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Your Metabolism Changes As You Age, Just Not When You Think

Your Metabolism Changes As You Age, Just Not When You ThinkFRIDAY, Aug. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone knows that your metabolism peaks in your teenage years, when you're fit and active and feeling your oats.And everyone knows that a person's metabolism slows down in middle age, as bodies start to expand and sag, and become less energetic.But that's all wrong, it now appears — fake news about how humans age that's gained the currency of truth over the years.Your metabolism actually is at its highest when you're 1 year old, according to a major new study that completely shakes up what was known about energy expenditure over a person's lifespan.It then gradually declines through your childhood and teen years, until it reaches a surprisingly consistent level that people maintain throughout adulthood until they reach senior status,...

COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Means Healthier Births,...

12 August 2021
COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Means Healthier Births, Babies: StudiesTHURSDAY, Aug. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Since COVID-19 and three vaccines to help prevent it arrived in the United States, questions have swirled about their impact on pregnant women, new moms and infants.How would the virus affect them and their health risks? Should women get the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding?The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered an emphatic answer to those questions on Aug. 11, recommending all women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy get vaccinated. The vaccines are safe and effective, CDC leaders said.The announcement came the same day JAMA Network Open published a pair of groundbreaking studies addressing the issues. One focused on the potentially devastating impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on pregnant women, and the other...

Kids of Heavy Drinkers Face Multiple Threats to Health

12 August 2021
Kids of Heavy Drinkers Face Multiple Threats to HealthTHURSDAY, Aug. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Death, injuries, abuse and mental health disorders are among the many harms faced by children whose parents are heavy drinkers, Danish researchers say."Within the last 10 years, there has been an expansion of research on consequences that extend beyond the drinker," wrote lead author Julie Brummer, a doctoral student in psychology and behavioral sciences at Aarhus University, Denmark, and colleagues. "Although some studies show that harm because of strangers' drinking may be more prevalent, harms caused by close relations, such as household family members and friends, may be more severe and distressing," they wrote.Brummer noted that most research on drinking-related dangers to family members has relied on self-reports, but parents may...

COVID Vaccine Safe, Recommended for Pregnant Women, CDC Says

11 August 2021
COVID Vaccine Safe, Recommended for Pregnant Women, CDC SaysWEDNESDAY, Aug. 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women should not hesitate to get coronavirus vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidance issued Wednesday.The latest recommendation comes after new data collected by the agency showed no raised risk for miscarriage in mothers-to-be who get the shots during the first 20 weeks of their pregnancy. Previous research has shown similar safety with the vaccines in women in later stages of pregnancy, the CDC added.The strengthened guideline could boost vaccination rates in a group that has been reticent to get shots; only 23% of pregnant women have gotten COVID vaccines. "[The] CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get...

Women Less Likely to Get Best Care for Deadly Form of Stroke

6 August 2021
Women Less Likely to Get Best Care for Deadly Form of StrokeFRIDAY, Aug. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Women are less likely than men to get the most effective treatment for a serious type of stroke, new research shows.Emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO) is a type of ischemic stroke caused when blockages in large blood vessels cut off significant blood flow to the brain.The most effective treatment to prevent long-term disabilities from this type of stroke is a minimally invasive procedure called thrombectomy, which uses catheters to reopen blocked arteries in the brain."Many of the women who suffer emergent large vessel occlusion ischemic strokes are not being routed to the appropriate setting where they can get the most effective treatment," said study author Dr. Muhammad Tariq, a neurology resident at McGovern Medical School at University...

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