Childhood behavior problems linked to insomnia in adulthood

(Reuters Health) – Treating kids’ behavior problems might have the additional benefit of reducing their risk of insomnia as adults, a recent study suggests.

Researchers followed 8,050 people over more than four decades, assessing behavior problems at ages 5, 10 and 16, then administering sleep surveys when participants were 42 years old.

Overall, 78% of kids had normal behavior at age 5, while 13% had moderate behavior problems and 4% had severe behavior issues.

Kids with severe behavior issues were 39 percent more likely to have insomnia by the time they were adults than children who had normal behavior, researchers report in JAMA Network Open.

Vegetarians have higher risk for stroke, lower heart disease risk

(Reuters Health) – People who follow vegetarian or vegan diets may have lower odds for heart disease but higher chances of having a stroke, compared to meat eaters, a large UK study suggests.

Researchers followed 48,188 middle-aged adults without any history of heart attacks or strokes for about 18 years. During this time, 2,820 people developed coronary artery disease that can lead to heart attacks; 519 people had ischemic strokes, the most common kind, which occur when a clot blocks an artery carrying blood to the brain; and 300 people had hemorrhagic strokes, which are caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain.

Men with prostate cancer can have healthy sex lives after surgery

There’s a perception that surgery to treat prostate cancer will spell the end of a man’s sex life.

And while that often used to be the case, survivorship programs, like the one at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, offer counseling and interventions to promote sexual recovery after cancer treatment.

“Prostate cancer, especially if it’s caught early, is a highly treatable disease,” says Daniela Wittmann, Ph.D., LMSW, an associate professor of urology and social work at U-M, and a certified sex therapist with more than 30 years of experience. “But that also means that men are often living for a long time and dealing with the side effects of treatment.”

Study explores link between rheumatoid arthritis widespread pain and smoking

A vast majority of patients with rheumatoid arthritis reports widespread pain or severe pain regardless of smoking status, a new study found.

A team of researchers at the Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge in Stockholm, Sweden wanted to investigate if smoking status at the time of rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis was linked with pain spread or intensity.

Published in the journal Nursing Open, the study shows that a large number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis report widespread pain or severe pain, regardless if they smoke or not. The study highlights that smoking has no effect on pain intensity among rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Longtime Crusader Against OxyContin Begins To See The Fruits Of Her Struggle

In the 15 years since she lost her son to a single OxyContin pill, Barbara Van Rooyan has had but one up-close look at the people representing the company that made it.

It was in a small courthouse in Abingdon, Va., where Van Rooyan and other relatives of OxyContin victims gathered for a sentencing hearing in 2007. Three executives of Purdue Pharma had pleaded guilty to federal charges related to their misbranding and marketing of the powerful opioid. The company had pleaded guilty as well.

Potentially harmful carbon pollution reaches fetal side of placenta: study

(Reuters Health) – Airborne carbon particles that can cause health problems in adults and children are getting into the placenta as it nourishes a developing fetus, a new study has found.

Tissue samples from 5 pre-term and 23 full-term births found that the more airborne soot the mother was exposed to during pregnancy, the higher the number of so-called black carbon particles found in the placenta, researchers report in Nature Communications.

In addition to transferring oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the fetus, the placenta is supposed to be a barrier — albeit not a perfect one — that protects the fetus from substances that might harm it.

France to give iodine to more people living close to nuclear plants

PARIS (Reuters) – France will offer free iodine tablets to around 2.2 million people living close to nuclear plants to help protect them from radiation in case of an accident.

FILE PHOTO: Cooling towers are seen near the Golfech nuclear plant on the border of the Garonne River between Agen and Toulouse, France, August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Nuclear regulator ASN said on Tuesday people living within 10-20 km of one of utility EDF’s 19 nuclear plants, as well as some 200,000 institutions such as schools, will receive a letter in coming days informing them that they can pick up free iodine tablets from pharmacies.

Survey says half of people with rheumatoid disease struggle to pay for treatment

Rheumatoid disease encompasses inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, muscle, bones, and organs. A new study found that despite 90 of patients have health insurance, nearly 60 percent said that they are struggling to afford medication or treatment in the last year.

In celebration of the Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, the American College of Rheumatology performed a national survey to determine how many patients have access to affordable healthcare and what are the challenges the patients face. The team asked the participants if they have access to rheumatology care, afford their treatment, and if they can perform their tasks.

U.S. records no new measles cases for first week since January

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Health officials recorded no new cases of measles in the United States last week, marking the first week without new cases of the disease since January, amid an outbreak largely linked to parents who declined to vaccinate their children.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday it had recorded 1,241 cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease in 31 states as of last Thursday. (bit.ly/2miVZvw)

The current outbreak of measles is the worst to hit the country since 1992, when 2,126 cases were reported, and threatens to end the nation’s measles-free status.