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New COVID Mystery? Those 'Excess Deaths'
New COVID
Mystery? Those
'Excess Deaths'
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New COVID Mystery? Those 'Excess Deaths'

Study reignites debate over COVID vaccines

(Newser) - The rate of "excess death" held steady for much of the COVID pandemic, despite vaccines, masks, and social distancing—but why? A new study on the topic is reigniting debate over pandemic measures and calling for a deeper investigation into COVID deaths, the Straits Times reports. Looking at data...

Lead Author of Study on Girls and Periods: 'It Alarms Us'
Lead Author of Study on
Girls and Periods: 'It Alarms Us'
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Lead Author of Study on Girls and Periods: 'It Alarms Us'

Over the last 50 years, US girls are getting their periods earlier and not as regularly

(Newser) - If you've anecdotally heard American girls are getting their periods earlier than they did in decades past, you heard correctly. A study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open surveyed 71,000 women who were born between 1950 and 2005. The researchers from Harvard and the National Institute of Environmental...

Binge-Eating Disorder Dogs Sufferers Longer Than Thought

Study finds almost half of sufferers were still experiencing it 5 years later

(Newser) - While anorexia and bulimia are arguably more talked about, binge-eating disorder is actually the most common eating disorder in the US. And as researchers explain, it's apparently been a misunderstood one. A five-year study from researchers with McLean Hospital (part of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system) has found...

Fruits, Veggies: Just What the Doctor Is Ordering
Fruits, Veggies: Just
What the Doctor Is Ordering
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Fruits, Veggies: Just What the Doctor Is Ordering

Study finds that giving patients monthly vouchers for fresh food has an impact

(Newser) - The old adage is "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." And some modern doctors would very much like to prescribe that apple a day to their patients. As NPR reports, a new study conducted an interesting experiment: giving "produce prescriptions" to patients who struggled with...

Handful of Nuts Daily Linked to Lower Depression
Handful of Nuts Daily
Linked to Lower Depression
New Study

Handful of Nuts Daily Linked to Lower Depression

Rates of depression dropped by as much as 17%

(Newser) - People who are not afflicted with nut allergies know the joys of chowing down on them—a little fat, a little protein, touch of salt, and you can keep going. Now a study suggests a potential health benefit for those who partake: a reduced risk of depression. The study of...

AI Reads Mammograms as Well as Human Radiologists
AI Shows Big Promise
in Detecting Breast Cancer
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AI Shows Big Promise in Detecting Breast Cancer

Large new study out of Sweden shows artificial intelligence is on par with human radiologists

(Newser) - The biggest study of its kind to date suggests that artificial intelligence has great potential to help detect breast cancer from mammograms, reports the Guardian . The study, published in Lancet Oncology , involved more than 80,000 women in Sweden. Half of the women's mammograms were assessed by two radiologists...

Deadly 'Double Whammy:' Heat Wave, Plus Air Pollution

Researchers see an increased risk of fatal heart attacks with this combination

(Newser) - Prolonged heat can increase the risk of a heart attack. So, too, can exposure to air pollution. "The two things together are more than a double whammy," epidemiologist Joel Kaufman of the University of Washington tells the Wall Street Journal , referring to a new study in the journal...

Heavy Drinkers Have Greater Tolerance, Right? Not So Much

Study suggests it's largely a myth

(Newser) - It's a common dramatic trope: Steely-eyed people squaring off in a boozy drinking duel, usually ending with someone passing out on the floor while their opponent seems relatively clear-eyed in victory. Research done by the University of Chicago found that the heavy drinker with high tolerance, however, is mostly...

Mislabeled Gummies May Have Too Much Melatonin
Mislabeled Gummies May
Have Too Much Melatonin
New Study

Mislabeled Gummies May Have Too Much Melatonin

In a survey of more than two dozen brands, most weren't properly labeled

(Newser) - Here's some bad bedtime math: Researchers discovered that those melatonin gummies many people take to ensure a good snooze might pack a heftier melatonin punch than advertised, reports the Wall Street Journal . According to the results of a survey of 25 brands published in JAMA , research found that most...

