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Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer's Risk

Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer`s RiskTHURSDAY, June 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men, and a new study shows that certain brain changes known to increase this risk may accrue during menopause.Women who have gone through menopause have more white matter hyperintensities in their brains than premenopausal women or men of the same age, researchers found. These are tiny lesions seen on brain scans that are linked to an increased risk of cerebral small vessel diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer's disease and problems with thinking and memory."At a younger age, on average, there are no discernible differences between men and women, [but] older women have more of these abnormalities than men of similar age, and this gap occurs around menopause and widens thereafter,"...

Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

30 June 2022
Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety THURSDAY, June 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. parents don't take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries, claims a new survey released just ahead of the Fourth of July. The poll of more than 2,000 parents of children ages 3-18 was conducted this spring and found that more than half said someone in their family or neighborhood set off fireworks in the past two years. Only 1 in 5 said children stayed at least 100 feet away from where fireworks were being set off, and one-third said their children or teens helped set off fireworks in the past two years.One in 5 parents said they’d allow their child 10 or younger to help set off fireworks, a third said they'd let youngsters ages 11-15 do so, and more than a quarter said they'd...

Safer Roadways Could Save 540,000 Lives a Year Worldwide

30 June 2022
Safer Roadways Could Save 540,000 Lives a Year WorldwideTHURSDAY, June 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic accidents kill about 1.35 million people around the world each year.As the United Nations convenes a meeting on global road safety, new research suggests that if nations focused on key safety measures, about 540,000 lives a year could be saved."The death toll from traffic injuries around the world is far too high," said study author Dr. Adnan Hyder, a professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. "Despite a United Nations goal to reduce this heavy burden, people everywhere continue to be at great risk of injury and death unless current road traffic strategies are changed to put protections in place," he said in a university news release.In papers and a commentary...

Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

29 June 2022
Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA WarnsWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, the agency said in its news release.The neck floats can increase the risk of neck strain and injury, according to the agency. "The FDA is aware that some manufacturers are claiming these products support water therapy interventions in babies with developmental delays or special needs and that the benefits of these products include increased muscle tone, greater flexibility and range of...

Staffing Shortages Have U.S. Nursing Homes in Crisis

29 June 2022
Staffing Shortages Have U.S. Nursing Homes in CrisisWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- There's a shortage of nursing home beds for the elderly in America due to a severe staffing crisis that has caused long-term care facilities to cut back on new admissions, new research shows.Three out of five nursing homes (61%) have limited new admissions due to staffing shortages, according to a survey conducted by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) of 759 nursing home providers.And nearly three out of four (73%) are concerned that they’ll have to close their facilities over staffing problems, the survey found."We project that more than 400 nursing homes could close this year due to this workforce and economic crisis," said Beth Martino, senior vice president of public affairs for the...

First Major League Soccer Player Is Diagnosed With CTE

29 June 2022
First Major League Soccer Player Is Diagnosed With CTEWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When former professional Major League Soccer (MLS) player Scott Vermillion died at age 44, he had stage 2 CTE, his family announced Tuesday. He is the first former MLS player diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Vermillion died from an accidental overdose in December 2020."This disease destroys families, and not just football families," said Dave Vermillion, Scott's father. "We want others to realize this can happen to anyone who is exposed to repetitive head trauma because we didn't even consider CTE when my son was struggling."The family released the findings from Vermillion's brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) to help raise awareness about CTE in soccer. Boston University CTE Center researchers...

AHA News: Sleep Joins Revamped List of Heart Health Essentials

29 June 2022
AHA News: Sleep Joins Revamped List of Heart Health EssentialsWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Proper sleep is essential, and a widely used scoring system for heart and brain health is being redefined to reflect that.Since 2010, the American Heart Association has said seven modifiable components – maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, being physically active, eating a healthy diet and controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar – were key to ideal cardiovascular health.Those components, dubbed Life's Simple 7, became a common way for doctors and patients to rate and discuss heart and brain health. It's also been a key research tool, used in more than 2,500 scientific papers.Sleep duration joins those seven original metrics in a revised scoring tool, now called Life's Essential 8, which published...

Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

29 June 2022
Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer`s?WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A yearly flu shot may do more than protect you from a nasty bout of influenza: New research suggests it may help guard against Alzheimer’s disease as well.People who were vaccinated at least once over four years were 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s during that period, the study found."It might be that by preventing the infection or reducing the severity of infection, we're mitigating the damage that influenza can cause in the brain, especially in those 65 and older," said lead author Dr. Avram Bukhbinder, a resident in the Division of Child Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston."An interesting piece of this puzzle is that it's not just the influenza vaccine that seems to have this protective effect on Alzheimer's...

Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends...

Could Llamas Hold the Key to Fighting COVID-19?

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Llamas are more than beautiful creatures -- they could also help protect humans from COVID-19 and a large array of similar viruses. Contained in their...
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