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In Study, Diabetes Drug Mounjaro Helped Dieters Shed an Average of 60 Pounds

In Study, Diabetes Drug Mounjaro Helped Dieters Shed an Average of 60 PoundsMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new trial demonstrates the power of the diabetes drug Mounjaro in fighting obesity, helping folks who used the medication lose about 60 pounds."In this study, people who added tirzepatide [Mounjaro] to diet and exercise saw greater, longer-lasting weight reduction than those taking placebo," Dr. Jeff Emmick, senior vice president of product development at drug maker Eli Lilly, said in a company news release. "While intensive lifestyle intervention is an important part of obesity management, these results underscore the difficulty some people face maintaining weight loss with diet and exercise alone."While approved since May 2022 to treat diabetes, Mounjaro has been used “off-label” to treat obesity.Tirzepatide works by targeting two...

Aging, Mental Health in Dogs: Size Matters

16 October 2023
Aging, Mental Health in Dogs: Size MattersMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For dogs, body size matters.That’s true in terms of how quickly they age, but also in their mental health, according to a new study comparing big and little canines.Age-related decline starts at 7 to 8 years of age in big dogs, compared to 10 to 11 years in smaller dogs, Hungarian researchers found.But big dogs decline more slowly than their pint-sized peers. Large dogs maintain their mental health longer and have a smaller degree of age-related decline.“For those who want a smaller-sized dog but do not want to risk severe mental health problems in old age or want a larger-sized dog but do not want to risk physical health problems at 7 to 8 years of age, we recommend a dog from the [22- to 66-pound] size range,” said first study author...

Car Exhaust Could Harm a Woman's Pregnancy

16 October 2023
Car Exhaust Could Harm a Woman`s PregnancyMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution from heavy traffic may be driving pregnancy complications and health concerns for infants.Researchers who matched more than 60,000 birth records with air-monitoring data found that pregnant patients living in an urban area with elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide had higher rates of preterm birth.This included delivery before 28 weeks, according to the study from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The researchers also saw increases in admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), infant respiratory issues and other adverse outcomes.Nitrogen dioxide is a major component of motor vehicle exhaust.“These findings suggest that air pollution from heavy traffic is a significant threat to pregnant individuals as well as...

Pickleball Is All the Rage, Here's Tips on Preventing...

16 October 2023
Pickleball Is All the Rage, Here`s Tips on Preventing InjuriesMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Pickleball has become wildly popular, but that may be fueling a rise in pickleball-related injuries.“It’s quickly becoming a sport of choice for adults over the age of 50,” said Dr. Brian Cole, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He also plays pickleball.“The high injury rate can be attributed to the fact that most players tend to be over 50,” Cole said in a hospital news release. “And many of them were largely sedentary before picking up their pickleball paddles.”Pickleball is like a hybrid of ping-pong and tennis, and attracts many beginners. In his practice, Cole often sees strains and sprains, mostly in the legs and ankles. Rotator cuff injuries are also common....

Not Just a Lump: Many Women Miss Subtle Signs of Breast Cancer

16 October 2023
Not Just a Lump: Many Women Miss Subtle Signs of Breast CancerMONDAY, Oct. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of women know a lump in their breast likely signals the presence of cancer, a new survey finds, but that's not the only sign of the disease. “Screening mammography is our No. 1 defense in detecting and addressing breast cancers at their earliest, most treatable stages, but it is also very important for people to be familiar with the look and feel of their own breast tissue so that sometimes subtle changes can be evaluated quickly to give us the best chance at early detection,” said Dr. Ashley Pariser. She is a breast medical oncologist and director of breast cancer survivorship services at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Columbus.A survey commissioned by the cancer center found that 93% of those...

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