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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.

Changes in Gay Men's Behaviors, Not Vaccine, Halted Mpox Outbreak

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

Changes in Gay Men's Behaviors, Not Vaccine, Halted Mpox Outbreak

New research finds the 2022 mpox outbreak among gay and bisexual men began to slow down after just a few months -- even though just 8% of high-risk people had received the mpox vaccine.

That suggests that it was changes in gay and bisexual men's sexual behaviors, not the vaccine, that caused the outbreak to subside, researchers concluded.<... Full Page

U.S. Deaths Linked to Alcohol Keep Rising, Especially Among Women

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

U.S. Deaths Linked to Alcohol Keep Rising, Especially Among Women

Deaths where alcohol played a key role climbed sharply in recent years, hitting women even harder than men, new government data shows.

Between 2016 and 2021 (the latest numbers available), "the average number of U.S. deaths from excessive alcohol use increased by more than 40,000 [29%], to 178,000 per year," reported a team from the U.S. ... Full Page

U.S. to Strengthen Protections for Air Travelers With Wheelchairs

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

U.S. to Strengthen Protections for Air Travelers With Wheelchairs

Air travel can be miserable for people with disabilities, particularly if an airline mishandles, damages or loses their wheelchair in transit.

Now, the Biden Administration has proposed tough new standards for how airlines treat and accommodate people in wheelchairs.

The proposed rules would make mishandling wheelchairs an automatic ... Full Page

Long COVID May Harm Cognition

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

Long COVID May Harm Cognition

In a finding that unearths yet another way Long COVID can harm health, new research finds the condition may trigger thinking declines.

Published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study involved cognitive testing on nearly 113,000 people in England. It found that those with Long COVID scored 6 IQ points lowe... Full Page

'No New Concerns' for Biden's Health After Annual Physical

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

'No New Concerns' for Biden's Health After Annual Physical

Following an annual physical conducted on Wednesday, President Joe Biden has been found "fit for duty" by his doctor.

“The President feels well and this year’s physical identified no new concerns. He continues to be fit for duty and fully executes all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations,” White House phys... Full Page

Impaired Sense of Direction Could Be Early Alzheimer's Sign

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

Impaired Sense of Direction Could Be Early Alzheimer's Sign

Middle-aged folks who have difficulties navigating their way through space could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease years later, a new study finds.

“Very early symptoms of dementia can be subtle and difficult to detect, but problems with navigation are thought to be some of the first changes in Alzheimer’s disease," n... Full Page

CDC Experts Recommend Seniors Get Another COVID Shot

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

CDC Experts Recommend Seniors Get Another COVID Shot

Even if they got a COVID booster last fall, American seniors should still get a second shot this spring to best protect themselves, U.S. health officials recommended Wednesday.

The latest guidance, voted on by a vaccine advisory panel and endorsed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that a second booster is fine ... Full Page

Stressed Parents Could Mean More Self-Harm by Kids

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

Stressed Parents Could Mean More Self-Harm by Kids

Teens have a higher risk of self-injury -- deliberately cutting or burning themselves -- if they have a fraught relationship with a struggling parent, a new study shows.

Teenagers were nearly five times more likely to self-injure if, when they were 6, their moms and dads reported stress and discomfort in their role as parents, researchers ... Full Page

'Ultra-Processed' Foods Harm Your Health in More Than 30 Different Ways

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

'Ultra-Processed' Foods Harm Your Health in More Than 30 Different Ways

Ultra-processed foods can cause dozens of terrible health problems among people who eat them too often, a new review warns.

Researchers linked diets high in ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of 32 separate illnesses. In particular, these foods are strongly tied to risk with early death, heart disease, cancer, mental health disorde... Full Page

Simple Eye Test Might Spot Autism in Kids

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

Simple Eye Test Might Spot Autism in Kids

The eyes may have it when it comes to the early diagnosis of autism in children, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have pinpointed a gene that affects how kids' eyes react when they turn their heads.

