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2023

Job Worries Are Keeping Americans Awake at Night: Survey

Job Worries Are Keeping Americans Awake at Night: SurveyWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are losing sleep over worries about money, a new survey reveals.The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) polled about 2,000 U.S. adults, finding that 69% reported lost sleep due to concerns about job security and 75% were kept up with thoughts about whether the United States would enter a recession.“Persistent, anxious thoughts can make it difficult to fall asleep and impact sleep quality, so it's understandable that a substantial number of Americans are losing sleep during this period of economic instability, inflation and job market insecurity,” said Dr. Susheel Patil, sleep medicine physician and spokesperson for the AASM.Still, suffering prolonged sleep disturbances can have some negative side effects in work and life,...

Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

11 October 2023
Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early TrialWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research points to the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine delivered through the nose.The phase 1 clinical trial showed that the product, administered nasally in two doses, delivered a significant immune response to multiple COVID variants.Called CoviLiv, the vaccine was tested as a primary vaccination series on healthy adults before development of the mRNA vaccines that are now approved to treat COVID. Instead, CoviLiv is a live-attenuated vaccine, meaning it is made from weakened virus. Genetic material of the virus was recoded to convert it from a disease-causing pathogen into a stable and safe vaccine, according to its developer, Codagenix Inc.Participants who received the vaccine during the trial had robust immune responses, according...

FDA Warns of Dangers of Compounded Ketamine for...

11 October 2023
FDA Warns of Dangers of Compounded Ketamine for Psychiatric UseWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about risks of using compounded versions of the drug ketamine, often taken for psychiatric disorders.Compounded products are not evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. They’re also not regulated like approved drugs, so they present a greater risk.“Although compounded drugs can serve an important medical need for certain patients when an FDA-approved drug is not medically appropriate, they also present a risk to patients and should only be used under the care of a health care provider," the FDA said in a news release.It offered an example of a concerning case reported about a patient in April.That person had taken compounded oral ketamine outside of a health care...

As Menthol Ban Nears, Big Tobacco Is Adding Synthetic...

11 October 2023
As Menthol Ban Nears, Big Tobacco Is Adding Synthetic Version to Cigarettes InsteadWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette makers are using synthetic menthol substitutes in what appears to be an effort to skirt a looming federal menthol ban, researchers say.The menthol flavor appeals to younger and newer smokers, according to investigators at Duke Health in Durham, N.C., and Yale University in New Haven, Conn.These new “non-menthol” cigarettes are being introduced in states that have already banned actual menthol in advance of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban later this year.In studying these “non-menthol” products, researchers identified new compounds that achieve cooling sensations similar to menthol.“We found that tobacco companies are adding a synthetic cooling agent called WS-3 to these new ‘non-menthol’ cigarettes,” said...

Local Rates of Flu, RSV Show Up in a City's Wastewater

11 October 2023
Local Rates of Flu, RSV Show Up in a City`s WastewaterWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Toilet bowls reveal much about the health of a community, alerting scientists to coming outbreaks of flu and other seasonal viruses, researchers say.“Just one flush can hold a lot of information," said Kristine Du, co-author of a new Canadian study."Wastewater surveillance equips public health experts, clinicians, policymakers and the public with community-based, objective data to inform health and safety decisions against the flu and RSV,” said Du, a lab technician at the University of Calgary School of Medicine. “Knowing what viruses are coming down the pike can help prepare individuals and communities appropriately,” she added in a university news release. Du and her colleagues found that the clinical cases of influenza A and B,...
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