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Study finds frequent use of digital media linked to ADHD symptoms in teens

July 19, 2018
Study finds frequent use of digital media linked to ADHD symptoms in teens

Most teens today own a smartphone and go online every day, and about a quarter of them use the internet “almost constantly,” according to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center. Now a study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that such frequent use of digital media by adolescents might increase their odds of developing [...]

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Increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease in mothers having 5 or more babies

July 18, 2018
Increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease in mothers having 5 or more babies

Women who have given birth five or more times may be 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life than those who have fewer births, according to a new study of more than 3,500 women in South Korea and Greece. Even women without dementia who had given birth five or more times scored lower [...]

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Honey smacks linked to salmonella outbreak, 100 people infected

July 16, 2018
Honey smacks linked to salmonella outbreak, 100 people infected

US health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged consumers: “Do not eat this cereal.” More than a million packets of the product were recalled by the manufacturer Kellogg’s in June after [...]

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Sexually transmitted infection MG could become superbug, experts warn

July 11, 2018
Sexually transmitted infection MG could become superbug, experts warn

A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it can develop resistance to [...]

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Longer hours in working higher risk of diabetes in women

July 11, 2018
Longer hours in working higher risk of diabetes in women

Working overtime may help pay the bills, but it can be bad for your health. New research, published July 2 in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, has shown that too much toiling may elevate diabetes risk in women. The study adds to a growing number of reports suggesting that overwork negatively affects well-being. Based on [...]

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Increasing number of mental health problems among students

July 11, 2018
Increasing number of mental health problems among students

The Tuscaloosa County School System reports a significant number of its students face mental health issues. School officials said at a meeting Monday at least 1,000 of their students were dealing with this. Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Burkhardt said this is not a new problem, but a growing concern. He said children have a harder [...]

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Skin cancer risk higher in military personnel

July 6, 2018
Skin cancer risk higher in military personnel

Kelsie Riemenschneider, M.D., from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to identify studies of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer in military personnel. The researchers identified nine studies describing skin cancer incidence in the U.S. military, with four studies specific to melanoma. Overall, there was an increased risk for melanoma [...]

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Flying high: crew subject to higher cancer rates

June 26, 2018
Flying high: crew subject to higher cancer rates

Flight attendants are exposed to a number of known cancer-causing risks, but few studies have rigorously quantified that risk, and researchers say they are an understudied occupational group. The Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study (FAHS), begun in 2007, addresses some of the gaps in understanding health risks among flight attendants. In the latest report, published [...]

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Hong Kong on alert over fungus-contaminated OTC drug

June 26, 2018
Hong Kong on alert over fungus-contaminated OTC drug

In Hong Kong, people are warned against taking the over-the-counter digestion supplement called Enzyplex over risk of contamination. The said drug is being examined for presence of fungi after a batch of medication prescribed to a cancer patient in Queen Mary Hospital was reportedly contaminated. Enzyplex, manufactured by Indonesia-based pharmaceutical company, Medifarma Laboratories is a [...]

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Scientists examine how high blood pressure damaged cognition

June 25, 2018
Scientists examine how high blood pressure damaged cognition

The squeeze high blood pressure puts on fragile blood vessels in the brain appears to disrupt a normal, protective process that balances the blood flowing to our brains with the activity of our resting neurons.  In the face of hypertension, as blood flow decreases, neuron-nurturing brain cells called astrocytes may instead tell neurons to increase [...]

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