Alcohol Consumption, Aging And Cognitive Function

It has been pretty widely accepted that cognitive ability declines as we age. If you ask most people, including most doctors, if alcohol consumption is good for cognitive function, they’d likely say no. But are they right? Does alcohol consumption speed age-related cognitive decline?

Anorexic Girls And Stunted Growth

Anorexia Nervosa affects about 1 percent of women and 0.3 percent of men over the age of 15. It can cause serious health problems, including digestive system damage, hormonal damage and even heart attacks. If new research is accurate, girls with anorexia may also be at risk of stunted growth.

Social Connection Protects Against Depression

Doctors and researchers have studied depression for many years. Dozens of risk factors and behaviors that influence the condition have been discovered. Many of those factors and behaviors are modifiable. Now, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have narrowed that field down to a key few modifiable factors.

Here’s What’s More Exciting To Young Kids Than Rewards

Many parents, guardians, teachers and coaches use rewards to influence the behavior of young children. But a new study says that 4- and 5-year old kids like something else better than rewards. The findings of the Ohio State University team provides insight into early childhood development and learning.

A Gateway Drug For Higher Teen Alcohol Consumption

Major alcohol brands like Seagram’s, Smirnoff and Jack Daniels are now making sweetened coolers containing alcohol. These drinks appeal to younger drinkers who aren’t necessarily interested in “hard” liquor. The sugar content in these drinks may also drive higher consumption among teens and college-aged drinkers, says a new study.

Stress In Older Adults During COVID-19 Coronavirus Lockdowns

Social distancing and government-imposed lockdowns may help mitigate the spread and death rate from COVID-19 coronavirus. However, these same measures may be adding stress to the lives of a vulnerable population, older Americans. Many are finding new tools (some good, some not so good) to manage that stress.

Common Factor Among Severe COVID-19 Patients Identified

Among COVID-19 coronavirus patients who are not asymptomatic, symptoms can range from slight fatigue to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS.) Among those with severe symptoms, is there a common hallmark? Can knowing that factor help doctors predict who will suffer severe symptoms? A new study hopes to answer those questions.

Doctors Share COVID-19 Effects Outside The Lung

Despite a substantial body of evidence regarding the non-respiratory impact of COVID-19 on some patients, it’s still considered a respiratory disease. Doctors from Columbia University Irving Medical Center are sharing information that sheds light on the effects of the virus on the body’s other organs and systems.