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Losing a Parent is Hard. Is It Harder for Boys?

Losing a Parent is Hard. Is It Harder for Boys?MONDAY, July 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- After the death of a parent, boys may have a tougher time than girls, a new study suggests.Young people who lose a parent before age 21 are at risk for poor mental health, lower income and unemployment in adulthood. Researchers say boys seem to be harder hit.The study was published July 25 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.“Early parental death is strongly associated with a higher risk of children’s poor mental health in adulthood for both males and females, but the estimated odds ratios are usually quantitatively larger for males," the authors, led by Petri Böckerman of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, said in a journal news release.Böckerman and his colleagues collected data on nearly 1 million Finns born...

Hip Replacements No Riskier for Folks Living With HIV

31 July 2023
Hip Replacements No Riskier for Folks Living With HIVMONDAY, July 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Hip replacement surgery is safe for HIV patients, a new study shows.Some surgeons are reluctant to perform total hip replacement surgery on patients with HIV or AIDS, because of concerns about complications, including higher risk of infection, need for repeated surgery and longer hospital stay."Patients living with HIV are at a higher risk for orthopedic-related diseases such as osteoarthritis or osteonecrosis of the hip, due to changes in their bone metabolism and effects from their medication regimen," explained researcher Dr. Senthil Sambandam, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas."With improvements in HIV treatment leading to increased life expectancies, we are seeing a rise in the need...

Could Metformin Help Seniors Bounce Back After Surgery?

28 July 2023
Could Metformin Help Seniors Bounce Back After Surgery?FRIDAY, July 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin might also benefit older patients after an injury or illness, a small study suggests.Researchers found that metformin -- a drug that has been around for more than a half-century to regulate blood sugar -- may have a different ability: It can target senescent cells that affect muscle function. These "zombie-like" cells release chemicals linked with inflammation that can harden or scar tissues. Metformin works against these senescent properties, and also reduced muscle wasting in the study."Metformin may be able to be repurposed for other muscle-loss-related clinical applications -- for instance in recovery from hip or knee surgeries in elderly individuals where there is much inflammation and muscle atrophy," said lead...

Why Stairs Might Be a Bigger Hazard for Young Women

28 July 2023
Why Stairs Might Be a Bigger Hazard for Young WomenFRIDAY, July 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to falling down stairs, young women are more prone to take a tumble than their male counterparts.According to a new study, this is because they are more likely to be distracted or to wear impractical footwear.Going down a staircase while talking or texting on the phone or engaging in other distractions is an invitation to take a header, researchers report. Women were more likely to be talking to another person than men while on stairs in the study."When we found that women were talking to a friend more than men, it was like a groan because we’re confirming the stereotype, which you never want to do," researcher Shirley Rietdyk, a professor of kinesiology at Purdue University, told NBC News. "But when we only looked at people who...

Minorities Miss Out on Brain-Imaging Studies for Alzheimer's

27 July 2023
Minorities Miss Out on Brain-Imaging Studies for Alzheimer`sTHURSDAY, July 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans in ethnic and racial minority groups are underrepresented in Alzheimer's research, a new study finds. Still, the review of U.S.-based Alzheimer’s disease brain imaging studies found the gap is closing. Compared with white patients, Hispanic Americans are nearly two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s as are Black Americans.For the study, researchers analyzed nearly 12,000 published studies on Alzheimer’s brain imaging.They found that about 84% to 87% of the participants were white."As far as we know, this is the most comprehensive review of representation in the Alzheimer’s disease neuro-imaging literature," said review co-author Duke Han, director of neuropsychology in the Department of Family Medicine at the...

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