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Simple Laser Treatment May Help Prevent Common Skin Cancers, New Study Finds

A laser treatment, which delivers heat but leaves the skin intact, may help prevent the two most common skin cancers in the U.S., according to researchers.

About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

If it seems as though everyone you know struggles with some sort of allergy, new research suggests you are not mistaken.

As many as 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 kids suffers from a seasonal allergy, a food allergy or eczema, the latest government data shows.

Caused by a reaction to plant pollen, seasonal allergies were most common type o...

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  • January 26, 2023
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Siblings of Babies Who Died of SIDS May Also Face Higher Risk

Siblings of Babies Who Died of SIDS May Also Face Higher Risk

Researchers have long struggled to figure out what causes a seemingly healthy baby to die suddenly in the first year of life, with an array of possible genetic and environmental factors to choose from.

Now a large, Danish study has found that in families where one child has succumbed to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a younger siblin...

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Top FDA Official Involved in Baby Formula Debacle Resigns

Top FDA Official Involved in Baby Formula Debacle Resigns

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who has led the agency’s food policy efforts since 2018 announced his resignation on Wednesday.

Frank Yiannas was also among the top officials leading the agency response to last year’s infant formula shortage.

"Today, I informed [FDA] Commissioner [Robert] Califf that I will be resign...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by Middle Age

Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by Middle Age

People who suffer a heart attack or stroke in middle age may develop memory and thinking problems earlier in life, too, a new study finds.

The study, published online Jan. 25 in the journal Neurology, focused on people who had developed premature cardiovascular disease. That refers to heart disease, stroke or leg artery disease th...

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  • January 26, 2023
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New Breakthrough Could Speed Gene Therapy Research

New Breakthrough Could Speed Gene Therapy Research

“Zinc fingers” might sound like the world’s worst candy bar, but these human proteins might prove key to treating complex genetically driven diseases.

A new artificial intelligence program is poised to enable the simple production of zinc fingers, according to research co-led by the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the University ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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What Is the Mediterranean Diet, and How Can It Help You?

What Is the Mediterranean Diet, and How Can It Help You?

If you're looking for a healthy way to eat that has stood the test of time, the Mediterranean diet may be your best bet.

"There are many health benefits to the Mediterranean diet," said Rahaf Al Bochi, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "The Mediterranean diet has been associated with lower risk for heart disease, d...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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AHA News: After a Stroke at 87, Woman Had to Convince Family She Was Really OK

AHA News: After a Stroke at 87, Woman Had to Convince Family She Was Really OK

Barbara Bartels and a friend were catching up over coffee on a Sunday morning in August. They'd met up at a café not far from Bartels' home in Santa Cruz, California. As an artist and a bit of a self-professed hermit, Bartels didn't socialize much beyond her regular art critique group. But she did occasionally accept invitations to go out.
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  • American Heart Association News
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  • January 26, 2023
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Childhood Autism Diagnosis Is Getting Better, But Not for Everyone

Childhood Autism Diagnosis Is Getting Better, But Not for Everyone

Autism cases are surging in the New York-New Jersey metro area, mainly fueled by the diagnosis of autistic children who don’t have intellectual disabilities, a new study reports.

The percentage of kids identified with autism spectrum disorder rose from about 1% in 2000 to 3% in 2016 in that region, said lead researcher Josephine Shenoud...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Updated Boosters Cut Risk of XBB Variant Infection by Nearly Half

Updated Boosters Cut Risk of XBB Variant Infection by Nearly Half

In a finding that suggests the updated bivalent COVID booster shots are worth getting, new government data shows they cut the chances of infection with the new XBB variant by nearly half.

While those ages 49 and under saw a 48% reduction in risk, the shots were slightly less effective in older individuals -- about 40% in adults ages 50 to ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Women, Keep Moving to Help Keep Mental Decline at Bay

Women, Keep Moving to Help Keep Mental Decline at Bay

A lot of people wear watches that count their every step as they try to move more.

Now, a new study finds that getting more of those steps each day, along with moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise, could cut the risk of dementia and thinking impairments for women.

