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2023

Medical Groups Issue Consensus Definition of Brain Death

Medical Groups Issue Consensus Definition of Brain DeathTHURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new guideline from four leading medical organizations should help doctors determine if someone is brain dead.“Until now, there have been two separate guidelines for determining brain death, one for adults and one for children,” said author Dr. Matthew Kirschen, a critical care physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.“This update integrates guidance for adults and children into a single guideline, providing clinicians with a comprehensive and practical way to evaluate someone who has sustained a catastrophic brain injury to determine if they meet the criteria for brain death,” Kirschen said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).The guidance was jointly crafted by the AAN, the American Academy...

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: What Every Parent Needs to...

12 October 2023
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: What Every Parent Needs to Know About This Common IllnessTHURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) - Hand, foot and mouth disease is an infectious disease that’s highly contagious. Common in children, it spreads quickly at day care centers and schools.This guide will tell you what you need to know about hand, foot and mouth disease, its symptoms, causes, stages and treatment.What is hand, foot and mouth disease?Hand, foot and mouth disease is an illness caused by a very contagious virus that can be passed along before a person is aware he or she is infected.While hand, foot and mouth disease in adults is rare, it can happen, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Hand, foot and mouth disease in children under 10 is far more common.Is hand, foot and mouth disease contagious?Be aware that hand, foot and mouth disease is easily transmitted from...

Hispanics With Kidney Disease Face Higher Risk for...

12 October 2023
Hispanics With Kidney Disease Face Higher Risk for Cardiac ArrestTHURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic folks with chronic kidney disease should have early heart health screenings, new research suggests, because they’re at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest.A team from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles discovered this while working to learn about possible causes for the heart unexpectedly stopping.“Because people who experience sudden cardiac arrest have a survival rate of less than 10%, prevention is extremely important,” said study author Kyndaron Reinier, associate director of epidemiology in the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention at the Smidt Heart Institute.“This study highlights the importance for Hispanic and Latino individuals with chronic kidney disease to understand their risk of sudden...

Some Antidepressants Take Weeks to Kick In, and...

12 October 2023
Some Antidepressants Take Weeks to Kick In, and Scientists May Now Know WhyTHURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most folks know that certain antidepressants have to be taken for a few weeks before people start seeing improvement, and now a new study sheds light on that delay.Scientists have discovered this is because of physical changes in the brain that unfold over those first few weeks of using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and lead to greater brain plasticity.SSRIs include a range of common antidepressants such as Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro and Zoloft.“The delay in therapeutic action of antidepressants has been a puzzle to psychiatrists ever since they were first discerned over 50 years ago. So, these new data in humans that use cutting-edge brain imaging to demonstrate an increase in brain connections developing over the...

Older Black Americans Hit Hardest by Disability

11 October 2023
Older Black Americans Hit Hardest by DisabilityWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most older adults want to spend their final days in the peace of their own home, but new research finds that Black Americans are far more likely to fall short of that goal.Why? Because Black adults are much more likely than white adults to develop the kind of disability that will preclude them from being able to age in place.The finding stems from a new survey that gathered information between January and February of 2022 from nearly 2,300 Americans aged 50 to 80.“We found that almost one-third of our survey participants reported that they had a disability,” said study lead author Sheria Robinson-Lane. She is an assistant professor in the department of systems, populations and leadership with the University of Michigan's School of...

Climate Change Will Harm Children's Mental Health: Report

11 October 2023
Climate Change Will Harm Children`s Mental Health: ReportWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Raging wildfires, droughts, floods and record-breaking heat brought on by climate change are taking a toll on kids’ already fragile mental health.This is the main message from a new report by the American Psychological Association and the climate advocacy organization ecoAmerica. These effects may start before kids are born and worsen with age, and are on top of other known stressors such as COVID-19, war and gun violence. What’s more, certain groups of children are even more hard-hit by the mental health effects of climate change due to poverty, racism, disability and other factors. Climate change affects mental health directly and indirectly, said report co-author Christie Manning, of Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn. She is the...

Renters May Age Faster Than Homeowners, Study Finds

11 October 2023
Renters May Age Faster Than Homeowners, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Renting a home, rather than owning it outright, may speed up the body's aging process, a new study suggests.Researchers found that when compared with people who owned their home outright (no mortgage), those who rented showed signs of faster "biological aging" — which meant their body cells and tissues were a bit "older."On average, the impact was equivalent to just a small fraction of a year of aging. Even so, the study found, that was greater than the effects of being unemployed or being a former smoker.In addition, the link was specifically seen among people who rented privately — not those in public housing.While that might seem puzzling, the researchers said it makes sense: At least in the United Kingdom, where the study was...

Narcolepsy Drug Might Be New Treatment Option for ADHD

11 October 2023
Narcolepsy Drug Might Be New Treatment Option for ADHDWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A medication already approved for excessive daytime sleepiness may help ease attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in adults who aren’t getting relief from available treatments, according to a small pilot study.Solriamfetol is a nonstimulant drug that is approved for sleepiness caused by narcolepsy (sudden sleep attacks) and obstructive sleep apnea (marked by breathing lapses during sleep). “The pilot study is very promising, but more research is needed before this medication can be recommended or approved for adults with ADHD,” said study author Dr. Craig Surman. He is the director of the clinical and research program for adult ADHD at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of psychiatry at...

Olympic Legend Mary Lou Retton Battling Rare Form of...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Olympic icon Mary Lou Retton -- the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in women's gymnastics -- is in intensive care with a rare...

Job Worries Are Keeping Americans Awake at Night: Survey

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are losing sleep over worries about money, a new survey reveals.The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) polled about 2,000 U.S. adults,...
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