ABC World News reported, “We’re going to turn now to what is expected to be a brutal allergy season.” Due to the polar vortex and a longer lasting winter in much of the country, “so much is budding out there at once, it’s creating what some are calling the pollen vortex.”
NBC Nightly News reported briefly on the risk of airborne disease transmission from sneezes. “High-speed imaging shows what scientists have found and long believe that sneeze can travel much further than previously thought.”
NBC Nightly News reported about new prescription medications for those suffering from seasonal allergies. This is good news, especially as the potential impact on the people from the allergy season as grass starts to grow and flowers start to bloom.
USA Today reports that according to research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the “harmful effects” of childhood bullying may last for decades.
The Today Show Online reports, “Fixating on the bikini selfies and duck faced-photos of Facebook friends can make a young woman feel worse about her own body than comparing herself to the most beautiful celebrities and models in fashion magazines,” according to a study that “supports other recent findings that social media can create damaging […]
The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reported that according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2011, 20,783 people went to hospital emergency departments over “difficulties involving” energy drinks, and 11 percent of those patients ended up spending time in the hospital.
USA Today, in an editorial, notes that Measles, “which once killed 450 children each year … was virtually eliminated in the United States 14 years ago by nearly universal use of the MMR vaccine,” but is “making a comeback, fueled by a growing anti-vaccine movement and misinformation.” USA Today makes the case that “parents ought […]
In a front-page story, USA Today reports that “recent measles outbreaks in New York, California and Texas are examples of what could happen on a larger scale if vaccination rates dropped, says Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s director of immunizations and respiratory diseases.”
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, “free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients.” However, even when physicians “think they’re doing patients a favor by handing out the freebies, the real beneficiaries are the drug manufacturers.”
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the potential risks and benefits of mammography is the latest of several studies suggesting that mammograms may not be as beneficial as previously believed.
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, “physical activity” may be protective of aging eyes.
CNN reports that according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, “people who eat up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day can cut their risk of death by 42% – and that vegetables may be more important than fruit to your overall health.”
Fox News reports that casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time, researchers have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in their brains. The study, published […]
NBC Nightly News reported that “researchers have found that weight loss surgery for” patients with type 2 diabetes “can be more effective than taking medication in beating this disease.”
In recent tests ConsumerLab.com identified many high-quality supplements, of which a few cost only pennies a day. Pitfalls exist, however: Four of the 30 supplements selected for review failed testing, including 2 for children.
The New York Times reports that a study published in the BMJ has tied “several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death.”
The AP reports that “sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve a mom-to-be’s pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations” from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The New York Times reported that a new study of data “suggests that giving birth in a hospital is considerably safer than having a baby at home or in a birthing center.”
The New York Times reports that according to a correspondence published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “some widely used over-the-counter cold and flu medicines may be exposing patients to unexpectedly high amounts of one ingredient, revealing a lapse in regulations and perhaps raising safety concerns.”
For those of you who dislike daylight saving time, here’s another reason to add to your list. Reuters reports that research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that the switch to daylight saving time may be linked to an increase in heart attacks.
The New York Times reported in its “Well” blog a new study suggests that altering the way sports teams warm up before practices and games could significantly cut the risk of injuries to anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.”
The AP reported that an FDA panel has voted to recommend an experimental “test that uses DNA to detect colon cancer and precancerous growths.” The article noted the panel voted 10-0 “that the benefits of Exact Sciences’ Cologuard test,” which analyzes stool specimens, “outweigh its risks.”
The New York Times reports in its “Well” blog on exercises that are helpful to reduce osteoporosis. The post says that “activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health,” specifically “sprinting and hopping.”
The NPR “Shots” blog reports that research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference suggests that “exercise reduces women’s risk of breast cancer,” regardless of “what kind of exercise they do, how old they are, how much they weigh, or when they get started.”
Reuters reports that according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, playing video games of a violent nature may be associated with violent thoughts and even hostile behavior in youngsters.
The Washington Post reports that last autumn, “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidelines for children and adolescents using media, recommending no more than two hours per day of any type of entertainment screen time for kids ages three to 18 and none for children two or younger.” Covered in the guidelines are […]
Research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that diet drinks may increase heart risks in older women.
The Huffington Post reports that research presented at an American Heart Association scientific sessions meeting and published online in Stroke suggests that “many women would not be able to identify the signs of a stroke.”
The AP reports that a small postmortem study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that autism begins in the latter part of pregnancy. The study “examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in” children with autism.
A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one in 68 US children has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. The figures represent a 29 percent increase from two years ago. The increase likely means that more cases are being discovered due to heightened awareness.