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Fat Got Your Tongue?

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

Overweight and obese people comprise up to 70% of cases of OSA, during which sleep is disrupted by brief but recurrent moments ...Read more

Why Chemo Kills Bone

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

In a new study, cancer researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, studied mice with multiple types of ...Read more

Revenge Is Kids' Stuff

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Cognitive scientists at the University of California, Irvine report that children ages 4 to 8 must be taught the social norms of giving, gratitude and reciprocity. It doesn't come naturally.

Revenge is different.

"In our series of experiments, we thought we'd see that children would display positive direct reciprocity -- the tendency to pay ...Read more

Investing in Health Research

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

It's part of a rising trend. Since 2013, medical and health R&D has increased by $51 billion, with industry responsible for two-...Read more

Managing Meds

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

Health experts are ...Read more

After Unplanned Hospital Visit, Another Unpleasant Surprise

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

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 ...Read more

Getting There, Alive

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

Per mile, taking a train is roughly ...Read more

Park Yourself

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

A Texas A&M University study found that residents who lived near odd or complex-shaped green spaces had lower mortality ...Read more

Is There a Doctor ... ?

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

The scarcity will not be equally felt. Some cities are already ...Read more

Dad, We Need to Talk

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

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Don't Lose Sleep Over This

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

The researchers looked at how sleep ...Read more

Cancer Cuts

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

As cancer rates increase, the number of doctors trained to treat cancer patients is declining. A new report by Doximity -- an online networking service for doctors -- says the primary driver is more oncologists are retiring than new ones are being produced.

The shortage will not hit evenly, with cities like Miami, North Port, Florida, and New...Read more

Don't Think Too Hard About This

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

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.

Researchers documented the phenomenon across multiple species -- from humans to mice to roundworms (!) -- ...Read more

 

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