Head, neck cancer patients at up to 5-fold higher risk for suicide compared to general population, study finds
People with head and neck cancers have an up to five times higher risk for suicide compared to the general population, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccinating half of teachers in Philadelphia reduced COVID-19 rates by 95%, CDC says
Vaccinating fewer than half of the teachers at a large urban school district led to a 95% reduction in COVID-19 test positivity among staff members when they returned for in-person classes, according to CDC data. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Adults wealthier at midlife tend to live longer than less-well-off peers
Wealth may not buy happiness, but it could be the key to a long life, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Health Forum. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Targeted gene therapy may protect against vision loss from glaucoma, diabetes, study says
A new form of gene therapy may help prevent vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Cell. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of flu, other virus cases reach 'historic' lows in 2020-21, CDC reports
The 2020-21 flu season was the lightest on record since at least 1997, the first year in which cases of the virus were tracked, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Wearable camera reduces collision risk in blind, visually impaired
A wearable computer vision device may help reduce collisions and other accidents in the blind and visually impaired, a study published Thursday by JAMA Ophthalmology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers call for urgent action to boost physical activity levels globally
With the Olympics starting this week in Japan, researchers from around the world on Wednesday published a series of studies in the Lancet calling for urgent action to boost physical activity among young people. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Handwashing, social distancing protect 'essential' staff at colleges in absence of vaccines, study finds
Frequent handwashing at home and at work, and diligent mask-wearing, helped limit the spread of COVID-19 among essential staff members at a large state university, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Small study finds no COVID-19 spread on school buses despite high case numbers in community
Universal masking, social distancing and " simple " ventilation techniques prevented COVID-19 spread among students on school buses in a region with high levels of community transmission, a study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hundreds of thousands of children orphaned by COVID-19 globally, study finds
More than 1.5 million children worldwide saw a parent, custodial grandparent or other relative who cared for them die from COVID-19, according to a study published Tuesday by the Lancet. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study documents 25% decline in drug prescribing for children during pandemic
The number of medications prescribed for children dropped by more than 25% during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, according to a study published Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: Wearable fitness trackers boost exercise levels in adults with diabetes, heart disease
Using wearable fitness trackers boosts physical activities levels in adults who are overweight and those with diabetes and heart disease, according to an analysis published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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COVID-19 antibodies last up to 9 months following infection, study finds
People infected with COVID-19 continue to produce antibodies against the virus for up to nine months, whether or not they experienced symptoms, a study published Monday by Nature Communications found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New drug may lower blood clot risk following surgery, study finds
The drug abelacimab prevents blood clots in patients undergoing knee replacement surgery, a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coffee consumption cuts risk for heart arrythmia, AFib, study finds
A study published Monday disputes the common notion that drinking caffeine increases risk for heart ailments, including atrial fibrillation. In fact, the risk declines by 3% to 4% for each cup of coffee consumed. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC, Texas health officials confirm case of monkeypox in Dallas
The first case of monkeypox in the United States in nearly 20 years was confirmed Friday by officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: COVID-19, income loss put many in medical debt
Nearly half of adults in the United States diagnosed with COVID-19 or who lost income during the pandemic struggled to keep up with medical bills, a survey released Friday by the Commonwealth Fund found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: COVID-19, lncome loss, insurance cause many to fall behind on medical bills
Nearly half of adults in the United States diagnosed with COVID-19 or who lost income during the pandemic struggled to keep up with medical bills, a survey released Friday by the Commonwealth Fund found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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CDC reports record number of ER visits during Pacific Northwest heat wave
More than 3,500 people required emergency-room treatment for heat-related illness in the Pacific Northwest during the wave of high temperatures in May and June, according to a report released Friday by the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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'Smart' default enrollment policies under ACA can help consumers save, study finds
A " smart " default enrollment policy that automatically transitions low-income consumers to ACA plans with discounted premiums, reduced deductibles and " generous " benefits would decrease monthly costs, a study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: New genetic test effective at spotting people at high risk for glaucoma
A new genetic test for glaucoma is 15 times more accurate at identifying people at high risk for the eye disease than existing diagnostics, a study published Thursday by JAMA Ophthalmology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart problems in children with COVID-19 resolve within months, study finds
Heart problems in children hospitalized with COVID-19 typically resolve within a few months, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Pediatrics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Remdesivir offers no clinical benefit for COVID-19, extends hospital stay for many
Treatment with the the antiviral drug remdesivir offered no clinical benefit to patients hospitalized with COVID-19, even prolonging their stay in healthcare facilities, a study published by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson recalls 5 aerosol sunscreens over benzene traces
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson& Johnson recalled five of its aerosol sunscreen products on Wednesday, saying testing of samples found they contained low levels of benzene. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson recall 5 aerosol sunscreens over benzene traces
