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In 30-Year Study, Head Injury Doubled Long-Term Death Risk

In 30-Year Study, Head Injury Doubled Long-Term Death RiskWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Head injuries have already been linked with many chronic health issues, but a new study that spanned three decades now shows it may double, or even triple, the risk of dying early.“This is particularly the case for individuals with multiple or severe head injuries,” explained study lead author Dr. Holly Elser, a neurology resident at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. “This highlights the importance of safety measures, like wearing helmets and seatbelts, to prevent head injuries.”Whether head injuries are caused by motor vehicle crashes, falls or sports, about 23 million American adults aged 40 and up have a history of head injury where they lost consciousness. Previous research has linked these...

1 in 3 U.S. Public Health Workers Feels Threatened...

25 January 2023
1 in 3 U.S. Public Health Workers Feels Threatened During PandemicWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of public health workers have endured threats, anger and aggression from the public during the pandemic, and that has come at a steep cost to their mental health, a new study finds. “The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers have been documented and the research on psychological impacts is building,” said lead study author Hope Tiesman. She is a research epidemiologist with the division of safety research at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in Morgantown, W.Va.“Public health workers do the important work of disseminating information and services to the public; making sure their health and well-being are addressed in the face of workplace violence is important for their...

AHA News: Older LGBTQ Adults Face Unique Challenges in...

25 January 2023
AHA News: Older LGBTQ Adults Face Unique Challenges in Giving and Receiving CareWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Every morning, Luther Moxley helps his partner of 35 years, Wayne Curtis, out of bed and into his wheelchair. Curtis, who has Parkinson's disease and is partially blind, washes himself seated in the shower, but he needs Moxley to dry him and help him back into his chair.Moxley makes their meals and cuts Curtis' food into bite-sized pieces. He manages the household and does the grocery shopping. He takes Curtis to and from the doctor and anywhere else he needs to go. But in truth, they rarely go anywhere anymore."We're pretty much isolated," said Moxley, 74, who cares for 83-year-old Curtis full time. Though Curtis has some family, there are none who will help. The couple has no children. Moxley, who has no surviving family,...

Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Takes Sleep Meds

25 January 2023
Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Takes Sleep MedsWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 20% of American adults use a drug to help them sleep, either occasionally or regularly, health officials reported Wednesday.Sleep medications, sold both over-the-counter and by prescription, are a common treatment for sleep problems, said senior report author Lindsey Black, a health statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "Our report details patterns of use of medication to inform patterns of use among subgroups of the U.S. population," Black said. "We do hope by dissemination of this report it can lay the groundwork for more work in this area and our understanding of sleep health among adults."Using data from the 2020 National Health Interview Survey, Black...

Initial Symptoms Could Predict How Fast Alzheimer's Progresses

25 January 2023
Initial Symptoms Could Predict How Fast Alzheimer`s ProgressesWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Memory loss is the most common symptom associated with Alzheimer’s disease — the terrifying prospect of slowly forgetting yourself and everything around you.But people who exhibit memory loss early on in their dementia actually have a slower rate of decline than those who develop other symptoms earlier, a new study reports.Difficulty forming sentences, making plans, solving problems or judging space and distance — these symptoms all herald a steeper and faster decline for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients than do early memory problems, researchers found.“People with memory changes in fact have a slightly slower rate of disease progression than people who have other symptoms, like language or judgment issues, in terms of their...

Is Your State Among the Worst for Tobacco Control?

25 January 2023
Is Your State Among the Worst for Tobacco Control?WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to tobacco control, some states do a far better job than others of preventing and reducing smoking.A new report from the American Lung Association (ALA) notes that California, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., are doing the best job of putting proven tobacco control policies in place. Conversely, those who have the most need to enact policies are Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.Policies vary widely from state to state. Some states still allow workplace smoking, including in restaurants and bars. Others have had smoke-free laws in place for decades. “The policies examined in our report have a direct impact on the health of state residents,” said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung...

Blood Clots in the Lungs: Consider Surgery Earlier to Help Save Lives

25 January 2023
Blood Clots in the Lungs: Consider Surgery Earlier to Help Save LivesWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The American Heart Association has issued a new scientific statement on pulmonary embolism (PE), a sometimes fatal condition in which a blood clot travels to the lungs.The American Heart Association (AHA) statement suggests surgery be considered for more people with high-risk PE.Refined definitions of risk levels may make it easier to identify which patients would benefit from surgical intervention, the AHA said.The association also called for development of patient registries to monitor treatment effectiveness for intermediate and high-risk patients, and more education for doctors and surgeons on surgical intervention options.“This statement demonstrates that modern surgical management strategies and mechanical circulatory support results...

The Time Is Now to Curb Spring Allergies

25 January 2023
The Time Is Now to Curb Spring AllergiesWEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Send yourself some love this Valentine's Day by setting a reminder to start taking your spring allergy medications.It's important to begin allergy meds two weeks before symptoms are expected to appear when possible, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)."It's not the most romantic idea in the world, but it is an effective way to remember when to start taking your spring allergy medications," said allergist Dr. Kathleen May, president of the ACAAI."And although spring allergies aren't necessarily top of mind in February, climate change means that temperatures are rising, and allergy symptoms occur earlier in the year," May said in a college news release. "In southern regions of the United States,...

FDA Wants to Lower Lead Levels in Baby Food

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed stricter limits on levels of lead in infant food products.The agency announced draft guidance for...

Chronic Pancreatitis: Surgery Can Help, But Healthy...

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who have surgery for chronic pancreatitis continue to have health struggles in the years afterward — with some dying at a young age, a new...
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