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 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:23:47 -0800 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 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> f82f9904085131a3100b28811e06b0c5 Why Chemo Kills Bone for 02/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/02/20/why-chemo-kills-bone Wed, 12 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One of the major adverse effects of cancer treatment can be bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis and fractures. It's especially problematic among postmenopausal women being treated for breast cancer.</p> <p>In a new study, cancer researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, studied mice with multiple types of cancer exposed to various treatments. They found that chemotherapy and radiation induce bone cell senescence &#8212; cells cease the constant, natural process of self-repair, self-renewal and replication. The effect occurred in both male and female mice independent of cancer type. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 12, 2020</p> b66a5f1909529754029ed4259e2c45b1 Revenge Is Kids' Stuff for 02/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/02/20/revenge-is-kids-stuff Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Cognitive scientists at the University of California, Irvine report that <span class="column--highlighted-text">children ages 4 to 8 must be taught the social norms of giving, gratitude and reciprocity. It doesn't come naturally.</span> </p> <p>Revenge is different.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 05, 2020</p> 6e6b101cbb658aadd34d65b3940b1ec8 Investing in Health Research for 01/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/01/20/investing-in-health-research Wed, 29 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A new report by Research!America (the exclamation point in the middle is the giveaway that this is an advocacy group) says total spending on health and medical research in the U.S. in 2018 exceeded $194 billion. </p> <p>It's part of a rising trend. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Since 2013, medical and health R&D has increased by $51 billion, with industry responsible for two-thirds of funding, followed by federal agencies and then academic institutions and foundations.</span> <p>Updated: Wed Jan 29, 2020</p> 3dc63a64176378c29fcefd225d90bdf5 Managing Meds for 01/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/01/20/managing-meds Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Americans ages 65 to 69 take an average of 15 prescriptions per year; those ages 80 to 84 have 18 prescriptions. That's in addition to the uncounted over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements and more that people may be taking, alone or in combination.</p> <p>Health experts are urging patients, caregivers and doctors to be more cognizant of both these numbers and their consequences. Many supposed remedies are unnecessary or used incorrectly. They can be dangerous, too, particularly when taken in combination. For example, taking aspirin regularly increases the risk of bleeding in patients on a prescribed anticoagulant like Coumadin. One recent study found that one-third of medications prescribed to patients at a skilled nursing home had side effects that worsened underlying conditions.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 22, 2020</p> c509b2565d2943c01bd0171f36c9d837 After Unplanned Hospital Visit, Another Unpleasant Surprise for 01/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/01/20/after-unplanned-hospital-visit-another-unpleasant-surprise Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A Canadian study has found that among older adults, an unexpected hospital admission was associated with an increased risk of death within five years of the visit.</p> <p>The study looked at data on 922,000 Canadians ages 66 and older between 2007 and 2017. Researchers found that 51% of those who died during the study had experienced an unplanned hospital admission, and of that group, 40% died within five years of the first admission.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 15, 2020</p> 0ee852b24352a5939cc4282d26f3ffb8 Getting There, Alive for 01/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/01/20/getting-there-alive Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Among the most common ways of getting to work each morning, riding a motorcycle is the most likely to result in a traffic fatality. Motorcycles are 29 times more deadly per passenger-mile than cars, according to Ian Savage, who studies the economics and safety of transportation at Northwestern University.</p> <p>Per mile, taking a train is roughly 17 times safer than a car; buses are 67 times safer, which makes busing approximately 1,930 times safer than riding a motorcycle to work.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 08, 2020</p> 2651f4c491d7db47b5a5c053ec6b2eb2 Park Yourself for 01/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/12/19/park-yourself Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The idea of living near a park is generally attractive. Who wouldn't want close access to a bit of green, open space? But if you're in the market for moving closer to a park, take a moment to consider this variable: shape.</p> <p>A Texas A&M University study found that residents who lived near odd or complex-shaped green spaces had lower mortality risk than those who resided by more regularly shaped parks.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 01, 2020</p> 7893540b2bdf9b55d9e655f9e2e243c5 Is There a Doctor ... ? for 12/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/12/19/is-there-a-doctor- Wed, 25 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Each year, the nation's medical schools produce more than 20,000 graduates with M.D. degrees. Medical school enrollments are rising, too. But supply may not be enough to meet expected demand: By 2032, experts predict a shortage of up to nearly 122,000 physicians nationwide.</p> <p>The scarcity will not be equally felt. Some cities are already feeling the pinch: El Paso, Texas, Miami, Cleveland, Phoenix and Denver have the highest current demand. The biggest need, in terms of specialty, are family medicine doctors, internists and emergency physicians. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 25, 2019</p> 3b2b6fe29ca9f01b050e2e3765181837 Dad, We Need to Talk for 12/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/12/19/dad-we-need-to-talk Wed, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When adult children begin taking care of aging parents, conflict is common and often inevitable as new relationships, dynamics and realities emerge. Autonomy is often a central tension in caregiving, especially at the end of life. A study out of the University of Missouri suggests having difficult, frank conversations to ease tensions. </p> <p>"Conflict is stressful," said study author Jacquelyn Benson, an assistant professor at UM. "However, it also is necessary and can lead to positive change." Benson and colleagues analyzed data from a clinical trial involving end-of-life caregiving, particularly in hospice situations. One common finding was that if all parties honestly discussed and came to terms with respective duties, responsibilities and expectations, the caregiving burden lessened significantly. