FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — More than 70 genes are very strongly associated with autism and more than 250 are linked to the condition, a major new genetic analysis has revealed. The analysis is the largest of its kind to date, involving more than 150,000 participants, including 20,000Continue Reading

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — PFAS compounds are known as “forever chemicals” because they degrade slowly in the environment and accumulate in the body, potentially harming human and animal health. Bacteria can’t eat them. Fire can’t incinerate them. Water can’t dilute them. Instead, these per- and polyfluoroalkyl substancesContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Cancer isn’t just a physical struggle but also an emotional one, as patients, survivors and their loved ones experience grief and loss throughout the experience. Gabrielle Alvarez, a social worker at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, offered some tips to help patientsContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Amid a stark shortage of psychiatric beds that only worsened for millions suffering from mental illnesses during the pandemic, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is rolling out a new model that can help communities determine exactly how many beds they need. Having enoughContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) — It’s well known that exposure to lead can harm young children’s brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children. The study, of close to 26,000 schoolchildren, found that Black childrenContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A new study of U.S. military veterans reveals they are more comfortable getting help for physical ills than for mental health issues. “The majority of participants indicated they would be willing to seek treatment for both physical and mental health problems. However, theyContinue Reading

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Staffing shortages at nursing homes across the United States are severe in disadvantaged areas where needs may be greatest, researchers say. The study — recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society — looked at staffing before the COVID-19 pandemic. ItContinue Reading

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — While most people know that breathing in wildfire smoke isn’t good for respiratory health, they may not know that unclean air is also problematic for the heart. Individuals with underlying cardiovascular disease risk factors may also be at risk from the smoky airContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) — When dogs’ hearing fades, their mental skills follow, new research reveals. For the study, the researchers examined the link between hearing loss in aging dogs and dementia. The findings shed light on ways sensory loss affects canine cognition (thinking skills) and could leadContinue Reading