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2023

What Is Heartworm and How Can You Protect Your Pet From It?

What Is Heartworm and How Can You Protect Your Pet From It?SATURDAY, Jan. 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s possible to prevent heartworms in many of your furry friends — dogs, cats and ferrets, specifically.Heading off a severe and sometimes deadly illness simply requires regular, year-round preventive treatment through a pill, injection or topical medication, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Heartworms are parasitic worms that can grow to 12 inches in length. The larvae can enter a pet’s body through mosquito bites and move through the bloodstream to infect the animal’s heart and lung arteries.Though the disease can’t spread between pets, mosquitos can continue to spread it after biting infected pets.Heartworms in people are very rare, the FDA noted.The early signs of heartworm disease are subtle and can be...

FDA Could Ease Blood Donation Rules for Gay Men

27 January 2023
FDA Could Ease Blood Donation Rules for Gay MenFRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Longstanding restrictions on blood donations from gay or bisexual men could soon shift towards a more nuanced policy, where such men are asked about sexual partners and practices instead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.Specifically, gay men who are in monogamous relationships will no longer be required to abstain from sex for any period of time before donating to the nation's blood supply. Old rules in place since the 1980s had made such demands, out of fears of possible HIV contamination of donated blood. But pressure from LGBT organizations, improvements in blood screening technologies, as well as the input of blood banks and the American Medical Association, have all pushed the FDA to re-examine its rules. The draft...

You Can Prevent Sports Overuse Injuries

27 January 2023
You Can Prevent Sports Overuse InjuriesFRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- “Move it or lose it” the saying goes, but too much exercise or playing sports can lead to overuse injuries. These injuries include damage to bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles due to repetitive actions, such running, throwing, biking, lifting and swimming, to name a few.An overuse injury can be the result of poor training techniques such as doing too much too fast; not warming up or cooling down; failing to take enough time to recover after exercise; or not doing the proper cross training to support the activity.Shoulder impingementShoulder impingement is an overuse injury in the rotator cuff -- the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. It is caused by “repetitive overhead activities while the shoulder joint is in a...

In a First, Medicaid Extends Coverage to Prison Inmates

27 January 2023
In a First, Medicaid Extends Coverage to Prison InmatesFRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Some inmates in California could begin getting certain limited health services, including substance abuse treatment and mental health diagnoses, using Medicaid funds.Typically, inmates lose Medicaid coverage while in the prison, jail or juvenile justice system. This change will be the first time ever that Medicaid has provided some coverage for inmates, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is allowing this only in California for now, in a program that could become a model for other states. Care would begin 90 days before someone is scheduled to be released, offering supports that don’t now exist. It will provide more stability for inmates and juvenile detainees upon their release, CMS...

AHA News: Researchers Take a Closer Look at What COVID-19 Does to the Heart

27 January 2023
AHA News: Researchers Take a Closer Look at What COVID-19 Does to the HeartFRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- People hospitalized with COVID-19 may have an increased risk for heart damage, but not so much the type of inflammation previous research suggested, according to a new study.Early in the pandemic, several studies suggested many COVID-19 survivors experienced heart damage even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick enough to be hospitalized. The new study, published Friday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, examined the nature and extent of the heart damage and inflammation in the sickest people with COVID-19.Researchers looked at 342 COVID-19 patients with high levels of the protein troponin in 25 United Kingdom hospitals between June 2020 and March 2021. Elevated levels of troponin in...

Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh In

27 January 2023
Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh InFRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Natural gas stoves have become the latest flashpoint in America’s increasingly volatile political culture, after a top federal regulator publicly mulled over banning the appliances."This is a hidden hazard," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner, Richard Trumka Jr., said in an interview. "Any option is on the table. Products that can't be made safe can be banned."Trumka quickly walked back that statement, saying that the agency wants to assess the hazards posed by indoor gas stove emissions but has no plans to ban gas stoves.But the question now is on the front burner — to what extent do gas stoves pose a health hazard to the average American?A growing body of evidence shows that gas stoves do indeed emit a wide...

FDA Says No to Regulating CBD Products as Supplements

27 January 2023
FDA Says No to Regulating CBD Products as SupplementsFRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it can't regulate CBD supplements because there isn't enough evidence on their safety. The agency also called on Congress to create new rules for what has become a burgeoning industry."The use of CBD raises various safety concerns, especially with long-term use," FDA Deputy Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement. "Studies have shown the potential for harm to the liver, interactions with certain medications and possible harm to the male reproductive system. CBD exposure is also concerning when it comes to certain vulnerable populations such as children and those who are pregnant.""The FDA’s existing foods and dietary supplement authorities provide only limited tools for managing...

Updated Booster Shots, Not Original COVID Vaccines, Should Be Standard: FDA Panel

27 January 2023
Updated Booster Shots, Not Original COVID Vaccines, Should Be Standard: FDA PanelTHURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend that the agency phase out original versions of COVID vaccines for use in the unvaccinated, in favor of updated bivalent booster shots.Committee members also weighed a proposal to streamline the dosing schedule for COVID vaccines by turning them into annual shots that would likely be given every fall.However, the committee did not vote on the proposal because many questions remain and more data on exactly who should get those annual shots, and exactly when, is sorely needed. Still, they agreed that COVID vaccines do need to become more routine, to clear up public confusion and hopefully boost vaccination rates.Such a move would be...

Risks for Heart Failure Rise in Rural America

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who live in rural areas, and Black men in particular, are at much higher risk for developing heart failure.Heart failure is a chronic, progressive...

Got an Extra Chromosome? It Could Harm You

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have uncovered a serious risk for folks who have an extra X or Y chromosome.Those with the genetic condition known as supernumerary sex...
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