TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Moms with higher prenatal levels of plastics chemicals known as phthalates may face a slightly increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a new study. Postpartum depression affects up to 20% of new mothers, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. ThatContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Sweltering temperatures appear to fuel drug-related hospital visits, a problem that could be worsening with climate change, a new study suggests. “We saw that during periods of higher temperatures, there was a corresponding increase in hospital visits related to alcohol and substance use,Continue Reading

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Many older adults are savvy about telephone scams, but a sizable minority remain vulnerable, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when they simulated a “government impersonation” scam — contacting seniors and pretending to be federal employees — over two-thirds knew how toContinue Reading

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) — “Talk therapy” may help people with fibromyalgia manage their chronic pain — and alter the brain’s pain-processing circuitry along the way, a new study shows. Researchers found that after eight sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), patients with fibromyalgia felt less burdened byContinue Reading

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Having safer neighborhoods, where families feel less stress, can help prevent child abuse, according to new research that supports this long-suspected theory. When parents feel higher levels of stress or hopelessness about their surroundings, they may have a harder time caring for theirContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Brown rats found and analyzed near Atlanta now carry rat lungworm, researchers report. It’s a parasite that can trigger a dangerous brain encephalitis in both people and pets, and which now threatens a wide area of the U.S. Southeast. Researchers in Georgia sayContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one in five counties across the United States lack psychiatrists or internet service, making it difficult for around 10.5 million Americans to find mental health care, a new study shows. The counties examined in the study were more likely to be inContinue Reading