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Are Your Hands Just Dry, Or Is It Eczema?

Are Your Hands Just Dry, Or Is It Eczema?SUNDAY, Oct. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes that irritated skin on your hands is more than simple dryness. Hand eczema could be the culprit, with painful dry and itchy skin on all or part of the hand and fingers."If your hands are extremely dry and painful, and using moisturizer throughout the day is not helping to relieve them, you may have hand eczema," said Dr. Dawn Davis, a pediatric and adult dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Without the proper treatment and preventive measures, hand eczema may worsen."Eczema might look like patches of red, dark brown, purple or gray irritated skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It can be scaly, inflamed and itchy. It can feel like it's burning or include itchy blisters and deep, painful cracks, as...

Get Ready for Those Fall Allergies

1 October 2022
Get Ready for Those Fall AllergiesSATURDAY, Oct. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Allergy sufferers know that symptoms don’t just appear in spring or summer. Fall, too, can bring about sneezing and trouble breathing, as can volatile weather patterns.“People frequently experience allergy symptoms in the fall even if they are mainly allergic to pollens in the spring and summer,” said Dr. David Corry. He is a professor of medicine in the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.Among the natural events that could affect allergy sufferers this year are the Tonga Volcano eruption in January, Corry said. That sent particulates and aerosols into the environment and could change global weather, shortening or lengthening upcoming pollen seasons.Those seasons could further change...

U.S. Will Spend $266 Million to Bolster Public Health...

30 September 2022
U.S. Will Spend $266 Million to Bolster Public Health ProgramsFRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government will invest $266 million to shore up the community and public health workforce using American Rescue Plan funding. About $225.5 million will go to 83 recipients to support training and apprenticeship for 13,000 new community health workers, CNN reported before Friday's announcement. These workers specialize in helping people find care and serve as a contact point between patients and providers."Thirty million people in America get their health care through community health centers that treat people regardless of their ability to pay," said Carole Johnson, administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration, which is facilitating the grants. "Time and time again, we...

AHA News: After a Jump in Maternal Mortality for...

30 September 2022
AHA News: After a Jump in Maternal Mortality for Hispanic Women, a Search for AnswersFRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic produced no shortage of somber statistics. But for people who care about women's health, one number about Hispanic women stood out.Their maternal mortality rate jumped sharply in 2020 – up 44% from the year before, according to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For every 100,000 births, there were 18.2 deaths among Hispanic women, up from 12.6 in 2019. Risk was highest among women 40 and older.The increase drew attention in part because Hispanic women's maternal mortality rate had been relatively low when compared with white and Black women.Dr. Sadiya Khan, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg...

FDA Approves New ALS Drug Despite Uncertain Data

30 September 2022
FDA Approves New ALS Drug Despite Uncertain DataFRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday gave its approval to a new drug for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.But approval of the drug, called Relyvrio, is bound to stir new questions, with some doubting the strength of data supporting its effectiveness. Patient advocate groups had strongly lobbied the FDA for its approval, however."This approval provides another important treatment option for ALS, a life-threatening disease that currently has no cure," Dr. Billy Dunn, director of the Office of Neuroscience in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency statement. "The FDA remains committed to facilitating the development of additional ALS treatments."The drug's path to...

U.S. Suicide Rates Rose in 2021, Reversing 2 Years of Decline

30 September 2022
U.S. Suicide Rates Rose in 2021, Reversing 2 Years of DeclineFRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The suicide rate in the United States increased in 2021, following two years of decline, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The number of suicides increased to 47,646 in 2021, up from 45,979 in 2020, according to researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.As a result, the U.S. suicide rate also increased to 14 suicides for every 100,000 people, up from 13.5 per 100,000 in 2020, according to data published in the CDC's Vital Statistics Rapid Release.However, the numbers from 2021 remain lower than the peak set in 2018, suicide prevention experts noted.Still, "the uptick is certainly concerning," said Colleen Carr, director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide...

After Ian's Destruction: How to Safely Enter, Clean Flood-Damaged Homes

30 September 2022
After Ian`s Destruction: How to Safely Enter, Clean Flood-Damaged HomesFRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The devastation left by one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in years is immense. But residents flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn.First off, always assume there's potential risk from electricity or gas leaks, say experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Return during the daytime, so you don’t need to turn on any lights, and use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, gas lanterns or torches.If there's standing water and you can turn off the house's main power from a dry location, do so first -- even if that means you delay starting cleanup.But if accessing the main power switch means entering standing water, call an...

Could a Folic Acid Prescription Help Prevent Suicide?

30 September 2022
Could a Folic Acid Prescription Help Prevent Suicide?FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1 million Americans attempted suicide in 2020, and a new study is hinting at a potential way to reduce that risk: prescription folic acid.The study, of more than 800,000 Americans in a health care database, found that when people were on prescription folic acid, their likelihood of being treated for self-harm or suicide attempt dropped by 44%.Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate, or vitamin B9, that is used in supplements and added to some foods.Experts stressed that the new findings do not prove that folic acid, itself, reduces suicide risk. "I would not rush out to the drugstore to get folic acid," said lead researcher Robert Gibbons, a professor at the University of Chicago. "And I certainly wouldn't replace any medical...

More Americans With Heart Disease Are Also Becoming...

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans with heart disease also have limited access to food, and this dangerous combination is growing rapidly, a new study finds."Food insecurity...

Fitness Trackers Could Get You Stepping More -- Even If...

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Wearing a fitness tracker may help you get more steps in -- even if you never give it a glance.A new study found that folks who wore a pedometer averaged...
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