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About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an AllergyTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If it seems as though everyone you know struggles with some sort of allergy, new research suggests you are not mistaken.As many as 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 kids suffers from a seasonal allergy, a food allergy or eczema, the latest government data shows.Caused by a reaction to plant pollen, seasonal allergies were most common type of allergy in both kids and adults. Symptoms include sniffling, sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes.The study wasn’t designed to see if allergies are on the rise. Still, these conditions have become more prevalent according to previous reports, said study author Benjamin Zablotsky, a health statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.About 19% of children and nearly 26% of adults were...

Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by...

26 January 2023
Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by Middle AgeTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People who suffer a heart attack or stroke in middle age may develop memory and thinking problems earlier in life, too, a new study finds.The study, published online Jan. 25 in the journal Neurology, focused on people who had developed premature cardiovascular disease. That refers to heart disease, stroke or leg artery disease that strikes before the age of 60.The researchers found that those individuals generally performed worse on tests of memory and thinking compared to people their age who were free of cardiovascular conditions. And the differences were already apparent in middle age.It's not clear what that could ultimately mean for their brain health down the road, said lead researcher Dr. Xiaqing Jiang of the University of California,...

AHA News: After a Stroke at 87, Woman Had to Convince...

26 January 2023
AHA News: After a Stroke at 87, Woman Had to Convince Family She Was Really OKTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Barbara Bartels and a friend were catching up over coffee on a Sunday morning in August. They'd met up at a café not far from Bartels' home in Santa Cruz, California. As an artist and a bit of a self-professed hermit, Bartels didn't socialize much beyond her regular art critique group. But she did occasionally accept invitations to go out.At 87, Bartels recently had felt herself slowing down. She still did yoga every day, but not as vigorously. To compensate, she added qi gong, a Chinese-based practice that involves movement, mindfulness and breathing.Both physical and mental health have always been important to Bartels, a mixed-media artist and former fashion designer. Like most of her artist friends, she had been a...

Childhood Autism Diagnosis Is Getting Better, But Not...

26 January 2023
Childhood Autism Diagnosis Is Getting Better, But Not for EveryoneTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Autism cases are surging in the New York-New Jersey metro area, mainly fueled by the diagnosis of autistic children who don’t have intellectual disabilities, a new study reports. The percentage of kids identified with autism spectrum disorder rose from about 1% in 2000 to 3% in 2016 in that region, said lead researcher Josephine Shenouda, program manager and epidemiologist with the Rutgers University Children’s Research Center in New Jersey.That increase occurred mainly due to new diagnoses of autistic children with a borderline, average or above-average IQ, according to findings published Jan. 26 in the journal Pediatrics.“The driver of the increase of autism was really coming from identification of children with autism without...

Updated Boosters Cut Risk of XBB Variant Infection by Nearly Half

26 January 2023
Updated Boosters Cut Risk of XBB Variant Infection by Nearly HalfTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests the updated bivalent COVID booster shots are worth getting, new government data shows they cut the chances of infection with the new XBB variant by nearly half.While those ages 49 and under saw a 48% reduction in risk, the shots were slightly less effective in older individuals -- about 40% in adults ages 50 to 64 and 43% in those 65 and up. Effectiveness was seen for both the Pfizer and Moderna boosters, the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.While the boosters were modified last summer to target the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, the latest research reveals they’re also working against XBB, which is now responsible for about half of new cases in the United States.This is...

Home Workouts Help Your Brain, But Group Exercise May Be Even Better

26 January 2023
Home Workouts Help Your Brain, But Group Exercise May Be Even BetterTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A good physical workout benefits an older brain. So does socializing. Put those two together and the payoff may be even bigger.Researchers in Japan found that link in a new study that looked at exercising solo and in a group."Exercise is manageable for many older people, and we saw cognitive benefits from it compared with those who don't exercise," said study senior author Tomohiro Okura, a professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. "But it's even more noteworthy that we found exercise's benefits rise — 14.1 percentage points in our study — when performed with others and at least twice a week," Okura added in a university news release.Starting in 2017, the study collected data on nearly 4,400 older adults for four years in a city 62...

Preeclampsia in Pregnancy a Bad Sign for Women's Future Heart Health

26 January 2023
Preeclampsia in Pregnancy a Bad Sign for Women`s Future Heart HealthTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds troubling information about a link between the pregnancy complication preeclampsia and future heart attack, even in younger women.Danish researchers found a fourfold higher risk of heart attack and stroke within just seven years after delivery. Risks continued to be elevated more than 20 years later, according to findings published Jan. 26 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous condition when a pregnant woman has high blood pressure and high levels of protein in urine that indicate kidney damage (proteinuria), or other signs of organ damage.“The high risk of cardiovascular disease after preeclampsia manifests at young ages and early after delivery,” said study author Dr....

Record 16.5 Million Americans Have Signed Up for Obamacare

25 January 2023
Record 16.5 Million Americans Have Signed Up for ObamacareWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3 million new people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, this year, swelling enrollment numbers to a record 16.3 million Americans."On the 10th anniversary of the ACA Marketplaces, the numbers speak for themselves: More people signed up for plans this year than ever before, and the uninsured rate is at an all-time low," Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said in a statement announcing the enrollment numbers. Just 8% of Americans are now uninsured.The increases for this year included individuals from low-income, immigrant, Black and Latino communities, Brooks-LaSure noted. “We made unprecedented investments to expand our...

40-Year Study Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Extending Life Spans

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) – It’s well known that obesity fuels an increase in a person’s risk for other chronic health conditions. Now, a new study shows that weight-loss...

Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep may face a higher risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as adults, new research...
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