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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.

Listeria Fears Spur Nationwide Ice Cream Recall

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Listeria Fears Spur Nationwide Ice Cream Recall

Check your freezer for multiple brands of ice cream that are being recalled by the maker, Totally Cool Inc., due to worries over listeria contamination.

The full list of brands and recalled products can be found online, but include multiple products by Friendly's, Abylin's Frozen, some Hershey's ice cream, Yelloh!, Jeni's, Cumberland Farm... Full Page

Slow-Release Ketamine Pill Eases Depression: Study

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Slow-Release Ketamine Pill Eases Depression: Study

A new slow-release pill form of ketamine can quell hard-to-treat depression without producing psychedelic side effects normally associated with the drug, early research suggests.

Patients on the strongest dose of ketamine tablets saw significant improvement in their depression compared to a placebo, researchers found.

On a 30-point d... Full Page

Summer COVID Cases Are Rising Across America

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Summer COVID Cases Are Rising Across America

As scorching summer temperatures drive Americans indoors and millions travel for vacations and family gatherings, COVID infections are again climbing, U.S. health officials warned Monday.

In evidence that suggests a COVID summer wave is underway, case counts are most likely increasing in 39 states and aren’t declining anywhere ... Full Page

U.S. Surgeon General Declares Gun Violence a Public Health Emergency

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

U.S. Surgeon General Declares Gun Violence a Public Health Emergency

Gun violence in the United States has become a national public health crisis, the U.S. Surgeon General declared Tuesday.

"Today, for the first time in the history of our office, I am issuing a Surgeon General's Advisory on firearm violence. It outlines the urgent threat firearm violence poses to the health and well-being of our country," D... Full Page

Wegovy Helps Heart Failure Patients Lose Weight, Improve Symptoms

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Wegovy Helps Heart Failure Patients Lose Weight, Improve Symptoms

Weight-loss drugs like Wegovy can improve symptoms in heart failure patients, a new clinical trial shows.

Both men and women showed improved heart function after a year on semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy, researchers report.

Women tended to lose more weight than men, on average about 9.6% of their body weight... Full Page

Despite Falling Out of Favor With Doctors, Daily Aspirin Still Popular

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Despite Falling Out of Favor With Doctors, Daily Aspirin Still Popular

For decades, millions of Americans popped a low-dose aspirin each day to lower their heart risks.

Then, accumulated data prompted the nation's two leading cardiology groups -- the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association -- to overturn advisories in 2019 and recommend against daily aspirin, citing a risk ... Full Page

Loneliness Can Raise Older People's Odds for Stroke

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Loneliness Can Raise Older People's Odds for Stroke

A lonely middle and old age could bring higher odds for a stroke, new data suggests.

A 12-year study of people over 50 found that those who experienced chronic loneliness were 56% more likely to have a stroke, versus those who said they weren't lonely.

“Loneliness is increasingly considered a major public health issue. Our findings... Full Page

Healthy Weight Loss Could Lower Your Odds for Cancer

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Healthy Weight Loss Could Lower Your Odds for Cancer

Losing weight can protect you against cancers related to obesity, a new study finds.

Obesity has been linked to higher risk of at least 13 types of cancer, researchers said. This is largely due to excess levels of hormones like estrogen and insulin.

But study results show that dropping pounds can improve a person’s odds against dev... Full Page

Simple Paper-Strip Test Might Spot Flu, and Which Type You Have

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Simple Paper-Strip Test Might Spot Flu, and Which Type You Have

A simple and inexpensive paper strip test could help diagnose a case of the flu, and even identify the influenza strain that caused it, a new study finds.

The test can distinguish between influenza A and B -- the two main types of seasonal flu -- as well as identifying more virulent strains like H1N1 and H3N2, according to results publishe... Full Page

Cholesterol Med Might Slow Vision Loss in People With Diabetes

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Cholesterol Med Might Slow Vision Loss in People With Diabetes

A well-established cholesterol-lowering drug appears to significantly slow the progression of a diabetes-related eye disease, a new trial shows.

Fenofibrate (Tricor) has been approved since 2004 as a means of lowering cholesterol. Now, this new study shows that fenofibrate also can reduce the progression of diabetic retinopathy by 27% comp... Full Page

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Decline for First Time Since Pandemic

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Decline for First Time Since Pandemic

For the first time since the pandemic, it got a little safer to cross America's streets in 2023, new statistics show.

