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11Oct
2023

Renters May Age Faster Than Homeowners, Study Finds

Renters May Age Faster Than Homeowners, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Renting a home, rather than owning it outright, may speed up the body's aging process, a new study suggests.Researchers found that when compared with people who owned their home outright (no mortgage), those who rented showed signs of faster "biological aging" — which meant their body cells and tissues were a bit "older."On average, the impact was equivalent to just a small fraction of a year of aging. Even so, the study found, that was greater than the effects of being unemployed or being a former smoker.In addition, the link was specifically seen among people who rented privately — not those in public housing.While that might seem puzzling, the researchers said it makes sense: At least in the United Kingdom, where the study was...

Narcolepsy Drug Might Be New Treatment Option for ADHD

11 October 2023
Narcolepsy Drug Might Be New Treatment Option for ADHDWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A medication already approved for excessive daytime sleepiness may help ease attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in adults who aren’t getting relief from available treatments, according to a small pilot study.Solriamfetol is a nonstimulant drug that is approved for sleepiness caused by narcolepsy (sudden sleep attacks) and obstructive sleep apnea (marked by breathing lapses during sleep). “The pilot study is very promising, but more research is needed before this medication can be recommended or approved for adults with ADHD,” said study author Dr. Craig Surman. He is the director of the clinical and research program for adult ADHD at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of psychiatry at...

Olympic Legend Mary Lou Retton Battling Rare Form of...

11 October 2023
Olympic Legend Mary Lou Retton Battling Rare Form of PneumoniaWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Olympic icon Mary Lou Retton -- the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in women's gymnastics -- is in intensive care with a rare type of pneumonia and “not able to breathe on her own,” her daughter said on Instagram. She is “fighting for her life,” McKenna Lane Kelley said, but did not share additional information, the New York Times reported Wednesday.Retton, 55, has been in the ICU for more than a week, Kelley noted, without identifying the hospital she's in.The former gymnast became one of America’s most popular athletes after a dazzling performance at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In a legend-making contest, Retton was five-hundredths of a point behind Ecaterina Szabo from Romania in the final...

California Becomes First State to Ban Four Additives in Food

11 October 2023
California Becomes First State to Ban Four Additives in FoodWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) – California has become the first state to ban four chemicals commonly added to food that are linked to health issues.Although the law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, only bans the additives in his state, it’s possible the chemicals could be removed from products across the country, NBC News reported.The chemicals are red dye No. 3, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil and propylparaben. All four are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but they are illegal in the European Union and some other parts of the world, NBC News reported."The additives addressed in this bill are already banned in various other countries," Newsom said in a statement. "Signing this into law is a positive step forward on these four food...
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