Typically, people use what's called the vestibulo-ocular reflex to help their sight... Full Page

Using Marijuana to Ease Stress? Focus on CBD, not THC

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

Using Marijuana to Ease Stress? Focus on CBD, not THC

Folks hoping to quell their anxiety would do best to use cannabis products that don’t get them high, a new clinical trial has found.

The non-intoxicating marijuana compound CBD appears to help manage anxiety better than THC, the chemical in weed that gets people high, researchers say.

Patients with anxiety randomly assigned to smok... Full Page

Service Dogs May Lessen Seizure Frequency in Folks With Epilepsy

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter February 29, 2024

Service Dogs May Lessen Seizure Frequency in Folks With Epilepsy

Perhaps by reducing anxiety, a service dog can help reduce seizures in people with tough-to-treat epilepsy, a new study finds.

A group of 25 study participants had an average 31% fewer seizures after months of owning a service dog trained to help people with epilepsy.

And seven of those patients experienced a 50% to 100% reduction in... Full Page

Say Goodbye to PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging: FDA

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

Say Goodbye to PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging: FDA

PFAS "forever" chemicals, increasingly linked to health risks, will no longer be added to food packaging handled by American consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

"Grease-proofing materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] are no longer being sold for use in food packaging in the U.S.," ... Full Page

Number of Abortions Performed Per Month in U.S. Unchanged Since Fall of Roe v. Wade

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

Number of Abortions Performed Per Month in U.S. Unchanged Since Fall of Roe v. Wade

The historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 has not had any significant effect on the number of abortions performed each month in the United States, new data shows.

The #WeCount report tracks abortion rates across the country for the nonprofit Society of Family Planning, a group promoting research on abortion and contraception.

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How Is Autism Diagnosed?

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

How Is Autism Diagnosed?

According to the advocacy group Autism Speaks, one in every 36 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Early diagnosis is crucial to helping to treat the condition, but how is a diagnosis done?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an updated review of what's involved in diagnosing autism in kids. Full Page

What Is Measles, and How Can I Shield Myself & My Family?

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

What Is Measles, and How Can I Shield Myself & My Family?

Once thought to be a bygone disease, measles is making a comeback in the United States and globally as folks shun a safe, surefire way to prevent it: The measles vaccine.

But what is measles, and how easily does it spread? Drs. Aaron Milstone and Lisa Lockherd Maragakis, two infectious disease experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimor... Full Page

Daily Marijuana Use Greatly Raises Odds for Heart Attack, Stroke

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

Daily Marijuana Use Greatly Raises Odds for Heart Attack, Stroke

Folks who use marijuana have a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, with the odds rising even higher when they partake every day, a new study finds.

Both daily and non-daily marijuana users had an increased risk of heart attack and stroke compared to non-users, researchers reported Feb. 28 in the Journal of the American Heart Assoc... Full Page

Mom's Grief During Pregnancy Could Pass Heart Trouble to Her Child

Lori Saxena HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

Mom's Grief During Pregnancy Could Pass Heart Trouble to Her Child

Babies born to mothers who experience profound grief during pregnancy may be vulnerable to heart failure much later in life, new research suggests.

"If future studies support our findings, the implementation of early screening for risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes in children born to mothers who experienced bereavemen... Full Page

Is It Allergies or Sinusitis? Many Folks Are Misdiagnosed

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

Is It Allergies or Sinusitis? Many Folks Are Misdiagnosed

What if you'd been treated for years for a condition, only to find out that you'd long ago been misdiagnosed?

That's what's happening to a sizable number of Americans who are taking allergy meds (to little effect) when in fact they have chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), a new study contends.

“We have seen so many patients suffer for so... Full Page

Your Brain Feels Better When Music Is Live, Not Recorded: Study

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter February 28, 2024

Your Brain Feels Better When Music Is Live, Not Recorded: Study

Live musical performances speak to the soul, stimulating the brain in ways more powerful than listening to a recorded tune does, new research finds.

“Our study showed that pleasant and unpleasant emotions performed as live music elicited much higher and more consistent activity in the amygdala [the emotional center of the brain] than rec... Full Page

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