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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.

Bird Flu Spotted in Alpacas for First Time

Bird Flu Spotted in Alpacas for First Time

Bird flu has been detected for the first time in alpacas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday.

The animals that tested positive were on a farm in Idaho where poultry that had tested positive for the H5N1 virus were culled in May. The alpacas tested positive on May 16, the USDA's National Veterinary Services Lab...

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  • May 29, 2024
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AI Implant Allows Stroke Survivor to Communicate in Both Spanish, English

AI Implant Allows Stroke Survivor to Communicate in Both Spanish, English

A bilingual brain implant has allowed a stroke survivor to communicate in both Spanish and English, scientists report.

Turning to an AI method known as a neural network, researchers trained the patient's implant to decode words based on the brain activity produced when he tried to articulate those words, and then display those words and ...

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  • May 29, 2024
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Early Exposure to Peanuts Can Prevent Long-Term Allergy

Early Exposure to Peanuts Can Prevent Long-Term Allergy

Feeding kids peanuts early in childhood can drastically reduce their risk of developing a peanut allergy, a new clinical trial reports.

Children regularly fed peanut products from infancy to age 5 had a 71% lower rate of peanut allergies by the time they reached their teen years, researchers reported May 28 in the journal NEJM Evidence...

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  • May 29, 2024
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Could Tattoos Be Linked to Blood Cancer Risk?

Could Tattoos Be Linked to Blood Cancer Risk?

Research suggests that tattoo ink spurs inflammatory changes that might contribute to the development of lymphoma.

The findings are early, however, and more study must be done to confirm any links between tattooing and the blood cancer, Swedish researchers stressed.

“People will likely want to continue to express their identity thr...

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  • May 29, 2024
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Light Therapy Might Help Heal Injured Brains

Light Therapy Might Help Heal Injured Brains

Near-infrared light pulsing into a person’s skull appears to boost healing in patients with a severe concussion, a new study finds.

Patients who wore a helmet emitting near-infrared light displayed a greater change in connectivity between seven different pairs of brain regions, researchers report.

“The skull is quite transparent ...

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  • May 29, 2024
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Kids in Noisy Neighborhoods More Prone to Anxiety

Kids in Noisy Neighborhoods More Prone to Anxiety

Children exposed to traffic and other noise in their neighborhoods may be at higher risk for anxiety, researchers conclude, while air pollution could raise risks for other mental health woes.

"Childhood and adolescent noise pollution exposure could increase anxiety by increasing stress and disrupting sleep," wrote a team led by Joanne Newb...

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  • May 29, 2024
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For Minor Health Issues, Pharmacist Care May Be the Low-Cost Option

For Minor Health Issues, Pharmacist Care May Be the Low-Cost Option

Allowing pharmacists to treat minor illnesses could potentially expand health care access to more people and save millions of dollars, a new study suggests.

Care for a range of minor health issues -- urinary tract infections, shingles, animal bites and headaches -- would cost an average of about $278 less when treated in pharmacies rather ...

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  • May 29, 2024
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Vaccines Will Be Best Defense Against Bird Flu, Experts Say

Vaccines Will Be Best Defense Against Bird Flu, Experts Say

Humanity’s best protection against bird flu will be the development of effective vaccines, a new study says.

The H5N1 avian flu has been raging through cattle and poultry in the United States, increasing fears that the virus will make the leap into humans and potentially cause another pandemic.

Only two people to date are known to ...

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  • May 29, 2024
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Doctors May Have Tried to Treat Cancer in Ancient Egypt

Doctors May Have Tried to Treat Cancer in Ancient Egypt

A 4,000-year-old skull provides evidence that ancient Egyptians might have tried to treat cancer, a new study claims.

Microscopic observation of the skull revealed 30 or so lesions scattered across its surface that are consistent with cancer, researchers report.

They were stunned to also find cut marks around these lesions, probably ...

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  • May 29, 2024
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Nations Fail to Agree on Treaty on Preventing Next Pandemic

Nations Fail to Agree on Treaty on Preventing Next Pandemic

Following two years of tough negotiations, efforts to craft a global treaty to help countries fight future pandemics have failed, the World Health Organization has acknowledged.

