Study links 2018 drop in overdose deaths to change in China drug policy
A change in drug manufacturing regulations played a more significant role in reducing opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States in 2018 than any domestic public health initiatives, an analysis found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: 75% of youths who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions
Three out of four young people who died from COVID-19 in the United States had underlying health conditions, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than one-third of U.S. pediatricians dismiss families for vaccine refusal, study shows
More than one-third of all U.S. pediatricians dismiss families from their practices when parents refuse to vaccinate their children, according to the findings of a survey published Tuesday by JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Air pollution increases stroke risk in people with AFib
Exposure to high levels of air pollution can increase the risk for stroke in people with atrial fibrillation by more than 20%, a study published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Certain medications can cause irregular heartbeat, experts warn
Healthcare professionals need to improve their knowledge of commonly used medications that can cause irregular heartbeats, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association published Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Immune reaction to depression, anxiety may point to improved treatment
Researchers have linked depression to increased inflammation and anxiety to higher levels of a type of cholesterol, which may improve screening and treatment of both mental health disorders, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obese adults sleep less than others, study finds
Obese adults get about 15 minutes less sleep per night than those who maintain a healthy weight, a study published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids less likely than adults to be asymptomatic COVID-19 spreaders, study finds
Adults are nearly 10 times more likely to be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 than children, according to an analysis published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New veterans have 93% higher risk for suicide than general public, study finds
New military veterans are 93% more likely to die by suicide than the general public, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study finds evidence of heart damage in college athletes with COVID-19
Up to 15% of college athletes experience heart inflammation after battling COVID-19, a study published Friday by JAMA Cardiology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe, effective, study finds
Fewer than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe and effective, according to an analysis published Thursday by the Lancet. The findings are significant, given the global quest for a vaccine against COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AI tool screens for heart disease using gut bacteria, study shows
Artificial intelligence can help screen adults for heart disease by detecting specific bacteria in the gut, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Hypertension. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: New COVID-19 antibody test provides fast, cheap way to identify donors
A widely available, inexpensive and easy-to-use test accurately identifies COVID-19 antibody levels in the blood of potential convalescent plasma donors, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Youth football participation doesn't impact concussion recovery later
Starting tackle football at a younger age may not affect a player's ability to recover from a concussion as they age, a study published Wednesday by the journal Neurology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drinking to the point of passing out increases dementia risk, study finds
Men who lose consciousness after drinking alcohol are up to three times as likely to develop dementia within the next 10 years, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 in 5 young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 require ICU, study finds
More than 20% of young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 between April 1 and June 30 required treatment in the intensive care unit, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low-dose electrical stimulation helps adults with dyslexia read, study finds
Electrical stimulation of the brain improves reading accuracy in adults with dyslexia, according to a study published Tuesday by PLOS Biology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: NSAID pain relievers don't increase risk for severe COVID-19
People who use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, to treat pain are not at risk for more severe illness from COVID-19, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal PLOS Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children with COVID-19, flu hospitalized at same rates, study finds
Children with COVID-19 are just as likely to be hospitalized, admitted to the intensive care unit and require mechanical ventilation to breathe as those with the seasonal flu, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Racial disparities in prostate cancer deaths linked to socioeconomic differences
Differences in education levels, income and insurance status likely contribute to racial disparities in deaths from prostate cancer, an analysis published Tuesday by the journal Cancer found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Common cold may help prevent flu, perhaps COVID-19
The virus most often behind the common cold is capable of preventing the flu virus from infecting airways by jump-starting the body's immune defenses, an analysis published Friday by The Lancet Microbe found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids' 'green' time reduces adverse effects of 'screen' time on behavior, learning
More time spent outdoors -- and less in front of a screen -- leads to improved mental health in children and adolescents, according to an analysis of existing research published Friday by the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 may cause long-term heart problems in children, researchers say
Children who suffer heart damage caused by COVID-19 may need lifelong care and treatment, according to a review of existing research published Friday by EClinicalMedicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antidepressant use rising in U.S., mostly in women, CDC says
Nearly 18% of all adult women in the United States used antidepressants between 2015 and 2018, compared to just over 8% of men, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Opioids leading cause of drug overdose deaths in first half of 2019
More than 80% of all drug overdose deaths reported across the country in the first half of 2019 involved opioids, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New bio-containment unit protects healthcare workers from COVID-19, researchers say
A new individual bio-containment unit designed to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 blocks 99.99% of the airborne respiratory droplets that spread the virus, a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin D deficiency raises COVID-19 infection risk by 77%, study finds
