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Now, a new study has found those who experience more gratitude also have a lower risk of dying. The researchers used data from the Nurses’ Health Study, which included nearly 50,000 women between ages 69 and 96 who completed a six-item gratitude questionnaire in 2016. The researchers controlled for factors such as psychological well-being, health issues and other demographics including social and religious participation. There’s no clear consensus on how often one should practice gratitude, Simon-Thomas said. Having more gratitude has also been linked to being more optimistic in general, and people who express higher levels of gratitude tend to look more for the good in life, Watkins added.
Persons: , Tyler VanderWeele, John L, Loeb, Frances Lehman Loeb, VanderWeele, “ It’s, ” VanderWeele, Philip Watkins, Watkins, Emiliana Simon, Thomas, , Simon, it’s, , ” Simon, ” Watkins Organizations: CNN, Nurses, Harvard, Chan, of Public Health, Human, Initiative, Health, Spirituality, Eastern Washington University, Greater Good Science, University of California, “ Research Locations: , Boston, United States, Berkeley
The researchers determined children’s nicotine levels using blood samples taken between 2017 and 2020. The children in the study with the lowest nicotine levels were those who had no exposure to secondhand aerosols of any kind at home. Earlier studies have found similar nicotine exposure among children in homes with cigarette and e-cigarette users. Some of his research has shown much higher nicotine levels in e-cigarette households than in the new study. In 2020, Galiatsatos published what is believed to be the first study to document significant injury in an adult with secondhand e-cigarette exposure.
Persons: Vaping, , Terry Gordon, , Gordon, Dr, Sanjay Gupta, Panagis, Galiatsatos Organizations: CNN, JAMA, National Health, Department of Medicine, CNN Health, American Lung Association
Read previewA supercentenarian expert shared with Business Insider the nine things people who live to 110 and beyond have in common. Be resilientBeing resilient and able to endure hard times is one of the key predictors of longevity in supercentenarians, Lindberg said. Be spiritualSpirituality, meaning believing in something greater than ourselves versus following a specific religion, is also very common among the supercentenarians that Lindberg has studied. AdvertisementMaintain a healthy weight"There haven't really been any obese supercentenarians," Lindberg said. Dr. Robert Waldinger, the study's lead researcher, previously told BI that healthy relationships had a surprisingly large impact on people's odds of living longer.
Persons: , Jimmy Lindberg, Linberg, Lindberg, Joseph Maroon, Robert Waldinger, Rose Anne Kenny Organizations: Service, Business, Financial Times, Complutense University of Madrid, Harvard, Chan, of Public Health, JAMA, BMI, US Centers for Disease Control, CDC, Development, Trinity College Dublin
Helen of Troy — The housewares stock plummeted nearly 28%, hitting a new 52-week low during the session. The company posted an earnings miss for its first quarter of fiscal 2025 before the bell, earning 99 cents per share, excluding items. Lucid — The electric vehicle company's stock added nearly 1% after rallying about 8% in the previous session. Lucid jumped after the firm said it delivered 2,394 vehicles in the second quarter, marking a 70% year-over-year increase. Tesla — Shares of the electric vehicle company popped more than 4%.
Persons: Blackwell, Helen of Troy —, FactSet, UiPath, Lucid, Eli Lilly's Mounjaro, Eli Lilly, Morgan Stanley, Corning, Yun Li, Pia Singh, Sarah Min, Darla Mercado Organizations: Nvidia, UBS, BP — U.S, Novo Nordisk, Novo Nordisk's Ozempic, Sony, Paramount, National Amusements, Skydance Media, Apollo, CNBC Locations: Novo
CNN —People taking tirzepatide injections lost more weight and were more likely to reach specific weight loss targets than those taking semaglutide, according to a new study. But 82% of people taking tirzepatide reached this important clinical benchmark, compared with about 67% of those taking semaglutide. Average weight loss was also consistently higher among those taking tirzepatide over time. And by one year, average weight loss was nearly double for those taking tirzepatide — more than 11%, compared with about 6% for those taking semaglutide. According to the new study, individuals with type 2 diabetes had less significant weight loss than those without a diagnosis — but average weight loss was still greater among those taking tirzepatide.
