TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Over 2 million Americans with heart disease have used marijuana, despite evidence that it might be harmful to them, a new research review finds.
The report, published in the Jan. 28 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, comes at a time when many states are legalizing medicinal or recreational marijuana use. And, some studies suggest, a growing number of Americans are lighting up -- or using the drug in other forms.
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Four in 10 gun owners have at least one gun at home that isn't locked up, even if there are children in the home, a new survey suggests.
To come to that conclusion, researchers questioned nearly 3,000 people while they waited for a free gun storage device (lockbox or trigger lock) at public gun safety events in 10 cities in Washington state between 2015 and 2018.
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- The chemicals in sunscreens help shield people from the sun's rays, but they are also absorbed into the body at levels that raise some safety questions, a new study confirms.
The study, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a follow-up to a 2019 investigation. Both reached the same conclusion: The active ingredients in popular sunscreens can be absorbed into the blood at levels that exceed the FDA threshold where they can be presumed safe.
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- It might be the last thing you want to do when you are battling a cold, but exercise might actually make you feel better, suggests one health expert.
Here's why: Physical activity boosts your heart rate and promotes healthy blood flow, and it also opens up your lungs and releases endorphins, said Dr. Jayson Loeffert, a sports medicine physician at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pa.
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Shallower-than-normal brain waves may play a role in serious sleep problems in children with autism, a new study suggests.
Previous research has shown that between 40% and 80% of children with autism have sleep issues, such as trouble falling asleep or waking frequently during the night and rising early. These problems can be significant challenges for the children and their families.
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Young school-aged children with behavior problems may have different bacteria in their guts than their well-behaved peers, new research suggests.
The study also noted that parents may play a key role in development of the particular bacteria in their child's gut (collectively known as the microbiome). That role even extends beyond the type of foods parents give their children, researchers suspect.
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Little Johnny's cough has lasted for days, leaving Mom and Dad wondering if the symptoms warrant a trip to the doctor. A new study suggests that such parents may choose to skip that standard pediatric sick visit.
Overall visits to the pediatrician in the United States dropped by 14% between 2008 and 2016. Sick visits were down 24%.