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31 Jan

1 in 8 Americans Over 50 May Be Addicted to Food, New Study Finds

Many adults, 50-80 years of age, have an unhealthy relationship with highly processed foods that provide empty calories, researchers say.

30 Jan

Legalizing Pot Does Not Make It a Gateway Drug to More Harmful Substances, Study Finds

Legalizing recreational marijuana does not cause adults to try other illicit drugs, nor does it lead to additional behavioral and financial problems, researchers find.

27 Jan

What is the DASH Diet and Why Is It a Top Choice among Experts?

The DASH Diet is highly recommended for overall health and heart disease prevention. Find out how it works.

Sleep Apnea Linked to Weaker Bones, Teeth

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter February 1, 2023

Sleep Apnea Linked to Weaker Bones, Teeth

People who have sleep apnea may have another issue to worry about — weaker bones and teeth.

Known as low bone-mineral density, the condition is an indicator of osteoporosis and can increase the risk of fractures and cause teeth to become loose and dental implants to fail, according to new research from the University at Buffalo (UB) in ... Full Page

Black Hairdressers May Be at High Risk From Toxic Chemicals

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Black Hairdressers May Be at High Risk From Toxic Chemicals

Black and Hispanic women who work as hairdressers are exposed to an array of chemicals, including many that have not been previously identified, a small study finds.

Researchers found that compared with women of color in office jobs, hair stylists had higher levels of various chemicals in their urine. Those substances included expected one... Full Page

Celiac Disease Could Raise Heart Risks, Study Finds

Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Celiac Disease Could Raise Heart Risks, Study Finds

People with celiac disease may be more likely to develop heart disease despite having fewer traditional heart risks than other folks.

Celiac disease is an immune reaction that occurs when some people eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment is following a strict gluten-free diet.

People with celiac dis... Full Page

Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis, Canadian Province Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Hard Drugs

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis, Canadian Province Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Hard Drugs

To fight an urgent opioid overdose crisis, a Canadian province took an unusual step on Tuesday.

British Columbia decriminalized small amounts of several hard drugs.

This includes up to 2.5 grams of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, the province's Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions said in a statement.

Going forward, police w... Full Page

What Is Chromium Picolinate? Do You Really Need It?

Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

What Is Chromium Picolinate? Do You Really Need It?

Chromium picolinate is a supplement that many folks take, as it's touted to unlock insulin, burn fat and build muscle.

But do you really need to add it to your diet when the mineral chromium is already present in many foods, albeit in tiny amounts?

"There is little evidence or support for chromium supplementation, though advertisemen... Full Page

After Baby Formula Scandal, FDA Announces New Unit Focused on Food Safety

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

After Baby Formula Scandal, FDA Announces New Unit Focused on Food Safety

Stung by recent food safety scandals -- most notably last year's infant formula shortage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is creating a new unit devoted to food safety.

The newly dubbed Human Foods Program will wield wide-ranging powers.

"We’re proposing the creation of a unified, newly envisioned o... Full Page

Many Seniors Shunned In-Home Care During Pandemic, Worsening Health

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Many Seniors Shunned In-Home Care During Pandemic, Worsening Health

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on older Americans.

A new study finds that many older adults declined medically necessary in-home care during the height of the pandemic in 2020 for fear of contracting the coronavirus, but doing so may have led to new or worsening health condition... Full Page

U.S. Leads in Health Care Spending, But Is Last for Health Outcomes Among Rich Nations

Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

U.S. Leads in Health Care Spending, But Is Last for Health Outcomes Among Rich Nations

The United States spends up to four times more on health care than most wealthy nations, but it doesn't have much to show for it.

Life expectancy in America continues to decline even though this country spends nearly 18% of its gross domestic product on health care, according to a new report from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund.

“T... Full Page

AHA News: Depression, Poor Mental Health in Young Adults Linked to Higher Cardiovascular Risks

American Heart Association News January 31, 2023

AHA News: Depression, Poor Mental Health in Young Adults Linked to Higher Cardiovascular Risks

Young adults with depression or overall poor mental health report more heart attacks, strokes and risk factors for cardiovascular disease than their peers without mental health issues, new research shows.

The findings, published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association, add to a large body of evidence linking cardiovascula... Full Page

AHA News: Student-Athlete's Parents Grateful for National Spotlight on Cardiac Arrest

American Heart Association News January 31, 2023

AHA News: Student-Athlete's Parents Grateful for National Spotlight on Cardiac Arrest

Dylan Dorrell fell in love with running when he was in kindergarten and ran a 5K with his mom on Mother's Day. As a 17-year-old senior in high school, he'd just finished practicing with his cross-country team at a local park in Denton, Texas, when he went to the bathroom to wash his hands.

