and prevent such problems, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says.

"Overhead athletes, such as baseball players, place significant repetitive stress on the shoulder and elbow joints," orthopedic sports surgeon Dr. Nima Mehran said ... Full Page

Energy Drink Habit Led to Heart Failure in a Young Man

Ernie Mundell and Cara Murez HealthDay Reporters April 16, 2021

Energy Drink Habit Led to Heart Failure in a Young Man

Energy drinks provide millions with a quick, caffeinated boost, but one young man's story could be a warning about overconsumption, experts say.

In the case of the 21-year-old, daily heavy intake of these drinks may have led to life-threatening heart and kidney failure, British doctors reported April 15 in BMJ Case Reports.Full Page

4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

Robert Preidt April 16, 2021

4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

Four in 10 transgender women have HIV, which shows the urgent need to offer them more prevention and treatment services, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

In interviews with more than 1,600 transgender women in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle... Full Page

Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter April 16, 2021

Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

FRIDAY, April 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- While ER visits have stayed below normal levels as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of people showing up in the emergency department with mental woes is increasing, new federal government data shows.

Between March 29 and April 25, 2020, visits to emergency departme... Full Page

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