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January 2017 Media News

Strong muscles tied to lower risk of incontinence in older women. Women who have more lean muscle mass or better grip strength may be less likely to experience a common type of urinary incontinence, a study suggests. Reuters Health, 12/15/2016. (Also see Interstitial Cystitis)

Only some shoe inserts tied to lower risk of injuries. Contoured orthotics designed to alter the gait while walking and running might help lower the risk of stress fractures, but shock–absorbing insoles probably won’t prevent these injuries, a recent review suggests. Reuters Health, 12/15/2016.

Marital status, history linked to survival after stroke. A person’s current marital status and past marital losses may be related to their survival odds after a stroke, a new study suggests. Reuters Health, 12/14/2016. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)

Americans’ Hearing Loss Decreases Even as Headphone Use Rises. A new paper by federal researchers has found that despite rises over the effect of continuous use of headphones and earbuds, the prevalence of hearing loss in Americans of working age has declined. New York Times, 12/15/2016. (Also see Ear Diseases)

Abortion Is Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health. A new study found that women who had abortions did not experience more negative psychological effects than those who were turned away. New York Times, 12/14/2016.

The Power of Simple Life Changes to Prevent Heart Disease. Lifestyle changes are hugely important not only for those at low risk of heart disease, but for those at high risk and it’s clear that a healthier lifestyle could have huge implications for many, many more people. New York Times, 12/12/2016. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)

Could Gum Disease Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis? A type of bacteria found in severe gum disease may trigger many cases of rheumatoid arthritis, researchers reported Wednesday. NBC Health News, 12/14/2016. (Also see Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontal Disease)

Anxiety, Irritability May be First Warning of Depression in Kids. An early warning sign of depression in teenagers may not be sadness, but rather anxious and even irritable behavior, British researchers reported. NBC Health News, 12/09/2016. (Also see Depression)

42% Fewer U.S. Women Are Dying of Breast Cancer. Breast cancer deaths are down in many countries worldwide – but some still have major work to do. Time Healthland, 12/09/2016. (Also see Cancer)

The First Real Proof That Your Outlook Affects Longevity. Being optimistic can help you fend off stress, eat better and be more physically active, all of which can lower your risk of chronic illnesses. Time Healthland, 12/13/2016. (Also see Quality of Life)

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