He never came out.

Dylan's heart stopped whi... Full Page

Biden to Lift COVID Emergencies in May

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Biden to Lift COVID Emergencies in May

The two COVID emergency measures declared by the White House at the start of the pandemic will end in May.

President Joe Biden informed Congress of the plan on Monday, as part of a statement opposing House Republicans’ plan to immediately end the protections.

“An abrupt end to the emergency declarations would create wide-ranging ... Full Page

Marriage Could Be a 'Buffer' Against Dementia

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Marriage Could Be a 'Buffer' Against Dementia

Tying the knot is now tied to healthier aging brains: People who stay married for the long haul may gain some protection from dementia, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that compared with both divorced people and lifelong singles, older adults in a long-term marriage were less likely to develop dementia. Roughly 11% were diagnosed ... Full Page

Is Oxytocin Really the 'Love Hormone'? Rodent Research Raises Doubt

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Is Oxytocin Really the 'Love Hormone'? Rodent Research Raises Doubt

The "love hormone" oxytocin might not play the critical role in forming social bonds that scientists have long believed, a new animal study suggests.

Prairie voles bred without receptors for oxytocin display the same monogamous mating, attachment and parenting behaviors as regular voles, according to researchers.

"While oxytocin has ... Full Page

Smoking in Pregnancy Has Declined by a Third Since 2016

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

Smoking in Pregnancy Has Declined by a Third Since 2016

There's good news for American mothers-to-be and their newborns: Rates of smoking during pregnancy have fallen by 36% since 2016, a new report finds.

The percentage of pregnant women who smoked was already low in 2016 compared to decades past: 7.2%. But by 2021, that rate had fallen to just 4.6%. That's according to the latest data from th... Full Page

People With Autism May Feel Pain More Intensely: Study

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter January 31, 2023

People With Autism May Feel Pain More Intensely: Study

People who have autism feel pain at a higher intensity than others, which is the opposite of what many believe to be true, new research suggests.

The prevailing belief is that those with autism are indifferent to pain, possibly because of a tendency for self-harm. However, "this assumption is not necessarily true," said Dr. Tami Bar-Shali... Full Page

Legalizing Marijuana Doesn't Raise Drug, Alcohol Abuse: Study

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter January 30, 2023

Legalizing Marijuana Doesn't Raise Drug, Alcohol Abuse: Study

Living in a U.S. state where recreational weed is legal does not appear to increase the average adult’s risk of succumbing to “reefer madness,” a new study of twins has determined.

An adult living in a “legal” state is not more likely to develop any sort of substance abuse disorder than their twin residing in a state where mariju... Full Page

Pandemic at a Tipping Point: WHO

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter January 30, 2023

Pandemic at a Tipping Point: WHO

The pandemic has reached a “transition point,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.

Still, that doesn’t mean the public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) designation declared by the WHO in January 2020 is over yet.

The organization’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee met last we... Full Page

Stuck in Traffic? Diesel Fumes May Be Harming Your Brain

Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter January 30, 2023

Stuck in Traffic? Diesel Fumes May Be Harming Your Brain

If you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam and you start to feel fuzzy-headed, the diesel exhaust from the truck in front of you might be to blame.

New research found that just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust impaired the brain’s functional connectivity, which can lower your ability to think and remember.

"We compared peo... Full Page

Smoking in Pregnancy Greatly Raises Odds for SIDS in Newborns

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter January 30, 2023

Smoking in Pregnancy Greatly Raises Odds for SIDS in Newborns

Infants exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy are more than five times more likely to die unexpectedly compared to babies of nonsmokers, a new study says.

"The message is simple. Smoking greatly elevates the risk of sudden unexpected infant death," said lead study author Barbara Ostfeld, program director of the SIDS Center of N... Full Page

Utah Becomes First State to Ban Transgender Health Care for Minors

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter January 30, 2023

Utah Becomes First State to Ban Transgender Health Care for Minors

Transgender youth in Utah are now blocked from receiving gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy after Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill Saturday that largely bans such care for youth.

Cox said that the ban was necessary until more research was done on long-term effects of treatments, The New York Times reported.

The Ameri... Full Page

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