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 18, 2019</p> a5adc02b1c410075b5c41110be24925d Don't Lose Sleep Over This for 12/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/12/19/dont-lose-sleep-over-this Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's long been known that sleep deprivation adversely affects cognitive function; we just don't seem to think as well or as effectively when we don't get enough rest. But new research out of Michigan State University suggests the ill effects of too little sleep impact mental functioning in other ways.</p> <p>The researchers looked at how sleep deprivation affects place keeping &#8212; the ability to complete a series of steps without losing one's place, despite potential interruptions. "Sleep deprivation doubles the odds of making place-keeping errors and triples the number of lapses in attention, which is startling," said study author Kimberly M. Fenn. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 11, 2019</p> 871fe60d41757816ca689aa6867fdf06 Cancer Cuts for 12/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/12/19/cancer-cuts Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As cancer rates increase, the number of doctors trained to treat cancer patients is declining. A new report by Doximity &#8212; an online networking service for doctors &#8212; says the primary driver is more oncologists are retiring than new ones are being produced. </p> <p>The shortage will not hit evenly, with cities like Miami, North Port, Florida, and New York City having higher-than-average numbers of oncologists above retirement age, while Houston and Portland are less at risk. </p> <p>Women with breast cancer may feel the pain especially hard, particularly in cities like Buffalo, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut, which have oncologist shortages and higher rates of breast cancer. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 04, 2019</p> b27700f21aedf32e48a070c97eb8bddf Don't Think Too Hard About This for 11/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/11/19/dont-think-too-hard-about-this Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We've all heard the admonitions about how keeping mentally active boosts overall health and longevity. A new study suggests that busy brains might mean shorter lifespans, and excessive brain activity could be a risk factor for dementia. </p> <p>Researchers documented the phenomenon across multiple species &#8212; from humans to mice to roundworms (!) &#8212; and said it appears people who live longer may have a regulatory gene that more effectively quiets unnecessary nerve activity.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 27, 2019</p> 5802fcc064870fa54a5f602ea305439c Unhealthy Relationships for 11/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/11/19/unhealthy-relationships Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Which is worse for your health: a troubled relationship with a significant other or prolonged problems with parents, siblings and extended family members? </p> <p>It's long been known that strained intimate relationships can have a significant adverse effect on physical health, but new research suggests the negative impacts of family strife are more harmful, measurably worsening chronic health conditions.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 20, 2019</p> 42891b044a69b4c9ddd70b0457437b1e Pregnant Pause for 11/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/11/19/pregnant-pause Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Centers for Disease Control reports that a large number of pregnant women are not getting two critically important vaccines: the Tdap vaccine (to prevent pertussis, also known as whooping cough) and the annual flu shot. </p> <p>Survey data found that only 55% of pregnant women reported getting a Tdap vaccination and 54% receiving a flu shot last year. Only one-third of women said they got both. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 13, 2019</p> 2d657c8adb873f16d0aa6dbc66986b8f Smoking Out Users for 11/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/11/19/smoking-out-users Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A large national survey, taken from 2016 to 2017 and published in JAMA, reports that people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis, cancer or depression are more likely to say they use marijuana than people without such illnesses.</p> <p>The numbers skew young, with one-quarter of people ages 18 to 34 reporting current marijuana use but only 2.4% of people 65 and older.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 06, 2019</p> e48a19b415cd51141a3c4fda3ebbb1ca Painful Muscle Memory for 10/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/10/19/painful-muscle-memory Wed, 30 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Aricept, a drug commonly prescribed to manage cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients, may be associated with a higher risk of hospitalization. A Canadian study looked at more than 220,000 patients prescribed drugs for managing dementia (about 152,000 took Aricept) and found that while the overall hospitalization rate was low, more people who took Aricept were treated for a type of muscle injury &#8212; a known side effect &#8212; than those who took other drugs, such as Exelon and Razadyne. </p> <p><p>Updated: Wed Oct 30, 2019</p> 257b05ef54fc800f7ff483ac4954d662 Knock-Knock for 10/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/10/19/knock-knock Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Peace Corps is famously all about young men and woman venturing to distant locales, bringing with them the promise of social, economic and technical assistance, leavened with a bit of good old-fashioned American can-do spirit. </p> <p>There's now a move afoot to create a similar program for seniors closer to home. The Department of Health and Human Services has taken the first steps to create a National Volunteer Care Corps, which envisions healthy retirees and young adults taking needy seniors to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, shoveling snowy sidewalks, helping out around the house or just stopping by for visits. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 23, 2019</p> 7f99595cb5591cedc902395e4ecf1dde Tele Friend for 10/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/10/19/tele-friend Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Telemedicine is consulting with a medical professional via computer or smartphone. With screens everywhere, it's quite doable. But is it used often? Among people over the age of 50, not so much, according to a University of Michigan poll.</p> <p>Surveyors found that older patients aren't quite ready to virtually embrace their doctors and health care providers, with only 4% saying they'd had a video-based telehealth visit with a doctor. Their reactions were mixed.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 16, 2019</p> 34613a83a90905c43dc83f515058426d Social Media and Girls for 10/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/wellnews/10/19/social-media-and-girls Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span class="column--highlighted-text">A study of nearly 10,000 teens in the United Kingdom found that more than 25% of girls who used social media frequently throughout the day reported greater anxiety and lower rates of happiness than girls who were on social media sites on only a weekly basis, or even less frequently.</span></p> <p>The researchers concluded that the effect could be linked to cyberbullying, as well as a lack of sleep and physical activity.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 09, 2019</p>