Measuring brain tissue damage accurately identifies cognitive decline, researchers say
By analyzing brain tissue damage using a new MRI evaluation tool, researchers accurately spotted people with early cognitive decline up to 70% of the time, according to study published Tuesday in Academic Radiology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Reducing random interactions may limit COVID-19 spread
Dividing large populations into smaller groups that don't intermix can help contain COVID-19 outbreaks without wider lockdowns, according to the authors of an analysis published Tuesday by the journal Chaos. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

18% of COVID-19 deaths in U.S. linked to air pollution, study finds
Up to 15% of all COVID-19 deaths globally, and 18% of fatalities caused by the virus in the United States may be linked with long-term exposure to air pollution, according to an analysis published Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: 'Kid influencers' promoting food brands online tout unhealthy choices
Nearly half of all " kid influencers " on YouTube promote food and beverage products, and more than 90% of them are for unhealthy or fast-food brands, according to an analysis published Monday by the journal Pediatrics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: One in three young adults unaware of stroke symptoms
Nearly 30% of adults 45 and younger in the United States do not know all five of the most common symptoms of a stroke, according to a study published Monday by the journal Stroke. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: $1.2B a year spent on neurological disorder treatment, but not enough on care
People with functional neurological disorders in the United States spend roughly $1.2 billion annually on emergency room and in-hospital care, according to an analysis published Friday by JAMA Neurology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds
Fewer than 4% of adults in Wuhan, China, tested positive for antibodies against COVID-19, putting the possibility of countries developing " herd immunity " against the virus without a vaccine in doubt. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stay-at-home orders reduced COVID-19 cases, deaths, study finds
Areas of the country that instituted stay-at-home orders to limit the spread of COVID-19 reduced case counts by up to 200%, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: HIV-positive adults show early signs of aging, even after antiretroviral therapy
People with HIV experience aging-related illnesses such as heart disease and brain disorders earlier than those without the virus, even if they have been on antiretroviral therapy, a UCLA-led study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood test may identify pancreatic cancers that will respond to treatment, researchers say
Researchers have developed a simple blood test to identify pancreatic cancers that are more likely to respond to treatment than others, according to a paper published Thursday by Clinical Cancer Research. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alex Azar: 'One or two' COVID-19 vaccines could be available by December
Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday that he expects " one or two safe and effective " COVID-19 vaccines to be available by the end of the year. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid use increases risk of death in older adults after outpatient surgery, study says
Older adults who use opioid pain drugs before minor surgery are up to 68% more likely to die within 90 days of the procedure compared with those who never used the drugs, an analysis in JAMA Surgery. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity increases risk for COVID-19 among Black people in U.S., study finds
Black people in the United States who are obese are three times as likely to test positive for COVID-19 as obese White people, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Peer-based anti-bullying initiatives may harm victims more, researcher says
Encouraging classmates to defend bullied pupils may do more harm than good, according to a review of existing research published Tuesday by Child Development Perspectives. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Open windows, glass screens can limit COVID-19 transmission in classrooms
Open windows and glass droplet screens placed in front of desks significantly reduce airborne transmission of COVID-19 in school classrooms, an analysis published Tuesday by the journal Physics of Fluid found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Tocilizumab reduces risk for death in hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19
Treatment with the rheumatoid arthritis drug tocilizumab, sold as Actemra, reduces risk for death among hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 by about 30%, a study published Tuesday by JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effectiveness, politics impact public's willingness to take COVID-19 vaccine, study finds
Just over half of all people in the United States are " extremely, moderately or slightly likely " to take a COVID-19 vaccine that meets the Food and Drug Administration's minimum threshold for effectiveness. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers identify 'gene signatures' in metastatic prostate cancer
Scientists say they now may be able to identify men with prostate cancer at risk for metastatic disease, according to an article published Monday by the journal Nature Cancer. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Social engagement' bolsters brain gray matter in older adults, study finds
Older adults who are more socially engaged show evidence of healthier gray matter in regions of the brain relevant to dementia, according to a study published by the Journal of Gerontology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain 'microbleeds' after stroke increase risk for recurrence, study finds
Stroke victims who experience cerebral microbleeds during recovery are 50% more likely to suffer from a second cerebrovascular incident, a study published Monday by JAMA Neurology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Blood test identifies melanoma patients who will benefit most from immunotherapy
Cancer patients with high levels of cancer cells in their blood may benefit from receiving more aggressive drug treatment for melanoma, a study published Friday by Clinical Cancer Research found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fauci sees similarities between HIV, COVID-19 in public health response
The HIV epidemic in the 1980s and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are very different, but the two share " some similarities " related to public health response, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup linked to ADHD, bipolar, aggressive behavior, researchers say
Diets high in sugar may increase a person's risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder and aggressive behaviors, a report published by the Evolution and Human Behavior said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: CBD users tout medical benefits on social media amid lack of scientific evidence
Use of cannabidiol, or CBD, has skyrocketed in recent years as it has been promoted for a range of medical conditions from autism to arthritis -- and testimonials on social media reflect that the marketing is working. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer than 1% of U.S. dentists have tested positive for COVID-19, report says
