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Up Your Skin Care Routine During Hot Summer Months

Up Your Skin Care Routine During Hot Summer MonthsSATURDAY, Aug. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sweating can affect your skin, so learning how to handle it should be an important part of your skin care regime, a Baylor College of Medicine aesthetician says."Sweating is an important bodily function that cools you down, expels toxins through your skin and provides that famous post-workout glow," said Kim Chang, from Baylor's Department of Dermatology. "Learning how to factor in this function into your daily skin care routine can yield great results."The most important steps to any skin care routine are cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating and protecting, Chang said in a Baylor news release. For cleaning, swap products with creamy, thicker textures for those with foamy textures. Creamy, thicker textures products have extra moisturizing that...

Poliovirus Discovered in NYC Wastewater

12 August 2022
Poliovirus Discovered in NYC WastewaterFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- State and local health officials have detected the poliovirus in New York City's wastewater, a finding that indicates the virus has spread widely since first being discovered in the wastewater of a neighboring county last month.The New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene both advised New Yorkers to get vaccinated now if they have not already completed their series of polio shots. The discovery of poliovirus in sewage samples suggests there is already community transmission of the virus that can lead to permanent paralysis of the arms and legs, as well as death in some cases. “For every one case of paralytic polio identified, hundreds more may be undetected,” said State Health...

Your Brain Gets Tired, and Scientists Now Know Why

12 August 2022
Your Brain Gets Tired, and Scientists Now Know WhyFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Preparing your taxes is a purely mental activity, but one that leaves many exhausted by the end of the effort.The same goes for reading a dense report, picking apart reams of spreadsheet data, or writing a fact-laden paper.That feeling of exhaustion following a bout of intense thinking isn’t all in your head, a new study argues.Lab experiments show that work requiring a lot of thought can cause potentially toxic byproducts to build up in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, French researchers reported Aug. 11 in the journal Current Biology.This, in turn, alters your control over decisions, making you more apt to choose easier or quicker options as your brain grows weary, researchers argue. The prefrontal cortex is the part of the...

Here's How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug Costs

12 August 2022
Here`s How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug CostsFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The Inflation Reduction Act is expected to bring out-of-pocket drug costs down for many U.S. seniors, but most of its benefits aren't immediate.Under the law, Medicare will now be allowed to negotiate the cost of some drugs. That should eventually bring down out-of-pocket costs for seniors with Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, according to John Clark, a clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Previously, Medicare was not allowed to negotiate drug prices.Under the law — which goes to President Joe Biden after it clears the U.S. House of Representatives — the number of medications will be phased in, beginning in 2026 with 10 drugs. Beginning next year, drug companies will be required to pay...

Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for Dementia

12 August 2022
Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for DementiaFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Reading, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends might help lower your risk of dementia, a new study suggests."Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated with various health benefits, such as a lower cancer risk, a reduction of atrial fibrillation, and a person’s perception of their own well-being," said study author Lin Lu, of Peking University Sixth Hospital in Beijing, China. "However, there is conflicting evidence of the role of leisure activities in the prevention of dementia. Our research found that leisure activities like making crafts, playing sports or volunteering were linked to a reduced risk of dementia," Lu added.For the new study, Lu and his team reviewed 38 studies that included more than 2...

AHA News: Obstacles Didn't Stop This Heart Defect Survivor From Competing on 'American Ninja Warrior'

12 August 2022
AHA News: Obstacles Didn`t Stop This Heart Defect Survivor From Competing on `American Ninja Warrior`FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- At 21, Chris O'Connell learned his pediatric cardiologist had retired. He was assigned a new doctor for the annual checkups he'd had all his life."I know you've been told to not exercise hard or strain your heart, but that's the old way of thinking," the cardiologist told him. "Think of your heart as a muscle that needs to be worked out."Chris was blindsided."Are you serious?" he asked.Chris – who lives about an hour north of San Francisco in Rohnert Park, California – was an infant when he was diagnosed with a transitional atrioventricular canal defect. He was born with a condition in which extra blood travels to the lung arteries, which can make the heart and lungs work harder. This can cause the heart to enlarge and the...

Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

12 August 2022
Wind Can Uproot Kids` Bouncy Castles, With Tragic ResultsFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerable to being blown aloft and even flipped over if left unmoored, a new study warns.But even when staked firmly in place, researchers warn that the biggest problem is the potential for a bounce house accident to send a child to the ER with a broken bone, a muscle sprain or a concussion."By far the most common bad outcome is not related to meteorology," explained study lead author John Knox, a geography professor at the University of Georgia. "It's when a child collides into someone else by bouncing into them, or they bounce right out of the...

Common Diabetes Drug Januvia May Contain Traces of Carcinogen, FDA Says

12 August 2022
Common Diabetes Drug Januvia May Contain Traces of Carcinogen, FDA SaysFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The popular diabetes drug Januvia may contain traces of a probable carcinogen, but patients should keep using the medication because it could be dangerous to stop taking it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week. Despite the discovery that Nitroso-STG-19 (NTTP) had been found in some samples of the drug, known generically as sitagliptin, “it could be dangerous for patients with this condition to stop taking their sitagliptin without first talking to their health care professional,” the FDA explained in its alert.Drug maker Merck Co. said it first detected the contamination and reported it to federal regulators, as it addresses the problem and works with health authorities around the world. “We remain confident in the...

When Adults Sign Up for Medicaid, Kids Can Benefit

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Some adults who sign up for Medicaid also bring their unenrolled but eligible kids into the system, a new study reports.For every nine adults who gained...

When Older Dogs' Hearing Fades, Risk of Dementia Rises

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When dogs' hearing fades, their mental skills follow, new research reveals.For the study, the researchers examined the link between hearing loss in aging...
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