Study: COVID-19 cases, deaths highest in regions with greatest income inequality
Regions of the United States with greater levels of income inequality have higher rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. sees 5-fold increase in methamphetamine overdose deaths
Rates of methamphetamine overdose deaths in the United States increased five-fold from 2011 to 2018, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Psychiatry. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Education, advocacy program reduces pregnancy complications in at-risk mothers
A program designed to bring education and care services to communities most at-risk for preterm birth and infant death reduces these complications by nearly 50%, a study in the Journal of Maternal and Child Health found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 patients treated in busy ICUs at higher risk for death, study finds
COVID-19 patients treated in hospital ICUs during periods of increased demand are nearly twice as likely to die from the disease compared to those who receive care during low-demand periods, a study published by JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer-related suicides in U.S. dropped during last two decades, study finds
Suicide rates among people with cancer declined by nearly 3% annually over the past 20 years, a study published Tuesday by JNCI: The Journal of the National Cancer Institute found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regular aspirin use can lower risk for death in bladder, breast cancers, study finds
People who take aspirin at least three times per week are more likely to survive bladder cancer, according to an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: New COVID-19 strain could become 'predominant' in U.S. by March
A more contagious strain of COVID-19 could become the " predominant " one in the United States by March, potentially undermining gains in infection control spurred by vaccines, researchers from the CDC predicted. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Saliva-based COVID-19 tests as accurate as those using nose, throat samples
COVID-19 tests that use patients' saliva to screen for the virus are just as effective as those that use swabs collected from the nose and throat, an analysis published by JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 reduced U.S. life expectancy, particularly among minorities
The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in the United States in 2020 by more than a year, from roughly 78.5 years to 77.5 years, an analysis published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biden plan for COVID-19 vaccine doses won't cause shortages, official says
The incoming Biden administration's plan to release more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine won't cause supply shortages, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the newly created COVID-19 advisory board said Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Retinal stem cells from cadavers may help restore vision in blind, study finds
Retinal stem cells collected from human cadavers offer a potential treatment for blindness, according to the authors of an article published Thursday by Stem Cell Reports. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

500K in U.S. diagnosed with Lyme disease annually, but some may not have it
Roughly 500,000 people across the United States are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the CDC, but researchers raise concern that some people may be misdiagnosed. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Young adults account for most COVID-19 cases among young people
Adults between 18 and 24 years old account for nearly 60% of new COVID-19 cases among young people, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

College campuses may be COVID-19 'super-spreaders,' study finds
More than half of colleges across the country reported " spikes " in COVID-19 cases, suggesting students and others may be " super-spreaders, " according to a study published Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer deaths in U.S. down by nearly one-third in last 20 years, analysis finds
Deaths from cancer in the United States fell 31% between 1991 and 2018, including a 2.4% decline from 2017 to 2018, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the American Cancer Society. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. expands COVID-19 vaccine priority to include all seniors 65 and up
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials Tuesday expanded COVID-19 vaccine availability during the initial phase of distribution to include people age 65 years and older. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many in U.S. nervous about seeking medical care due to COVID-19, survey says
Nearly 70% of adults in the United States worry about going to medical appointments when COVID-19 rates are high in their area, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Coffee reduces risk for prostate cancer
Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to lower risk for developing prostate cancer, according to an analysis published Monday by BMJ Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oral sex frequency, number of partners linked to HPV-related cancer risk in study
Having more than 10 oral sex partners over a lifetime quadruples a person's risk for human papillomavirus-related mouth and throat cancer, a study published Monday by the journal Cancer found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 hospitalization rates for children rise in U.S., study finds
The COVID-19 hospitalization rate for children across the United States increased by 800% over the course of six months between mid-May and mid-November of last year, according to a study published Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatigue, breathing, mental health problems may persist for months after COVID-19
Many studies have documented long-term health complications following COVID-19 infection. But new research suggests these problems may last for months, and affect even those who suffer less serious forms of the disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers close in on 'universal' flu vaccine as COVID-19 fight takes priority
Researchers believe they are one step closer to a universal flu vaccine, even as concerns over the seasonal virus move to the back burner during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Fatigue, breathing problems persist for months following COVID-19 diagnosis
Symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath persist for more than 10 weeks after a COVID-19 diagnosis, a study published Friday by the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine just as effective against viral variant
The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech may be effective against new variants of the coronavirus that have emerged in Britain and South Africa, a new study indicates. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study suggests COVID-19 may have remained in Wuhan past April
The COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, may have lasted into May, according to an analysis published Thursday by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. China declared the city virus-free and lifted lockdown in April. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surviving cancer 'ages' the heart, increasing heart disease risk, CDC analysis finds
