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Americans are more likely to carry a loaded handgun than ever before: New research finds about twice as many adults carried in 2019 as did in 2015.

“Between increases in the number of people who own handguns and the number of people who carry every day, there has been a striking increase in handgun carrying in the U.S.,” said lead study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 21, 2022
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  • It’s time for time to fall back an hour, but fortunately that change is more in line with humans’ circadian rhythm than springing forward.

    This provides an opportunity for people to “fix” their circadian rhythm, that 24-hour body clock that regulates hormone release and temperature, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine who offered some tips.

    “While the end of d...

    THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For cat owners who are convinced that their furry feline understands and even responds to the sound of their voice, here’s the reward they’ve been waiting for: A new French study finds that, yes, cats can identify their owner’s cooing an...

    Experts studying kids' sleep and eating habits have learned more about a potential reason for childhood obesity.

    Kids who are deprived of sleep tend to eat more calories the next day, researchers found. And some of those extra calories come from less-healthy, sugar-laden snacks or treats.

    "When children lost sleep, overall they ate an extra 74 calories per day, caused by an increase...

    The pandemic brought about a lot of changes in people's lives. For many, that included a new baby.

    The United States saw a “baby bump” in 2021 described in a new study as “the first major reversal in declining U.S. fertility rates since 2007.”

    It was the opposite of what early forecasts predicted.

    “Ther...

    At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 40% of Americans were untruthful about whether they had the virus or were ignoring safety precautions, a nationwide survey shows.

    The December

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 10, 2022
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  • Danger on the road: Speeding and texting while driving are two common but risky behaviors among teens, a new study finds.

    Among teen drivers in the study, researchers found they drove over the speed limit on 40% of trips and held cellphones more than 30% of th...

    For many kids with autism, Rhett, a black Labrador retriever, has been a calming and comforting influence in his seven years as a therapy dog.

    But parents shouldn't assume that a service pooch is the solution for every child on the autism spectrum, a new study...

    The most widespread form of bullying isn't physical acts like pushing or kicking, nor is it verbal threats or derogatory remarks. Far and away bullies' top tactic is social exclusion.

    Also known as "relational aggression," this involves shutting out peers from group activities and spreading false rumors about them. And research underscores the damage done by this behavior.

    “When a...

    Most people have cherished memories of their grandparents reading to them as children.

    Ekaterina Pesheva's memories are quite different.

    "I remember distinctly being very irritated and very angry listening to my grandmother reading children's books to me, like fairy tales," said Pesheva, 48, who lives in Boston. "I would become aware of her mouth getting dry, and that, for whatever ...

    Buying someone a cup of coffee might seem like no big deal, but a new study shows that small acts of kindness have a bigger impact than people believe.

    In a series of experiments, researchers found that those on the receiving end of a kind gesture typically appreciated it more than the giver anticipated. One reason, the findings suggest,...

    From the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of monkeypox to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, school shootings and devastating wildfires, there's been no lack of doom and gloom lately, and many folks are glued to the news.

    For more than 16% of people, however, compulsive news watching can be seriously problematic and is linked to a host of physical and

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 24, 2022
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  • The health risks of losing sleep are well known, ranging from heart disease to depression, but who knew that too little sleep can also make you selfish?

    That's the takeaway of new research from the University of California, Berkeley.

    "This new work demonstrates that a lack of sleep not only damages the health of an individual, but degrades social interactions between individuals and...

    Older adults who get a lot of "screen time" may have an increased risk of developing dementia — but a lot depends on what type of screen they use, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among older British adults, those w...

    A person's unrelated lookalike, commonly known as a doppelganger, may actually share genes that affect not only how they appear, but also their behavior.

    In a new study, scientists did DNA analysis on 32 sets of virtual twins — people with strong facial similarities — and found they possessed similar genetic variants.

    “Our study provides a rare insight into human likeness by...

    Humans and dogs undoubtedly share a powerful bond, but can dogs cry when overcome with emotion?

    According to a recent study, possibly the first to try to answer that question, canine's eyes do indeed well up with tears, most often when they are reunited with their beloved owner.

    “We ...

    Reading, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends might help lower your risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

    "Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated with various health benefits, such as a lower cancer risk, a reduction of

  • By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 12, 2022
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  • U.S. health officials are in the crosshairs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, facing threats and harassment from the public they serve.