For women aged 65 or older, each additional 31 minutes per day of m...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Home Workouts Help Your Brain, But Group Exercise May Be Even Better

Home Workouts Help Your Brain, But Group Exercise May Be Even Better

A good physical workout benefits an older brain. So does socializing. Put those two together and the payoff may be even bigger.

Researchers in Japan found that link in a new study that looked at exercising solo and in a group.

"Exercise is manageable for many older people, and we saw cognitive benefits from it compared with those who...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Mom's Exposure to Dirty Air in Pregnancy Could Harm a Toddler's Development

Mom's Exposure to Dirty Air in Pregnancy Could Harm a Toddler's Development

A mother-to-be's exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may have a lasting impact on her baby's brain development, new research indicates.

Toddlers scored lower on assessments for thinking, motor and language skills when their mothers had more exposure to pollutants during pregnancy, according to researchers at the University of Colora...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Preeclampsia in Pregnancy a Bad Sign for Women's Future Heart Health

Preeclampsia in Pregnancy a Bad Sign for Women's Future Heart Health

A new study finds troubling information about a link between the pregnancy complication preeclampsia and future heart attack, even in younger women.

Danish researchers found a fourfold higher risk of heart attack and stroke within just seven years after delivery. Risks continued to be elevated more than 20 years later, according to finding...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Record 16.5 Million Americans Have Signed Up for Obamacare

Record 16.5 Million Americans Have Signed Up for Obamacare

More than 3 million new people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, this year, swelling enrollment numbers to a record 16.3 million Americans.

"On the 10th anniversary of the ACA Marketplaces, the numbers speak for themselves: More people signed up for plans this year than ever before, and the u...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 25, 2023
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40-Year Study Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Extending Life Spans

40-Year Study Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Extending Life Spans

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) – It’s well known that obesity fuels an increase in a person’s risk for other chronic health conditions.

Now, a new study shows that weight-loss surgery could set that person’s health, and longevity, on a different path.

Utah researchers who followed patients for up to 40 year...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 25, 2023
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Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?

Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?

Teens who regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep may face a higher risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as adults, new research suggests.

“We found that sleeping too little or experiencing poor sleep quality [as a teen] increased the risk of later developing MS by up to 50%,” said study author Dr. Anna Karin Hedström...

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 25, 2023
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In 30-Year Study, Head Injury Doubled Long-Term Death Risk

In 30-Year Study, Head Injury Doubled Long-Term Death Risk

Head injuries have already been linked with many chronic health issues, but a new study that spanned three decades now shows it may double, or even triple, the risk of dying early.

“This is particularly the case for individuals with multiple or severe head injuries,” explained study lead author Dr. Holly Elser, a neurology resident at ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 25, 2023
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1 in 3 U.S. Public Health Workers Feels Threatened During Pandemic

1 in 3 U.S. Public Health Workers Feels Threatened During Pandemic

One-third of public health workers have endured threats, anger and aggression from the public during the pandemic, and that has come at a steep cost to their mental health, a new study finds.

“The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers have been documented and the research on psychological impacts is building,” said lead...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 25, 2023
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AHA News: Older LGBTQ Adults Face Unique Challenges in Giving and Receiving Care

AHA News: Older LGBTQ Adults Face Unique Challenges in Giving and Receiving Care

Every morning, Luther Moxley helps his partner of 35 years, Wayne Curtis, out of bed and into his wheelchair. Curtis, who has Parkinson's disease and is partially blind, washes himself seated in the shower, but he needs Moxley to dry him and help him back into his chair.

Moxley makes their meals and cuts Curtis' food into bite-sized pieces...

  • American Heart Association News
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  • January 25, 2023
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Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Takes Sleep Meds

Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Takes Sleep Meds

Nearly 20% of American adults use a drug to help them sleep, either occasionally or regularly, health officials reported Wednesday.

Sleep medications, sold both over-the-counter and by prescription, are a common treatment for sleep problems, said senior report author Lindsey Black, a health statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 25, 2023
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