Q&A: Despite COVID-19 risks, older people experience higher emotional well-being than younger adults

Despite being most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering health complications due to the virus, older adults reported feeling calm more often than younger people, and were less likely to report negative emotions like anxiety compared to people their junior, according to a recent study by Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen. In a survey of nearly 1,000 U.S. adults conducted […]

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People With Down Syndrome Face Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2020 — When adults with Down syndrome contract COVID-19, their risk of dying is much higher than the norm, a large, new study finds. The researchers found that of over 8 million British adults, those with Down syndrome were four times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, and 10 times more likely to die due to […]

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Common Heartburn Meds Tied to Higher Diabetes Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2020 — Often-used drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) ease heartburn symptoms, but a new study suggests they might also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Chinese researchers drew on information from studies of more than 200,000 U.S. health care professionals and found that regular use of PPIs (such as Aciphex, Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix) was […]

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Genetic tool can identify Asian women at higher risk of breast cancer

A genetic study in Asian women, led by Malaysian scientists in collaboration with Singapore and the University of Cambridge, has revealed that a genetic tool developed to help assess breast cancer risk in European women also works in Asian women. This could help address the rising incidence of breast cancer in Asia. The tool, called a Polygenic Risk Score (PRS), […]

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Higher rates of pain, bleeding found with Essure birth control device

(HealthDay)—The permanent birth control device Essure is associated with higher rates of chronic lower abdominal or pelvic pain and abnormal uterine bleeding compared with tubal ligation, according to interim results of a postmarket study ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The researchers compared Essure and tubal ligation among more than 1,100 women across the United States and found […]

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Higher parental stress linked to low screen-time enforcement, research finds

When parents are under stress, household rules about screen time often get abandoned, new University of Guelph research finds. A first of its kind in Canada, the study found parents of young children reporting high levels of life or parenting stress were less likely to monitor and limit their kids’ screen use and more likely to use their own devices […]

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Inherited mutation linked to higher prostate cancer risk in African American families

For years, researchers have known that men of African ancestry are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer with research suggesting that inherited factors may contribute to their greater risk. Now, a new USC study published in European Urology is the first to identify an inherited genetic variant associated with higher risk of prostate cancer in men of African descent […]

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Connecting dots between higher blood pressure early in life and dementia

Whether elevated blood pressure early in life translates to increased risk of dementia is a question scientists are working to answer. “Dementia is not a normal part of aging, and once it begins you can’t reverse it,” says Dr. Shaoyong Su, genetic epidemiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. “It typically surfaces […]

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Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension

People with gum disease (periodontitis) have a greater likelihood of high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a study published today in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Senior author Professor Francesco D’Aiuto of UCL Eastman Dental Institute, UK, said: “We observed a linear association—the more severe periodontitis is, the higher the probability of hypertension. The […]

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