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson& Johnson recalled five of its aerosol sunscreen products on Wednesday, saying testing of samples found they contained low levels of benzene. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 may be 'long haul' challenge in U.S., experts warn
The rise of new variants and the growing number of people with " long-haul " symptoms of COVID-19 suggest the virus will likely remain a health challenge in the United States for years, experts said Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AI-based speech pattern analysis may allow Alzheimer's diagnosis by phone
Patterns of speech in a phone conservation can be used to correctly identify adults in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, a study published Wednesday by the journal PLOS found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug overdose deaths up nearly 30% in U.S. during pandemic-scarred 2020
Drug overdose deaths rose by nearly 30% in the United States in 2020, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Alcohol linked to more than 740,000 new cancer cases worldwide in 2020
Roughly 4% of newly diagnosed cancers globally last year may have been linked to alcohol use, with men accounting for most of these cases, a study published in The Lancet Oncology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Higher whole grain intake reduces weight, blood sugar, blood pressure
Older adults who eat at least three servings of whole grains every day experience smaller increases in waist size, blood pressure and blood sugar compared with those who consume less than one-half serving per day. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Up to 1 in 5 people with COVID-19 in U.S. needs hospital care
Nearly one in five people with confirmed COVID-19 in the United States requires hospital care for the disease, with those with pre-existing health such as dementia or obesity at higher risk for serious illness. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA adds warning to J & J COVID-19 vaccine over links to rare autoimmune disorder
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a new warning for the Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 vaccine over its association with an increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir fail to improve COVID-19 patient outcomes in WHO-led study
Neither remdesivir nor hydroxychloroquine boosts recovery in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a study led by the World Health Organization, and published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers say contracting two variants of COVID-19 is rare, but can happen
Researchers say the case of a Belgian woman who was found to have been suffering from two variants of COVID-19 at the time of her death is evidence that such a double infection can occur. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer drug labels often do not list data on survival after treatment, study finds
Many newly approved cancer drugs fail to clearly communicate survival benefits associated with their use on the label, according to an analysis published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: Brain injury increases risk for ADHD in children -- and vice versa
Children who suffer a traumatic brain injury are at nearly five times higher risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder a year or more later, an analysis published Monday said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Medicare pays average of $185K per patient to treat multiple myeloma
Medicare beneficiaries with multiple myeloma incur an average of nearly $185,000 in costs billed to the government-run plan for their diagnosis and treatment, according to an analysis published Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Vaccinated students can skip masks in fall
Students in grades K-12 who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can go without masks at school this fall, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Inorganic polyphosphates can help treat, prevent COVID-19 variants
A team of scientists have discovered a substance that helps treat and prevent COVID-19 variants. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prostate cancer screening using MRI may reduce overdiagnosis of the disease, study finds
Screening for prostate cancer using magnetic resonance imaging and targeted biopsies may reduce misdiagnoses of the disease by up to 50%, a study published Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tooth loss increases dementia risk in older adults, study finds
Older adults who experience tooth loss are at increased risk for cognitive impairment and dementia, and their risk grows with each tooth lost, a JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biogen revises label for new Alzheimer's drug, limiting use to those with mild dementia
Drugmaker Biogen revised the label for its new Alzheimer's disease drug aducanumab, effectively recommending its use only in patients with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, the company confirmed Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yoga a possible solution for work-related stress, analysis finds
Yoga helps lower work-related stress, according an analysis of 15 studies on stress among healthcare workers published Thursday by the Journal of Occupational Health. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective in cancer patients, despite 'lagging' response, study says
The two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provides an effective immune response and is safe in people undergoing treatment for certain types of cancer, a study published Thursday by JAMA Oncology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keto diet may help brain tumor patients recover, study finds
A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet boosts recovery in people undergoing treatment for brain tumors, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal Neurology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physical activity may reduce brain tissue damage, help maintain cognitive function, study says
Physical activity may lead to positive changes in brain tissue that help stave off cognitive decline in older adults, a study published Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Physical activity reduces brain tissue damage, maintains cognitive function
Physical activity leads to positive changes in brain tissue that help stave off cognitive decline in older adults, a study published Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 can have long-term effects on heart rate, study finds
Roughly one in six people with COVID-19 experiences an irregular heartbeat for more than four months after developing initial symptoms, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virus behavior may impact results in COVID-19 drug trials, study finds
Differences in how COVID-19 behaves from person to person may contribute to the inconsistent findings reported in clinical trials for antiviral drugs, an analysis published by PLOS Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Benefits of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 'outweigh' risk of rare heart inflammation, CDC says
About 1,200 people, most of whom are age 30 and younger, have reported symptoms of heart inflammation following receipt of one of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC reported Tuesday (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news