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2023

Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?

Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- 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, a senior research specialist in the clinical neuroscience department at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.MS is a disabling neurodegenerative disease that targets the body’s central nervous system, essentially short-circuiting communication between the body and brain. According to the U.S.-based National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the disease affects roughly 2 million Americans.The MS Society...

FDA Wants to Lower Lead Levels in Baby Food

24 January 2023
FDA Wants to Lower Lead Levels in Baby FoodTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed stricter limits on levels of lead in infant food products.The agency announced draft guidance for manufacturers that would lower allowable lead levels in processed foods meant for infants and children 2 years and younger.The change could reduce dietary exposure to lead, which can cause neurological and developmental harm, the FDA said."For more than 30 years, the FDA has been working to reduce exposure to lead, and other environmental contaminants, from foods. This work has resulted in a dramatic decline in lead exposure from foods since the mid-1980s," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in an agency news release."The proposed action levels announced today, along with our continued work...

As Opioid Deaths Rise Among Teens, Too Few Youth Get...

24 January 2023
As Opioid Deaths Rise Among Teens, Too Few Youth Get Anti-Addiction DrugTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American teenagers becoming addicted to opioids is on the rise, yet fewer are being prescribed a medication that can help them, a new government study finds.Between 2015 and 2020, the proportion of teens receiving buprenorphine prescriptions fell by 45%. Buprenorphine is one of three medications approved to treat opioid addiction.The decline in prescriptions is "concerning," given that the opioid crisis is actually worsening, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Terranella, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."In the context of rising rates of opioid-involved overdose deaths, these data really underscore the important work that still needs to be done to better understand the reasons for low prescribing," he said.The...

U.S. Proposes to Make COVID Shot Annual, Much Like Flu Shot

23 January 2023
U.S. Proposes to Make COVID Shot Annual, Much Like Flu ShotMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday asked its vaccine advisory panel to weigh a proposal to turn COVID vaccines into an annual shot for most Americans.Such a move would simplify future vaccination efforts, a critical point given the fact that efforts to get people to get COVID booster shots have fallen far short of expectations. While over 80% of Americans have had at least one dose of the original COVID-19 vaccine, only 16% of those over the age of 5 have gotten the updated booster shots that were approved last August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The committee will consider the FDA proposal at its Jan. 26 meeting. If it recommends the concept be turned into policy and the agency follows those...

Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating Disorders

23 January 2023
Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating DisordersMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.The main driver of eating disorders in older women? Body dissatisfaction, the researchers found.When researchers looked at eating disorder symptoms among 36 women aged 45 to 61, they found that body dissatisfaction was a key risk factor for eating disorders across the lifespan, especially in midlife. Perimenopausal and early post-menopausal women were more likely to report a fear of gaining weight or losing control of their eating. Perimenopause is the transition before menopause that may be marked by irregular or skipped periods, among other...
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