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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.

Toddlers Fixated on Screens Talk Less With Parents

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

Toddlers Fixated on Screens Talk Less With Parents

Using TVs and tablets as "e-babysitters" really cuts down on the time toddlers spend interacting with parents or other caregivers, new research shows.

The Australian team of investigators are calling the phenomenon "technoference" -- a scenario where "young children’s exposure to screen time is interfering with opportunities to talk and ... Full Page

Yogurt Makers Can Make Limited Claims About Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: FDA

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

Yogurt Makers Can Make Limited Claims About Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: FDA

Yogurt makers can now make limited claims about the food's power to help prevent type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

In a statement released Friday, the agency said it will not object to "qualified health claims" that say there is some evidence that eating at least 2 cups of yogurt a week may lower the chances of d... Full Page

First Birth Control Pill Sold Over the Counter Hits Store Shelves Soon

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

First Birth Control Pill Sold Over the Counter Hits Store Shelves Soon

The first over-the-counter birth control pill will soon be available in U.S. stores and online, the drug's maker plans to announce Monday.

Sold as Opill, the medication was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last May. Once it is officially for sale, a one-month supply will cost women $19.99, while a three-month supply ... Full Page

New Insights Into the Persistent Pain of UTIs

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

New Insights Into the Persistent Pain of UTIs

People with recurring urinary tract infections frequently have persistent pain, even after antibiotics have cleared the harmful bacteria from their system.

Now, researchers have figured out why this perplexing problem occurs.

It appears that an overgrowth of highly sensitive nerve cells can occur in the bladder as a result of frequen... Full Page

More Evidence Sleep Apnea Harms Thinking, Memory

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

More Evidence Sleep Apnea Harms Thinking, Memory

Sleep apnea could have detrimental effects on the brain, causing memory or thinking problems, a new study suggests.

People suffering from sleep apnea are about 50% more likely to also report having memory or thinking problems, compared to those without sleep apnea, researchers say.

“These findings highlight the importance of early ... Full Page

1 in 8 Seniors Who Undergo Surgery Are Back in Hospital Within a Month

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

1 in 8 Seniors Who Undergo Surgery Are Back in Hospital Within a Month

Major surgery is a dicey proposition for many seniors, with a substantial number landing back in the hospital just weeks or months after their operation, a new study warns.

Nearly one in eight seniors (12%) who undergo surgery are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their procedure, researchers report Feb. 28 in the journal JA... Full Page

Pets Bring People Big Mental Health Boost: Poll

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

Pets Bring People Big Mental Health Boost: Poll

The vast majority (84%) of Americans with pets say their animal companion brings a positive mental health impact to their lives, a new poll shows.

The poll of more than 2,200 adults conducted early last month also found about two-thirds of respondents calling their pet "a true friend," a "companion" and someone who "provide[s] uncondition... Full Page

One Leafy Green Needs Refrigeration to Prevent E.Coli

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

One Leafy Green Needs Refrigeration to Prevent E.Coli

Salad lovers, take note: Lettuce is more vulnerable to E. coli contamination than other leafy greens, researchers report.

The physical composition of green leaf and romaine lettuce makes it a happy home for E. coli bacteria, particularly at room temperature, according to a report published recently in the journal Food Microbiology... Full Page

Vaccines Protect You & Your Kids From Measles: FDA

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

Vaccines Protect You & Your Kids From Measles: FDA

As new outbreaks of measles -- a once nearly eliminated illness in the United States -- continue to emerge, experts remind Americans that there's an easy way to stop infection: Get vaccinated.

"Measles spreads so easily that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not vaccinated or otherwise immune will also be... Full Page

Could General Anesthesia in Pregnancy Raise Behavioral Issues in Kids?

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2024

Could General Anesthesia in Pregnancy Raise Behavioral Issues in Kids?

Children exposed to anesthesia in the womb when their pregnant mom has surgery are more likely to suffer from behavioral issues later, a new study finds.

