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2023

How HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Might Raise Dementia Risk

How HDL `Good` Cholesterol Might Raise Dementia RiskTHURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While HDL cholesterol is considered the "good" kind for heart and brain health, too much or too little of it may up a person's risk of dementia, new research suggests. “This study is especially informative because of the large number of participants and long follow-up,” noted study author Maria Glymour, of Boston University. She said her team was able to “study the links with dementia across the range of cholesterol levels and achieve precise estimates, even for people with cholesterol levels that are quite high or quite low.”Still, that can’t prove that high or low levels of HDL cholesterol actually cause dementia, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) cautioned in its news release about the study.To learn more about the potential...

Big Rise Seen in Gun Deaths, Overdoses Among U.S. Kids

5 October 2023
Big Rise Seen in Gun Deaths, Overdoses Among U.S. KidsTHURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- America's kids are safer now than a decade ago when it comes to many types of injury, with two glaring exceptions: drugs and guns.That's the crux of a new study that looked at injury trends among U.S. children and teenagers between 2011 and 2021.It found that nonfatal injuries from accidents and assaults fell by 55% and 60%, respectively, during that time period. That included substantial drops in injury due to car crashes, falls and other accidents that have long been leading causes of injury among kids.Countering those gains, though, was the harsh reality of guns and drugs.Firearm fatalities among children and teens rose by 87% during the study period, while nonfatal gun injuries more than doubled. Meanwhile, deadly drug overdoses also...

Diabetes Diagnosis by Age 30 Could Shave 14 Years Off...

5 October 2023
Diabetes Diagnosis by Age 30 Could Shave 14 Years Off Your LifeTHURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of diabetes in younger adults are rising globally — and it could be shortening life spans.A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes at age 30 can cut life expectancy by up to 14 years, according to findings from a new study. Even a diagnosis at age 50 can shorten life expectancy by six years.“Type 2 diabetes used to be seen as a disease that affected older adults, but we’re increasingly seeing people diagnosed earlier in life. As we’ve shown, this means they are at risk of a much shorter life expectancy than they would otherwise have,” said study author Emanuele Di Angelantonio. He is a professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Cambridge's Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart and Lung Research Institute (VPD-HLRI) in the United...

Why So Many Americans Aren't Getting COVID Boosters

5 October 2023
Why So Many Americans Aren`t Getting COVID BoostersTHURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- More than 80% of eligible Americans did not get a COVID-19 booster shot last fall. Now, a new study reveals the reasons for the hesitation.Nearly 40% of survey participants said a prior COVID-19 infection factored into their decision to not get the booster. Another 31.5% were worried about side effects. And an additional 28% didn’t think a booster would provide extra protection, while 23% said it wouldn’t protect from the new coronavirus. “Our results indicate that we have a lot more work to do in terms of educating the public and health care providers about the importance of staying up to date on COVID-19 boosters,” said first study author Elizabeth Jacobs. She is a professor of epidemiology at the Zuckerman College of Public Health...

Scientists Produce 'Bioprinted' Human Skin for Wound Healing

5 October 2023
Scientists Produce `Bioprinted` Human Skin for Wound HealingTHURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People recovering from wounds or severe burns might one day be treated with fully functional “bioprinted” skin created in a lab, a new study suggests.Researchers say they “printed” skin samples containing all six major human cell types found in skin.The result was multi-layered, full-thickness skin containing all three layers present in normal human tissue: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.Test transplants performed in the lab found that the bioprinted skin formed blood vessels and skin patterns, essentially functioning and forming as normal human tissue.Other tests demonstrated improved wound closure, reduced skin contraction, and more collagen production to reduce scarring, the researchers reported.The report was published Oct. 4 in...

'Boarding' Patients for Days, Weeks in Crowded ERs Is Common Now

4 October 2023
`Boarding` Patients for Days, Weeks in Crowded ERs Is Common NowWEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When Hannah, a California marketing professional, showed up at her local emergency room in March 2023 for a pregnancy-related complication, she wasn’t prepared for what happened next.“I arrived at 2 p.m. and finally saw the obstetrics team at midnight,” she recalled. After an exam, doctors scheduled her for a procedure on the following day, but there wasn’t a room available. “I ended up spending the night in a makeshift room in the lobby of the emergency room with a plastic sheet separating me from the rest of the people waiting for attention,” Hannah said.Unfortunately, this is not rare in U.S. emergency departments. Millions of people a day go to emergency rooms to seek care, but many, like Hannah, end up in a holding pattern...

Genes Might Be Driving You to Go Vegetarian

4 October 2023
Genes Might Be Driving You to Go VegetarianWEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Going vegetarian is trendy and popular, along with being a healthy choice, but a large portion of those who say they want to stick with a plant-based diet don't.It might come down to your DNA, suggests new research that has uncovered three genes that seem to be strongly linked to vegetarianism. “It seems there are more people who would like to be vegetarian than actually are, and we think it’s because there is something hard-wired here that people may be missing,” said corresponding study author Dr. Nabeel Yaseen, a professor emeritus of pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.As many as 48% to 64% of people who identify as vegetarian still report eating fish, poultry and/or red meat, the study...

Seniors With ADHD Face Higher Car Crash Risk

4 October 2023
Seniors With ADHD Face Higher Car Crash RiskWEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While studies of ADHD and driving usually target teens, a new one focused on seniors found they have a significantly higher risk of car crashes.Older adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were also more likely to slam on the brakes and get traffic tickets, the study found.“Little is known about ADHD in seniors,” said senior author Dr. Guohua Li, an epidemiology professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, explaining the motivations for studying this issue. “Secondly, the population has been aging and continues to grow older, and there are more and more older adult drivers on the road.”The United States has about 48 million older drivers, a number that could reach 63 million...

Stem Cell Therapy Could Be Breakthrough Against Type 1...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 diabetes lack functional islet cells in their pancreas to produce the hormone insulin and must take daily insulin via injections or a...

CPAP Helps Cut Heart Risks — But You Have to Actually...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For sufferers of sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines may guard against having a second heart attack, stroke or other...
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