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2021

What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests.It's not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem. It's just that losing fat offered bigger heart benefits. "We absolutely still encourage exercise," said study lead author Joshua Bell, a senior research associate in epidemiology at the University of Bristol in England. "There are many other health benefits, and strength is a prize in itself," he said. "We may just need to temper expectations for what gaining muscle can really do for avoiding heart disease. Fat gain is the real driver."The study followed more than 3,200 Brits born in the 1990s. It found those who had primarily lost fat...

Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

16 September 2021
Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?THURSDAY, Sept. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. infants born with syphilis is climbing at an alarming pace, reaching a high not seen since the 1990s, according to new government figures.Newborn syphilis, a potentially fatal condition, was at one time nearly eliminated in the United States. But the disease has seen a resurgence in recent years — and 2020 was no exception, say researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.So far, there have been more than 2,000 known cases of newborn syphilis among U.S. infants born in 2020. That's up from 2019, and it continues a steep upward trend that began several years ago."It's the highest number we've seen in 25 years," said Virginia Bowen, lead author of a CDC report published Sept. 16 in the New England...

Pandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC...

16 September 2021
Pandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC Study FindsTHURSDAY, Sept. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has many women thinking twice about having more kids.In a survey of close to 1,200 New York City women with young children, one-third of respondents who had been thinking about having another baby before the pandemic but hadn't started trying said they were no longer considering it.For women who stopped trying to become pregnant when the pandemic began, fewer than half were certain they would continue trying once the pandemic ended, a new study shows."Our findings show that the initial COVID-19 outbreak appears to have made women think twice about expanding their families and, in some cases, reduce the number of children they ultimately intend to have," said lead author Linda Kahn, an assistant professor of pediatrics...

Is There a Link Between Vaping and Eating Disorders in...

15 September 2021
Is There a Link Between Vaping and Eating Disorders in the Young?WEDNESDAY, Sept. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- College students who vape appear to be at higher risk of having an eating disorder, a new study suggests."The study's findings are especially relevant as we have seen a surge in referrals for eating disorders and substance use disorders during the pandemic," said study author Dr. Jason Nagata. He is an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.According to the researchers, an analysis of data from more than 51,000 U.S. college students found that those diagnosed with an eating disorder over their lifetime (such as anorexia or bulimia) were more likely to use electronic cigarettes. However, the study could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Study author Kyle Ganson, an...

Is Hysterectomy Always Needed for a Common, Painful Gynecologic Condition?

14 September 2021
Is Hysterectomy Always Needed for a Common, Painful Gynecologic Condition?TUESDAY, Sept. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A hysterectomy isn't necessarily needed to treat a common women's health problem, researchers report.Adenomyosis is abnormal tissue growth in the wall of the uterus, which causes cramps and heavy menstrual bleeding. The condition affects as many as one in three women.But it often goes undiagnosed until it results in a hysterectomy, according to a broad review of medical literature by gynecologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Several other treatments can improve symptoms without removing a woman's uterus, they stressed."Many women come to me and say the only solution they've ever been offered is a hysterectomy," said Dr. Kimberly Kho, associate chief of gynecology at the Dallas medical center. "Other low-cost,...
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