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15 Jul

HealthDay Now: Insulin Access

As the American Diabetes Association celebrated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, HealthDay spoke to to Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical officer of the group. Dr. Gabbay shared his thoughts on how to make insulin affordable and accessible to everyone who needs it.

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29 Jul
Pandemic Boosted Paranoia and Conspiracy Theories, Study Confirms

Pandemic Boosted Paranoia and Conspiracy Theories, Study Confirms

The COVID-19 pandemic upended life in the United States in many ways. Now, a new study confirms another effect: paranoia and belief in conspiracy theories, especially in areas with low adherence to mask mandates.

"Our psychology is massively impacted by the state of the...

28 Jul
Only Republican 'Elites' Will Convince Some Vaccine Resisters to Get the Shot: Study

Only Republican 'Elites' Will Convince Some Vaccine Resisters to Get the Shot: Study

Republicans who say they won't get the COVID-19 vaccine are more likely to reconsider their stance if high-profile Republicans urge them to take the jab, a new study finds.

Similar vaccination pleas from Democratic sources may actually harden their resistance, researcher...

28 Jul
How Trust in Science Can Make You Vulnerable to 'Pseudoscience'

How Trust in Science Can Make You Vulnerable to 'Pseudoscience'

Trusting science is good, but it could put you at risk for being duped by false science, or "pseudoscience," if you let your guard down, researchers warn.

Investigators found that people who trust science are more likely to believe and share false claims that contain sci...

27 Jul
Addictive, Harmful Vaping Is Super Cool on TikTok

Addictive, Harmful Vaping Is Super Cool on TikTok

Watch videos on TikTok and you're likely to see plenty of positive portrayals of vaping, a new study shows.

And that's a problem, according to researchers, who call for tighter regulation of the platform popular with kids and teens.

"Viewing other young people, fri...

22 Jul
Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa

Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa

Here's yet another reason to limit screen time and get moving: Boosting your activity levels could reduce your risk of sleep apnea, according to a new study.

Compared to the most active people in the study, those who spent more than four hours a day sitting watching TV h...

21 Jul
Could Coffee, Veggies Lower Your Odds for COVID-19?

Could Coffee, Veggies Lower Your Odds for COVID-19?

Coffee delivers the boost that many people need to start their day. Now, new research suggests this breakfast powerhouse may also provide some protection against COVID-19.

Consuming vegetables and having been breastfed might also reduce your COVID-19 risk, according to t...

16 Jul
Friends, Family Key to Turning a 'No' on Vaccination to a 'Yes'

Friends, Family Key to Turning a 'No' on Vaccination to a 'Yes'

Public health officials and government workers are trying everything they can to promote COVID-19 vaccination — advertisements, news releases, cash lotteries, and even incentives like free beer, joints or doughnuts in some places.

But nothing sways a vaccine-hesitant p...

15 Jul
Reading, Puzzles May Delay Alzheimer's by 5 Years: Study

Reading, Puzzles May Delay Alzheimer's by 5 Years: Study

THURSDAY, July 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- An active mind in old age may delay Alzheimer's disease by up to five years, a new study suggests.

Activities like reading, writing letters, playing cards or doing puzzles may prolong brain health even for th...

14 Jul
Most Romantic Couples Started Out as Friends, Study Finds

Most Romantic Couples Started Out as Friends, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Some think that romance begins when two strangers catch each other's eye across a crowded room. Others seek it out by swiping right.

But new research suggests that more than two-thirds of all romantic relati...

08 Jul
Scientists Track Spirituality in the Human Brain

Scientists Track Spirituality in the Human Brain

Researchers have identified specific brain circuitry that is related to people's sense of spirituality — and it's centered in a brain region linked to pain inhibition, altruism and unconditional love.

The findings add to research seeking to understand the biological ba...

07 Jul
1 in 20 College Students Has 'Internet Gaming Disorder,' Study Finds

1 in 20 College Students Has 'Internet Gaming Disorder,' Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Is it possible to become addicted to gaming on the internet?

Yes, warns new research that discovered when young people get too hooked it may trigger sleep difficulties, depression, anxiety and, in some cases,...

