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2022

Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You're Far From Alone, Survey Finds

Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You`re Far From Alone, Survey FindsTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you struggle to fall asleep at night, you are not alone. About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them fall asleep or stay asleep."Chronic insomnia is a dangerous public health problem," said Jennifer Martin, a licensed clinical psychologist and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). "When left untreated, chronic insomnia can lead to a range of long-term health issues, including depression, Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes and more, and can impact nearly every aspect of your life," Martin said an AASM news release.To mark the "shortest night of the year," June 21, AASM took the covers off a new survey about insomnia. It included 2,010...

Pets Have Helped People With HIV Through Two Pandemics

23 June 2022
Pets Have Helped People With HIV Through Two PandemicsTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pets have helped people weather both the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics, a survey of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors shows."The underlying question in our minds has always been: What role do pets play for people who are so isolated and suffering so much stigma?" said study leader Lynette Hart, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis.She and her colleagues surveyed close to 150 people across the United States who got the HIV/AIDS virus before 1996. Most were men.Respondents said they felt far more grief, isolation and stigma during the AIDS pandemic than during the COVID pandemic. And older men were able to cope better during COVID, especially if they had a dog, according to findings recently published in the...

FDA to Ban Juul E-Cigarettes From U.S. Markets

22 June 2022
FDA to Ban Juul E-Cigarettes From U.S. MarketsWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to pull Juul Lab's e-cigarettes off the American market.The decision, which follows a two-year review of reams of data presented by the vaping company, could come as early as Wednesday, sources told the Wall Street Journal.The FDA has already banned the sale of fruit-flavored e-cigarettes after critics claimed the products targeted teens. Regulators have since been reviewing thousands of applications for vaping products after tightening their oversight of the electronic cigarette market.Juul had no immediate comment, WSJ reported. The company can challenge the expected ruling one of three ways: appeal the decision through the FDA; file a challenge in court, or file a revised application for its...

CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men...

22 June 2022
CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men in FloridaWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- One of the worst meningitis outbreaks in U.S. history has prompted public health officials to urge gay and bisexual men who live in Florida or plan to visit the state to get vaccinated right away.Twenty-four cases of meningitis (meningococcal disease) and seven deaths among gay and bisexual men are under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Public Health. Officials said it was among the worst outbreaks ever among this group."Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease is the best way to prevent this serious illness, which can quickly become deadly," said Dr. José Romero, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "Because of the outbreak in...

Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: Study

22 June 2022
Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: StudyWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Breathing in air pollution can lead to toxic particles entering the brain -- and not just through the nose. New research suggests they have a direct pathway through the bloodstream, potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage. "There are gaps in our knowledge around the harmful effects of airborne fine particles on the central nervous system. This work sheds new light on the link between inhaling particles and how they subsequently move around the body," said study co-author Iseult Lynch, a professor at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom."The data suggests that up to eight times the number of fine particles may reach the brain by traveling, via the bloodstream, from the lungs than pass directly via the...

New Guidelines Have Some Stroke Patients Dropping Aspirin. That Could Be Dangerous

22 June 2022
New Guidelines Have Some Stroke Patients Dropping Aspirin. That Could Be DangerousWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- After decades where millions of Americans who were at risk for cardiovascular trouble were told a daily low-dose aspirin would guard against strokes and heart attacks, new guidelines issued this spring recommend that the strategy is not worth the bleeding risks in those over 60.That's been plenty confusing for patients who aren't sure what is the safest course forward.Diane Manzella, a Southern California resident, is among them. Manzella, now 80, had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), often called a "mini stroke," about 20 years ago. These attacks can be a harbinger of a future major stroke. Then she had a second TIA last month -- after stopping her daily dose of aspirin several months ago.Experts at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles have heard...

No Change in Recent Decades in Infertility Rate for Women

22 June 2022
No Change in Recent Decades in Infertility Rate for WomenWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- After years of decline, infertility rates among U.S. women have held steady in the past decade or so, a new study finds.The reasons behind the stall are unclear. But researchers said rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and unequal access to reproductive health care could be factors.The study found that from 2006 to 2019, infertility rates among U.S. women aged 15 to 44 fluctuated between roughly 6% and 8%.That's in contrast to prior years, which saw a trend of declining infertility rates nationally, despite the fact that more women were delaying childbirth."Infertility is still an issue for women in the U.S. It has not gone away," said Dr. Maria Trent, the senior researcher on the study and a professor at Johns Hopkins University...

Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer's Risk That Scammers Love

22 June 2022
Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer`s Risk That Scammers LoveWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Could the way a senior handles his or her money offer clues about their risk for Alzheimer's disease?Yes, according to a new study involving dozens of elderly men and women that found a higher likelihood to give away money to anonymous individuals correlated with a poorer performance on the kinds of tests that screen for dementia.The study did not, however, assess the mental state of seniors who might decide to more freely donate to a recognized charitable cause, stressed lead researcher Gali Weissberger, who conducted her work while a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. She is now a senior lecturer with the interdisciplinary department of social sciences at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat...

U.S. HPV Vaccination Rates Rising, Even Among Boys

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More and more of America's teens are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), new research indicates.Between 2015 and 2020, the...

Tiny Mites Are Feeding on Your Skin, But for How Long?

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It's an icky truth: Everyone has millions of tiny mites living and mating on their skin.Not to worry, though -- Demodex folliculorum skin mites...
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