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Panel: Most Adults Should Get Screened for Anxiety

Recommendation for all adults under 65 comes after pandemic toll on Americans' mental health

(Newser) - In April, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended health screenings for kids and teens ages 8 to 18. Now, the independent panel of experts is making that same call for all adults under the age of 65, in what HealthDay News notes is a nod to the fact that...

San Francisco 'Sounds the Alarm' on Monkeypox

California city, NY state declare public health emergencies

(Newser) - Two of the US areas that have been hardest hit by monkeypox have declared public health emergencies in response to the outbreak . San Francisco on Thursday declared a local emergency effective Aug. 1, while the state of New York declared an imminent threat to public health, retroactive to June 1....

Patient Struggling With Heat, Asthma Gets Climate Diagnosis

ER doc in Canada may be first to put that on a chart

(Newser) - A doctor in Canada named climate change as the cause of his patient’s asthma. Kyle Merritt, an emergency room doctor in Nelson, British Columbia, made the diagnosis after a record-setting heatwave in the province last year that killed hundreds in the US and Canada . Merritt’s patient is a...

Syphilis Is Killing Babies. It Absolutely Shouldn't

ProPublica looks at the public health care challenges of the problem

(Newser) - Nobody wants the Treponema pallidum bacteria in their body. Which is to say, nobody wants syphilis. A story at ProPublica focuses on one particular aspect of the STD—infections of pregnant women. The bacteria can easily penetrate the placenta, with disastrous consequences. There's a 40% chance the baby will...

This Is the Safest City in the Whole Country

WalletHub ranked 182 US cities based on community, financial safety

(Newser) - If you have a deep fear of natural disasters, avoid Oklahoma City , which was ranked the worst US city for such disasters in a new report by WalletHub . On the natural-disaster front, Dover, Delaware, emerged as the safest, but not the safest overall. WalletHub used data from the Census Bureau,...

Illinois Man Who Refused Treatment Dies of Rabies

Thomas Krob reportedly awoke last month to find a bat on his neck

(Newser) - Illinois' first human case of rabies in 67 years turned into a fatal one. An elderly Lake County resident who awoke in mid-August to find a bat on his neck has died of the disease after declining medical treatment, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The man—identified...

As One Health Crisis Begins to Lift, Another Replaces It

ProPublica reports undiagnosed cancers are up because of pandemic-related delays in screening

(Newser) - The deaths and illnesses won't be attributed to COVID-19. Not directly, at least. But as Duaa Eldeib writes for ProPublica , the pandemic has led to a secondary health crisis—a spike in the diagnosis in advanced cancer cases. In regard to COVID, "it's as if a violent...

CDC Move Marks New Strategy on Racism

Director deems it a 'serious public health threat,' takes steps to combat it

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic has been at the top of everyone's mind for more than a year, and the focus of infectious disease experts around the world. But the CDC says there's another major issue plaguing the US, and its director is now calling attention to it. "Racism...

Americans Need More Fear in Their Virus Messaging
COVID Messaging Should
Become Brutally Honest

COVID Messaging Should Become Brutally Honest

Painful antismoking ads of the past could be a model

(Newser) - So far, public health messages asking Americans to take steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus have been hopeful, calm, and often reassuring. They've appealed to common sense, our appreciation of scientific evidence, and our concern for one another. That approach hasn't worked. Those campaigns should instead...

Warnings or Not, Millions Flew Over Holiday

Air travel was down from last year but higher than health experts wanted

(Newser) - Nearly 1.2 million people passed through US airports Sunday, the largest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March, despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving. The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10 days...

You Won't Be Seeing This Kind of Ad on Facebook Anymore

Social media giant bans anti-vaccination ads

(Newser) - First Facebook banned political ads after the polls close on Nov. 3. Now the social media giant is targeting an entirely different set of promotions: anti-vaccination ads, which will no longer be allowed on the platform, the Guardian reports. "We don't want these ads on our platform,"...

Experts Halve Recommended Alcohol Limit for Men

It's now 1 drink a day, same as for women

(Newser) - If you decide to have an alcoholic drink, limiting yourself to one a day is best—whether you’re a man or woman. That’s the new advice experts are recommending for the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are scheduled to be updated later this year for the first...

Official Advice for Dutch Singles: Find a 'Seksbuddy'

National Institute for Public Health updates its pandemic advice

(Newser) - The Netherlands' public health institute is suggesting that singles safely seek out a "seksbuddy" amid the coronavirus pandemic. Yep, that means exactly what it sounds like. The institute came under fire for its initial recommendation that home visitors, up to a maximum of three, stay at least five feet...

CDC May Change Advice on Face Coverings
CDC May Change
Advice on Face Coverings
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CDC May Change Advice on Face Coverings

DIY masks are becoming more popular

(Newser) - Last month, the surgeon general issued an all-caps plea to Americans: "STOP BUYING MASKS!" But as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, a more nuanced debate is unfolding about whether Americans should be wearing masks, or some type of face covering, in public. Nobody is suggesting that people wear surgical...

US Life Expectancy Rises for First Time in 4 Years

Cancer, overdose deaths fell in 2018

(Newser) - Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small—just a month—but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses, the AP reports. "...

98.6 Isn't Our Normal Temperature Any More
98.6 Isn't 
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98.6 Isn't Our Normal Temperature Any More

Study suggests the new average is 97.5 degrees as humans have changed

(Newser) - Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich may not be a household name, but everyone knows the figure associated with him: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which he determined in the mid-1800s to be the average human body temperature. A slew of studies has since threatened to upend Wunderlick's work, with research suggesting...

We May Be at 'Transition Point' on Fasting Diets
We May Be at 'Transition
Point' on Fasting Diets

We May Be at 'Transition Point' on Fasting Diets

Study sees benefits, though hurdles of adopting the practice are high

(Newser) - The idea of intermittent fasting is gaining popularity, and newly published research will please advocates. A review of existing studies in the New England Journal of Medicine finds evidence that fasting can lead to a range of health benefits, from decreased stress to lower blood pressure to improved cognition and...

This State Just Made Harshest Anti-Vaping Move Yet

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker bans sale of all vaping products for 4 months

(Newser) - One state just got extra-tough on vaping. Gov. Charlie Baker has put a complete kibosh on the sale (either online or at brick-and-mortar stores) of all nicotine and marijuana vaping products throughout Massachusetts, from now until Jan. 25, USA Today reports. The ban, which was given the green light by...

This Is the Healthiest City in America

Rochester, Minnesota, is No. 1 in new ranking by 24/7 WallSt

(Newser) - A new ranking of the healthiest cities in America gives bragging rights to Rochester, Minnesota. 24/7 WallSt crunched data on a number of factors, including the rate of deaths before age 75, access to health care, obesity, percentage of people who get flu shots and other preventative measures, and a...

Study Finds Alarming Changes in Suicide Rates

Rate of young girls killing themselves is climbing

(Newser) - Boys are still more likely to kill themselves than girls are, but a new study has found a change in the established patterns, CNN reports. Suicide rates among girls are climbing faster. An analysis of a database run by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that, starting in...

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