Even Rich Black Families Face Worse Birth Outcomes
Even Rich Black Families
Face Worse Birth Outcomes
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Even Rich Black Families Face Worse Birth Outcomes

Findings suggest structural issues are involved, experts say

(Newser) - Data have long shown that Black mothers and their children suffer the worst birth outcomes in the US. Now a large study has shown that parental income is a reliable predictor, as well—but there's an exception, the New York Times reports. Wealthy mothers are the most likely to...

Research Questions Advice on Water Intake
Research Throws Water on
8-Glasses-a-Day Advice
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Research Throws Water on 8-Glasses-a-Day Advice

The 64-ounces guidance might have been taken too literally

(Newser) - The advice to drink eight glasses of water a day is so engrained that it might be difficult to dislodge it. But some researchers are trying to, the Washington Post reports. A new study published in the journal Science finds issues with that guidance, which might have been misunderstood all...

Breast Cancer Mortality Rate Falls, but Not for Black Women

New data show mortality rate for Black women is 40% higher than that of white patients

(Newser) - The death rate from breast cancer has plunged since 1989, the American Cancer Society reports, but the improvement is not applying equally. Black women are still more likely to die of breast cancer than white patients, despite having a lower incidence of the disease, a new report says. The mortality...

Study: Consuming All Your Food in 10 Hours Has Benefits

And shifting your meal time earlier could have benefits too

(Newser) - If you're an intermittent faster who endeavors not to eat in any time ending in "AM," you may want to rethink that. NBC News reports on a pair of studies that point to there being value in constraining your meals to a 10-hour window—but making that...

There's an Optimal Way to Take a Pill
There's an
Optimal Way
to Take a Pill
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There's an Optimal Way to Take a Pill

Do it lying down, on your right side

(Newser) - If your answer to "how do you take a pill?" is "with water," it may be time to make your process a little more sophisticated. Johns Hopkins University researchers explored how your posture when taking a pill impacts the body's absorption of the medication. It turns...

Research Likens COVID's Effect on Brain to Aging From 50 to 70

Severity of the illness appears linked to degree of decline

(Newser) - Researchers have found that the effects of long COVID can include starting a cognitive decline comparable to the person aging mentally 20 years. The UK study 's senior author said the severity of the decline is tied to the seriousness of the person's illness, the Guardian reports. The...

Light at Night Harms Health, Even While You're Fast Sleep

For your brain, the lights don't go out just because you close your eyes

(Newser) - If you tend to fall asleep with the TV or a bedside light on, add it to the list of ways you are probably harming your health without even trying. In fact, per CNN —citing a recent study led by Dr. Phyllis Zee, chief of sleep medicine at Northwestern—...

COVID Study Puts Toll at 3 Times Official Count

Researchers say pandemic could have caused 18M deaths worldwide

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has reported that, through 2021, almost 6 million people died in the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a new study has found that the actual total could be three times that estimate: 18.2 million. The real number of deaths "is much higher than simply assessed by...

New Data: Boosters Work Against Omicron

CDC releases real-world studies filling in the gaps on vaccine effectiveness

(Newser) - Full vaccination provides the best—and safest—protection from the delta and omicron coronavirus variants, new studies released Friday by the CDC confirm. It's the first comprehensive examination of the vaccines' effectiveness in preventing hospitalization for omicron infections, the Wall Street Journal reports. Booster shots were shown to make...

The Research Doesn't Back Up Your Hangover Cure
The Research Doesn't
Back Up Your Hangover Cure
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The Research Doesn't Back Up Your Hangover Cure

But that's partly because the studies to date are so mediocre, researchers found

(Newser) - Tomato juice, kombucha, greasy eggs and ketchup: Whatever method you swears cures your hangover, well, there's not much science to back you up. So found a review of 21 placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials that examined various hangover "cures." The upshot: The research that's been done so...

Researchers Follow Zika Babies Looking for COVID Answers

Study follows kids whose moms were infected with mosquito-borne disease

(Newser) - Whatever happened with Zika? The outbreak in 2015 and 2016 was largely over by 2017, but its effects on babies whose moms were infected with the virus are still being felt. Some babies were born with microcephaly —a condition marked by an unusually small head and problems with brain...

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