07 Jul
State Lotteries Don't Boost COVID Vaccination Numbers: Study

State Lotteries Don't Boost COVID Vaccination Numbers: Study

Lotteries that pay cash and prizes to Americans who get vaccinated sound like a sure-fire recipe for success, but a new study finds they don't actually boost vaccination rates.

After media reports suggested that Ohio's "Vax-a-Million" lottery increased vaccination rates,...

01 Jul
What Drives Preschoolers' Curiosity to Learn?

What Drives Preschoolers' Curiosity to Learn?

Want to hold a preschooler's interest in learning something new? Give them just enough information to make them want to know more, a new study suggests.

This creates the perfect mix of uncertainty and curiosity in children, said researchers from Rutgers University, in Ne...

01 Jul
New Insights Into How Eating Disorders Alter the Brain

New Insights Into How Eating Disorders Alter the Brain

Behaviors associated with eating disorders can make real changes to the brain, new research shows. The findings could help explain why these serious disorders are often chronic -- and may also point the way to new treatments.

Eating disorders — such as anorexia nervos...

30 Jun
More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn't Work, Can Cause Harm

More Evidence Spanking Kids Doesn't Work, Can Cause Harm

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Is spanking good for parents? Is spanking good for kids? Is spanking good for anyone? No, no and no, according to a big new review of prior research.

"Zero studies found that physical punishment predicted b...

30 Jun
Delicious & Deadly: Southern U.S. Diet Tied to Higher Odds for Sudden Death

Delicious & Deadly: Southern U.S. Diet Tied to Higher Odds for Sudden Death

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with a traditional Southern-style spread of fried chicken, pork rinds, buttermilk biscuits and sweet tea?

Don't make it an everyday habit.

These staples of a r...

28 Jun
'Transmitted Down the Leash:' Anxious Owners, Anxious Dogs

'Transmitted Down the Leash:' Anxious Owners, Anxious Dogs

Dog obedience trainer Cindy Leung has a very anxious client who loves a very anxious breed, the Shetland Sheepdog.

"My [human] student startles at loud noises," Leung said. "That's just part of her personality. Loud, sudden noises startle her. Something weird that shows ...

25 Jun
No Drop in Teens' Use of Pot, Binge Drinking Despite Pandemic Lockdowns

No Drop in Teens' Use of Pot, Binge Drinking Despite Pandemic Lockdowns

U.S. high school seniors say marijuana was significantly harder to come by during the pandemic -- yet their use of the drug continued at rates similar to those before school closures began, a new study finds.

Their binge-drinking also continued at similar rates, accordin...

24 Jun
Mental Confusion an Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19

Mental Confusion an Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19

COVID-19 patients with mental confusion are at increased risk for a severe form of the illness, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed the electronic health records of more than 36,000 COVID-19 patients at five Florida hospitals. Of those, 12% developed severe COVID-19....

21 Jun
Survey Finds Many Adults Don't Want Kids -- and They're Happy

Survey Finds Many Adults Don't Want Kids -- and They're Happy

Marriage and children may be the norm for most Americans, but a new study shows that many people are choosing to remain child-free -- and they're happy that way.

The study of 1,000 Michigan adults found that one-quarter had opted not to have kids. And, on average, their ...

21 Jun
Drinking Rose During Pandemic, Especially for Women & Black Americans

Drinking Rose During Pandemic, Especially for Women & Black Americans

It might have seemed harmless to while away hours stuck at home during the pandemic with extra wine and cocktails. But new research instead points to a troubling trend: Alcohol use and risky drinking rose among Americans over the last year.

For the study, the researcher...

21 Jun
5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

A leading medical group is offering testing guidelines for children with autistic behaviors.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health emphasized that certain measurements to test for exposure to chemicals are not helpful to guide treatment. The...

18 Jun
Many 'High-Risk' Americans Unconcerned About Skin Cancer: Poll

Many 'High-Risk' Americans Unconcerned About Skin Cancer: Poll

It's long been known the sun's rays can cause skin cancer.

But a new poll shows that only about 30% of American adults say they're concerned about developing skin cancer -- even though nearly 70% have at least one risk factor for the disease.

