High diabetes rates put Native Americans at greater risk for heart disease, AHA says
Native Americans and Alaska Natives are up to three times more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to a statement from the American Heart Association published Thursday by the journal Circulation. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

40% of COVID-19 patients may be asymptomatic as disease progresses
Up to 40 percent of patients with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic, according to a small analysis published Wednesday, but they may still be contagious -- albeit, for less time than those with more serious disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poverty, lower education levels may double heart attack risk, study shows
Lower socioeconomic status doubles a person's risk for a heart attack and the likelihood of dying from heart disease earlier in life, according to analysis published Wednesday in JAMA Cardiology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Few in U.S. with private insurance receive opioid overdose follow-up treatment
Fewer than 20 percent of people with private healthcare insurance who suffered a non-fatal opioid overdose ultimately receive abuse or addiction treatment, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use of high-THC cannabis doubles risk for anxiety disorders, study finds
Users of marijuana and other cannabis products with high levels of THC are four times more likely to abuse the drug and nearly twice as likely to develop anxiety disorders, according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workplace wellness programs don't improve overall staff health, study finds
Workplace wellness programs designed to encourage employees to engage in activities and monitor their health might have negligible benefits, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia gene might increase risk for serious COVID-19, study says
A genetic mutation linked to dementia might increase a person's risk for serious illness from COVID-19, a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Gerontology said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

LGBTQ teens 5 times more likely to be bullied before suicide, study finds
More than one in five LGBTQ teens who die by suicide suffered bullying because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA Pediatrics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk for MS 30% higher for those living in cities, study finds
City-dwellers are nearly 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, than those living in more rural areas, a study presented at the European Academy of Neurology Virtual Congress has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New urine-based kidney stone test delivers results in 30 minutes
A new urine-based testing system can diagnose people with kidney stones in 30 minutes or less, a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

16% of recovered patients test positive for COVID-19 weeks after discharge: study
Up to one in six people declared recovered from COVID-19 and discharged from the hospital still test positive for the virus up to three weeks later, meaning they still might be contagious, according to a study in JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

16% of recovered patients test positive for COVID-19 weeks after discharge, study finds
Up to one in six people declared recovered from COVID-19 and discharged from the hospital still test positive for the virus up to three weeks later, meaning they still might be contagious, according to a study in JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine for COVID-19 safe, effective in first human clinical trial, study says
A potential vaccine for COVID-19 appears to be safe and able to generate an immune response against the virus, according to a study published Friday by The Lancet. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine linked to higher death risk in COVID-19
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine offer no clinical benefit for people with COVID-19 and might cause serious heart-related side effects, according to a study published Friday in The Lancet. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Social isolation increases risk for COVID-19, other health problems, studies say
Social distancing can help stop the spread of COVID-19, but social isolation might have the opposite effect and also lead to other health problems, two studies released Thursday concluded. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aggressive testing, quarantining can prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in senior facilities, study finds
Proactive testing and strict quarantining procedures at assisted-living facilities can help prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 among residents and the staff, a study published Thursday by JAMA Internal Medicine has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Studies show significant risks to health workers during pandemic
Two studies published Thursday by JAMA Network Open paint a grim picture of the effects of COVID-19 on front-line healthcare workers. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Primary care doctor visits down 60% since start of COVID-19 pandemic, analysis finds
Visits to primary care doctors declined by as much as 60 percent as the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in the United States in early April -- and the impact on health has been significant. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

States start to expand COVID-19 testing as country reopens
The United States might be getting up to speed with COVID-19 testing, experts say, as several states announced plans Wednesday to expand access to diagnostic evaluations. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mobile app effective for 60% of people with depression, anxiety
An app designed to help primary care physicians manage patients with depression and anxiety is easy to use and assists in the delivery of needed mental health treatment, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: U.S. birth rate declines to 35-year low
The birth rate dropped for the fifth year in a row in the United States, bringing the number of babies born across the country to a 35-year low, according to the latest figures from the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly 40% of critically ill COVID-19 patients in New York City died, study finds
The majority of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 require mechanical ventilation to help them breathe, according to a study published Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Controlling blood pressure may reduce dementia risk by 7%
Treating high blood pressure may also reduce risk for dementia or cognitive impairment later in life, an analysis published Tuesday by JAMA has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

