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Obesity Stigma Keeps Many From Life-Saving Cancer Screening: Study

Obesity Stigma Keeps Many From Life-Saving Cancer Screening: StudyTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who are overweight or obese avoid cancer screening for fear of stigma and judgment about their weight, British researchers report.In a review of 10 published studies, researchers found that many doctors around the world don't look kindly on patients with obesity, an attitude that can affect treatment and screening for breast, cervical and colon cancers."Obesity stigma needs to be challenged and tackled, especially in health care settings," said lead researcher Yitka Graham. She is head of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom."The fear of being stigmatized may prevent people living with obesity from accessing cancer screening services, which are vital to early...

Could Video Games Boost a Child's Intelligence?

19 May 2022
Could Video Games Boost a Child`s Intelligence?THURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folks often believe that video games rot a kid's mind, but a new study argues the opposite could be true.Children actually might get a brain boost from playing hour after hour of video games, researchers report.American kids between 9 and 10 years of age who spent more time playing video games experienced a significant increase in their intelligence scores when retested two years later -- amounting to an extra 2.5 IQ points above the average."Children who played more video games were the ones experiencing the most gains in intelligence after two years," researchers concluded in their paper, which was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. "This is evidence of a beneficial causal effect of video games on cognition."Other forms of...

Many Older Women Have Active Sex Lives, But Menopause...

18 May 2022
Many Older Women Have Active Sex Lives, But Menopause Can InterfereWEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many women remain sexually active into their 70s, but for others, menopause symptoms and chronic health issues get in the way.That's among the findings from the latest University of Michigan Poll on Healthy Aging, which surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. women ages 50 to 80.Overall, 43% said they were sexually active, be that intercourse, foreplay and caressing, or masturbation. A similar proportion, however, were limited by health issues.More than one-quarter of women said menopause symptoms were interfering with their sex lives -- including one-third of those ages 50 to 64. Meanwhile, 17% said other health conditions were the problem.It's not clear what specific issues were the biggest obstacles. But experts said menopause can affect a woman's...

Estrogen May Help Fight Severe COVID-19

18 May 2022
Estrogen May Help Fight Severe COVID-19WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hormone replacement therapy may offer women significant protection against dying from COVID-19, new research suggests.British researchers who tracked more than 5,400 women with COVID during the first half of 2020 report that those who received the supplemental estrogen were 78% less likely to die within six months of their COVID diagnosis. Nearly 5% of women in the study had been taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) before their COVID diagnosis. HRT is used to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia caused by lower levels of estrogen and progesterone during menopause."Further research would be required before we could recommend estrogen-containing medications as treatment for COVID," said study author Christopher Wilcox. He's an...

ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

18 May 2022
ER Docs to Parents: Please Don`t Dilute Infant FormulaWEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have."Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). "Given the current formula shortage, it may be tempting to look for a workaround, but it is very important to always mix formula according to the manufacturer's instructions," Schmitz said in an ACEP news release.Unless advised by a physician, infants younger than 6 months should not be given water or any liquids other than infant formula or breast milk, the...

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