The American Academy o...

17 Jun
How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?

How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?

Your health and fitness apps may have privacy issues that put your personal information at risk, researchers warn.

"This analysis found serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices in mHealth [mobile health] apps. Clinicians should be aware of these a...

16 Jun
Looking for Love? Young People's Drinking Goes Up When Dating

Looking for Love? Young People's Drinking Goes Up When Dating

When young adults are seeking a casual dating relationship, drinking is likely to follow, new research suggests.

Meanwhile, those who are already in a serious relationship are likely to drink less.

The study included more than 700 people in the Seattle area, aged 1...

14 Jun
Teasing People About Weight Can Help Bring on Eating Disorders

Teasing People About Weight Can Help Bring on Eating Disorders

What can make a young person vulnerable to eating disorders? Teasing them about any extra pounds they may carry, researchers say.

"Our findings add to the growing evidence that weight-based mistreatment is not helpful and is often harmful to the health of young people," ...

11 Jun
Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

The suicide attempt rate has leapt by as much as half among teenage girls during the coronavirus pandemic, a new government study shows.

Emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls between the ages of 12 and 17 increased by 26% during summer 2020 and...

11 Jun
It's a Myth That Promiscuous Women Have Low Self-Esteem

It's a Myth That Promiscuous Women Have Low Self-Esteem

The old double standard lives on.

A new study finds that many people still believe -- incorrectly -- that women who engage in casual sex have low self-esteem. And they don't think the same is true of men.

"We were surprised that this stereotype was so widely held,"...

11 Jun
Middle Ages Misery: Medieval Shoe Trend Brought Bunions

Middle Ages Misery: Medieval Shoe Trend Brought Bunions

Suffering for fashion is nothing new. Researchers in the United Kingdom have unearthed new evidence that stylish pointed shoes caused a "plague" of bunions in the late medieval period.

Investigators from the University of Cambridge analyzed 177 skeletons from cemeteries...

09 Jun
Rideshare Apps Could Be Saving Lives, Study Shows

Rideshare Apps Could Be Saving Lives, Study Shows

WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) - You've heard it often: Don't get behind the wheel of a car after a night of drinking. Now, a new study confirms that rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are making it easier for people to follow that advice and get home unharmed an...

08 Jun
ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD medications might help lessen the risk of suicide in children with serious behavioral issues, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that medications like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), were linked to ...

08 Jun
Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your teens' route to a healthy or unhealthy weight may be in their hands -- literally.

New research out of South Korea shows that teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.

One nutri...

08 Jun
Why Getting Your Groceries Online Might Be Healthier

Why Getting Your Groceries Online Might Be Healthier

Fewer temptations at checkout?

People may spend more money when they buy their groceries online, but they also tend to buy fewer unhealthy, "impulse-sensitive" foods like candy and cookies, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers looked at the shopping ...

03 Jun
'Early Birds' May Have Extra Buffer Against Depression

'Early Birds' May Have Extra Buffer Against Depression

Could getting out of bed just one hour earlier every day lower your risk for depression?

Yes, claims new research that found an earlier start to the day was tied to a 23% lower risk of developing the mood disorder.

The study of more than 840,000 people found a link...

03 Jun
Will Pandemic Produce a Summer Baby Boom?

Will Pandemic Produce a Summer Baby Boom?

America, get ready for a baby boom.

That's the likelihood anyway, according to a new forecast that suggests a drop in pregnancy and birth rates seen during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic is about to be reversed.

"We expect a dramatic rebound soon," said st...

03 Jun
Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

COVID-19 lockdowns had at least one welcome upside: a significant drop in crime in cities worldwide, according to an international study.

Researchers analyzed crime data from 27 metro areas (including Chicago; London; Sao Paulo; Barcelona, Spain; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Br...

02 Jun
'Boomerang Kids': When an Adult Child Moves Back Home

'Boomerang Kids': When an Adult Child Moves Back Home

It's a scenario fraught with potential conflict: Moving back home as an adult can be tough - on both the grown children and their parents.

