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One-Third of Americans With Arthritis Get No Exercise

One-Third of Americans With Arthritis Get No ExerciseTHURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many American arthritis sufferers aren't getting any exercise despite its benefits for reducing pain and improving their quality of life, new research shows.Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults with arthritis engaged in physical activity in the past month, most often walking, according to a new data analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were drawn from national health surveys from 2016 through 2018."With 33% of U.S. adults with arthritis who are not physically active, there is still room for public health action," said lead researcher Dana Guglielmo of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.And that action starts with frank talk between arthritis patients and their...

More Than Half of COVID-19 Survivors Will Get 'Long COVID'

14 October 2021
More Than Half of COVID-19 Survivors Will Get `Long COVID`THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term symptoms of coronavirus infection, known as 'long COVID,' affects more than half of COVID-19 survivors, and health care systems should be prepared to treat them, researchers say.So far, 236 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and many have had lingering physical and mental health problems for six months or longer."The burden of poor health in COVID-19 survivors is overwhelming," said study author Dr. Paddy Ssentongo, an assistant research professor at the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering in University Park, Penn. "Among these are the mental health disorders. One's battle with COVID doesn't end with recovery from the acute infection."To learn more, the researchers reviewed 57 studies that included...

FDA Warns Against Using At-Home Dermal Filler 'Pens'

14 October 2021
FDA Warns Against Using At-Home Dermal Filler `Pens` THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Plumped-up lips, wrinkle-free foreheads -- they're all part of the promise of dermal fillers, most reliably received at a cosmetic surgeon's clinic.But cheaper, unapproved "at home" dermal filler pens, bought without a prescription, are another much more dangerous option, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These pen devices use high pressure to force dermal filler into the body without a needle."The FDA's priority is protecting patients, who may not be aware of the serious adverse events that have been reported in connection with their use, such as permanent damage to the skin, lips and eyes," Dr. Binita Ashar said in an agency news release. She directs the Office of Surgical and Infection Control Devices in FDA's Center...

Kids Can Carry High, Infectious Levels of COVID Coronavirus

14 October 2021
Kids Can Carry High, Infectious Levels of COVID CoronavirusTHURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) – From newborns to new adults, young people who get COVID-19 can carry high levels of the virus and spread it to others even if they show no symptoms.That's the takeaway from a study of 110 people between 2 weeks and 21 years of age who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection.Researchers found that infants, children and teens were equally capable of carrying high levels of live, replicating COVID virus in their respiratory secretions."There had been the question about whether the high viral load in children correlated with the live virus," said study co-author Dr. Lael Yonker, a pediatric pulmonologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "We've been able to provide a definitive answer that these high viral loads are infectious."That...

Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

14 October 2021
Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic forced a significant shift to telemedicine treatment for addiction, but it's not clear whether that approach is better than in-person care, a new study finds.Before the pandemic, addiction treatment services in the United States had many restrictions on telemedicine use, so only about 27% of addiction facilities offered telehealth services, while telehealth was used in just 0.1% of addiction treatment visits.Many of those restrictions were eased by state and federal agencies during the pandemic so that patients could still access treatment, triggering rapid growth in telehealth use. Now, the big question is, which of those restriction changes should be kept. To examine the issue, the researchers reviewed eight...

Climate Change Could Bring Rising Obesity Rates

14 October 2021
Climate Change Could Bring Rising Obesity RatesTHURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- You can add obesity and its related health risks to the long list of threats posed by climate change, researchers report.In a new review, researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia outlined the association between climate change and obesity.As global temperatures increase, people may become less physically active and less able to burn excess fat, putting them at increased risk of being overweight or obese.In turn, that could lead to greater emissions of climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions as overweight and obese people make greater use of fossil fuel-burning transportation such as cars instead of physically active ways of getting around such as walking or cycling.One of the health consequences of being overweight or...

FDA Questions Strength of Johnson & Johnson's Booster Shot Data

13 October 2021
FDA Questions Strength of Johnson & Johnson`s Booster Shot DataWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In a development that could mean Johnson & Johnson might encounter resistance over its application for authorization of a booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine, a new analysis filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday suggests the company's evidence may not be strong enough for approval.A key test used by the company to measure immune response from a booster shot six months after the original shot was likely not sensitive enough, according to the FDA analysis. The agency also questioned whether the boost in immune response was as big as the data suggested."It is likely that the results seen are due to the low sensitivity of the psVNA assay used," the agency stated in its report.Also, the agency said that it didn't have...

Another Study Suggests Too Much Fish Oil Could Trigger A-Fib

13 October 2021
Another Study Suggests Too Much Fish Oil Could Trigger A-FibWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A new study confirms that fish oil supplements may raise the risk of a common heart-rhythm disorder -- particularly when doses top 1 gram per day.At issue are medications and supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally found in fish oil.Fish is considered a generally heart-healthy food, but some studies have linked omega-3 in capsule form to an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, or a-fib.In a-fib, the heart's upper chambers quiver chaotically instead of contracting effectively. It is not immediately life-threatening, but over time it can lead to complications such as heart failure or stroke.But while some studies have found a heightened risk of a-fib among omega-3 users, others have not, said Dr. Christine Albert, a...

FDA Reduces Recommended Salt Levels in Americans' Food

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it is lowering the recommended levels of sodium in processed, packaged and prepared...

Testosterone Levels Matter for Men's, Women's Sex Lives

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- What launches guys on serial sexual conquests and prompts solo activity among women?It's testosterone, of course. As the primary male sex hormone, it...

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