Persons: tirzepatide, Eli Lilly, , Dr, Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Brenda Goodman Organizations: CNN, US Food and Drug Administration, Novo Nordisk, semaglutide, FDA, CNN Health Locations: Truveta
CNN —GLP-1 medications such as Ozempic and Wegovy may help lower the risk of certain cancers, a new study suggests. About 40% of new cancer diagnoses are associated with excess weight, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The risk was cut by more than half for gallbladder cancer, meningioma, pancreatic cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma, a kind of liver cancer. It was also significantly reduced for ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, multiple myeloma, esophageal cancer, endometrial cancer and kidney cancer. And GLP-1 medications interact with systems related to insulin production.
Persons: CNN —, Dr, Sanjay Gupta Organizations: CNN, US Centers for Disease Control, JAMA, CNN Health, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Eye doctors in Boston have started to notice a small but worrisome uptick in cases of a rare type of sudden blindness among patients taking semaglutide. (Semaglutide is the active ingredient in two Novo Nordisk drugs: Ozempic for type 2 diabetes and Wegovy for obesity.) Rare, and notableThe number of patients on semaglutide who developed NAION was tiny: Out of more than 16,000 eye patients in Massachusetts included in this six-year retrospective investigation, only 37 people on semaglutide developed NAION. Patients with diabetes and high blood pressure have always been at an increased risk of developing eyesight issues. (Novo Nordisk is working on another, separate study, testing whether semaglutide might be useful in treating diabetic retinopathy.)
Persons: semaglutide, Dr, Joseph Rizzo Organizations: Service, Business, Ophthalmology, Novo Nordisk, Harvard Medical School Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, Novo, semaglutide
CNN —People who take Ozempic or Wegovy may have a higher risk of developing a rare form of blindness, a new study suggests. The condition is relatively rare — up to 10 out of 100,000 people in the general population may experience it — but the doctors noted three cases in one week, and each of those patients was taking semaglutide medications. The risk was found to be greatest within the first year of receiving a prescription for semaglutide. Semaglutide prescriptions have soared in the US, which could raise the number of people at risk for a potential side effect. But the large number of people who are taking semaglutide should raise confidence that the absolute risk of developing NAION as a result is rare.
Persons: , Joseph Rizzo, ” Susan Mollan, Disha, Dr, Sanjay Gupta, Chanapa, Andrew Lee, ” Narang Organizations: CNN —, Mass, Novo Nordisk, CNN, Harvard Medical School, , University Hospitals Birmingham, Endeavor Health, CNN Health, US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Houston Methodist Hospital Locations: Chicago
He follows the Longevity Diet, created by his colleague and L-Nutra cofounder Valter Longo, a professor of gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute. It's mainly a plant-based diet but includes fish a few times a week, plus lots of complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats from nuts, Antoun said. Eat nuts every dayNuts are a good source of plant-based protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats, Antoun said. In a 2023 study published in JAMA Network Open, 22 pairs of twins were randomly assigned either a healthy vegan diet or a healthy omnivorous diet for eight weeks. Have dinner early and breakfast lateAnother part of Longo's Longevity Diet, and the central tenant of L-Nutra's business model, is intermittent fasting.
Persons: , Joseph Antoun, Antoun, Valter Longo, biohacking bros Organizations: Service, Business, gerontology, USC Longevity Institute, American College of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic, JAMA
New data from Texas shows a possible consequence of abortion bans: a rise in infant mortality. In 2022, the year after the state’s six-week abortion ban took effect, deaths of infants before their first birthdays increased 13 percent, an analysis published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics showed. Fatal fetal anomalies include trisomy 18 or conditions in which fetuses are missing kidneys or parts of the brain. Many are not discovered until the anatomy ultrasound at roughly 20 weeks of pregnancy, well after the gestational age limit in Texas’ abortion ban. The results “suggest that additional live births occurring in Texas in 2022 disproportionately included pregnancies at increased risk of infant mortality, particularly those involving congenital anomalies,” the study’s authors wrote.
