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AHA News: Strokes in the Spine Are Rare – But Dangerous

TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Weighing in at about the same as when he graduated high school, Brian Muscarella, 62, eats a healthy diet and enjoys plenty of physical activity. Indeed, he has completed the New York City Marathon four times. But at 53, Muscarella's life changed dramatically when he had a spinal stroke, which accounts for just over 1% of all strokes. "I had great blood work, I was in shape, and I didn't have any other basic signals that a stroke could happen," said Muscarella, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Those signals, or risk factors, include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol and a lack of physical activity. Like brain strokes, spinal strokes are...

Banishing Pandemic Worries for a Good Night's Sleep

26 May 2020
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If anxiety and fear about COVID-19 are keeping you awake, rest assured: Adopting a few easy-to-follow habits will help you get a good night's sleep. "Now more than ever, we need to get good sleep," said Dr. Amy Guralnick, a pulmonologist at Loyola Medicine in Chicago. "Sleep can help our immune system function at its best. Getting a good night's sleep also helps us to think clearly and to problem-solve better." And, she added, too little sleep can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. So what can you do to get more -- and better -- Zzzzzzz's? Make a sleep schedule and follow a routine, Guralnick advised. "Having a daily, fixed wake up time is the most important part of the schedule," she said. In the hours before...

Getting Back to Work Safely After Lockdown

26 May 2020
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With businesses beginning to reopen, the National Safety Council (NSC) has tips for doing it right. "We hope these universal actions, the detailed playbooks and the recommendations within them will help employers safely navigate reopening operations while prioritizing employees' rights to safe work environments," said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. Here are top tips for employers: Phase in the return to work, taking into account risk and exposure levels. Disinfect before workers return and make changes to allow for physical distancing. Screen the health of all employees. Have a plan to deal with sick employees, and encourage behaviors for hygiene and infection control. Follow proper contact tracing steps if workers get...

Dirty City Air Might Raise MS Risk

26 May 2020
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution might increase the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), Italian researchers report. They found that in places with low levels of tiny particles of air pollution called particulate matter, the risk for MS was lower than in areas where those levels were high. In urban areas, the risk was 29% higher than in rural areas. "Our findings show that the prevalence of MS is lower where particulate matter concentrations are lower, suggesting that air pollution could be one of the risk factors for multiple sclerosis," said lead researcher Dr. Roberto Bergamaschi, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the IRCCS Mondino Foundation in Pavia. Bergamaschi emphasized that this study doesn't prove air pollution causes MS, only that there...

WHO Halts Testing of Drug That President Trump Has Embraced

26 May 2020
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Safety concerns over a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted as a coronavirus treatment prompted the World Health Organization on Monday to remove the medication from a global trial of potential COVID-19 therapies. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the international health agency's director-general, said the WHO decided to take a "pause" in testing hydroxychloroquine after a study published last week in The Lancet medical journal found people who took the drug were more likely to die, The New York Times reported. Several other studies have found the medication has no benefit and could possibly harm COVID-19 patients. Still, Trump said on Sunday he had just finished taking a two-week course of the malaria drug to guard against...

Physical Jobs Tied to More Sick Leave, Earlier Retirement

25 May 2020
MONDAY, May 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People with physically demanding jobs take more sick leave. They also have higher unemployment rates and shorter work lives, a new Danish study finds. "This study showed that high physical work demands are a marked risk factor for a shortened expected working life and increased years of sickness absence and unemployment," study co-author Lars Andersen and colleagues wrote. Andersen is with the National Research Center for the Working Environment in Copenhagen. For the study, the researchers looked at people ages 30, 40 and 50 in Denmark who had a job as of November 2013. The investigators examined their periods of sick leave, unemployment and disability pension payments until 2017. More men than women had physically demanding jobs, such as...

Child's Cancer Doesn't Raise Parents' Divorce Risk, Curb Plans for More Kids: Study

25 May 2020
MONDAY, May 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Having a child with cancer doesn't appear to affect parents' risk of splitting up or their plans to have more kids. That's the conclusion of a Danish study that compared more than 12,400 parents of children diagnosed with cancer between 1982 and 2014 to nearly 70,000 parents whose kids were cancer-free. Parents were followed until 10 years after a child's cancer diagnosis -- or until their separation, divorce, death, emigration or the end of 2017, whichever came first. Overall, parents of children with cancer had a 4% lower risk of separation and 8% lower risk of divorce than the other parents, the study found. For parents of kids with cancer, those who were younger, had less education or were unemployed were more likely to separate or...

As Summer Starts, Sun Safety Slashes Skin Cancer Risk

25 May 2020
MONDAY, May 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With many beaches and parks opening in time for Memorial Day, the American Cancer Society is reminding people to practice sun safety. Overexposing yourself to the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States, with almost 5.5 million cases each year. That's more than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers combined. "COVID-19 has forced Americans to remain indoors, and many people are anxious to get back to outdoor activities with some stay-at-home orders being lifted," said Dr. Laura Makaroff, senior vice president of prevention and early detection at the American Cancer Society (ACS). "As more people get outside, practicing social distancing and avoiding crowded areas is still very important...

Sure-Fire Solutions for Managing Lockdown Temper Tantrums

SUNDAY, May 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- After weeks of confinement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, kids, teens and grownups alike are probably getting on one another's nerves big time by...

Remdesivir Will Not Be Enough to Curb COVID-19, Study Finds

SATURDAY, May 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There have been high hopes that the antiviral drug remdesivir might be an answer to the pandemic of COVID-19. But a major, new study finds the drug on...

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