WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 -- A study of nearly 200 poor women living in the St. Louis area found that two out of three had to go without feminine hygiene products at least once over the prior year, due to cost.
About one-fifth -- 21 percent -- said this happened on a monthly basis, and nearly half said they often had to make tough choices between buying food or period-related products.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 -- Carrying extra pounds isn't just bad for humans: New research indicates dogs' lives may be significantly shorter if they're overweight.
The study, which evaluated data from more than 50,000 dogs across 12 of the most popular breeds, found that the life span of overweight dogs was up to 2.5 years shorter than that of normal-weight canines.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 -- Most people know how important recycling is for a healthier environment, yet a survey by the Pew Research Center showed that Americans may not always put that knowledge into practice.
Though most people in the United States have access to recycling programs, the rules and practices vary within states and even within communities. Only 28 percent of survey participants said their community strongly encourages recycling and re-use. Even when recycling programs exist, not everyone uses them. Some people aren't fully aware of what exactly can be recycled in their area.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 -- Not every budding musician will become a rock star, but studying music has brain bonuses for kids, even those who don't take up an instrument until their teen years.
There's no doubt that participation in in-school music programs boosts motivation. Mastering an instrument or performing with a group brings a sense of accomplishment and is a wonderful creative outlet. What's more, it can enhance other types of learning, research has revealed.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 -- The risk of suicide is more than four times higher among Americans with cancer than those without the disease, a new study finds.
"Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not die from cancer, the patients usually die of another cause," said researcher Nicholas Zaorsky, a radiation oncologist in the Penn State Cancer Institute.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- In middle school, Prince Pratt used to get short of breath walking between classes, walking up the stairs or when exercising. And he was gaining weight.
His father, Reggie, simply thought his son was lazy.
TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- While cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low, another form of tobacco use is rising in popularity -- hookah smoking -- and researchers are concerned there's a new epidemic brewing, especially among young adults.
Once seen as an exotic pastime and cultural phenomenon in the Middle East, hookah smoking spread to Europe and North America in recent years.
TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 -- People who develop type 2 diabetes before they turn 40 are twice as likely to be hospitalized for mental illness as those who develop the blood sugar disease after 40, a new study shows.
About 37 percent of all hospitalization days in the under 40 group were due to mental illness, the researchers noted. Mood and psychotic disorders were the most common conditions. Mood disorders includes depression, bipolar depression and self-harm. Psychotic disorders include delusions, hallucinations and schizophrenia, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.