Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

SATURDAY, Aug. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pickleball has become a wildly popular sport for older Americans, but seniors who enjoy playing it should know about potential injuries and how to avoid them. The most common problem is with the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder, which can cause pain....
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COVID May Be Tied to Rise in Brain Infections in Children

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 may be linked to a rise in bacterial brain infections in children, a new study suggests. When the pandemic hit, doctors at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., saw a worrisome 236% rise in these infections and wondered why.
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1 in 8 COVID Patients Will Develop Long COVID, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Numerous people have reported lingering or new symptoms after a COVID-19 infection, though exactly how many people are struggling with long COVID has remained unclear. Now, a new Dutch study finds about one of every eight (12.7%) patients who show long COVID symptoms.

New Yorkers Warned of Possible Community Spread of Polio

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – New Yorkers who aren't vaccinated for polio should get their shots, state public health officials warned Thursday after the virus was found in seven wastewater samples in two neighboring counties. The finding comes after an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County last month...

Loneliness Can Be a Real Heartbreaker, Cardiac Experts Warn

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Social isolation and loneliness put people at a 30% higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death from either, a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) warns. The statement also highlights the lack of data on interventions that could...

Blood Protein Might Predict Future Risk of Diabetes, Cancer

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Elevated levels of a specific protein appear to be linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes and dying from cancer, a new study finds. High levels of prostasin -- mainly found in epithelial cells, which line the surfaces and organs of the...

Vegan? Weightlifting May Protect Your Bones

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While a plant-based diet may be associated with lower bone mineral density and increased fracture risk, there might be a way to counteract that: pumping iron. New Austrian research shows that vegans who lift weights or do strength training have stronger bones than...

Skip the Texts: Face-to-Face Meetings Make College Students Happier

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In a world where everyone spends more and more time with eyes fixed on their phones, new research suggests young people feel happier after socializing with friends in person rather than virtually. The conclusion is an outgrowth of nearly four years spent analyzing...

Which Source of Dietary Fiber Works Best?

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If your diet is low in fiber, you can do your gut some good by adding more -- regardless of the fiber source, new research suggests. Many people know fiber as the nutrient that keeps you regular. But it's also a key player in the makeup of the gut microbiome -- the vast collection of bacteria and other microbes that reside in the digestive tract.

Lifestyle May Be Key to Helping You Avoid Dementia

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Socializing, taking classes and exercising may boost your brain's cognitive reserve and stave off memory and thinking problems down the road, a new study suggests. Cognitive reserve refers to the brain's ability to withstand the effects of diseases like Alzheimer's and not show...

Monoclonal Antibody Might Help Prevent Malaria

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are reporting early but encouraging findings on a potential new way to prevent malaria — an old foe that still ranks as a major killer worldwide. In a small trial of healthy volunteers, U.S. government researchers found that a lab-engineered antibody...

CDC Set to Ease COVID Guidance, Including for Schools

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Americans could see an easing of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations as soon as this week. Updated guidance expected from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would change current recommendations for schools and some other community settings, sources familiar with the plans told CNN.

Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health. Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants. Maternal death rates among Black and...

Health Highlights: Aug. 4, 2022​

Monoclonal antibody might help prevent malaria. An easily injected lab-engineered antibody protected most participants from infection with the malaria parasite, new research finds.Read more. CDC may ease COVID guidance soon. In a new advisory that could come this week, changes would include de-emphasizing the 6 feet of social distancing that...

Your Dog's Gut Microbes Change Quickly With New Diet

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Switching Fido to a new dog food? What happens in his gut as a result is nothing short of remarkable, a new study reveals. The population of bacteria living in his gut — his microbiome — will change dramatically in as little as a week.