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Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe ContinuesFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who've developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday."The evidence is accumulating that there's a role for adenovirus, particularly adenovirus 41," Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC's deputy director for infectious diseases, said in a Friday media briefing. "The exact role that it plays, I think, is where we're really wanting to focus the investigation." Adenoviruses are a common form of virus that can cause everything from colds to bronchitis to pinkeye, according to the CDC.One more U.S. death related to pediatric hepatitis was reported on Thursday, Butler said, raising...

Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

20 May 2022
Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. TeensFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. teenagers are vaping marijuana -- a habit that in some ways may be more risky than old-fashioned pot smoking, a new study finds.Researchers found that between 2017 and 2019, the percentage of teens who reported any marijuana use in the past month ticked upward slightly -- from 13.9% to 15.4%.What really changed, the study found, was how kids were using the drug. There was a sharp increase in vaping, while traditional marijuana smoking declined.The percentage of kids who said they vaped marijuana "frequently" -- at least once a week -- more than doubled, from 2.1% to 5.4%. Occasional use (one to six times a month) rose to a similar degree.At the same time, the proportion of kids who smoke marijuana declined. In essence,...

AHA News: She Was a Prime Candidate for a Heart Attack,...

20 May 2022
AHA News: She Was a Prime Candidate for a Heart Attack, If Only She`d Realized ItFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Just a few days after Dottie Lewis and her husband, Wayne, returned from vacation to their home in Plymouth, Massachusetts, she started feeling poorly.This was 2019, a year before COVID-19 shut down travel and before face masks on planes. Dottie often caught a bug while flying. She figured it had happened again.Dottie was looking forward to feeling better so she could rejoin her group of fitness friends. They met four times a week to exercise. Dottie also did yoga, Pilates and water aerobics. At 61, she was one of the younger people in her group.She admits that at 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds, she needed to lose weight. But couldn't everyone, she thought?After a few days with a sinus infection and what felt like a migraine, Dottie...

Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

20 May 2022
Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for BillionsFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who's tried to sleep on a hot summer night knows how hard it is to nod off when the mercury is rising.So it's no surprise that global warming is likely to cost people more and more shut-eye as temperatures around the world rise.By the end of this century, individuals could be subjected to at least two weeks of short sleep each year due to high temperatures driven by global warming, a new study projects. The findings were published May 20 in the journal One Earth.It's even worse for certain vulnerable groups, particularly older folks, said lead author Kelton Minor, who did the research as a doctoral student in planetary social and behavioral data science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark."The estimated sleep loss per degree of...

Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

20 May 2022
Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula RulesFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the Senate on Thursday and by the House on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.Families in WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) receive vouchers that they redeem for specific foods, but the vouchers are typically limited to one brand of infant formula. The bill will allow them to buy any brand of formula that is available."Now, millions of parents will have an easier time finding the...

Playing Video Games May Boost Kids IQ, Study Finds

20 May 2022


Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

20 May 2022
Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With AgeFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia risk factors appear to shift with age, and experts say knowing that could help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing the disease."Dementia is a complicated disease and risk prediction scores need to be tailored to the individual," said Emer McGrath of the National University of Ireland Galway, lead author of a new study. "Our findings support the use of age-specific risk prediction scores for dementia instead of a one-size-fits-all approach."For the study, the researchers analyzed data collected from nearly 4,900 Americans enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study. The participants were followed from roughly age 55 to 80, and were tracked from age 65 to see who developed dementia.Participants who had diabetes...

Restful Night's Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women

20 May 2022
Restful Night`s Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For many women, having it all may mean forgoing a decent night's sleep.Women in the United States are less likely to get a good night's sleep and more likely to report daytime sleepiness than men, a new survey shows. The online poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found that women are 1.5 times more likely than men to rarely or never wake up feeling well-rested — 32% versus 21%. Also, sleepiness affects the daily activities of 81% of women, compared with 74% of men. The survey, commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), was conducted from Feb. 17 to 24. "There's an incredible amount of pressure that some women feel — the need to work, manage a household and raise children, all with a smile. Sometimes, we need to put away...

How Long Do Teeth Survive After Root Canal?

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you've had a root canal, you can expect your tooth to survive for about 11 years, researchers say.For a time, root canals can maintain teeth affected by...

C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in Childhood

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Giving antibiotics to a woman just before a cesarean delivery does not increase her baby's risk of asthma or eczema, a new British study says.C-section is...
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