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Recent health articles & news for January 2016.

Recent Health Articles: Zika Virus Spreading; How to Test Lead in Home Water; Concussions Affect Students Academically

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#1 Zika Virus “Spreading Explosively”, Global Health Experts Warn

The World Health Organization says it is convening an emergency committee to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus — which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems — was “spreading explosively.” Read More

#2 How to Test for Lead in Home Water Supply

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has Americans asking, “Does my home’s water contain lead?” It’s possible! The Environmental Protection Agency says between 10% and 20% of our exposure to lead comes from contaminated water. It’s even worse for the youngest and most vulnerable: Babies can get between 40% and 60% of their exposure to lead by drinking formula mixed with contaminated water. Here’s a great guide from CNN on how to assess lead exposure risks and test home plumbing.

#3 How Concussions Affect Students Academically

Increased awareness about the dangers of concussions has prompted every state to mandate that schools educate students, parents and staff on the risks of this brain injury and devise return-to-play protocols. But the development of standards governing a student’s return to learning has lagged far behind, experts say. Read More

#4 A “Game-changer” in Understanding Schizophrenia

Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it. The result — accomplished by analysis of genetics, autopsy brain tissue and laboratory mice — is “going to be a game-changer” in terms of understanding schizophrenia and offering routes for treatment and potential for prevention, said Bruce Cuthbert, acting deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which helped fund the research.

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Put the Smartphone Down: Social Media Use and Sleep Disturbances Linked

It is a scene to which most of us can probably relate: the light on your smartphone is flashing, heralding a notification from Facebook or Twitter, or one of the myriad social networking sites you have willingly joined. But a new study may give you a reason to pause; it found that young adults who frequently check their social media accounts are more likely to have sleep disturbances than those who use social media sparingly.

To Prevent Back Pain, Orthotics Are Out, Exercise Is In

A new study published in JAMA reveals educational efforts, back belts and orthotics were almost completely ineffective for treating low back pain, leaving people who employed either of those methods very prone to experiencing more back pain within a year. But exercise programs, either with or without additional educational elements, proved to be potent preventatives, the researchers found.

Got a Cold Coming On? Which Remedies Do & Don’t Work

Sniffling, sneezing, congestion and coughing — it can be hard to fight off the germs. Before you try your favorite home remedy, here’s what works and what may be a waste of time and money.

Wearable Sweat Sensor Could Monitor Dehydration, Fatigue

Wearable health and fitness trackers have taken the world by storm in recent years. But wristbands that monitor your heart rate and how many calories you have burned could soon be old news; researchers have now developed a device that measures sweat chemicals, which could alert users to dehydration, fatigue and more.

Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely to Get Sued Again

One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims, and the more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again, according to the latest research.

Children at “Double the Risk of Aggression, Suicide” with Antidepressant Use

One of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants for children and adolescents can double the risk of aggression and suicide, according to research published in The BMJ.

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