"WHO Member States have ended intensive negotiations aimed at strengthening global capacities to respond to future pandemics and outbreaks in the wake of the COVID...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Binge-Eating Disorder Could Be Tougher to Kick Than Thought

Binge-Eating Disorder Could Be Tougher to Kick Than Thought

Prior studies have suggested that binge eating disorder may not last long, but a more rigorous look at the illness finds that just isn't so.

“The big takeaway is that binge-eating disorder does improve with time, but for many people it lasts years,” said study first author Kristin Javaras, assistant psychologist in the Division of Wome...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Bird Flu Found in Beef Tissue; Officials Say It Did Not Enter Food Supply

Bird Flu Found in Beef Tissue; Officials Say It Did Not Enter Food Supply

TUESDAY, May 28 -- Bird flu virus has been detected in beef tissue from a sick dairy cow, but U.S. health officials stressed the country's meat supply remains safe.

In an update issued Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the cow had been culled because it was sick and the meat did not enter the food supply.

The ag...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Scientists Developing mRNA-Based Vaccine Against H5N1 Bird Flu

Scientists Developing mRNA-Based Vaccine Against H5N1 Bird Flu

An experimental mRNA vaccine against the H5N1 avian flu is highly effective in preventing severe illness and death in lab animals, researchers report.

The vaccine could help fight the H5N1 bird flu outbreaks now spreading in wild birds, poultry and cows in the United States, researchers said.

Stopping those outbreaks is key to preven...

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  • May 28, 2024
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AI Headphones Let Listeners Hear Just One Voice in a Crowd

AI Headphones Let Listeners Hear Just One Voice in a Crowd

New AI headphone technology can help people “tune in” to specific folks in a crowd, allowing them to better hear a speaker even in noisy environments.

With the system, called “Target Speech Hearing,” a user wearing headphones looks at a person speaking for three to five seconds to “enroll” them, researchers report.

The AI...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Even a Small Urban Garden Can Boost Your Microbiome

Even a Small Urban Garden Can Boost Your Microbiome

A small urban garden can contribute to your health, especially if the garden contains rich soil, a new study shows.

A one-month indoor gardening period increased the bacterial diversity of participants’ skin and appeared to improve their response to inflammation, researchers found.

Growing, harvesting and consuming food produced in...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Weighted Blankets May Not Help Troubled Children Sleep

Weighted Blankets May Not Help Troubled Children Sleep

Weighted blankets are trendy items, largely based on the idea that the pressure of a heavy blanket will help a person more easily slip into slumber.

But they do little to help troubled children sleep better, a new study has found.

There was no difference in sleep between weighted and normal blankets among a group of 30 children ages ...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Strategy Could Expand Stem Cell Donor Pool for People Battling Blood Cancers

Strategy Could Expand Stem Cell Donor Pool for People Battling Blood Cancers

An older drug used in a new way could open the path for more patients with potentially deadly blood cancers to receive a lifesaving stem cell transplant, a new study finds.

The drug, cyclophosphamide, could help patients receive a stem cell transplant even if the donor isn’t a relative and only partially matches their blood type, researc...

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  • May 28, 2024
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CDC Warns Again of Salmonella Tied to Backyard Poultry

CDC Warns Again of Salmonella Tied to Backyard Poultry

Backyard chickens are causing outbreaks of salmonella across the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

About 109 people in 29 states have gotten sick from salmonella after touching or caring for backyard poultry, the CDC said in a health advisory.

Of those, 33 people have been hospitalized, the CDC...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Epidurals Linked to Better Outcomes After Childbirth

Epidurals Linked to Better Outcomes After Childbirth

Women who get an epidural during delivery appear to have a marked reduction in serious complications the first few weeks after giving birth, a new study shows.

A painkilling epidural can reduce risk by 35% in women for complications like heart attack, heart failure, blood infection and hysterectomy that can occur as a result of delivery, r...

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  • May 28, 2024
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Are You a 'Stress Bragger'? It's Probably Backfiring

Are You a 'Stress Bragger'? It's Probably Backfiring

"Ugh, I'm so busy these days I can barely think straight. It's so crazy."

No doubt some friend or coworker (maybe even yourself) has moaned about how stressed and overworked they are.

Sometimes its fully justified, but in many cases folks see it as "stress bragging," or "busy bragging," signaling how important and needed t...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 27, 2024
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