Wellnews from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 02 Jul 2020 04:11:03 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Wellnews from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/wellnews-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews 1e1d1345770c35dfe76fbce3b07b7c0d Herpes and Alzheimer's for 07/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/06/20/herpes-and-alzheimers Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New findings in a lab model of the herpes simplex virus HSV-1 suggest it might cause Alzheimer's disease. Researchers used mini-3D models of the human brain that were infected by the herpes virus (which causes cold sores). </p> <p>The brain organoids went on to develop the hallmarks of Alzheimer's including amyloid plaques and neuroinflammation. They were also less efficient at conducting electrical signals. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 01, 2020</p> c3cf596f1bb0afef91d721bf9de5ff39 Vaccinations Plummet During Pandemic for 06/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/06/20/vaccinations-plummet-during-pandemic Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Routine vaccinations for children plummeted earlier this year, say researchers. Compared with the first four months of 2019, there were 2.5 million fewer doses of childhood vaccines ordered for prevention of diseases like rubella, diphtheria and whooping cough, and 250,000 fewer vaccines ordered for highly infectious measles. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Pediatricians are urging families to maintain well-child appointments and stay on schedule with necessary vaccinations.</span><p>Updated: Wed Jun 24, 2020</p> 994d3f5cfd6b7eea3d280e384c2921f6 After Care, Women Take Care for 06/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/06/20/after-care-women-take-care Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Women tend to live longer than men after a major illness, and the reason may be differences in how they seek treatment.</p> <p>Danish researchers looked at how 65,000 adults ages 60 and older accessed care before and after being admitted to a hospital for one of four major diseases, among them heart attack and cancers of the digestive tract.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 17, 2020</p> 507077157f4635a4c19ef98b8bcffaf2 Hospitals Still Safest for Births for 06/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/06/20/hospitals-still-safest-for-births Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Even amid a pandemic and the rising popularity of home births, a new survey from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the safest place to have a baby is in a hospital or accredited birth center.</p> <p>Home births now account for more than 2% of births nationwide, but the AAP said the wide variance in conditions, on-site expertise and distance/time from a medical facility if complications arise result in a twofold to threefold increase in fetal or newborn death, which translates to an absolute risk increase of approximately 1 to 2 deaths per 1,000 live births.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 10, 2020</p> 23d2d7ff1a670a1ac0f181516bd58520 Changing E-Cig Tastes for 06/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/06/20/changing-e-cig-tastes Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In November 2018, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, e-cigarette maker Juul announced it was pulling its fruit flavors and some of its sweet flavors (think cotton candy) from the market &#8212; an effort to reduce the attraction to younger consumers.</p> <p>Tobacco, mint and menthol flavors remained for sale.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 03, 2020</p> 120e1d3ddd25faca87e52940320d3a18 Heat Goes for the Heart for 05/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/05/20/heat-goes-for-the-heart Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As global temperatures rise due to climate change, so, too, will cardiovascular-related deaths</span>, according to a new, albeit narrowly focused, study.</p> <p>Researchers looked at more than 15,000 cardiovascular deaths in Kuwait between 2010 and 2016. (Kuwait lays claim to the hottest day in the last 76 years: 129 degrees Fahrenheit on July 21, 2016, and it consistently boasts high average temperatures.)<p>Updated: Wed May 27, 2020</p> b9b7fe6adf290162bf42927c541399f5 Stepping It up for 05/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/05/20/stepping-it-up Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We all know walking is wonderful exercise, especially as we age and other forms of strenuous physical activity become more difficult. A plethora of devices let us count our steps, with 10,000 steps a day presumed to be the universal goal.</p> <p>A recent study looked at 4,800 people age 40 and older to see if there was a correlation between steps taken and healthy outcomes, i.e., who was less likely to die over the course of 10 years.<p>Updated: Wed May 20, 2020</p> db141d7eaac2a7985850d157abadd766 Third's the Harm for 05/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/05/20/thirds-the-harm Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Firsthand smoke includes the fumes tobacco users inhale. Secondhand smoke is exhaled smoke, plus substances emanating from burning tobacco. Thirdhand smoke is secondhand smoke that lingers invisibly after the smoker is gone. It also can accumulate on the surface of objects; it ages over time; and it becomes progressively more toxic.</p> <p>A new study, reported by STAT, finds that smokers who enter nonsmoking venues, from movie theaters and restaurants to rental cars, are capable of bringing in a large amount of cigarette residue that can affect air quality for extended periods. <p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> fbaa8d1ed1d40a7ca6d3a37ef32336ed Alexa on Drugs for 05/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/05/20/alexa-on-drugs Wed, 06 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The drug and medical device database company First Databank has partnered with Amazon Alexa to allow consumers to ask the device more specific information about a drug and its side effects.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Consumers can now ask an Alexa device common drug-related questions such as "What is Tylenol?" or "What is the difference between Advil and Tylenol?" </span>The answers are stored in the First Databank databases.<p>Updated: Wed May 06, 2020</p> e3d76418ce3eb61a5a078bab12b341a7 Lung Screenings up in Smoke for 04/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/04/20/lung-screenings-up-in-smoke Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most people who should be getting annual lung cancer screenings, specifically current and former smokers, aren't, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials recommend annual screenings for current smokers or those who quit in the past 15 years and who have a history of smoking at least 30 packs of cigarettes a year.</p> <p>However, new data on screening, collected in 10 states in 2017, shows that only 12% of adults met the recommended frequency.