Locations: Texas
Authors of a sweeping new review of research into social media and mental health say there’s still key information missing to know whether prevention programs and interventions will work. In the study, published Monday in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers reviewed nearly 150 studies on the relationship between social media and the mental health of adolescents. For Murthy, the urgency of the youth mental health crisis is dominant — and there’s enough evidence to act now. “There are certain benefits, but getting some benefits does not justify forcing kids to endure significant harm.”Still, social media is not the same as cigarettes. “To be clear, a warning label would not, on its own, make social media safe for young people,” he wrote.
Persons: Vivek Murthy, There’s, , Sandro Galea, Murthy, ” Murthy, ” Galea, , Pamela Wisniewski, Jenny Radesky, Dr, Sanjay Gupta, ” Radesky Organizations: CNN, University of Cambridge, Stellenbosch University, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, National Academies, Boston University School of Public Health, New York Times, Vanderbilt University, American Academy of Pediatrics, Excellence, Social Media, Mental Health, CNN Health, Locations: United Kingdom, South Africa
The task force suggested that extensive and intensive behavioral interventions are the best way to help a child get to a healthy weight. A high BMI for a child is defined a little differently than it is for adults, although both use height and weight to estimate mass. Nearly 20% of children in the US have what’s considered a high BMI. The task force gives its guidelines letter grades based on the most up-to-date science. Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurers must cover preventive services that get a grade of A or B; the new child obesity recommendations got a B grade.
Persons: Susma Vaidya, , , Dr, Mona Sharifi, ” Sharifi, Thomas Robinson, Sarah Armstrong, haven’t, Sharifi, Justin Ryder, Stanley Manne, Robert H, Lurie, “ I’ve, ” Ryder, Wegovy, Alli, Lomaira, John Ruiz, Sanjay Gupta, “ There’s, ” Vaidya, Vaidya, pharmacotherapy Organizations: CNN, US Preventive Services, Force, American Academy of Pediatrics, BMI, US Centers for Disease Control, Affordable, National Hospital, Yale School of Medicine, Stanford Solutions Science Lab, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Adolescent Health, Duke University Medical School, Stanley Manne Children’s, Ann, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, University of Arizona, CNN Health, FDA Locations: Washington
CNN —Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said the threat social media poses to children requires urgent action, and he demanded Congress to put a label on the apps as it does with cigarettes and alcohol. Teens spend nearly five hours a day on social media apps, according to a Gallup poll. Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/Getty Images“It is time to require a surgeon general’s warning label on social media platforms, stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents,” Murthy said. Congress has long chastised social media companies, claiming they pose harm to children. And Murthy urged parents to restrict children’s use of social media until they graduate from middle school.
Persons: Vivek Murthy, ” Murthy, Murthy, Drew Angerer, , Mark Zuckerberg —, there’s, , Ron DeSantis, Kathy Hochul Organizations: CNN, New York Times, American Medical Association, Gallup, U.S, North, Capitol, Florida’s Republican Gov, New York Democratic Gov Locations: North America, America, Congress
For this study, researchers analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study of more than 45,000 people age 50 or older in 1992 who were also free of chronic disease, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Network Open. On the other hand, adding two hours of light physical activity at work added a 6% increase in the odds of healthy aging. Replacing one hour of sitting to watch TV with light physical activity at home or work was associated with better chances of healthy aging, the study showed. More activity and less sitting while watching TV may give you a better chance at healthy aging, a new study showed. “You’re missing out on all that physical activity, which is truly an unbelievable way to reduce cardiovascular risk and blood pressure,” Freeman said.
Persons: , Molin Wang, T.H, Andrew Freeman, Freeman, , ” Freeman, Time, “ You’re, that’s, they’re Organizations: CNN’s, CNN, of Public Health, Jewish Health, Nurses, JAMA Locations: Chan, Denver
A sexually transmitted fungal infection, TMVII, has been reported in the US for the first time. The infection, which resembles eczema, often affects men who have sex with other men. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementResearchers in New York are warning that a sexually transmitted fungal infection that can take months to resolve has been reported for the first time in the US. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: TMVII, Organizations: Service, New York University, New York State Department of Health, Business Locations: New York, New York City, England, Greece, California, Albany
CNN —Women who closely followed a Mediterranean diet lived much longer than those who did not, according to a new study that followed more than 25,000 women for 25 years. “In this study, adherence to the Mediterranean diet was a proxy for diet quality. Each increase in the adherence to the Mediterranean diet extended life for women, the new study found. In all that data, however, are few details on the specific ways the Mediterranean diet may affect women, especially long-term. “What might be worth noting is that the adherence measure ‘corrects’ for distortions of the Mediterranean diet,” Katz said.