According to data released Monday from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 7,318 American pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles last year -- a dip of 5.4% from 2022 and the first such decline seen since the... Full Page

Stem Cell Therapy Could Be Breakthrough Against Type 1 Diabetes

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 25, 2024

Stem Cell Therapy Could Be Breakthrough Against Type 1 Diabetes

An experimental stem cell therapy can essentially cure type 1 diabetes by restoring insulin production in some patients, early clinical trial results show.

Seven out of 12 patients no longer needed daily insulin shots after receiving a full dose of the gene therapy, dubbed VX-800, researchers reported Friday at the American Diabetes Associ... Full Page

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Medical Care for Transgender Youth

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Medical Care for Transgender Youth

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it would hear a case on a Tennessee law that bans transgender minors from receiving certain medical treatments in that state.

The banned treatments include puberty-blocking drugs or hormonal therapies.

It's the first time the court will hear arguments regarding transitional medical care f... Full Page

Rates of Distress, Depression Have Doubled Among Transgender Americans Since 2014

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

Rates of Distress, Depression Have Doubled Among Transgender Americans Since 2014

The rate of self-reported mental distress and depression among American adults who identify as transgender or gender-diverse (TGD) has more than doubled between 2014 and 2022, an analysis of federal health data reveals.

During that time, "a record number of enacted laws has threatened the rights and protections of TGD people, including res... Full Page

Texas' 2021 Abortion Ban Tied to Rise in Infant Deaths

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

Texas' 2021 Abortion Ban Tied to Rise in Infant Deaths

Following state legislation passed in 2021 that essentially banned abortion in Texas, the rate of infant deaths rose by almost 13%, compared to a much smaller 1.8% rise nationwide, a new study finds.

The number of Texan babies whose deaths were specifically linked to birth defects also jumped by 22.9% in 2022, the year after the ban was pu... Full Page

Medication Abortion Without Ultrasound Is Safe: Study

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

Medication Abortion Without Ultrasound Is Safe: Study

Women don’t need an ultrasound to have a safe medication abortion, a new study says.

Women who received abortion pills by mail without getting an ultrasound first did just as well as those who were examined and given the drugs in person, researchers found.

“This study adds to a growing and robust body of evidence demonstrating th... Full Page

Twice-a-Year Injection Gives Women Full Protection Against HIV, Trial Finds

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

Twice-a-Year Injection Gives Women Full Protection Against HIV, Trial Finds

Just two injections a year of a new HIV drug protected young women in Africa from infection with the sexually transmitted disease, new trial results show.

In announcing the findings, Gilead Sciences Inc. said its HIV medication lenacapavir demonstrated 100% efficacy as a preventive treatment.

This is the first round of data generate... Full Page

FDA's Move to OK First Menthol Vapes Is Big Mistake, Health Advocates Say

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

FDA's Move to OK First Menthol Vapes Is Big Mistake, Health Advocates Say

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to authorize the first menthol-flavored e-cigarettes has drawn the the ire of health advocates who say the decision undermines efforts to end the youth vaping epidemic in America.

In its approval of four flavored vaping products made by Njoy, the agency defended its decision.

“Based ... Full Page

Surgeons Perform a U.S. First: Kidney Transplant in Awake Patient

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

Surgeons Perform a U.S. First: Kidney Transplant in Awake Patient

John Nicolas was deep into kidney transplant surgery when he decided to ask his doctors if they’d started yet.

“At one point during surgery, I recall asking, ‘Should I be expecting the spinal anesthesia to kick in?’” Nicolas, 28, recalled in a news release. “They had already been doing a lot of work and I had been completely ob... Full Page

Inhaled Insulin Could Help Folks With Type 1 Diabetes Avoid Needles

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter June 24, 2024

Inhaled Insulin Could Help Folks With Type 1 Diabetes Avoid Needles

Inhaled insulin could be a better option than injections or pumps for some patients with type 1 diabetes, a new clinical trial shows.

Patients using inhaled insulin (Afrezza) plus long-lasting insulin degludec injections had better control over their blood sugar than those assigned to receive usual care, researchers report.

About 21%... Full Page

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