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2023

Put These Foods on Your Grocery List for Better Vision

Put These Foods on Your Grocery List for Better VisionFRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Nutrition is important for your whole body, including those two small organs through which you look at the world.The same diet that’s good for your heart and the rest of your body will also help your eyes, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).The academy offers advice on vision-healthy foods and how to create a diet rich in them. “Some nutrients keep the eye healthy overall, and some have been found to reduce the risk of eye diseases,” Dr. Rebecca Taylor, an ophthalmologist in Nashville, Tenn., said in an article on the AAO’s website.Your eyes rely on tiny arteries for oxygen and nutrients, similar to how your heart relies on much larger arteries, so a diet that’s low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole...

Just 2 Servings of Red Meat Per Week Raises Your...

19 October 2023
Just 2 Servings of Red Meat Per Week Raises Your Diabetes RiskTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Think twice about ordering that double cheeseburger, salami on rye or juicy T-bone.Just two servings of red meat a week -- processed or unprocessed -- can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 62%, according to a new study."A modest but statistically significant increase in risk was seen with even two servings of red meat per week, and risk continued to increase with higher intakes," said lead author Xiao Gu, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "Our findings suggest that replacing red meat with healthy plant-based protein sources, such as nuts and legumes, or modest intakes of dairy foods, would reduce the risk of diabetes."The study can't prove that eating red meat causes type 2...

Cache Valley Virus: Another Mosquito-Borne Illness...

19 October 2023
Cache Valley Virus: Another Mosquito-Borne Illness Making Inroads in U.S.THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially deadly infection carried by mosquitoes may be more prevalent than once thought, U.S. health officials report.Named the Cache Valley virus after the Utah area in which it was first found in 1956, it has caused seven serious infections nationwide. But it may have infected up to 18% of the population, according to an expert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."We don't know much about it, there's only been seven documented cases," said CDC research microbiologist Amanda Calvert. Of these, three died and the others have had lasting effects, she said.In all seven people, the virus caused a spinal cord infection called encephalitis or a brain infection called meningitis, Calvert said. All seven patients had...

Olympian Mary Lou Retton Suffers Setback in Battle With...

19 October 2023
Olympian Mary Lou Retton Suffers Setback in Battle With Rare Form of PneumoniaTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton has suffered a "scary setback" as she fights a rare type of pneumonia while in the intensive care unit of a hospital, her family said Wednesday.The 55-year-old, who lives in the Houston area, had been "going on the up and up" earlier this week with loved ones "seeing so much progress," daughter Shayla Kelley Schrepfer posted on Instagram."But then yesterday we had a pretty scary setback," Schrepfer added. "She is still in ICU and we're just working through some things as far as her setback goes.""She had a better day today, which is great, [she's] just really, really exhausted," Schrepfer added. "She is really exhausted."The hospital where she is being treated has not been disclosed, NBC News...

What Keeps Dr. Anthony Fauci Awake at Night

19 October 2023
What Keeps Dr. Anthony Fauci Awake at NightTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When the pandemic hit, Dr. Anthony Fauci saw his "worst nightmare" realized. Now, a different worry keeps him up at night: that humanity will forget the lessons learned.That's the crux of a new editorial penned by Fauci, who became a household name in 2020 after quietly leading the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for nearly four decades.Those years saw many challenges, including the HIV/AIDS crisis. Yet the thing that persistently kept him up at night, Fauci says, was the threat of a deadly pandemic caused by a virus that spreads through the air. When that threat turned into a reality in 2020, that was the "nightmare."Now a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Fauci no longer has "pandemic...

Living Alone Raises Americans' Cancer Risk by Nearly a Third

19 October 2023
Living Alone Raises Americans` Cancer Risk by Nearly a ThirdTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People who live alone have a greater risk of dying from cancer, a new study warns.Researchers from the American Cancer Society showed that U.S. adults who live alone had a 32% higher risk of cancer death than those who live with others. For men that was even higher, at 38% greater risk, while women living alone had a 30% higher risk. The data was particularly concerning for middle-aged adults, those ages 45 to 64, who had a 43% higher risk of cancer death than those living with others.“Previous studies have shown an association between living alone and cancer mortality, but findings by sex and race/ethnicity have generally been inconsistent, and data by socioeconomic status are sparse,” said study author Hyunjung Lee, principal scientist...

Amazon to Test Drones to Deliver Prescriptions to Your Door

19 October 2023
Amazon to Test Drones to Deliver Prescriptions to Your DoorTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Soon, you may be able to step out on your front porch and wait for your prescription medication to drop from the sky. On Wednesday, Amazon Pharmacy announced that it is starting to test speedy prescription drug delivery by drones in selected locations.“We’re taught from the first days of medical school that there is a golden window that matters in clinical medicine,” Dr. Vin Gupta, chief medical officer of Amazon Pharmacy, said in a company news release. “That’s the time between when a patient feels unwell and when they’re able to get treatment. We’re working hard at Amazon to dramatically narrow the golden window from diagnosis to treatment, and drone delivery marks a significant step forward. Whether it’s an infectious...

Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down Syndrome Live Longer

19 October 2023
Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down Syndrome Live LongerTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with Down syndrome have a critical lifeline in Medicaid insurance, new research confirms.But the publicly funded insurance program will have to respond to rising numbers of older adults with Down syndrome, researchers say.“As more people with Down syndrome survive to older ages, the Medicaid system needs to be ready to serve this population with tailored, sensitive, and comprehensive care,” study co-author Eric Rubenstein, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said in a school news release.The study authors noted that life expectancy has increased substantially for people in the United States who have Down syndrome, from a median age of 4 years old in the 1950s to 57 years old in...

Extra Antibiotic With Hip, Knee Replacement Won't...

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people undergo joint replacement surgery every year. To prevent infection, doctors often give them a second antibiotic -- but new research...

Telemedicine Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Telehealth may be a powerful way to get people with opioid use disorder to take -- and stay on -- medication to treat their addiction.Researchers report...
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