Medical Breakthroughs

Medical Breakthroughs: The Toll of Lockdowns on Children

A new study shows the emotional toll covid lockdowns had on children. A survey of Chicago public school students found a quarter of them were stressed, anxious, or agitated after remote learning began. one-third were described as lonely by caregivers. Data also showed the mental health issues had a greater impact on Black and Latino communities. Obesity greatly increases the…

Medical Breakthroughs: Do Nasal Flu Vaccines Work?

Needle-free vaccines may offer broad protection against the flu. A study at Georgia State University finds vaccines sprayed into the nose enhance the immune response in respiratory tracts, where viruses enter the body. That could make intranasal vaccines more effective than shots injected into the muscle. More American children are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus— but doctors say the…

Medical Breakthroughs:Which Young People are More Susceptible to Smoking

A new study finds planned cesarian deliveries are safe for low-risk pregnancies and may even be safer than planned traditional deliveries. Canadian researchers found planned c-sections were associated with a lower risk of adverse outcomes for both mother and baby. Authors say more research is needed to understand possible harmful long-term effects – such as the child’s risk for respiratory…

Medical Breakthroughs: New Evidence about the Dangers of Air Pollution

Children exposed to higher levels of air pollution may be more likely to show signs of mental illness by the time they’re 18. A study at Duke University tracked thousands of young adults in the UK. those with higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution had higher rates of mental health symptoms, including depression and anxiety. For more Medical Breakthroughs tune…

Medical Breakthroughs: A Warning for Women who Use Cannabis During Pregnancy

Scientists in China are developing a blood test that can quickly determine if a person with chest pain is having a heart attack. They believe the test could replace invasive and slower procedures and limit the damage for heart attack patients. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have designed a drug that reverses key symptoms…

Medical Breakthroughs: A Warning for Seniors this Summer

With warm weather approaching, Canadian researchers are urging seniors to watch out for extreme heat. They say keeping the body cool helps the cells of older people protect from heat stroke, heart issues, and kidney failure. And teens who are bullied are more likely to fantasize about committing acts of violence. That’s the finding in a new UK study that…

Medical Breakthroughs: Your Work Schedule and Chances of Catching COVID-19

A new study suggests people who work outside a regular 9 to 5 schedule are at greater risk for catching covid-19. British researchers believe odd work hours impact the circadian clock- weakening the body’s immune system. They found shift workers are nearly 2 and a half times more likely to test positive for coronavirus. Being exposed to secondhand smoke could…

Medical Breakthroughs: What Your Foot Says about Your Health

  Researchers at Syracuse University compared pain relief from pure CBD oil to the so-called placebo effect, they found patients experienced an improvement in pain using cannabidiol and they also felt psychological effects simply from expecting they had gotten CBD. And the way to your heart – may be through your feet. Research presented to the European Society of Cardiology…

Medical Breakthroughs: Brain Health+ Benefits of Starting School Early + Heart Disease and Airplane seating during COVID

Where you live could impact your brain health. Researchers in Wisconsin say older adults who live in higher poverty areas have a greater risk of cognitive decline. According to their study- those living in disadvantaged neighborhoods showed more brain shrinkage on scans. They were also less likely to perform well on memory tests. A new study shows the positive impact…

Medical Breakthroughs: Physical Activity+Young Adults are Apparently Selfish+Double Masking

Getting more physical activity may help patients with heart conditions avoid heart attacks and strokes. The new large-scale study out of the Netherlands found people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes were about 30% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease if they increased their levels of movement. The changes also decreased the likelihood of death. Older generations are…