Declining Sperm Count Tied to Chemicals in the Environment

Chemicals that pervade our modern world — plastics, pesticides, stain repellents, components of personal hygiene products — are contributing to a decades-long decline in fertility and could pose health risks even into future generations, according to an explosive new book by Shanna Swan, PhD, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at…

High-Risk US Adults May Not Consistently Wear Masks

(Reuters) – Most U.S. adults with chronic medical conditions know they face higher odds of severe COVID-19 but that does not mean they avoid high-risk behaviors, survey data suggest. In late 2020, researchers asked nearly 6,000 participants in the Understanding America Study about their perceived risks from the new coronavirus,…

Four Phases Help COVID Patients Ease Back Into Exercise

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Once patients who have had COVID-19 are symptom-free for at least 7 days, clinicians can assess their risk for beginning an exercise regimen and help them start slowly, new research advises. Guidance on how clinicians can…

Cellular stress makes obese mothers have obese babies

Maternal obesity increases the risk for obesity and metabolic perturbations in their offspring, but what are the mechanisms? In a new study published March 12 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, Sebastien Bouret of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Lille, France, and colleagues show…

Single mothers are more likely to have obese children

Single mothers are more likely to have obese children because ‘fathers keep their offspring slim with energetic and boisterous play’ Youngsters whose mothers battle depression are also more at risk of obesity Those in dirty ‘unappealing homes’ can carry dangerous amounts of weight Being ‘confined’ to a playpen stops children…