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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.

New COVID Variant Takes Hold in the United States

New COVID Variant Takes Hold in the United States

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The prevalence of a highly mutated COVID variant has tripled in the past two weeks, new government data shows.

Now, nearly 1 in 10 new COVID cases are fueled by the BA.2.86 variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.

The variant is sprea...

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  • November 28, 2023
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After Salmonella Cases Double in a Week, Cantaloupe Recall Expanded

After Salmonella Cases Double in a Week, Cantaloupe Recall Expanded

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Three more brands of cantaloupe have been recalled by U.S. health officials after salmonella infections linked to the fruit more than doubled in just a week.

The case count now includes nearly 100 people in 32 states, with Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio having the highest number o...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 27, 2023
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Long COVID Now Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

Long COVID Now Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Repeated COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes have had a stark and lasting impact on vulnerable older residents, a new study reports.

Long COVID has left many residents of these facilities relying more and more on staff to help them months later with basic, everyday activities such as bathing and u...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 27, 2023
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In Michigan, 5 Women Contracted Syphilis Affecting the Eyes From the Same Asymptomatic Man

In Michigan, 5 Women Contracted Syphilis Affecting the Eyes From the Same Asymptomatic Man

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) — In a disease cluster last year, one infected but asymptomatic man spread a rare form of syphilis that affects the eyes to five Michigan women, a new report finds.

Since ocular syphilis remains very rare, researchers believe the strain of T. pallidum  -- the syphilis bacterium -- that...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 27, 2023
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Whole Grain Foods Could Help Black Seniors Avoid Alzheimer's

Whole Grain Foods Could Help Black Seniors Avoid Alzheimer's

Whole grains could be the key to Black people protecting their brains against aging and dementia, a new study reports.

Black folks who ate more foods with whole grains appeared to have a slower rate of memory decline than those who ate fewer whole grains, according to findings published Nov. 23 in the journal Neurology.

Amon...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 27, 2023
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Want to Avoid Knee Replacement? Build Up Your Thighs

Want to Avoid Knee Replacement? Build Up Your Thighs

Squats and lunges aren’t the most fun exercises, but a new study says they’ll help save your knees.

Folks with strong quads building up their thighs appear to be less likely to require a total knee replacement, according to a presentation scheduled for Monday at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.<...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 27, 2023
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Breathing in Coal-Based Pollution Could Be Especially Deadly: Study

Breathing in Coal-Based Pollution Could Be Especially Deadly: Study

When it comes to the ultra-fine particles you may breathe in from polluted air, all is not created equal as it affects your health. 

Fine particle pollutants known PM2.5 -- particles that are 2.5 microns or less in diameter -- appear to double the risk for premature death over time if they originate from coal-fired power plants versus...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 27, 2023
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Scans Show Brain Changes in People With Long COVID

Scans Show Brain Changes in People With Long COVID

People with long COVID exhibit brain changes that are different from the brains of fully recovered COVID-19 patients, a new brain scan study reports.

COVID-19 induced a specific pattern of microscopic structural changes in various brain regions of people with long COVID, researchers will report at the upcoming annual meeting of the Radiolo...

  • Dennis Thompson and Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporters
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  • November 27, 2023
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Got GERD? Eat This Way to Help Avoid Symptoms

Got GERD? Eat This Way to Help Avoid Symptoms

Some folks feasting this holiday have to contend with gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD.

In fact, about one-third of the population is affected by this chronic condition, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

That’s why it is providing tips on how to manage this digestive disorder, as part of GERD A...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 24, 2023
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New Advances Mean Many Patients Go Home Same Day After Knee Replacement

New Advances Mean Many Patients Go Home Same Day After Knee Replacement

Robert Fleetwood, 73, needed joint replacements in both knees, both to relieve his arthritis pain and to continue competing in athletic activities.

And thanks to medical advances, Fleetwood was able to go home the same he had each knee replaced, in procedures spaced several months apart.

A knee replacement "changes your perspective o...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 24, 2023
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Give Thanks for Healthy Diet Changes During the Holidays

Give Thanks for Healthy Diet Changes During the Holidays

THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday eating season, when everyone is constantly tempted by sweet treats, rich foods and fancy, high-calorie drinks.