Surviving cancer " ages " a person's heart by up to nine years, an analysis released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Parents born early nearly twice as likely to have children with autism
Parents who were born very prematurely are nearly twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published Thursday by the International Journal of Epidemiology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Symptom-free infected people cause at least half of COVID-19 spread
At least half of COVID-19 transmission globally may have been caused by symptom-free infected people unknowingly spreading the virus to others, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination efforts should speed up in coming weeks, former FDA director says
Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines in the United States has gone slower than expected but should ramp up by the end of January, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration director Dr. Mark McClellan said Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Severe allergic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine 'exceedingly rare'
A severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is " exceedingly rare, " reported by 21 of 1.9 million people in the United States who have received the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Sickle cell trait does not increase heart disease risk in African Americans
Carrying the sickle cell trait does not play a significant role in the increased risk for coronary heart disease among African Americans, a study published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: More research needed to assess long-term effects of COVID-19 on brain
An international group of researchers called Tuesday for studies to explore the potential long-term effects of COVID-19 on the brain. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: U.S. 'a long way' from herd immunity despite number of COVID-19 cases
More than 60 million people in the United States may have been infected with the new coronavirus by mid-November, but that does not mean the population is nearing " herd immunity, " according to a new analysis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Mandating flu shots for hospital workers reduces viral spread, deaths
States with laws mandating flu shots for hospital workers saw reductions in deaths from influenza and pneumonia across their populations, a study published Friday by the Annals of Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lifestyle choices can reduce risk for heartburn, study finds
Women who make healthy lifestyle choices, including keeping off excess body weight, can significantly reduce their risk for developing acid reflux, or heartburn, symptoms, a study published Monday by JAMA Internal Medici (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Smoking, vaping damages health as much as smoking alone
Smoking regular cigarettes and vaping produces harmful health effects similar to just smoking cigarettes on their own, a study published Monday by the journal Circulation found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic mutations that cause malaria drug resistance common in Asia, Africa
Genetic mutations that fuel resistance to a drug intended to prevent malaria in pregnant women and children are common in countries that are fighting the disease, according to a PLOS Genetics analysis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chemotherapy drug may be effective against COVID-19, researchers say
The chemotherapy drug pralatrexate, originally developed to treat lymphoma, may be effective in patients with COVID-19, according to a study published Thursday by the journal PLOS Computational Biology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Modified immunotherapy may work in advanced breast cancer
Women with advanced breast cancer may have a new weapon in their fight against the disease -- a modified form of CAR-T based immunotherapy. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Preterm babies don't benefit from higher red blood cell transfusions
Very low birth weight babies born with anemia don't need transfusions with a high number of red blood cells to avoid complications including developmental delays, cerebral palsy, or hearing and vision loss, a study found (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dating apps foster long-term, satisfying relationships, study finds
Dating app users are more likely to find lasting love than fleeting relationships, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: 1 in 4 children with common hearing condition receives treatment
Just 60% of children with a common form of hearing loss see a specialist, and roughly one in four undergoes a full diagnostic work-up and receives treatment for the condition, according to a study published Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New U.S. dietary guidelines emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat
New dietary guidelines released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services urge increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meat. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older adults, non-English speakers less likely to use telemedicine
Older adults, Asian Americans and non-English speakers have been much less likely to complete scheduled telemedicine visits during the COVID-19 pandemic than those in other demographic groups, according to a JAMA study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Too few with treatment-resistant high blood pressure tested for hormone disorder
Fewer than 2% of people with treatment-resistant high blood pressure are checked for a hormone disorder that can drive blood pressure higher, a study published Monday by the Annals of Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Psoriasis, metabolic syndrome combo may increase heart disease risk
The presence of metabolic syndrome in people with psoriasis may contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, according to a study published Monday by the Journal of the American Association of Dermatology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Analysis: Birth mortality, heart attack deaths worse in U.S. than other wealthy nations
Infant and maternal mortality rates among the wealthiest people in the United States are higher than those for 12 high-income countries globally, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lessons learned during COVID-19 research pivot may improve medical studies, experts say
The complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the quick shift in research focus toward better understanding of the virus and finding a cure, put many studies looking into chronic diseases on hold for the short term. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug offers hope for acute myeloid leukemia treatment in older adults
A new drug treatment for acute myeloid leukemia improves overall survival in those with the deadly blood cancer by up to 10 months, according to a clinical trial published by the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Genetic data can help predict IBD risk
Genetic data from people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds can be used to predict a person's risk for inflammatory bowel disease, according to an analysis published in the journal Gastroenterology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news