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 29, 2020</p> 865aa14885a7cddc913db917265f41dd Palliative Care Helps Parkinson's Patients for 04/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/04/20/palliative-care-helps-parkinsons-patients Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A small study has found that adding palliative care &#8212; treatment focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness &#8212; to standard care can help raise patients' quality of life.</p> <p>In a 210-person trial, half of patients with Parkinson's disease, a progressive neuromuscular disorder, received their standard medical care but were also treated by a team that included a social worker, nurse, chaplain and palliative care specialist. All of them visited patients at home or via telemedicine to discuss symptoms and difficult emotions, and offer support to caregivers.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 22, 2020</p> d4437e602cb8061727a3c4d26a810afe The Pulmonary Perils of Vaping for 04/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/04/20/the-pulmonary-perils-of-vaping Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Vaping poses multiple health risks, not least among them addiction to nicotine. </p> <p>But e-cigarettes also produce a host of dangerous chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene (found in car exhaust), heavy metals and acrolein, an herbicide.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 15, 2020</p> cccc31f2d03cb62027af9811d2579d82 Pathological Life Outside Life for 04/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/04/20/pathological-life-outside-life Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Inside the human body, bacteria, viruses and other microbial pathogens can live for days, weeks, maybe months &#8212; or less. Their existence is usually measured by how quickly our immune system can get rid of them. </p> <p>Outside the body, the life expectancy of a microbe is equally varied. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 08, 2020</p> 35e8bbd0218e95459e5bc24729490090 Worked to Death for 04/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/03/20/worked-to-death Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The suicide rate among working-age Americans (ages 16-64) is increasing; in 2017, nearly 38,000 persons died by suicide. </p> <p>The demographics, however, are quite diverse. The Centers for Disease Control recently issued a new report that found among men, workers in the fishing and hunting trades had the highest suicide rates, followed by musicians and singers. Among women, artists were first, followed by laborers and others involved in freight. </p> <p>By industry, those in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction were most likely to die by suicide, followed by those in construction and other services, such as auto repair.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 01, 2020</p> 2a097f7643464f84fca22d5b48f83d7e Snakes on a Petri Dish for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/03/20/snakes-on-a-petri-dish Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Organoids are all the rage in biological science these days. They are essentially mini versions of targeted organs, such as the brain, liver and intestinal tract. <span class="column--highlighted-text">They aren't exactly the same thing, of course, but at the cellular level, they perform organ functions that allow scientists to study them without the confusing bother of the rest of the human body.</span> </p> <p>Dutch researchers have produced the first organoids of snake venom glands. Rather than actually having to work with venomous snakes, scientists hope to use these miniature glands to create lab-made toxins that can be a source for new drugs, and as an alternative to finding antivenoms to prevent nearly 140,000 snakebites worldwide each year.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p> 21f9927262dc170d31a8dbf42d143a4a Caring About the Caregivers for 03/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/03/20/caring-about-the-caregivers Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most family members and unpaid caregivers looking after older adults say they feel listened to when talking with the adults' health care providers. But a new survey highlights two areas where they say they could use more help.</p> <p>1. Access to clinicians. Fewer than half of caregivers surveyed said they actually interact with doctors.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 18, 2020</p> 2ae5be0cf07a0641bb61191b01337841 Germinal Idea for 03/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/03/20/germinal-idea Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the United Kingdom, ethicists are debating whether to allow men to volunteer to posthumously donate their sperm to strangers. That is, their sperm would be retrieved postmortem and used by persons unknown to them. </p> <p>Advocates say it will help ease a shortage of sperm donors and meet a critical need in the same way as organ donation. <span class="column--highlighted-text">They say it should be viewed as a similarly altruistic gesture. </span>Skeptics ask who would pay for sperm retrieval and whether donors' families could veto their loved one's decision to be a dead donor. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 11, 2020</p> 67b37e987d146c21d5d9e3aeaa6beffa WHO Cares for 03/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/03/20/who-cares-3144d Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The World Health Organization has issued a list of urgent global health challenges that must be addressed in this decade. They are, in no particular order:</p> <p>&#8212; "Elevating health in the climate debate</p> <p>&#8212; "Delivering health in conflict and crisis<p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> 2736f3422cb52e5eddfe29126efbe1e3 Cold Comfort for 02/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/02/20/cold-comfort Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>New data culled from 677,000 temperatures taken and recorded from 1860 to the early 2000s suggests humans are getting colder. That is, our collective "healthy" temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit appears to be dropping.</p> <p>The human body works hard to maintain a relatively stable internal temperature best suited to keeping its organs and chemical reactions running smoothly, and potentially harmful infections at bay.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 26, 2020</p> b152b135445d7f8645e33b1c8ca6247f Fat Got Your Tongue? for 02/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/02/20/fat-got-your-tongue Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reports that for many Americans struggling to get sufficient rest due to obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, the culprit may be chubby tongues. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Overweight and obese people comprise up to 70% of cases of OSA, during which sleep is disrupted by brief but recurrent moments when people stop breathing. </span>Previous studies have found that people with higher body mass indices, or BMIs, accumulate a higher percentage of fat in their tongues than people with lower BMIs. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2020</p>