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Tick-Borne Illness Babesiosis Spreads to New U.S. States

Tick-Borne Illness Babesiosis Spreads to New U.S. StatesFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of a parasitic disease spread by ticks have been on the rise, particularly in states in the Northeast that had previously seen few cases, U.S. health officials reported Friday. Between 2011 and 2019, more than 16,000 cases of babesiosis were reported in the United States, with the lion's share of those cases reported in the Northeast, the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Over that period, the highest number of cases were reported in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Meanwhile, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, where babesiosis had not been endemic, saw increases that were similar to or higher than those seen in states where the disease is endemic, the CDC researchers discovered."While the...

AHA News: These Healthy Habits Might Also Lead to a...

17 March 2023
AHA News: These Healthy Habits Might Also Lead to a Happier LifeFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Is the secret to happiness a warm puppy? A good marriage? A rewarding career? Or something else entirely?Happiness means different things to different people, but a growing body of research suggests keeping a smile on your face may help add years to your life by lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease and death from all causes.Not feeling it? Health experts say there are daily habits that might just make a difference. Here are five:Keep it movingGranted, the words "physical exercise" don't always make people smile. They might even elicit groans. But studies show people who get up and move more – even if it's in short bursts a few minutes each day – feel happier and live longer."When you engage in physical activity,...

Pets in the Bedroom? Your Sleep Might Suffer, Study Finds

17 March 2023
Pets in the Bedroom? Your Sleep Might Suffer, Study FindsFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If your bedtime routine includes snuggling up with your Boston terrier or lulling yourself to sleep to the gentle purrs of your calico cat, you might want to rethink it.Pets can offer a sense of security and comfort, but sharing a bed with them may lead to wakeful nights, according to a new study.It found that dog owners were more likely to have a sleep disorder and trouble sleeping. Cat owners had greater odds for having leg jerks at night.Anecdotally, some have had those experiences, including study leader Lauren Wisnieski, an assistant professor of public health and research at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.“I have a dog and a cat,” she said. “It definitely disrupts my sleep.”While the new research doesn’t prove...

Chlamydia: What It Is, Symptoms, Treatment & More

17 March 2023
Chlamydia: What It Is, Symptoms, Treatment & MoreFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Considered one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, chlamydia can spread easily and often without obvious symptoms.And although chlamydia cases have declined in recent years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chalks that up to reduced screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during the pandemic. It is estimated that 1 in 20 sexually active women between the ages of 14 and 24 gets chlamydia, according to the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).The side effects of untreated infection are significant, per the CDC: Chlamydia can permanently damage a woman’s reproductive system, and can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (one that occurs outside the womb).What is chlamydia?Chlamydia is...

In Mouse Study, Scientists Use Gene Editing to Reverse a Major Cause of Blindness

17 March 2023
In Mouse Study, Scientists Use Gene Editing to Reverse a Major Cause of BlindnessFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A gene-editing experiment that restored the vision of mice might one day be used to treat a major cause of human blindness.Scientists in China reported they used the CRISPR-based gene-editing technique to bring back vision in mice with retinitis pigmentosa. Genome editing has previously been used to restore the vision of mice with genetic diseases such as Leber congenital amaurosis, which affect a layer of cells in the eye that supports the light-sensing rod and cone photoreceptor cells.Most of these conditions are caused by genetic defects in the photoreceptors themselves.“The ability to edit the genome of neural retinal cells, particularly unhealthy or dying photoreceptors, would provide much more convincing evidence for the potential...

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