Images of people eating and drinking are a staple of social media, but new research finds such posts from celebrities often puts the spotlight squarely on junk food. Profit isn’t always the reason why, investigators found: Celebrities often highlight unhealthy food favorites without getting paid for it. “Ninety-five percent of photos that contain foods and…  read on >  read on >

The opioid addict you know might not be the college kid who has always dabbled in alcohol and drugs. It could be your grandparent. Opioid misuse doesn’t discriminate by age — and rates are rising steadily among adults aged 55 and up, new research shows. “You can still use recreational drugs at an older age.…  read on >  read on >

People on bone-protecting drugs often take breaks from them for a few years. Now a new study finds that a “holiday” from the medication risedronate (Actonel) may come with a slightly increased risk of hip fracture. Researchers found that compared with a drug holiday from alendronate (Fosamax), taking a few years off from risedronate came…  read on >  read on >

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Babies conceived through infertility treatment are more likely to be born early and small. But there are reasons other than medically assisted reproduction to explain this difference, a new study concludes. “Rather than the infertility treatment itself, our new findings highlight the importance of parents’ underlying fertility problems…  read on >  read on >

Swapping out the butter or other artery-clogging fats in your diet for heart-healthy olive oil may add years to your life, researchers say. Folks who consume more than 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil a day are less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or lung disease when compared to…  read on >  read on >

Examining a woman’s health in midlife can predict her health decades later, researchers say. Four specific factors — higher body mass index (BMI), smoking, arthritis and depressive symptoms — at age 55 are associated with clinically important declines in physical health 10 years later, a new study reports. “Age 55 to 65 may be a…  read on >  read on >

Medicare has been told to reassess a significant premium increase it had announced that largely stemmed from the expensive new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra’s directive, which was announced on Monday, comes shortly after Aduhelm maker Biogen cut the price of the drug by about half, from $56,000 to…  read on >  read on >

Swabs that come with at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests should be used in the nose and not the throat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. It issued the warning on Twitter in response to reports that some people are using swabs intended for nasal samples to take samples from their throats and posting their…  read on >  read on >

For people newly diagnosed with advanced melanoma, a combination of two immunotherapy drugs can double the amount of time their cancer remains progression-free, a clinical trial has found. The treatment combines two drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors. One, called nivolumab (Opdivo), is already standard for advanced melanoma; the other, relatlimab, is not yet approved.…  read on >  read on >