Persons: CNN —, , Samia Mora, David Katz, Katz, ” Katz, It’s, Shafqat Ahmad, Ahmad, Organizations: CNN, Brigham, Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, True Health Initiative, JAMA, Uppsala University Locations: Boston, Sweden
CNN —Younger generations are getting their first periods earlier, and the length of time it takes to become regular is changing — which could point to later health problems, according to a new study. But other research has documented the trend in first menstrual cycles starting at earlier ages over time. Earlier periods might be associated with high body mass index, or BMI, during childhood, Wang said. “This implies that childhood obesity, which has been increasing in the US, might be contributing to people getting their periods earlier,” Wang added. Physicians should evaluate children with early periods or a long duration of irregular cycles to make sure there isn’t an underlying problem, Feinberg said.
Persons: CNN —, , Zifan Wang, Harvard University’s T.H, Wang, ” Wang, Eve Feinberg, ” Feinberg, Feinberg, Shruthi Mahalingaiah, T.H Organizations: CNN, Harvard University’s, of Public Health, Apple, Apple Health, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, , BMI, T.H Chan, Physicians Locations: Chan, Chicago
CNN —When you’re trying to address mental health symptoms, simply the belief that you can be helped may be an important factor. Symptoms of nine mental health disorders substantially improved under placebo treatment, according to a new review of 90 randomized controlled trials — known as a meta-analysis — totaling 9,985 adult participants largely in their 30s and 40s. “This is the most comprehensive study of placebo effects in psychiatry.”The results are also important for patient treatment, Bschor said. But for disorders that didn’t see as much improvement with placebos — such as OCD or schizophrenia, which is a psychotic disorder — medication may be more necessary. Improvement in absence of medicationThat mental health symptoms improved with placebo treatment may be due to a few potential influences, experts said.
Persons: Tom Bschor, Jonathan Alpert, Dorothy, Marty Silverman, Alpert, wasn’t, Bschor, ” Bschor, , Richard Keefe, Keefe, Felipe Barreto Schuch, ” Schuch wasn’t, , ” Alpert, you’ve Organizations: CNN, Psychiatry, University Hospital Dresden, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Brazil’s Federal University of Santa Locations: Germany, New York City, North Carolina, Brazil’s Federal University of Santa Maria
CNN —Chemical toxins are everywhere — in our water, food, air and soil. Children born to European mothers exposed to four families of chemicals that disrupt the body’s endocrine (hormone) system had elevated levels of metabolic syndrome at ages 6 to 11. Metabolic syndrome can include obesity, elevated blood pressure, and abnormally high cholesterol and insulin resistance, which is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is typically associated with adult cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, but the growing epidemic of childhood obesity has seen symptoms appearing in kids at younger and younger ages. Having metabolic syndrome as a child is highly predictive of chronic disease as an adult, experts say.
Persons: Nuria Güil, , Oumrait, Vicente Mustieles, Mariana Fernández, Carmen Messerlian, Messerlian, phthalates, , Jane Houlihan, ” Houlihan, Houlihan, PFAS, EWG Organizations: CNN, Icahn School of Medicine, JAMA, Biomedical Research, University of Granada, Harvard, of Public Health, International Council for Chemical Associations, American Chemistry Council, EPA, Food, Food and Drug Administration, FDA, NSF, National Sanitation Foundation Locations: Mount Sinai, New York City, Spain, Messerlian, Chan, Boston, United States
The BackgroundFluoride strengthens tooth enamel, and research suggests that drinking water with added fluoride can reduce cavities by up to 25 percent. Most of the women lived in areas with fluoridated water. The researchers measured the fluoride levels in their urine in a single test during the third trimester. And on average, higher fluoride levels in the mothers’ urine were correlated with a greater risk of behavioral problems in the children. That said, the increases in behavioral scores were relatively small — about two points on a scale from 28 to 100 for overall behavioral problems.