But before diving into decadent eating, consider trying to make healthy food choices during the festivities, one expert suggests.

“T...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 23, 2023
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Birth Rates Have Risen in States With Abortion Bans

Birth Rates Have Risen in States With Abortion Bans

New data shows that births rose in the first half of 2023 in states where abortion bans came into effect following the fall of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

States with bans had an average 2.3% rise in the fertility rate compared to states where abortion remained legal, according to an analysis of preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 22, 2023
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Clues to Mysterious New Sickness Affecting Dogs

Clues to Mysterious New Sickness Affecting Dogs

A new type of bacterial infection could be the culprit behind a mysterious canine respiratory illness that has been infecting dogs from coast to coast, New Hampshire researchers say.

Genetic sequencing of samples from 70 infected dogs from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts has revealed a previously unknown bacterium, researcher...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 22, 2023
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Too Few Seniors Get Follow-up Care After a Serious Fall

Too Few Seniors Get Follow-up Care After a Serious Fall

Four of every 10 American seniors who suffer a fall and end up in the ER with head trauma get no follow-up care once they go home, a new study finds.

“Only 59 percent of our study subjects had follow-up with their [health care] provider," study senior author Dr. Richard Shih said. He's professor of emergency medicine at Florida Atlantic ...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 22, 2023
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Mexican Americans Face Higher Odds for Liver Cancer With Each New Generation

Mexican Americans Face Higher Odds for Liver Cancer With Each New Generation

The risk of developing liver cancer appears to be rising with each successive generation of Mexican-Americans, especially men, a new report finds.

“Liver cancer is becoming a growing concern among Latinos, underscoring the importance of comprehending the factors driving this trend," said study lead author V. Wendy Setiawan, of the Univer...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 22, 2023
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Breast Cancer Rates Higher in Urban vs. Rural Areas

Breast Cancer Rates Higher in Urban vs. Rural Areas

Environmental contaminants may be driving higher rates of breast cancer in urban areas compared to rural locales, a new North Carolina study finds.

“Our analyses indicate significant associations between environmental quality and breast cancer incidence," said lead author Larisa Gearhart-Serna, who led the research as a Ph.D. candidate a...

  • Ernie Mundell and Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporters
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  • November 22, 2023
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Charity Scams Get Active Over the Holidays: Expert Tips to Avoid Them

Charity Scams Get Active Over the Holidays: Expert Tips to Avoid Them

Abandoned animals, kids with cancer, disabled veterans:  These and other pitches for charity can move your emotions and have you reaching for your credit card. 

But beware: Especially around the holidays, fake charity scammers are hard at work trying to part you from your hard-earned cash.  

Katalin Parti is an assista...

  • Ernie Mundell and Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporters
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  • November 22, 2023
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AI Could Predict a Nonsmoker's Risk for Lung Cancer

AI Could Predict a Nonsmoker's Risk for Lung Cancer

Artificial intelligence (AI) can help assess lung cancer risk in nonsmokers, a new study shows.

The “CXR-Lung-Risk” AI program evaluates routine chest X-ray images, looking for patterns associated with lung cancer, researchers said.

People whose chest X-rays were flagged by the AI program had twice the risk of developing lung can...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 22, 2023
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One Death, 10 Hospitalizations in Listeria Outbreak Tied to Peaches, Plums

One Death, 10 Hospitalizations in Listeria Outbreak Tied to Peaches, Plums

Peaches, nectarines and plums tainted with Listeria have caused one death and put 10 people in the hospital with food poisoning across seven states, federal officials say.

The Listeria outbreak also has caused one premature birth, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. One of the hospitalized patients was pregnant, and s...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 21, 2023
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Holiday Travel Sends Stress Levels Sky High: Here's Tips to Cope

Holiday Travel Sends Stress Levels Sky High: Here's Tips to Cope

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) —Traffic, crowds and unforeseen delays and disruptions can turn holiday travel from celebratory to chaos in a flash — especially if you're prone to anxiety.

Being aware of your triggers can help you be ready for any glitches that arise.

"Triggers might include uncertainty of traffic, flight...

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 21, 2023
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