Dennis Thompson, HealthDayNews

Dennis Thompson


Salem, OR, United States

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Past articles by Dennis:

Science Reveals Possible 'Surge of Consciousness' Just Before Dying

TUESDAY, May 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Near-death experiences — seeing a bright light, floating outside your body, watching your life flash past, communicating with lost loved ones — could well be part of a dying brain’s final fight-or-flight response, a new report suggests.Electroencephalogram (E... → Read More

Thousands of Tons of Toxic Chemicals Are Released Into American Homes Each Year

TUESDAY, May 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many common household products emit airborne toxins that can harm your health in ways up to and including cancer, a new study reports.Dozens of different types of consumer products contain toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals that escape as gase... → Read More

Mind-Reading Technology Can Turn Brain Scans Into Language

MONDAY, May 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A mind-reading device seems like science fiction, but researchers say they’re firmly on the path to building one.Using functional MRI (fMRI), a newly developed brain-computer interface can read a person’s thoughts and translate them into full sentences, accord... → Read More

Gut Microbiome Changes Throughout the Day and With the Seasons

FRIDAY, April 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Half of the cells in your body aren’t human — and a new study suggests that many critical to your health oscillate by the hour, day and even the season.The human body contains about 40 trillion bacteria, viruses and fungi, creating a microbiome that roughly... → Read More

Each Year Spent Working With Certain Chemicals Raises Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

THURSDAY, April 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Jobs that regularly expose you to certain chemicals appear to steadily increase your risk of pancreatic cancer, a new analysis reports.People with more than 20 years of exposure to some chemical agents had a 39% increased risk of pancreatic cancer, compar... → Read More

Why People Love Selfies: It's Not About Vanity

A new study may help explain why people choose to include themselves in some photos – and it is not vanity. Researchers found that first-person photos (capturing the scene as it looks from one’s own eyes) best represent the physical experience of an event for people. → Read More

Does Exercise Really Help Your Brain? Jury Still Out

MONDAY, March 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s long been thought that working out helps a person stay sharp, but a new review argues there’s little solid scientific evidence for the mental benefits of physical exercise.Individual clinical trial results have tended to support the idea that regular e... → Read More

What to Know About XBB, the New COVID Variant

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The new coronavirus continues to dodge, duck, dip and dive, mutating again and again to find its way past people’s immune defenses.The latest COVID variant to gain a foothold in America is called XBB.1.5, which has rapidly started to crowd out other competin... → Read More

Paxlovid OK for Use in Pregnant Women Infected With COVID

A new study finds strong evidence that people who are pregnant and have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 can safely take the antiviral drug Paxlovid to reduce the possibility of severe disease. → Read More

The 'Great Resignation' Is Taking a Toll on U.S. Health Care

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The nationwide shortage of health care professionals -- a so-called "Great Resignation" of providers -- is impacting patient care in ways large and small, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows.One in four Americans (25%) have noticed or personally experienced t... → Read More

First Sex Activates Boost in Vaginal Immune Response, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's body appears to go on high alert after she loses her virginity, a new study reports.Specifically, her immune system ramps up activity in her vagina following her first sexual intercourse, researchers found.However, researchers can't yet say whether... → Read More

Your Hospital Room Could Affect Outcomes After Surgery

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- "Location, location, location" works in real estate, and a new study argues that the location of your hospital room could save your life after surgery.Patients are more likely to die after surgery if they are placed in certain types of rooms to recover, re... → Read More

U.S. Suicide Rates Rose in 2021, Reversing 2 Years of Decline

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The suicide rate in the United States increased in 2021, following two years of decline, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The number of suicides increased to 47,646 in 2021, up from 45,979 in 2020, accor... → Read More

After Ian's Destruction: How to Safely Enter, Clean Flood-Damaged Homes

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The devastation left by one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in years is immense. But residents flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn.First off, always assume there's potential risk fr... → Read More

Does Your Surgeon's Gender Matter?

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folks having surgery have lots of things to worry about as they go under the knife, but the gender of their surgeon isn't one of them, a new study finds.There's no difference in rates of death or complications between male and female surgeons, Japanese da... → Read More

Pill to Counter Lupus Shows Promise in Mouse Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental new pill could boost treatment of the autoimmune disease lupus, researchers reported at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting.The pill has been shown in mouse studies to inhibit lupus symptoms, reverse signs of organ damage, and pr... → Read More

Could a Common Diabetes Drug Ease Bipolar Disorder?

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A half-century-old diabetes drug appears to help treat bipolar disorder by reversing patients’ insulin resistance, according to a small-scale clinical trial.Bipolar patients who responded to the drug metformin experienced improvement in their mood disorde... → Read More

Alternative Medicine Popular Among Seniors, But Most Don't Tell Their Doctors About It

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of older folks are turning to alternative medicine to help them with the pains of aging – but they don’t necessarily think that’s any of their doctor’s business.About 40% of older adults use at least one alternative medicine practice to help with bod... → Read More

Fatal Drug ODs Are Soaring, Especially Among Minorities: CDC

TUESDAY, July 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The nation's opioid epidemic is hitting minority groups the hardest, with the latest government study reporting the steepest increases in overdose deaths among Black Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives. While overdose deaths climbed 24% among whit... → Read More

Who'll Get Long COVID? Just a Look at a Patient Gives Clues

TUESDAY, July 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes just looking at a person can give clues to their likelihood of developing long COVID after a bout with the virus.For example, obese people are five times more likely to suffer long COVID symptoms that persist at least three months after their infe... → Read More