Persons: , Beate Ritz, Patricia Braun, Ashley Malin, Malin, Joseph Braun Organizations: National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, JAMA, Fielding School of Public Health, University of Colorado School of Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, College of Public Health, Health, University of Florida, Water Watch, Center, Environmental, Brown University Locations: United States, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Denmark, Los Angeles
On May 16 the Justice Department formally moved to reclassify marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule III. It is, however, the biggest step yet toward abolishing the legal fiction that cannabis is as dangerous as heroin. And it puts marijuana — used more than any other illicit drug in the world — on a pathway for fully legal recreational use, which a majority of Americans support. It also offers an opportunity to start ironing out the details of what federal cannabis oversight ought to look like if the time comes — both to redress past harms and protect public health. Learning from the experiences of states that have legalized marijuana is essential.
Organizations: Justice Department, Food and Drug Administration, Psychiatry
Many health experts have worried that relaxing the laws around cannabis will lead to more use of the drug among minors. They found that fewer minors reported having used cannabis in the previous month in states where the drug had been legalized. It seems sensible to assume that legalizing marijuana would lead to more use by young people. Yes, common sense might argue that as cannabis becomes legalized, it will be more accessible. There will be fewer potential legal repercussions, hence availability would increase and use would increase.
Persons: Willy Wonka, Biden, Rebekah Levine Coley, Coley Organizations: District of Columbia, Boston College, New York Times
Legalized Weed Is Landing More Seniors in the E.R.
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The NewsAs more places legalize marijuana, policymakers and health officials have worried about the health risks that the drug may pose to adolescents. But a new study suggests that an additional demographic is at risk: seniors. The study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that after Canada legalized marijuana, the number of emergency room visits for cannabis poisoning rose sharply among people ages 65 and older. Poisonings doubled after Canada legalized sale of the cannabis flower, and then tripled just 15 months later, when Canada legalized the sale of edibles. Stall said, and showed that more attention needed to be paid to drug use by seniors, and to the health effects.
Persons: Poisonings, , , Nathan, edibles Organizations: Canada, Mount Sinai Hospital, Women’s College Hospital Locations: Canada, Mount, Toronto, United States
But some older adults may be unaware of the strength of today’s weed, and little is known about the health effects of legalizing edible cannabis on older adults — the age group with the largest growth in overall cannabis use a year after dried cannabis flower was legalized in Canada, Stall said. Jamie Grill/Tetra images RF/Getty Images“There’s a bit of an age-related bias that many health care practitioners, and frankly society, hold that older adults are not using drugs. During the eight-year study period, there were 2,322 emergency department visits for cannabis poisoning in older adults who were age 69 on average. Products older adults intentionally use should have dosing information with specific guidance for older adults, “recognizing that the amount of drug they may need is a lot less than younger populations,” Stall said. Health care providers should also have open and judgment-free conversations with older adults about cannabis use and its benefits and risks, he added.
Persons: edibles, Nathan, Jamie Grill, , , , Lona Mody, Sharon K, Inouye, weren’t, Amanda Sanford Hickey, Ann Arbor . Inouye, Arthur Marcus, ” Mody Organizations: CNN, Sinai Health, Getty, Ontario Ministry, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Aging, for Aging Research, Harvard Medical School Locations: Canada, , Sinai, Ontario, Ann Arbor, Boston
FLiRT variants are offshoots of the JN.1 variant — all part of the broader Omicron family — that caused this winter’s wave. The mutations of the FLiRT variants make increased transmissibility — and a possible summer wave — a real threat. “We learned from the laboratories that FLiRT variants appeared, so far, to be as transmissible as the other Omicron subvariants, which means they’re really quite contagious. As of May 1, the requirement for all hospitals to report Covid-19 data to the federal government has expired. While the FLiRT variants pose some risk this summer, experts remain focused on what might happen in the fall.
Persons: CNN —, , Andy Pekosz, “ We’ve, William Schaffner, ” Schaffner, it’s, ” Pekosz, , Dr, Sanjay Gupta, we’ve Organizations: CNN, US Centers for Disease Control, Data, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Vanderbilt University, Schaffner’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, CDC, JAMA, CNN Health, JN, US Food Locations: United States, Covid
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