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Suppressing Negative Thoughts May Be Good for Your Mental Health, Study Finds

New research finds suppressing negative thoughts and fears helps make them less vivid and reduces depression, anxiety, and worry.

ChatGPT Diagnoses Patients ‘Like a Human Doctor,’ Study Finds

A new study suggests ChatGPT performs as well as doctors in diagnosing emergency department patients and may shorten hospital wait times.

Morning Exercise May Be Best for Weight Control, New Study Finds

Moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning benefits both weight management and health outcomes, new research shows.

24 Sep
How to Care for a New Body Piercing

How to Care for a New Body Piercing

Piercings can be a fun way to express yourself, but they can also cause complications — particularly in areas that aren’t the earlobes — and need proper care.

“The first step to caring for your piercing is choosing a qualified piercer,” said Dr. Steven Daveluy,...

23 Sep
Talking to a Loved One Battling Substance Abuse: Staying Positive Is Key

Talking to a Loved One Battling Substance Abuse: Staying Positive Is Key

A conversation with a family member or loved one struggling with addiction can be the catalyst for getting help.

But it’s important to choose your words carefully when discussing possible addiction to controlled substances with your loved one, said Dr. Aleksandra Zgier...

22 Sep
RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Help Shield Newborns Receives Full U.S. Approval

RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Help Shield Newborns Receives Full U.S. Approval

Women may soon have a vaccine they can take during a pregnancy to help protect their newborn from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Following approval one month ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday also a...

22 Sep
Many Americans Frustrated in Search for Low-Cost COVID Boosters

Many Americans Frustrated in Search for Low-Cost COVID Boosters

Americans seeking out the new COVID boosters are finding themselves held back by insurance entanglements and supply delays.

Some insurers have balked at covering the vaccines, with people arriving at shot appointments only to be told that they’ll have to pay $100 or mo...

22 Sep
In 22 U.S. States, More Than a Third of Adults Are Now Obese

In 22 U.S. States, More Than a Third of Adults Are Now Obese

Obesity is on the rise across the United States.

In 22 states, 35% of adults or more were obese last year, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

Just 10 years ago, there were no states that had obesity rates at or above 35%.

22 Sep
Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking Hazard

Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking Hazard

Kraft Heinz said it is recalling over 83,000 packs of its Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices because of a packaging defect in the plastic that wraps the cheese slices.

A temporary issue developed on one of the wrapping machines, making it possible for a thin ...

22 Sep
Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Crises Rise When School Term Begins

Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Crises Rise When School Term Begins

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While the start of the school year can give kids and teens the chance to reconnect with friends and enjoy school sports and activities, it can also trigger stressors that send many to the emergency room for mental health woes...

22 Sep
Medicaid Reinstated for Nearly 500,000 Children and Families: CMS

Medicaid Reinstated for Nearly 500,000 Children and Families: CMS

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) – About 500,000 children and families have had their Medicaid reinstated after some states erroneously purged them because of a systems issue, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) said Thursday.

The agency had first e...

22 Sep
Vaping Raises a Teen's Odds of Developing Asthma

Vaping Raises a Teen's Odds of Developing Asthma

New research underscores the harms of e-cigarettes, showing that vaping increases the risk of asthma in teens who have never smoked cigarettes.

Although e-cigarettes have fewer toxins than regular cigarettes, they still contain a mixture of harmful chemicals and raise th...

22 Sep
Newer Diabetes Meds Might Not Work as Well in Black Patients

Newer Diabetes Meds Might Not Work as Well in Black Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) – New research suggests some newer diabetes treatments may not be as beneficial for Black patients, after earlier drug trials included small numbers of non-white people.

Whether the medications -- called sodium-glucose co-transpo...

22 Sep
Scientists Spot Gene Mutation Linked to Esophageal Cancer

Scientists Spot Gene Mutation Linked to Esophageal Cancer

Researchers have found a gene mutation linked to esophageal cancer, which could lead to better prevention and treatment strategies.

Investigators from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio found the mutation, potentially helping those at risk of what is a highly letha...

22 Sep
Brain Trauma Could Help Trigger Heart Troubles

Brain Trauma Could Help Trigger Heart Troubles

While the neurological impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has long been studied, new research suggests TBIs are also hard on the heart.

The research team took a closer look at connections between the two organs, finding that nervous system dysfunction, neuro-infla...

21 Sep
Babies May Leave Cells Behind That Help Mom Prepare for Future Pregnancies

Babies May Leave Cells Behind That Help Mom Prepare for Future Pregnancies

One pregnancy may leave behind microscopic souvenirs that prepare a mom's immune system for the next one, a new study suggests.

Experts said the research, carried out in lab mice, offers new insights into a longstanding puzzle: Why doesn't a pregnant woman's immune syste...

21 Sep
Today's COVID Is Increasingly Looking Like a Cold or Flu

Today's COVID Is Increasingly Looking Like a Cold or Flu

Symptoms of mild COVID-19 infection have shifted this season, and now are more akin to those of allergies and the common cold, doctors say.

Many people with COVID-19 now are presenting with upper respiratory symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and a sore throat, said D...

21 Sep
FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to Teens: Report

FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to Teens: Report

A new government report finds that federal regulators need to do more to help in the battle to keep kids and teens off tobacco.

Among the report’s findings were that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to get tough on retailers selling tobacco to youth and shou...

21 Sep
U.S. Resumes Free COVID Test Program

U.S. Resumes Free COVID Test Program

Americans will once again be able to get free at-home COVID tests.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that it will spend $600 million to buy and offer the tests, produced by 12 domestic manufacturers, and it will begin accepting or...

21 Sep
Suppressing Negative Thoughts Can Sometimes Be Healthy, Study Contends

Suppressing Negative Thoughts Can Sometimes Be Healthy, Study Contends

A longstanding core belief of mental health maintains that people must confront their fears to ease the anxiety and depression stemming from those negative thoughts.

Now a new study argues that, for some people, suppressing negative thoughts and worries might be a more s...

21 Sep
In Mississippi, a Huge Jump in Cases of Babies Born With Syphilis

In Mississippi, a Huge Jump in Cases of Babies Born With Syphilis

The United States is experiencing an alarming wave of congenital syphilis, and one southern state saw a 1,000% rise in babies born with the infection between 2016 and 2022.

The number of babies born with the infection in Mississippi rose from 10 in 2016 to 110 in 2022. S...

21 Sep
Gun Injuries Rise as Neighborhoods Gentrify

Gun Injuries Rise as Neighborhoods Gentrify

As working class neighborhoods gentrify, you'll likely see rents rise, pricey restaurants move in — and maybe also a rise in gunshot wounds, researchers say.

In U.S. neighborhoods that gentrified, gun injuries were 62% higher than they were in similar neighborhoods tha...

21 Sep
Wildfire Smoke Pollution a Growing Global Threat

Wildfire Smoke Pollution a Growing Global Threat

More people around the world are exposed to wildfire smoke that has the potential to harm human health, and their numbers are growing, new research finds.

More than 2 billion people are exposed to at least one day of potentially health-impacting wildfire smoke each year...

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