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Weight Loss Surgery More Dangerous for Men Than Women: Study

Weight Loss Surgery More Dangerous for Men Than Women: StudyTUESDAY, Sept. 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss surgery is riskier for men than women, with males five times more likely to die within 30 days of the procedure, a new study finds.Moreover, men's odds of dying over the long run are almost three times higher, said researchers who looked at thousands of weight loss (bariatric) procedures in obese patients in Austria.The reason? Compared to women, men who opt for weight loss surgery tend to be older and have more health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. "Surgical procedures are some of the most successful ways to help people with extreme obesity to lose weight, but they can come with complications," said study co-author Dr. Hannes Beiglbock, from the Medical University of Vienna, in...

Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

27 September 2021
Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020MONDAY, Sept. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A record increase was seen in the number of murders in the United States in 2020, in the biggest one-year jump reported since federal officials began tracking homicides in 1960.Figures showed 4,901 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019. A total of roughly 21,500 people were killed last year, according to data from 16,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. While the numbers are still high for 2021, they appear to be slowing as the year goes on, the New York Times reported.Overall, major crimes -- which include rape, armed assault, robbery and car thefts -- were down about 5% for 2020, statistics showed.The reasons for the rise in crime aren't entirely clear, but could include sharp increases in gun purchases and the pandemic's...

Retired and Want to Stay Sharp? Hop on the Internet More...

27 September 2021
Retired and Want to Stay Sharp? Hop on the Internet More OftenMONDAY, Sept. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Help in retaining mental function when you age could be only a few keystrokes away.While crosswords and exercise are often touted as ways to retain thinking skills, U.K. investigators found that the internet may also help seniors stay sharp in retirement. Those who used the internet more after their careers ended had substantially higher scores on cognitive, or thinking, tests, according to the study. Still not entirely clear, however, is why this works. "To be honest, we don't know for certain. We have a number of hypotheses. We think it has to do with socialization. You are connected to people through the internet, through social media, you are more engaged with people, perhaps at a time in your life where it's hard to meet people or...

Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

24 September 2021
Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers RecallFRIDAY, Sept. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The death of eight babies has prompted the Boppy Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall more than 3 million baby loungers, they announced Thursday.A year ago, the CPSC issued a safety warning about similar pillow-like baby products, CBS News reported.When babies are placed on their back, side, or stomach on these loungers there is a danger of suffocation. Between December 2015 and June 2020, eight infants died after being placed in these loungers, according to the CPSC and the Golden, Colorado-based company. "These types of incidents are heartbreaking," acting CPSC chairman Robert Adler said in the recall notice. "Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation....

CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

24 September 2021
CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of AmericansFRIDAY, Sept. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended booster shots of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for millions of older and high-risk Americans, kicking off a new chapter in the national effort to protect the vulnerable from severe disease.First, an expert CDC advisory panel called for COVID-19 booster shots for those over 65, nursing home residents and other Americans who are at high risk because of underlying health conditions. Those recommendations came just one day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized boosters for several vulnerable groups at least six months after getting a second shot.Hours after the panel made its recommendations, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky approved the panel's...

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