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Playing Video Games May Boost Kids IQ, Study Finds

Children who play video games more than average may experience a boost in their IQ more than average, researchers say.

HealthDay Now: Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Mothers Hardest

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong will be joined by Stacey D. Stewart, the president & CEO of March of Dimes, and Dr. Chereena Walker, a hospitalist and mother of two from Missouri who experienced severe complications during her pregnancies. Stewart and Walker will discuss the risks that pregnant women — particularly women of color — face in the United States.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Prevent Acne, New Study Finds

Researchers say acne patients often have low levels of Omega-3s, which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

22 May
Spring's Double Trouble: Asthma Plus Seasonal Allergies

Spring's Double Trouble: Asthma Plus Seasonal Allergies

If you have both asthma and seasonal allergies, there are ways to reduce the impacts of that double whammy, an expert says.

People with asthma, a chronic lung condition, should try to control or prevent allergic outbreaks, said Dr. Miranda Curtiss, an assistant professor...

21 May
It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's a good idea to get children outside every day, but especially on Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play on May 21.

"Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, outdoor time and nature exploration are safe for most kids," pediatrician Dr. Danette Glassy said...

20 May
Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

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 th...

20 May
Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

FRIDAY, 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 percent...

20 May
AHA News: She Was a Prime Candidate for a Heart Attack, If Only She'd Realized It

AHA News: She Was a Prime Candidate for a Heart Attack, If Only She'd Realized It

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...

20 May
Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

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, ...

20 May
Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

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 th...

20 May
Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

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," ...

20 May
Restful Night's Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women

Restful Night's Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women

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...

20 May
How Long Do Teeth Survive After Root Canal?

How Long Do Teeth Survive After Root Canal?

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 cavities or other problems, but the tooth eventually becomes brittle and dies. To learn more about just how long t...

20 May
C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in Childhood

C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in Childhood

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 common, but can put new mothers at increased of infection, so they're given preventative antibiotics.

"Matern...

20 May
Could Eye Trouble Bring Lower Scores on Seniors' Thinking Tests?

Could Eye Trouble Bring Lower Scores on Seniors' Thinking Tests?

Poor eyesight makes it harder to read and easier to trip. But it can also lead to a misdiagnosis of mild mental decline in older people, according to a new, small study.

That can happen if someone's thinking abilities are assessed using vision-dependent tests, researche...

19 May
CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds.

The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Ro...

19 May
Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan for...

19 May
Two-Drug Inhaler Could Reduce Asthma Attacks

Two-Drug Inhaler Could Reduce Asthma Attacks

Two drugs are better than one when it comes to stopping asthma attacks in progress, a new clinical trial has found.

The study, of more than 3,100 asthma patients, found that a two-drug "rescue" inhaler worked better than a standard inhaler in thwarting severe asthma exac...

19 May
Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

A new report on how Black Americans are faring against cancer offers up a decidedly mixed picture.

The risk that a Black man or woman in America will die from cancer has steadily declined over the last two decades, the newly published research found.

Unfortunately,...

19 May
AHA News: Falls Can Be a Serious, Poorly Understood Threat to People With Heart Disease

AHA News: Falls Can Be a Serious, Poorly Understood Threat to People With Heart Disease

Falls pose a major risk to people with heart problems, and health experts need to do more to understand and prevent the danger, a new report says.

"Falls are very common," said Dr. Sarah Goodlin, senior author of the scientific statement from the American Heart Associati...

19 May
U.S. Hospitals Are Facing Shortage of Dye Needed for Life-Saving Scans

U.S. Hospitals Are Facing Shortage of Dye Needed for Life-Saving Scans

U.S. hospitals are running low on contrast dye injected into patients undergoing enhanced X-rays, CT scans and MRIs.

The fluid, which makes the routine but potentially life-saving scans readable, helps doctors identify clots in the heart and brain. The shortage is expect...

19 May
U.S. Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Keep Rising: CDC

U.S. Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Keep Rising: CDC

The number of American children affected by acute hepatitis of unknown cause continues to grow, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

So far, the agency's investigation has spotted 180 pediatric cases in 36 states and territories over the...

19 May
1 in 3 Americans Now Live in Areas Where Indoor Masks Advised, CDC Says

1 in 3 Americans Now Live in Areas Where Indoor Masks Advised, CDC Says

Masks may not be required, but Americans should consider wearing one anyway if they live in an area where COVID-19 case numbers are high, federal health officials said Wednesday.

That advice currently applies to about one-third of Americans, all of whom now live in area...

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