Health Advice



It's My Metabolism

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Our daily energy expenditure, otherwise known as our metabolism, changes over the course of our lives. A slower metabolism is often credited (blamed) for why we put on weight in later life, especially women.

As it turns out, while metabolism does change over time, it doesn't necessarily do it in the way we thought. New research shows distinct...Read more

Long COVID Uncommon in Children

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Adding to a small but growing body of research, an English study found that the vast majority of children recover from COVID-19 within two months after testing positive. However, the number with persistent symptoms wasn't zero. Of roughly 1,700 pediatric patients surveyed, roughly 4% of children still felt symptoms after one month after ...Read more

Doses In Abundance

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

With vaccination rates slowing (or never really getting momentum) in some parts of the country, U.S. public health officials have begun to worry about unused COVID-19 vaccines going to waste as their expiration dates come up this summer. Authorities estimate there are enough doses at risk to vaccinate more than 13 million people.

A Pox On ...Read more

Genes and COVID-19

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

COVID-19 hits some people harder than others, with more severe or longer-lasting symptoms and consequences. Gene hunters are beginning to turn up clues as to why by probing dozens of parts of the human genome for evidence that some genes confer greater susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection or severe illness.

Findings thus far aren't changing...Read more

Cancer Deaths Are Down -- And Up

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Overall, cancer deaths continue to decline, but the news isn't universally good. Between 2001 and 2018, lung cancer deaths steeply declined, as did rates for melanoma, female breast and colorectal cancers.

Cancer incidence rates are higher for men, but increasing among women. Black people have lower rates of cancer incidence than white people...Read more

Pandemic's Toll on Mental Health

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

It's a question often asked these days: Who will take care of the caregivers? Usually, it's asked in the context of health care workers laid low by COVID-19, resulting in severe staff shortages at hospitals and elsewhere.

But the question applies as well to mental health. New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research surveying more ...Read more

Cajita Feliz

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

That's Happy Meal in Spanish, but you already know that if you've been paying attention to TV ads. A new report says the fast food industry spent $5 billion on advertising their products in 2019, most of which targeted Black and Hispanic youth.

That's $400 million more than in 2012. Spending on Spanish advertising in 2019 increased 33% since ...Read more

The Mouse That Soared

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Scientists recently sent freeze-dried mouse sperm into low-Earth orbit to study the effects of space radiation on fertility and reproduction. After spending between three and six years aboard the International Space Station, the researchers brought the sperm samples back and thawed them to produce healthy mouse pups.

They found gene ...Read more

Don't Laugh Until You Try This

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Researchers say that for patients with clinical depression who do not improve with antidepressant medications, the remedy might be nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas.

A small study found that a low dose of laughing gas was just as effective at improving depression as a higher dose of standard medications in patients with treatment...Read more

House Calls

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

In the early months of the pandemic, telehealth use rose dramatically. But fewer people are using digital tools to connect with their doctor these days. Claims for telehealth service fell 5% in March of this year from February, which fell 16% from January.

Possible reasons include the use of vaccines, which has made it easier for patients to ...Read more

The Math of Migraines

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

It's estimated that more than one billion people worldwide suffer from migraines, which doctors define as a headache that can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

It's estimated that 157 million workdays are lost ...Read more

Segregated Hospitals

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

The nonprofit Lown Institute has ranked 3,200 hospital systems across the country based on racial inclusivity, i.e., what their patient mix was in terms of race and socioeconomic status. It found stark differences between the most and least inclusive hospitals, which often were just miles apart.

For example, the most racially inclusive hospital...Read more

Older, but Hardly Alone

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

In 2019, there were roughly 54 million Americans aged 65 and older. By 2050, there will be nearly 86 million, a population increase of nearly 60%. The future, according to the latest Senior Report by United Health Foundation, looks mixed.

On the plus side, geriatric services and providers are increasing, as are vaccination and exercise rates....Read more



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