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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.

CDC Shortens Recommended COVID Isolation Period

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, ...

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  • March 1, 2024
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CVS, Walgreens to Start Selling Abortion Pill in Some States

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...

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  • March 1, 2024
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What Is Mpox, and How Can You Protect Yourself?

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...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 1, 2024
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Breastfeeding 101: Tips for New Moms

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.

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 1, 2024
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Education Leads to Healthier, Longer Lives: Study

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...

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  • March 1, 2024
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Over 1 Billion People Are Now Obese Worldwide

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...

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  • March 1, 2024
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Staffing Shortages at Nursing Homes Continue: Report

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...

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  • March 1, 2024
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Vaping, Skipping Breakfast Ups Headache Risk for Teens

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...

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  • March 1, 2024
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PSA Test Might Overdiagnose Prostate Cancers in Black Men

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.

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 1, 2024
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No Sign That Daylight Saving Time Harms the Heart

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.

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  • March 1, 2024
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Stationary Bike Workouts Could Help Parkinson's Patients

Stationary Bike Workouts Could Help Parkinson's Patients

A bicycle built for two could be a positive prescription for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers, a small, preliminary study says.

Parkinson’s patients had better overall quality of life, improved mobility, and faster walking speed after sharing regular rides on a stationary tandem bike with a care partner, researchers plan to re...

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  • March 1, 2024
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Bird Flu Found in Sea Mammals, Upping Risk to Humans

Bird Flu Found in Sea Mammals, Upping Risk to Humans

Bird flu has mutated to spread more easily between birds and marine mammals, increasing the potential risk to humans, a new study warns.

Four sea lions, one fur seal and a tern found dead in Argentina all tested positive for the avian influenza virus H5N1, researchers report.

Further, genetic analysis revealed that the virus was near...

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  • March 1, 2024
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Calcium Crystals in Knee Could Be Worsening Arthritis

Calcium Crystals in Knee Could Be Worsening Arthritis

Once considered harmless by doctors, calcium crystal deposits in the knee joint actually can contribute to worsening arthritis, a new study warns.

CT scans have revealed that calcium crystals in the knee can promote joint damage, wearing away the cartilage that keeps bones from rubbing together, researchers reported recently in the journal...

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  • March 1, 2024
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Rodeo Riders Risk Rough Injuries

Rodeo Riders Risk Rough Injuries

Rodeo riders might make it all look easy, but they’re actually participating in one of the most strenuous sports around, experts say.

As such, folks participating in rodeo need to take steps to protect themselves, just as other athletes do, said Dr. Omar Atassi, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine i...

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  • March 1, 2024
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Changes in Gay Men's Behaviors, Not Vaccine, Halted Mpox Outbreak

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.<...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 29, 2024
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U.S. Deaths Linked to Alcohol Keep Rising, Especially Among Women

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. C...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 29, 2024
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U.S. to Strengthen Protections for Air Travelers With Wheelchairs

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 ...

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  • February 29, 2024
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Long COVID May Harm Cognition

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...

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  • February 29, 2024
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'No New Concerns' for Biden's Health After Annual Physical

'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 physic...

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  • February 29, 2024
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Impaired Sense of Direction Could Be Early Alzheimer's Sign

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," not...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 29, 2024
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