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Long Beach child infected with monkeypox as L.A. County declares local emergency

Long Beach child infected with monkeypox as L.A. County declares local emergency

A child in Long Beach has contracted monkeypox, health officials said hours after Los Angeles County leaders proclaimed a local emergency amid the spreading illness. “While news of a pediatric case may cause alarm, please remember that monkeypox is still rare, is much more difficult to get than COVID-19 and other common childhood illnesses, and …

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Could Loss of Smell From COVID-19 Create Future ‘Dementia Wave?’ – Neuroscience News

Summary: Study questions whether smell loss associated with COVID-19 infection may increase the risk of developing dementia later in life. Source: APS A review of studies about the effect of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—on the olfactory system introduces questions about whether loss of smell associated with COVID-19 infection may increase the risk of developing …

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Monkeypox: 25K cases, a batch of new deaths, and 3 state emergencies

Monkeypox: 25K cases, a batch of new deaths, and 3 state emergencies

Enlarge / NYC Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic sign is displayed on August 2 in The Bronx borough of New York. Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency because of Monkeypox, allowing him to suspend certain laws and regulations to enact rules and policies aimed at combatting the fast-spreading virus. As global monkeypox cases continue to …

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Researchers Call for New Studies to Learn How Our Brains Change When We’re Awake After Midnight – Neuroscience News

Summary: A new hypothesis suggests when people are awake during the biological circadian night there are neurophysiological changes in the brain that alters the way in which we interact with the world, especially when it comes to impulse control, information processing, and reward processing. Source: Mass General If you’ve ever stayed up late angrily commenting …

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Eating processed food like ice cream hurts brain function, study says

Eating processed food like ice cream hurts brain function, study says

Although it’s obvious that a diet of hot dogs and ice cream won’t lead to a healthy physical life, new research illuminates how ultra-processed foods can also cause a significant decrease in brain function.  Research presented Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in San Diego outlined how foods such as instant noodles, sugary drinks and frozen meals …

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Monkeypox Has Been Declared a Public Health Emergency in Illinois. Here's What That Means for Residents

Monkeypox Has Been Declared a Public Health Emergency in Illinois. Here’s What That Means for Residents

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday declared monkeypox a public health emergency, classifying the state as a “disaster area” in regards to the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois is the state with the third-highest number of reported monkeypox infections reported, at 520. New York has the most reported cases, …

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Omicron better at invading young noses than other variants; smell loss may predict memory issues

Omicron better at invading young noses than other variants; smell loss may predict memory issues

By Nancy Lapid (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Childrens’ noses defend less well against Omicron The Omicron variant may be more efficient at infecting children through …

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Andy Cohen delivers message to gay men about monkeypox: ‘We need to take this seriously’

Andy Cohen delivers message to gay men about monkeypox: ‘We need to take this seriously’

Andy Cohen is using his platform to spread an important message about the monkeypox virus. During Monday’s taping of Watch What Happens Live, the host, 54, spoke directly to his gay male audience about the importance of being vigilant during the monkeypox outbreak, which has disproportionately impacted gay and bisexual men. “Monkeypox cases have risen …

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Even simple exercise may help aging brain, study hints

Even simple exercise may help aging brain, study hints

New research hints that even a simple exercise routine just might help older Americans with mild memory problems. Doctors have long advised physical activity to help keep a healthy brain fit. But the government-funded study marks the longest test of whether exercise makes any difference once memory starts to slide — research performed amid a …

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Stretching, range of motion and aerobic exercise all slow cognitive decline, study says

Stretching, range of motion and aerobic exercise all slow cognitive decline, study says

“My worry in the beginning of the study was ‘What if only aerobic makes a difference? Good luck getting the majority of Americans to do aerobic exercise on a regular basis!’ It’s not sustainable,” said study author Laura Baker, a professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, …

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