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Male Gel

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Currently, male birth control consists of two approaches: condoms and vasectomies. The search for something more effective than the former and less drastic than the latter has produced a possible third option: injectable gel.

The gel, which recently went through a small Phase 1 clinical trial with encouraging results, is inserted into the ...Read more

Hearts and Minds

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Suffering a heart attack or other severe cardiac event is a life-threatening and life-changing event. It happens a lot. Every year, roughly 805,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack -- that's about one every 40 seconds.

Physical recovery can be arduous and lengthy, but there's a mental toll as well. One in three heart patients, according...Read more

Muscular Mitochondria

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Exercising (or doing more of it) is a popular New Year's resolution, though usually for naught. Various studies have found that nearly one-quarter of people quit their resolution(s) by the end of the first week and almost half by the end of January. Only 8-9% stick with them for an entire year or to completion.

But if you're still busily ...Read more

Personality Versus Dementia

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

A new study, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, investigated whether any of the so-called Big Five personality traits (conscientiousness, extraversion, openness to experience, neuroticism and agreeableness) impacted risk of cognitive decline.

The scientists looked at data from 44,000 people from eight longitudinal studies, of ...Read more

Kneed to Know

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

New research suggests that stronger quad muscles (at the front of the thigh) relative to hamstrings (in the back) may lower the risk of a total knee replacement. Scientists examined MRI data from 134 participants in the Osteoarthritis Initiative, a nationwide study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Half of the participants ...Read more

Time Flus

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

We're in the fourth winter in the Age of COVID-19, but experts say this season of respiratory ailments appears to be returning to pre-pandemic normalcy. Anti-COVID-19 efforts such as masking and social distancing put a damper on the spread of colds and influenza in recent years, but they appear to be coming back in normal numbers and at normal ...Read more

Such Is Life, What There Is of It

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Life expectancy has been falling in the U.S. in recent years, slipping from 79 years old in 2019 to 76 in 2022, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and drug use epidemic. That reverses years of progress attributed to less smoking and consequent deaths from cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

The lost years have hit men harder than women. A man's ...Read more

The Lousy Traveler

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Airline agents and other airport workers wryly describe fliers who crowd gates waiting to board as "gate lice," a none-too-appreciative term for an unappreciated behavior. Pushing and squeezing to get on a flight as quickly as possible often results in just making the whole boarding process slower.

So why do people do it, especially if they ...Read more

Worth Their Weight in Gold?

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

New and emerging weight loss drugs such as Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro can cut substantial poundage and have proved wildly popular -- except with insurers who have been slow to grant wide access to the drugs for weight loss purposes.

The makers of the drugs say they are worth their high prices because they reduce health care costs in the ...Read more

One Flu Over

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Beginning as early as the 2024-25 flu season, it might be possible for qualifying patients to protect themselves using the nasal flu vaccine FluMist. The drugmaker, AstraZeneca, has requested the FDA consider approval for people ages 18 to 49 and children at least 2 years old.

FluMist wouldn't be sold over-the-counter. You'd still need to see...Read more

Loneliness and Parkinson's Disease

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Increasingly, loneliness is being linked to a host of medical conditions and diseases. The latest is the neurological disorder Parkinson's disease. A new study found that even after accounting for confounding factors such as physical and mental health and sociodemographic differences, loneliness was deemed to boost the risk of developing ...Read more

It Is No Laughing Matter

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. You know, those face-painted fellows whose primary job is to spread happiness and joy. Outside of a Stephen King novel, why should clowns inspire fear?

A new study in Frontiers in Psychology suggests an answer. University of South Wales researchers surveyed 528 people who expressed a fear of clowns or the ...Read more

Cheeky Medications

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Many drugs today are based on large molecules, which can't be taken in tablet form because they would either break down in the digestive tract or remain too large to reach the bloodstream.

For these drugs, the only delivery system that works is injection. Ouch!

But Swiss researchers are testing a new system: suction cups.

They work like this:...Read more

 

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