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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Social isolation + Strokes & COVID-19 + Weight gain after surgery

New research in Germany finds social isolation can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death from any cause. With many people avoiding contact with others because of the Coronavirus, doctors say this study raises concerns about the possible negative impact of self isolation. The rate of strokes among COVID-19 patients appears relatively low, but a high proportion of…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Some surgeries cancelled amid COVID-9 + Hepatitis-C infections + Depression & Pregnancy

New research estimates more than 28-million elective surgeries worldwide will be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The study in the British Journal of Surgery estimates more than 6-million orthopedic surgeries and more than 2-million cancer surgeries will be affected worldwide. New CDC research finds a high prevalence of Hepatitis-C infections among emergency room patients who don’t know they have…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Melanoma deaths + Opioid overdose deaths + Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Fewer Americans are dying from Melanoma than cancers of the prostate, breast, or lungs. That’s according to researchers at N.Y.U. and Harvard who found treatments that directly target melanoma cells, as well as advances in immunotherapy, are helping reduce death rates. New data from the CDC highlights some major changes in drug overdose deaths. Overall, deaths involving heroin and prescription…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Low blood pressure risks + Cancer and minorities

We know the dangers of high blood pressure, but a new study suggests low blood pressure can be linked to higher mortality among the elderly. The University of Exeter found people 75 and older who were frail had a higher risk of death if their blood pressure was below 130 over 80. Plus, new research in the journal ‘Cancer’ shows…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Kids and pediatricians + Teens binge drinking

There’s a new push for pediatricians to prescribe physical activity to children. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests only a fourth of children are exercising as much as recommended. Research shows an active lifestyle helps both physical and behavioral development. Doctors recommend an hour daily for most children. Plus, Alcohol ads could prompt teens to start…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: New e-cig ban + Differing resting heart rates + CDC sends out Coronavirus tests

A partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes takes effect today. It outlaws the sale of fruit, dessert and mint-flavored pods popular with teenagers. It’s part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reduce youth vaping….which health officials say has reached epidemic levels. Plus, a new study in the journal “Plahs One” found that normal resting heart rates vary widely from person to…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: FDA investigating talc powder + Lung cancer rising in women + Belly fat linked to cognitive decline

For the first time in 50 years, the food and drug administration has started investigating talc powders. This comes after regulators found asbestos in several talc products, including Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. The FDA held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed testing standards and to hear from consumer advocates and industry representatives. Plus, the number of young women…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Pediatrician visits drop + Pro-vaping on social media + FDA sunscreen warnings

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh said visits to pediatricians have fallen sharply in recent years. Primary care child visits dropped 14% between 2008 and 2016. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Researchers said one possible reason is that young people are getting better preventative care, but another factor may be that families are afraid of big medical bills. Plus,…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Sleeping issues worsen + Pregnancy PTSD + Probiotics misinformation

Nearly a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and researchers say the problem is getting worse each year. A new study from Ball State University finds the professions that have the highest levels of sleep-deprivation are police officers and those in the military. Adequate sleep is defined as seven hours or more. Plus, a new study shows one in…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Exercise may decrease cancer odds + Meditation may help prevent heart disease

Research tracking hundreds of thousands of adults suggests those who get two and a half to five hours of moderate intensity exercise a week are less likely to develop seven kinds of cancer. The physical activity was linked to a lower risk of colon cancer in men and a lower risk of breast, endometrial, kidney and other cancers in women….