    And a growing percentage of U.S. adults are fine with that, according to a new Cornell University study.

    Analysis of public opinion ...

    While cats often prefer to be alone and closely guard their territory, some seem to thrive on togetherness even at a crowded shelter.

    Chalk it up to chemistry.

    That's the takeaway of a new study that investigated the role hormones and gut bacteria play in felines' social

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 28, 2022
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  • Your fitness tracker, pedometer or smartwatch may motivate you to exercise more and lose weight, Australian researchers say.

    In a large research review, the investigators found that tracking your activity might inspire you to

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 26, 2022
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  • American society may seem more fractured than ever, but cooperation among total strangers has been on the upswing for decades, researchers in China say.

    Their conclusion emerged from an analysis of more than 500 studies that tracked cooperation patterns over the past six decades.

    The upshot, ...

    From the ongoing pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak to the charged political landscape, New York City mom and entrepreneur Lyss Stern has been increasingly anxious.

    Stern worries that she will pass all of this fretting down to her 8-year-old daughter, and a new study suggests she just might.

    "Children may be more likely to learn anxious behavior if it is being displayed by their s...

    If you've ever hesitated to text or email friends you haven't seen in a while, a new study has a reassuring message: They'll probably appreciate it more than you think.

    In a series of experiments involving nearly 6,000 adults, researchers found that, in general, people underestimated the value of "reaching out" to someone in their social circle they hadn't contacted in a while.

    Reci...

    Want to feel you matter after you retire? Start socializing, a new study suggests.

    Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis found that positive connections with other people were associated with a sense of purposefulness in older adults.

    Having a sense of purpose is...

    If you are feeling stressed and depressed, new research suggests that grabbing a trowel and getting your hands dirty may improve your mood.

    Researchers found that tending to plants can reap mental health benefits, even for first-time gardeners. The activity was linked to decreased stress, anxiety and depression in h...

    Your age may play a huge role in whether you'll decide to get a COVID vaccine, new research finds.

    Though vaccine hesitancy due to personal politics has drawn a lot of media attention, a University of Georgia study reveals it's not the only consideration.

    The link between vaccines a...

    Deep-rooted bias may affect the way white patients physically respond to medical care provided by physicians of differing race or gender.

    Researchers assessed treatment reactions of nearly 200 white patients after they were randomly assigned to receive care from a male or female doctor who was either Black, white or Asian.

    White patients appeared to improve faster when treated by a...

    Using ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft can reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, potentially leading to fewer alcohol-related crashes, a new research review confirms.

    Review author Christopher Morrison, who studies drinking and the problems it spawns, including assaults, drunken driving and crashes, said the evidence is clear.

    "One way to prevent these probl...

    Are you plagued by FOMO -- "fear of missing out"? Then silencing your smartphone may not be the stress-buster you think it is.

    That's the takeaway from a new study that found many folks check their phones a lot more when they're set to mute or vibrate than when they beep and ring.

    "Without any clear 'buzz' or sou...

    You and your best friend may have your noses to thank in helping bring you together, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that pairs of friends who'd just "clicked" upon meeting tended to smell more alike, compared to random pairs of strangers. What's more, a high-tech electronic nose was able to predict, based on body odor, which strangers would hit it off during their first interacti...

    What goes through your dog's mind when you tell him to find his favorite toy?

    Hungarian researchers say Fido relies on a mental image based on sensory features. Dogs call to mind the way that toy looks, feels and smells.

    The finding - from the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest - was recently published online in the journal

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 20, 2022
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  • Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.

    Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall asleep after midnight, while folks in their 40s go to bed earlier but devote the fewest hours to sleep.

    That might...

    Adult flu shots have slumped in states with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, suggesting that COVID-19 vaccination behavior may have spilled over to flu-vaccine behavior, new research indicates.

    University of California, Los Angeles researchers point to declining trust in public health agencies caused by controversy over

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 16, 2022
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  • The COVID-19 pandemic changed kids' lives in many respects, and sometimes for the better. Pot use, drinking, smoking and vaping all fell among U.S. youth, likely because they had to spend more time at home and less time with their friends, researchers say.

