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U.S. Gun Homicides Jumped to Highest Level in 25 Years During Pandemic

U.S. Gun Homicides Jumped to Highest Level in 25 Years During PandemicTUESDAY, May 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- During the first year of the pandemic, the number of Americans felled by gun violence reached a level not seen since 1994, a new government report shows.From 2019 to 2020, the rate of murders involving guns rose by nearly 35%, the highest logged in more than 25 years.In fact, guns were involved in 79% of all murders and 53% of all suicides in 2020. Along with increases in gun suicide rates among some groups, the racial and ethnic gap in gun violence has only widened, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found. "Firearm injury is, tragically, a major public health problem in the United States," Dr. Debra Houry, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said during a media briefing on the...

The 3 Midlife Factors That Raise Your Odds for Alzheimer's

10 May 2022
The 3 Midlife Factors That Raise Your Odds for Alzheimer`sTUESDAY, May 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Certain lifestyle factors can sway the risk of dementia, and a new study points to the top threats to Americans these days: obesity, physical inactivity and lack of a high school diploma.Researchers found that in just the past decade, there has been a shift in the most important modifiable risk factors for dementia in the United States. In 2011, the big three were physical inactivity, depression and smoking.Today, lack of exercise is still among the top three, but the other spots have been replaced by obesity in middle-age and low education levels (not graduating from high school).At the same time, the study found, that top three is not one-size-fits-all: The leading modifiable risk factors for dementia vary somewhat according to race and...

Having a Hip, Knee Replacement? Some Tips to an Optimal...

7 May 2022
Having a Hip, Knee Replacement? Some Tips to an Optimal RecoverySATURDAY, May 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you're one of the estimated one million Americans having total hip or knee replacement surgery this year, some lifestyle changes might improve your chances of a good outcome, an expert says.Lose weight safely through diet and exercise before surgery, said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Matthew Abdel. The target body mass index (BMI) — an estimate of body fat based on weight and height — is less than 40, but the closer you can get to a BMI of 25 to 30, the better, added Abdel, who specializes in hip and knee replacement at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.Even losing 20 pounds before hip or knee replacement surgery improves outcomes, he said. Here are some of his other suggestions: Stop using cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars and all other...

Severe COVID May Age Survivors' Brains 20 Years: Study

6 May 2022
Severe COVID May Age Survivors` Brains 20 Years: StudyFRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A serious bout of COVID-19 can prompt a serious loss of brain power, new research warns, triggering a drop in IQ that's equivalent to aging from 50 to 70 in a matter of months."Previous research has indicated that people who have recovered from COVID-19 may suffer from lasting problems in terms of their ability to concentrate and problem solve," noted study author Adam Hampshire. He's an associate member with the U.K. Dementia Research Institute Care Research and Technology Centre, in London."What we were trying to find out was how pronounced these [thinking] difficulties were in patients who had been more severely ill, which aspects of [thinking] were most affected, whether there was any sign of recovery over time, and what the underlying cause...

WHO Says Pandemic Death Total Far Higher Than Reported in Many Countries

5 May 2022
WHO Says Pandemic Death Total Far Higher Than Reported in Many CountriesTHURSDAY, May 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In an estimate that far exceeds reported totals, an expert panel appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that there were nearly 15 million more deaths worldwide during the first two years of the pandemic than would normally have been expected.That compares with an official tally of 6.2 million COVID-19 deaths reported by countries in 2020 and 2021."These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a news release. "WHO is committed to working with all countries to...

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