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Acts of Kindness Could Be Natural Antidepressants

Acts of Kindness Could Be Natural AntidepressantsMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from depression or anxiety may be able to help themselves by helping others -- even in small ways, researchers report.In a recent study of 122 people with depression or anxiety symptoms, those who started fitting small acts of kindness into their day showed an improvement in their symptoms.And when it came to boosting feelings of social connectedness, those kind gestures worked even better than two techniques used in standard "talk therapy," the study found.Experts said the findings point to the power of simply being kind -- possibly because it helps people with mental health symptoms get out of their own heads, even temporarily."When you have these symptoms, you can become preoccupied with your own suffering --...

When States Legalize Marijuana, Teens' Asthma Rates Rise

16 January 2023
When States Legalize Marijuana, Teens` Asthma Rates RiseMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Cannabis use in U.S. states where recreational use is legal could be contributing to children's asthma, according to new research.A study found increases in asthma in teens where cannabis is legal, compared to states where it remains banned for medicinal and recreational use. The study also found increased asthma in children in some minority and ethnic groups."Our findings suggest that state-level cannabis policy could have downstream impacts on children’s respiratory health," said study first author Renee Goodwin, an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.Cannabis use on the rise among adults with children in the home, particularly in states that have legalized it for medical or recreational...

Gun Deaths to Kids Are Rising in Pandemic, U.S. Hospital...

16 January 2023
Gun Deaths to Kids Are Rising in Pandemic, U.S. Hospital Study ShowsMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If a study conducted at one St. Louis hospital is a good indicator, the COVID pandemic is tied to a surge in childhood injuries and deaths due to firearms. Black children and those in low-income households were at greater risk, according to the University of Missouri-led study.“We found a significant increase in pediatric firearm injury rates during the pandemic compared to the five preceding years,” said lead study author Dr. Mary Bernardin. She is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, in Columbia, Mo. “The escalation in injuries was driven by a significant increase in firearm assaults and homicides, as well as increased frequency of innocent children injured as bystanders amidst...

Expecting? Stay Heart-Healthy for You and Your Baby

16 January 2023
Expecting? Stay Heart-Healthy for You and Your BabyMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's never too late for an expectant mom to adopt healthy habits for her baby and herself.The American Heart Association (AHA) offers some heart-healthy tips."Pregnancy is often a pivotal time in a woman's life from both short- and long-term perspectives," said Dr. Michelle Albert, volunteer president of the American Heart Association. "For some, it may be their first experience with a major medical condition, for most, it's a natural time to be more forward-thinking about their own health, as well as that of their baby," Albert said in an association news release.Poor heart health puts both mothers-to-be and their children at risk, according to the AHA.Heart disease causes 26.5% of pregnancy-related deaths, according to the AHA’s Heart...

Don't Ignore Your Acid Reflux, Expert Warns

16 January 2023
Don`t Ignore Your Acid Reflux, Expert WarnsMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you have frequent heartburn or think you may have acid reflux disease, see an expert before you suffer serious complications, one expert warns."Gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD] is when you get acid and chemical damage to the lining of the esophagus," said Dr. James East, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London.While the stomach can resist acid, the esophagus is less able to do so, East noted.Heartburn is a key symptom of reflux disease, but the disease is much more involved than that one outward sign.Other symptoms can include feeling like you have a lump in the throat, having difficulty swallowing, having chest pain, coughing or having worsening asthma-type symptoms."Complications of reflux disease include...

What Are Hernias, and How Are They Treated?

15 January 2023
What Are Hernias, and How Are They Treated?SUNDAY, Jan. 15, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Moving a heavy object or even coughing can result in a medical condition known as a hernia.While it’s common, many people don’t know what a hernia is, according to an expert at Penn State Health, who offered details on causes, symptoms and treatment.“While we typically associate heavy lifting or strenuous activity with the development of a hernia, other congenital abdominal wall defects can lead to hernia formation with less strenuous activity,” said Dr. Michael Abboud. He is chief of surgery at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa. “Hernias may develop in a number of different locations, and can be present at birth or develop later in life, for a number of reasons,” Abboud explained in a Penn State news...

Seniors, Make This Winter an Active & Healthy One

14 January 2023
Seniors, Make This Winter an Active & Healthy OneSATURDAY, Jan. 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Winter may feel like a time for hibernation, but it’s important for seniors to safely keep up their hobbies and physical activity in the cold weather. “It’s important to get outside as much as possible, whether it’s temperate or even if it’s colder, as long as it’s safe to do so,” said Dr. Angela Catic, an associate professor in the Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston. “If it’s cold, bundling up and getting outside is good for your spirit and good for you physically,” she said in a Baylor news release.Continue walking, biking or being in nature, Catic suggested, while being cautious of snow or icy conditions. But don’t pick up a new active sport like skiing or snowboarding, unless that was already a...

Frequent Use of Antibiotics Linked With Higher Odds for Crohn's, Colitis

13 January 2023
Frequent Use of Antibiotics Linked With Higher Odds for Crohn`s, ColitisFRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Overuse of antibiotics may trigger inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), new research suggests.Among folks who were 40 or older, a new study found that antibiotics may increase the risk for bowel diseases, such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, for one to two years after use. And the greatest risk was posed by two classes of antibiotics — nitroimidazoles and fluoroquinolones — often used to treat gut infections. The researchers said these drugs indiscriminately target all bacteria, not just those that cause disease."Antibiotics may impact the development of IBD through alteration of the microbiome," said lead researcher Dr. Adam Faye. He is an assistant professor at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine, in New York City.To reduce...

Water Weight: How to Lose It for Good

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Water weight. It's the bane of dieters looking to lose pounds, causing bloating, puffiness and disappointment when stepping on a scale.While a full 60% of...

Artificial Pancreas Device May Help Folks With Type 2...

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- An artificial pancreas has long been considered the holy grail for people with type 1 diabetes, and new research suggests a more convenient version of...
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