African-American, white women share genetic mutations linked to breast cancer
African-American and white women share several genetic mutations that increase risk for breast cancer, according to a study published on Tuesday by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Most COVID-19 patients won't experience PTSD, depression after recovery
Most people hospitalized with severe COVID-19 should recover without lingering mental health effects, an analysis published Monday by The Lancet Psychiatry has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Primary care spending lags behind growth of other healthcare expenditures
Spending on primary care services -- including routine doctor visits -- is on the rise in the United States, though not at the same rate as hospital care and prescription drugs, an analysis published Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global trial to assess chloroquine against COVID-19 in health workers
More than 50,000 healthcare workers will be enrolled in a clinical trial to assess chloroquine for protection against COVID-19, according to researchers at the Washington University of St. Louis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asthma, ADHD common among teens with vaping lung injury
Teenagers with asthma and a history of mental, behavioral or emotional disorders appear to be more prone to vaping-associated lung damage, according to an analysis published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 discriminates along racial, socioeconomic lines, study finds
Black people, poor people and those living in densely populated areas are up to four times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, an analysis published Friday by The Lancet has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poorer, racially diverse neighborhoods more likely to lose health facilities, study finds
Neighborhoods with high black and Hispanic or Latin populations are more likely to lose healthcare facilities, potentially making it more difficult to access care, a new study has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Stay-at-home' orders reduce COVID-19 cases in some areas, study finds
Stay-at-home orders can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 -- and could have helped states like Iowa -- according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis drug interferon-alpha-2b might treat COVID-19 effectively
Treatment with the hepatitis drug interferon-alpha-2b might speed recovery for people with COVID-19, a small, " exploratory " study published Friday by the journal Frontiers in Immunology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Losing weight before bariatric surgery reduces risk of death by 40%, study finds
Losing even a little weight before bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of complications from the procedure, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 at least 10 times deadlier than typical flu, analysis finds
COVID-19 causes at least 10 times more deaths than typical seasonal influenza, according to the authors of an analysis published by JAMA Internal Medicine write. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kawasaki disease-like symptoms identified in Italian children with COVID-19
Researchers in Italy announced Wednesday that they have identified 10 cases of young children with COVID-19 symptoms that resemble Kawasaki disease, a rare inflammatory disorder, echoing reports from doctors in New York. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New MRI approach mighty speed diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's, study finds
Measuring glucose levels in the brain by magnetic resonance imaging could lead to earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: COPD, liver disease, hypertension, diabetes linked to unhealthy drinking
Adults with diabetes, COPD and A-fib are more likely to consume alcohol at levels higher than recommended for healthy people, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zinc might boost effectiveness of malaria drug against COVID-19, experts say
Adding zinc to hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin might help the drug combination resolve some of the symptoms of COVID-19, a study posted online this week said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Soda, sugary drinks increase heart disease risk in women by 20%, study finds
Women who drink one or sugary beverages a day are more than 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease, a study published Wednesday by the Journal of the American Heart Association found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Special footwear might reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, study finds
Specially designed shoes can help reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis, a study published Tuesday by JAMA has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gap between urban, rural heart disease death rates doubles
More and more residents of rural areas in the United States are dying from heart disease, a contrast from improving heart health seen in urban areas of the country, an analysis published Tuesday finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Engaging children's tastes in eating decisions leads to healthier habits
Enabling children to make their own decisions about food and educating them about healthy choices can lead to improved nutrition and healthier lifelong eating habits, according medical experts. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smoking, COPD as much as double risk for severe COVID-19
People who smoke and or have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, might be at increased risk for severe complications and death from COVID-19 infection, an analysis published the journal PLOS ONE said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One in four children with severe COVID-19 develops organ failure, study finds
Children appear to be at reduced risk for serious illness from COVID-19, but a small analysis published Monday shows that when hospitalization is needed, one in four youngsters with the infection develops organ failure. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles vaccinations in U.S. children fall up to 60 percent since pandemic, CDC says
Pediatric vaccination against measles has declined by as much as 60 percent nationally since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to new data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combination of HIV, hepatitis C, MS drugs might resolve COVID-19 infection
Combination therapy with interferon beta-1b plus lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin appears to improve symptoms and shorten hospital stays for people with mild to moderate COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

15-minute COVID-19 test proves accurate at confirming infection
A new, point-of-care testing kit for COVID-19 that can deliver results in 15 minutes accurately diagnoses people more than 80 percent of time, an analysis has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poverty, poorer health make some in the Bronx more vulnerable to COVID-19
New York City has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, with immigrant populations in areas such as the Bronx " disproportionately " affected, a commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins to launch trials of blood plasma treatment for COVID-19
Johns Hopkins University will start two clinical trials of convalescent blood plasma for treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arthritis drug shows promise against respiratory distress caused by COVID-19
Anakinra, a drug developed to treat rheumatoid arthritis might help patients who have developed acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by COVID-19, a small study published by The Lancet Rheumatology has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news