Exposure to general anesthesia before birth was associated with a 31% increased risk of diagnosis with a behavioral disorder as a child, researchers reported Feb. 29 in the British Jo... Full Page

CDC Shortens Recommended COVID Isolation Period

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

CDC Shortens Recommended COVID Isolation Period

New guidance issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to routinely stay home for five days.

Instead, the CDC recommends "returning to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, symptoms are improving overall, and if a fever was present, ... Full Page

CVS, Walgreens to Start Selling Abortion Pill in Some States

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

CVS, Walgreens to Start Selling Abortion Pill in Some States

CVS and Walgreens announced Friday that they will start dispensing the abortion pill mifepristone this month.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has certified the nation's two largest pharmacy chains to dispense mifepristone, and they plan to make the medication available first in states where abortion is legal.

The chains will no... Full Page

What Is Mpox, and How Can You Protect Yourself?

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

What Is Mpox, and How Can You Protect Yourself?

An outbreak of mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) across Europe and North America made headlines in 2022.  

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2022 outbreak of mpox (formerly called monkeypox) in the United States involved 31,698 known cases and 56 deaths. Globally, the outbreak i... Full Page

Breastfeeding 101: Tips for New Moms

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

Breastfeeding 101: Tips for New Moms

There’s a host of studies supporting the numerous ways breastfeeding helps baby's development -- and the health of mothers, too. 

However, too many women are hesitant to start breastfeeding or stick with it if they do, according to Nadine Rosenblum, a perinatal lactation program coordinator at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.Full Page

Education Leads to Healthier, Longer Lives: Study

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

Education Leads to Healthier, Longer Lives: Study

School not only makes a person smarter, but it can also help them live longer, researchers report.

People with more education tend to age more slowly and live longer lives compared to the less educated, the study found.

Higher levels of education are significantly associated with a slower pace of aging and a lower risk of death, acco... Full Page

Over 1 Billion People Are Now Obese Worldwide

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

Over 1 Billion People Are Now Obese Worldwide

FRIDAY, March 1, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- More than 1 billion adults and children around the world are now obese, a new global analysis estimates.

Nearly 880 million adults now are living with obesity, as well as 159 million children, according to the report published Feb. 29 in The Lancet journal.

Obesity rates for kids and... Full Page

Staffing Shortages at Nursing Homes Continue: Report

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

Staffing Shortages at Nursing Homes Continue: Report

Although the pandemic has ended, staffing shortages and employee burnout still plague U.S. nursing homes, a new government report finds.

But the problems didn't end there: The report, issued Thursday by the Inspector General's Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, showed that infection-control procedures were still so... Full Page

Vaping, Skipping Breakfast Ups Headache Risk for Teens

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

Vaping, Skipping Breakfast Ups Headache Risk for Teens

Vaping and skipped meals appear to be the main causes of frequent headaches among teens, a new study says.

Teens who ate breakfast and dinner with their family had a lower risk of frequent headaches than those who regularly missed meals, researchers report Feb. 28 in the journal Neurology.

Meanwhile, vaping also was associat... Full Page

PSA Test Might Overdiagnose Prostate Cancers in Black Men

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

PSA Test Might Overdiagnose Prostate Cancers in Black Men

A new British study suggests that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, long used to spot prostate cancers, might lead to overdiagnosis in Black men.

Researchers now theorize that Black men may have naturally higher levels of the antigen in their blood than white men, but that it does not indicate any higher risk for prostate cancer.Full Page

No Sign That Daylight Saving Time Harms the Heart

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 1, 2024

No Sign That Daylight Saving Time Harms the Heart

The adjustment to and from daylight saving time might be a biannual annoyance, but there's no evidence that it harms a person's heart health, a new study finds.

Data from more than 36 million adults ages 18 and older found no connection between the twice-yearly time switch and heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrest or heart disease.

... Full Page

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