There’s Been a Big Decline in the Rate of Americans Hit by Disability

There’s Been a Big Decline in the Rate of Americans Hit by Disability

By Cara Murez  HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) — A new study delivers some great news to older Americans, something many likely already realize in their daily lives. The prevalence of disabilities among seniors is down sharply from what it was just a decade before, researchers say. Fewer older adults have limitations…

Americans Getting More Comfortable Talking Over Mental Health With Doctors

Americans Getting More Comfortable Talking Over Mental Health With Doctors

By Amy Norton  HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Primary care doctors are no longer just in the physical health business: Americans are increasingly turning to them for mental health care, too, a new study finds. Looking at Americans’ primary care visits between 2006 and 2018, researchers found a 50% increase in…

Student Mental Health Week Focuses on Rates of Stress, Anxiety

Student Mental Health Week Focuses on Rates of Stress, Anxiety

Feb. 8, 2023 — As mental health issues rise among teens and college students, this week’s first-ever global Student Mental Health Week couldn’t be better timed. The urgency is quite apparent. A recent study showed that nearly one-third of students worldwide said their mental health has worsened since returning to campus following the COVID-19 lockdowns.  With suicide rates…

Vitamin D Could Be Weapon Against Type 2 Diabetes

Vitamin D Could Be Weapon Against Type 2 Diabetes

By Amy Norton  HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D supplements are typically used to guard against bone loss and fractures, but new research offers up another possibility: For folks with pre-diabetes, they may help lower the chances of a full diabetes diagnosis. Across three clinical trials, investigators found that vitamin…

IVF-Conceived Children Show Strong Developmental Performance

IVF-Conceived Children Show Strong Developmental Performance

Feb. 7, 2023 – In vitro fertilization has been around long enough that researchers can now compare developmental and academic achievements between these children and peers at school age.  Amber Kennedy, MBBS, and colleagues did just that. They found little difference in these milestones between a total of 11,059 IVF-conceived children and 401,654 spontaneously conceived…

The Truth Behind Viral Videos Linking COVID Vaccine to Spasms, Shakes

The Truth Behind Viral Videos Linking COVID Vaccine to Spasms, Shakes

SOURCES:  Twitter: @AngeliaDesselle, Jan. 21, 2023, @seanybrams, Jan. 24, 2023.  JAMA Neurology: “Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Treatment of Functional Neurological Disorders.” Functional Neurological Disorder Society: “Press release from the Functional Neurological Disorders Society.” European Journal of Neurology: “Functional disorders as a common motor manifestation of COVID-19 infection or vaccination.” Alfonso Fasano MD, chair, Neuromodulation…