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2022

Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your Health

Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your HealthWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night's sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests.Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room were more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes, compared with adults who were not exposed to any light during the night."Maybe even a small amount of light at night is not so benign, it can be harmful," said lead author Dr. Minjee Kim, an assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine in Chicago.She cautioned, however, that the new study doesn't prove that exposure to...

Mom-to-Be's Gum Disease Could Raise Odds for Premature Birth

22 June 2022
Mom-to-Be`s Gum Disease Could Raise Odds for Premature BirthWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) – A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother's gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth.The study compared oral inflammation and microbes in 33 women whose babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, considered preterm, with 44 who had full-term deliveries."We observed that women with premature births more often had inflamed gums, with pockets and loss of the supporting tissue around their teeth compared to their peers with full-term pregnancies," said study author Dr. Valentin Bartha of Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany. "If confirmed, these results could have implications for preventing preterm delivery, which occurs in 10% of births and accounts for up to 75% of perinatal deaths and more...

Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco...

21 June 2022
Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco CompaniesTUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A new rule that would require tobacco companies to slash nicotine levels in cigarettes could be issued Tuesday by the Biden administration.The rule, which would have an unprecedented effect in lowering smoking-related deaths, would be unveiled as part of a compilation of planned federal regulatory actions released twice a year, an individual with knowledge of the rule who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Washington Post.The policy, which would lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or nonaddictive levels, would dovetail nicely with a major goal of the White House — to cut cancer deaths. As part of the retooled cancer moonshot announced in February, President Joe Biden promised to cut cancer death rates by 50 percent over the...

Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products,...

21 June 2022
Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-SharingTUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on a flat surface and not in bed with mom or dad.In addition, the recommendations urge mothers to breastfeed and not to rely on special baby monitors to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)."We've made great strides in learning what keeps infants safe during sleep, but much work still needs to be done," said report author Dr. Rachel Moon, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, in Charlottesville."A baby's death is tragic, heartbreaking and often preventable. If we've learned anything, it's that simple is best: babies should always sleep alone in a crib or...

Vitamins, Supplements Useless for Most People: Expert Panel

21 June 2022
Vitamins, Supplements Useless for Most People: Expert PanelTUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people pop vitamins and supplements every day in hopes of staving off heart disease and cancer, but a new report finds the evidence to support that strategy is largely lacking.While there is some research showing that a daily multivitamin may slightly reduce cancer risk, the bigger picture suggests a lack of enough evidence to say that supplements can help prevent heart disease and cancer.There is, however, enough evidence to state that beta carotene supplements may actually increase risk of lung cancer, especially among folks who are at high risk, and may also increase the chances of dying from heart disease. What's more, vitamin E provides no cancer or heart disease prevention benefits.Those are the main takeaways from the new...

As Heat Waves Continue, Experts Urge Steps to Stay Safe

21 June 2022
As Heat Waves Continue, Experts Urge Steps to Stay SafeTUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As a weekend heat wave that put more than 15 million Americans in the Northern and Central Plains on alert slowly moves east, the nation's emergency doctors have advice to keep you safe."Overexposure to the sun or heat can turn into an emergency faster than most people expect," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). By Tuesday, the heat dome is expected to shift to the Great Lakes and the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, and then into the southeast by Wednesday, The New York Times reported.Schmitz said Americans can enjoy the summer and avoid the emergency department by taking precautions against heat-related illness and knowing the signs of an emergency.It's important to monitor how much time...

Medicare Could Save Millions By Taking Cue from Mark Cuban's Online Pharmacy

21 June 2022
Medicare Could Save Millions By Taking Cue from Mark Cuban`s Online PharmacyTUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Medicare might want to take note of the pricing strategy of a new online pharmacy run by tech entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" judge Mark Cuban if it wants to save billions on prescription drugs, a new study suggests.Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug offers certain generic drugs at cheaper prices by selling them at a markup of 15% plus a $3 flat fee. Patients pay for the medications, which include the blood pressure drug Lisinopril and the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine), out of pocket because Cost Plus doesn’t accept insurance. It also doesn’t sell brand-name drugs. The new study found that if Medicare was paying the same prices, it would have saved nearly $4 billion in 2020. “Medicare is overpaying for some of the generic drugs," study author...

Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: Survey

21 June 2022
Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: SurveyTUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief. About 7 in 10 said they'd rather spend time with their pet than watch television, and nearly half (47%) said their pets helped them be more active."Many pet owners have found emotional support from their pets, and science backs up the physical and mental health benefits to pet companionship," said Dr. Glenn Levine, chief of cardiology at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston and lead author of the AHA's scientific statement on pet ownership and heart disease risk....

Pandemic Gave Clues to Cause of Rare Heart Condition in Kids

TUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A decline in cases of a rare heart disease in children during the COVID pandemic may provide clues about its cause and how to prevent it, researchers...

U.S. Death Rate From Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis Triples...

MONDAY, June 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Americans may have a collective drinking problem, made worse by the obesity epidemic, new research suggests. The new study found that deaths from...
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