Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Psoriasis May Be Causally Related

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appears to have a causal impact on psoriasis, especially psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and total psoriasis and PsA are associated with Crohn disease (CD), according to a study recently published in the Frontiers of Immunology.

Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope Against Severe OCD

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When traditional treatments fail to help patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an implant that zaps the brain with electrical pulses just might, a new research review shows.

Telehealth May Increase Use of Specialty Care for Serious Mental Illness

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Greater county-level use of telemental health visits is associated with modest increases in contact with outpatient specialty mental health care professionals and a greater likelihood of follow-up after hospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries with serious mental illness, according to a study recently published in JAMA Network Open.

Sleep Deprivation May Increase Risk for Systemic Lupus in Women

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep is associated with an increased risk for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), particularly among women with concomitant depression or bodily pain, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in Arthritis Care & Research.

Neoadjuvant Novel Hormonal Agents Studied in High-Risk Prostate Cancer

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Neoadjuvant therapy with a novel hormonal agent prior to radical prostatectomy is associated with better outcomes for men with high-risk prostate cancer versus upfront radical prostatectomy, according to a study published in the Oct. 1 issue of The Journal of Urology.

Health Highlights: Sept.22, 2022​

First evidence that babies can taste, smell in the womb. Special scans of late-term fetuses show that those whose moms had just consumed carrots showed more "laughter face" responses, while those whose moms had eaten kale showed more "cry face" responses. Read more

A Honey of a Study: Well-Fed Bears Give Clues to Human Diabetes

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, hibernating bears are able to feast, pack on a huge amount of weight and then lie around for months -- all without suffering the health consequence of diabetes. Now researchers are closer to understanding their secret.

Taiwan plans to end quarantine requirement for arrivals

Taiwan is considering an end to its quarantine requirement for all arrivals in mid-October. The island has been one of the few places in the world that has held on to a quarantine for all arrivals throughout the course of the pandemic. In recent months, it has steadily reduced the previously 2-week-long quarantine. Officials with the Central Epidemic Command Center announced Thursday they were planning to end quarantine and change it to seven days of self-health monitoring. But the change is dependent on the pandemic situation over the next week in Taiwan. The expected date for the end of quarantine is Oct. 13.

At UN, Russia's war in Ukraine is both text and subtext

After two years of discourse dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, the war in Ukraine has taken center stage at this year’s U.N. General Assembly. The pleas made by leaders from around the world for peace were both an altruistic amplification of besieged Ukrainians’ plight as well as born from self-interest. As several speeches made clear, the repercussions of the Russian invasion have been felt even thousands of miles away. The speeches that elided any direct reference to the conflict were few, but the war resounded in the absence of its direct invocation.

New Mexico braces for exodus from Medicaid insurance

New Mexico is bracing for a rapid exodus of up to 100,000 people from subsidized Medicaid health care next year as the federal government phases out special pandemic-era spending and eligibility for the program. State Health and Humans Service Secretary David Scrase on Wednesday said that between 85,000 and 100,000 residents would no longer qualify for Medicaid because of increased earnings as they rejoin the workforce. State health and welfare officials say the federal government appears likely but not certain to declare an end to its COVID-19 public health emergency in January, curtailing Medicaid enrollment in the process.

Gates Foundation prods UN, honors inspiration as Goalkeepers

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates combined characteristic optimism with sobering questions about persistent gender inequality and hunger at an event the Gateses’ foundation convened on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The annual Goalkeepers events focus on reaching global development goals set in 2015 such as reducing poverty and hunger and creating a more equitable world. Bill Gates again made the case for investments in agricultural technologies but their foundation also announced a $100 million donation meant to respond to hunger and malnutrition more quickly. The foundation also recognized the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for her leadership during the pandemic.

Nevada wants feds to declare mothballed nuke dump plan dead

After a decade in limbo, Nevada is pressing U.S. nuclear regulators to finally kill a mothballed proposal to entomb the nation’s most radioactive waste in the desert north of Las Vegas. A document submitted Tuesday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission derides the Yucca Mountain plan as a “zombie-like” federal project that has remained on the books without funding for more than 10 years. The NRC offered no immediate comment. The U.S. has no long-term plan for managing or disposing of hazardous nuclear waste, but Energy Department officials have spoken recently about the need to find one. Federal funding for the Yucca Mountain site was halted under then-U.S. Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Obama administration.

Oklahoma court: Weed question won't make November ballot

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a proposed state question on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana won't appear on the November ballot. The state's highest court on Wednesday denied a request by supporters to require the State Election Board to put the question on the general election ballot. Supporters got enough signatures from registered voters to qualify the question for the ballot. But because it took longer than usual to verify the signatures and several legal challenges were filed challenging the question, there wasn't enough time to resolve the challenges and get the ballots printed in time for November. The question will appear on the next general election ballot or a special election if called by the governor.

Patient Preferences Examined for CRC Screening Modalities

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Unscreened adults aged 40 years and older at average risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) prefer fecal immunochemical test (FIT)-fecal DNA every three years, according to a study published online July 20 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.