Vitamin D deficiency increases a person's risk for catching COVID-19 by 77% compared to those with sufficient levels of the nutrient, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Retesting for COVID-19 four weeks after first symptoms may help limit spread, study says
People with confirmed COVID-19 should be retested four weeks after symptoms first appear to minimize their risk for spreading the virus, according to the authors of a study published Wednesday by BMJ Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Two drinks per day raises risk for obesity, metabolic syndrome
Drinking more than two standard-sized servings of alcohol per day raises the risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome in some people by more than 30%, according to a study presented Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dexamethasone, other corticosteroids help hospitalized COVID-19 patients, research finds
The corticosteroid dexamethasone reduces the need for ventilator support in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: COVID-19 can spread widely on buses without masks, social distancing
Passengers on buses are at significant risk for catching COVID-19 if a fellow traveler is infected and face coverings and social distancing measures aren't being used. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA data reveals racial discrepancies in cardiovascular drug trials
FDA data shows that Black Americans are recruited for drug trials at substantially lower rates than White Americans -- 75% of cardiovascular drug trials from 2015-2019 had major racial discrepencies, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Face shields, masks with vents less effective at limiting COVID-19 spread, study finds
Cloth or surgical masks are more effective than clear plastic face shields or masks with exhalation valves in preventing COVID-19 spread, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the journal Physics of Fluid. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AstraZeneca enters late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial
Multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced it has started Phase III clinical trials in the United States of its COVID-19 candidate vaccine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Nearly 30% of health workers with COVID-19 didn't know they had it
Up to 6% of the staff caring for COVID-19 at 13 hospitals across the country tested positive for the virus, but nearly 30% of them were asymptomatic and could have spread it, according to a CDC report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-scooter injuries led to nearly 30,000 ER visits in 2019, study shows
Nearly 30,000 e-scooter riders visited emergency rooms across the United States in 2019 after sustaining injuries on the two-wheeled vehicles, a study published Monday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Telemonitoring can reduce heart risk by half for people with high blood pressure
Enrolling in a pharmacist-led telemonitoring program to manage high blood pressure can reduce a person's risk for a heart attack or stroke by up to 50%, according to a study published Monday in the journal Hypertension. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Phone data shows stay-at-home advisories slow COVID-19 spread by 19%
Staying home helps slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the authors of a study published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine, based on an analysis of cellphone use data across the United States. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Heart med use has halved heart attack risk in people with Type 2 diabetes
People with diabetes can cut their risk for heart attacks in half, simply by taking medications designed to prevent them, an analysis presented Saturday during the European Society of Cardiology virtual congress found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chemicals in food, clothing, cosmetics increase ADHD risk in children, study finds
Exposure to certain chemicals commonly found in cosmetics and processed foods increases a child's risk for developing ADHD-like behaviors by more than 30%, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: 70% of COVID-19 infections in children may be missed without testing
Up to 70% of COVID-19 infections in children might be missed unless routine testing and contact tracing measures are implemented, a study published Friday by JAMA Pediatrics found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: COVID-19 raised mental health issues for people with financial hardships
COVID-19 has highlighted and worsened the mental health challenges faced by those struggling to make ends meet across the United States, experts said Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cochlear implants improve hearing in older adults, with no side effects, study finds
Cochlear implants offer improvement over hearing aids in both hearing and quality of life for adults 65 years old and older with hearing loss, a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head& Neck Surgery found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Tips' campaign helped more than 1M in U.S. quit smoking, CDC says
More than 1 million American adults quit smoking between 2012 and 2018 after seeing messages from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's " Tips From Former Smokers " campaign, according to figures released W (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AI can enhance accuracy of breast cancer screening, study finds
AI-assisted mammogram screening is more accurate at identifying women with breast cancer than assessment by a radiologist, a study published Thursday by JAMA Oncology found (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Tips' campaign helped more than 1M in U.S. quit smoking, CDC says
More than 1 million American adults quit smoking between 2012 and 2018 after seeing messages from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's " Tips From Former Smokers " campaign, according to new figures. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blocking pancreas-attacking nerve signals could prevent Type 1 diabetes, researchers say
Researchers said they might have found a way to prevent people from developing Type 1 diabetes by blocking nerve signals that cause the body's immune system to attack insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toxin exposure at work increases heart trouble risk for Hispanic Americans, study says
Hispanic American adults exposed to smoke from burning wood, vehicle exhaust, pesticides or metals at work are more likely to have abnormalities of the heart structure function, a study published by the AHA found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

University of Florida plasma trial enrolls first two COVID-19 patients
Officials at University of Florida Health announced Tuesday that they have enrolled the first two participants in a national study designed to assess whether convalescent blood plasma can stop progression of COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Half of cardiac arrest patients seek medical help in weeks before event, study says
More than half of those who experience a sudden cardiac arrest sought medical help in the weeks leading up to their health crisis, according to a study presented Thursday at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news