    The findings are based on an analysis of 49 studies.

    "One of the driving factors for youth substance use is access to substance...

    The key to a long life may be your attitude.

    Researchers at Harvard studied the impact of optimism on women's lifespans, finding that optimism was associated with greater longevity, such as living past age 90.

    Lead study author Hayami Koga, a PhD candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, decided instead of studying risk factors, she wanted to look at posi...

    People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests.

    The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people's preferences for particular

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 14, 2022
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  • Many people think they make healthy food choices, but they may be viewing their diet through rose-colored glasses.

    That's the main finding of a new study that aimed to identify disconnects between how healthfully Americans think they eat and how they actually do.

    "It appears difficult for adults in the United States to accurately assess the quality of their diet, and most adults bel...

    The expression "plays well with others" is often tossed around to describe people who are less likely to ruffle feathers, and new research shows these sandbox skills really matter.

    It turns out that kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experience mental health issues ...

    Of all the health harms the pandemic brought, new research has uncovered one positive effect: For the first time in 30 years, teens' consumption of junk food fell following school closures, social restrictions and more parents working from home.

    The study included 452 participants,...

    Graphic images on cigarette packs of diseased body parts and other smoking horrors may not have the desired effect on smokers themselves, a new study finds.

    Many smokers kept cigarette packs with gruesome warning images hidden, but the images didn't have a lasting effect on their smoking habits, researchers discovered after presenting thousands of specially designed cigarette packs to smo...

    It's tempting to binge-watch TV shows, and it might be hard to get off the couch after just one or two episodes.

    But it could be worth it.

    Researchers calculated that if people committed to watching just under an hour of TV a day, 11% of coronary heart disease cases could be eliminated.

    Thoug...

    For many women, having it all may mean forgoing a decent night's sleep.

    Women in the United States are less likely to get a good night's sleep and more likely to report daytime sleepiness than men, a new survey shows.

    The online poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found that women are 1.5 times more l...

    Is an upcoming final exam or big-time job interview stressing you out?

    Hug your honey.

    That's the takeaway from new research that showed how embracing your significant other can help calm women.

    But sorry, guys, the same isn't true for you, according to the study published May 18 in the journal PLOS ONE.

    "As a woman, hugging your romantic partner can prevent t...

    Will it be a cheeseburger or a salad? What will they think of me?

    A new study finds you're more likely to choose to eat healthy if you're with an "outsider" because you don't want them to have a poor opinion of you.

    The study consisted of a series of experiments with several hundred adults in a large...

    Narcissists' belief that it's 'all about them' can make them less likely to wear a mask or get vaccinated during the pandemic, a new study shows.

    Researchers analyzed data gathered from 1,100 U.S. adults in March 2021. They were asked about their mask use and vaccination views and behaviors, and they also completed assessments to measure their levels of

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 16, 2022
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  • Does science sell? Sometimes.

    Using science to sell chocolate chip cookies and other yummy products is likely to backfire, a new study shows, but touting scientific research behind more practical, everyday items -- such as body wash -- can be an effective marketing strategy.

    "People see science as cold, but competent. That doesn't pair well with products designed to be warm and plea...

    Older adults are no more likely to believe fake news than younger adults, with the exception of the very oldest, a new study finds.

    Falling for fake news can have significant physical, emotional and financial consequences, especially for older adults who may have their life savings or serious medical issues at stake, the researchers said.

    "We wanted to see if there was an age differ...

    Ever wonder where your cat wanders when you let it out? New research suggests your kitty most likely sticks close to home.

    Scientists used GPS (global positioning system) to track the movements of nearly 100 pet cats in a small town in Eastern Norway when they were outside. All of the cats lived in homes within about one square kilometer.

    The cats spent an average of 79% of their ou...

    For the past couple of centuries, humans have been breeding dogs to meet specific physical characteristics - to make Golden Retrievers fluffy, to make Rottweilers muscular, or to make Chihuahuas tiny.

    Dog enthusiasts...

    Thousands of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. South could have been avoided if more people masked, social distanced, kept kids from school and made other behavioral changes to reduce the spread of the virus, researchers say.

    In other words, if they had acted more like folks up North.

    The study authors suggested that if the entire United States had followed the lead of the Northeast in t...

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