Fewer than 1% of all dentists in the United States reported testing positive for COVID-19 as of June, a report published Thursday by the Journal of the American Dental Association found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New scoring system identifies patients at risk for severe COVID-19, researchers say
Royal College of Surgeons researchers have developed a scoring system that can accurately predict which patients will suffer from severe COVID-19, they announced Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Personality traits govern success of workplace wellness programs, study finds
The personality traits of individual employees play a strong role in determining the success of workplace wellness programs designed to boost physical activity, according to a study published by PLOS ONE. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Immediate breast reconstruction during cancer treatment doesn't impact survival, recurrence
Women who undergo immediate breast reconstruction while on chemotherapy for breast cancer have similar rates of survival and disease recurrence as those who have conventional mastectomy. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: COVID-19 patients produce 'high-quality' antibodies up top 7 months after recovery
People sickened with COVID-19 produce " high-quality " antibodies against the virus five to seven months after they become infected, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the journal Immunity. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Medicines, frequent counseling helps cancer patients quit smoking
A program that included telephone counseling and one of two smoking cessation drugs was 50% more effective than telephone consultations alone at getting cancer patients to quit smoking, a study published by JAMA found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Less restrictive reproductive rights reduce birth complications risk by 7%
Women who live in states with less restrictive reproductive rights policies are 7% less likely to have low birth weight babies than those living in states with more stringent laws, according to a new analysis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson pauses COVID-19 vaccine trials
Johnson& Johnson said Monday it has paused all of its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials after a study participant fell ill. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First case of COVID-19 reinfection in U.S. had no known risk factors for disease
The first case of COVID-19 reinfection in the United States occurred in a man with no known immune disorders or underlying health conditions to increase his risk for serious illness from the virus, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: One in eight get surprise bills after colonoscopy
Nearly one in eight people with private health insurance receive a " surprise " bill for out-of-network expenses after undergoing an elective colonoscopy, an analysis published Monday by Annals of Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly 75,000 COVID-19-related deaths in U.S. may be unreported, study says
Deaths of Americans linked to COVID-19 may have gone underreported by nearly 75,000, a new study said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Nearly one in three U.S. college students smokes pot
Nearly one-third of all college students in the United States smoke marijuana, a study published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant women with COVID-19 don't pass the virus to their newborns, study finds
New mothers infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy didn't pass the virus to their babies, even if they breastfed and shared the same hospital room, a study published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey reinforces Americans' apprehension about rushed COVID-19 vaccine
Nearly 40% of Americans say they won't get vaccinated against COVID-19 even if a shot becomes available, according to a survey released Friday by consulting firm Children's Health Defense. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC launches new plan to tackle antibiotic-resistant infections
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced Friday what they describe as a " national action plan " to fight antibiotic-resistant infections. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Risk for COVID-19 death three times higher for Black people
Black people are nearly three times as likely as White people to require hospitalization after getting infected with COVID-19, according to an analysis published Friday by EClinicalMedicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: New bedside test means faster diagnosis, treatment of COVID-19
A rapid, bedside test for COVID-19 delivers results in less than two hours, meaning that appropriate treatment can be initiated earlier for those already hospitalized because of their symptoms, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: 'Conscientious, agreeable' people more likely to follow COVID-19 guidelines
Conscientious people are 31% more likely to adhere to measures intended to contain the spread of COVID-19 than those who do not have the personality trait, according to an analysis published by the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gender-affirming care, research needed to address heart issues in LGBTQ people, AHA says
Gender-affirming care may help promote physical activity among transgender people and reduce their risk for heart disease and related complications, according to a scientific statement published by Circulation. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Men, young adults less likely to social distance, study finds
More North American and European men and young adults of both sexes fail to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines than women and older adults in these regions, a survey published Wednesday found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

25% of police officers have symptoms of mental health disorders, study finds
One in four police officers in a major U.S. city screened for depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal ideation have symptoms of the mental health conditions, and face barriers to treatment, according to a new survey. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: Rural U.S. has less access to healthcare since start of COVID-19 pandemic
Nearly one in four households in rural areas of the United States were unable to get treatment for serious medical problems this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arizona mask mandates, business closures slowed spread of COVID-19, CDC says
Mask mandates, restrictions on public events, and closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants in mid-June slowed a surge in COVID-19 cases in Arizona that began earlier that month, according to CDC data. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New FDA COVID-19 vaccine guidance requires two months of follow-up data for approval
New guidelines issued by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday require manufacturers of potential new COVID-19 vaccines to provide two months' worth of " follow-up " data on their safety. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Insulin prices up to 8 times higher in U.S. than other countries, study finds
The price of the diabetes drug insulin is more than eight times higher in the United States than in 32 other high-income nations combined, according to a RAND Corp. analysis released Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Teens who vape nicotine more likely to also use cannabis e-cigarettes
If teens are vaping nicotine, it's likely they're also using cannabis-based e-cigarettes and vice versa, according to a new analysis published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news