But it can also come with opportunities, as long as expectations are established early, say some "boomerang kids" who moved back in ...

28 May
Amazon Tribe Could Hold Key to Health of Aging Brains

Amazon Tribe Could Hold Key to Health of Aging Brains

A native South American population that lives a pre-industrial lifestyle may have a slower rate of brain aging than the typical Westerner, a new study finds.

The study focused on the Tsimane population, whose roughly 16,000 members dwell in a remote part of the Bolivian ...

27 May
Having OCD May Triple a Person's Odds for a Stroke

Having OCD May Triple a Person's Odds for a Stroke

Adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a common mental health condition known as OCD, may have more than triple the risk of having a stroke, according to a new report from Taiwanese researchers.

As to why, the study authors aren't sure.

The investigators specu...

27 May
Narcissist's 'Thin Skin' Can Easily Lead to Aggression

Narcissist's 'Thin Skin' Can Easily Lead to Aggression

Angry outbursts at the office, threats made in everyday interactions: New research using data from hundreds of studies suggests folks who act out in this way often have narcissistic traits.

They don't even have to rate high in narcissism to be prone to aggressive behavio...

27 May
Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?

Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?

A ban on flavored vaping products in San Francisco may have increased high school students' use of conventional cigarettes, according to a new study.

In 2018, voters in the city overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure banning the sale of flavored tobacco products.

26 May
Diet Pill Use Could Be a Step Away From Eating Disorder

Diet Pill Use Could Be a Step Away From Eating Disorder

WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - Teenage girls who use over-the-counter diet pills and laxatives to lose weight run a very high risk of developing eating disorders, researchers say.

In a new U.S. study, girls who used diet pills had a 258% greater risk of bei...

25 May
Mask Up or Not? One Factor Dictates a Social Norm

Mask Up or Not? One Factor Dictates a Social Norm

TUESDAY, May 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) - Country by country, the percentage of people willing to mask up in a during the pandemic has varied greatly. Now, researchers have identified one key mindset that helps explain why.

A culture's level of "collectivism" -- prioritiz...

17 May
Being a 'Night Owl' Raises Odds for Diabetes If You're Obese

Being a 'Night Owl' Raises Odds for Diabetes If You're Obese

Though obesity by itself can drive up heart disease risk, new research suggests diabetes and heart disease risk is especially high when combined with a tendency to stay up late at night.

The finding stems from a comparison of sleep patterns and disease in 172 middle-aged...

17 May
Post-COVID PTSD? Many Find Return to 'Normal' Unsettling

Post-COVID PTSD? Many Find Return to 'Normal' Unsettling

Many Americans felt relief and joy at the announcement last week that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks at many indoor and outdoor locations.

But don't be surprised if those good feelings come tinged with stress or worry: Mental health experts said in ...

14 May
Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic kept young kids indoors, their time spent watching TV and other screens rose dramatically.

That's the finding of a new study that investigated the screen time of kindergarteners from low-income families in Ohio. The researchers found that their...

12 May
Do Prescription Sleep Medicines Even Work?

Do Prescription Sleep Medicines Even Work?

An estimated 9 million Americans turn to prescription pills when they can't sleep, but a new study of middle-aged women finds taking the drugs for a year or longer may do little good.

Comparing a group of about 200 women who were medicated for sleep problems with over 40...

11 May
Alcohol Is No Friend to Social Distancing

Alcohol Is No Friend to Social Distancing

Maintaining adequate social distance from strangers -- a key COVID-19 preventive measure -- can be tough when you're drinking alcohol, researchers say.

In a new study, the researchers put more than 200 young social drinkers in different social situations in laboratory se...

10 May
Road to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in Childhood

Road to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in Childhood

Could having heart disease risk factors in childhood sow the seeds of thinking declines in middle-age?

It looks like it might, new research claims.

"I think it was not so big of a surprise for us, but maybe for the scientific community who have been focusing mainly...

10 May
Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

Looking for a morale boost or some solid encouragement? If so, socializing the old-fashioned way -- live and in-person -- will likely do more to lift your spirits than online interactions, new research suggests.

It's the key takeaway from a survey of more than 400 colleg...

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