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From Hear to There

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

A small study suggests that older adults with hearing loss may also be less physically active. Researchers looked at nearly 300 adults, ages 60 to 69, and found that those with hearing loss reported nearly 35 minutes of more sedentary activity each day than those without hearing loss.

They also reported that the hearing-impaired had 30 fewer ...Read more

Skin on Fire

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

If you've noticed an increased recurrence of skin conditions such as eczema and itchiness, one reason might be poor air quality, especially in places such as California, where wildfires have been frequent and massive in recent years.

Researchers studied the Camp Fire of 2018, noting that there was a 50% increase in pediatric visits to ...Read more

Heavy Breathing

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Typically, snoring in adults rouses concerns of sleep issues such as apnea, a condition in which breathing temporarily pauses multiple times over the course of a night. But new research suggests that when it happens in kids, it can signal trouble, too.

A study of 10,000 preteens found that those who snored three or more times a week were also...Read more

Shock Attack

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

With the pandemic hopefully on the wane and warmer days ahead, we dream of beaches and frolicking in the waves. In our nightmares, we dream of sharks. Shark attacks are quite rare (less than 1 per million people per year), but these numbers are increasing.

Just over half of shark attacks are in the United States, rising by about one bite per ...Read more

COVID Redux

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Folks have heard of COVID "long-haulers," persons whose COVID-19 symptoms persist for weeks and months. But COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized may have other issues after discharge. For example, they are at higher risk for organ damage, particularly to the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver.

Among more than 47,000 COVID-19 patients surveyed,...Read more

Antibiotics: Doing the Same With Less

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

New recommendations from the American College of Physicians suggest patients are taking antibiotics for too long.

Often, antibiotic are prescribed for daily use over a week or longer. The new recommendations suggest five days is best practice for a variety of common infections, such as uncomplicated bronchitis, community-acquired pneumonia, ...Read more

Sleep, COVID-19 and Health Care Workers

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Being a frontline health care worker during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a continuing source of sleeplessness, which may increase the risk of contracting the disease. In a summer 2020 survey of 2,884 workers exposed to COVID-19 patients daily, 568 developed COVID-19. For each hour longer that these health care workers slept, their odds of ...Read more

Statins Are Not a Pain

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

One of the alleged side effects of statins -- a popular class of drugs used to prevent deaths from heart attacks and strokes -- is the perception that they cause muscle pain. A new trial asked older patients who had stopped taking statins (or were thinking about it) because of associated pain to go back on the drug or take a placebo. They ...Read more

More May Mean Long

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

For a small but troubling number of people who get COVID-19, the symptoms do not pass after just a couple of weeks. They persist, often for months, perhaps longer. A new study suggests one way to predict who might be a long-hauler is the number of symptoms that manifest in the early days, such as fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, fever, ...Read more

Hack to School

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

As schools reopen to in-classroom instruction, there may be a cautionary tale from Hong Kong. When children there returned to school in October, large numbers of kids began getting sick, despite mandatory masking, more spacing between desks and other measures intended to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

But the vast majority of sick...Read more

Those Lyin' Eyes

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

The Eagles may have been singing about something else, but new research suggests that eyes are not necessarily true windows to the soul -- or, more precisely, how another person is feeling.

It's a common notion that "smiling eyes" that involve uplifted cheeks and crinkles around the eyes indicate genuine happiness. They even have a technical ...Read more

 

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