Infant screen time could impact academic success, study says

CNN — Letting infants watch tablets and TV may be impairing their academic achievement and emotional well-being later on, according to a new study. Researchers found that increased use of screen time during infancy was associated with poorer executive functioning once the child was 9 years old, according to the study published Monday in the … Read more

Kevin McCarthy and House GOP weigh debt ceiling demands ahead of Biden meeting

CNN — Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his House GOP allies are hashing out their initial demands to raise the national debt limitdiscussing steep cuts to domestic programs and a trim to defense spending – all the while steering clear of two programs to avoid voter blowback: Medicare and Social Security. McCarthy has been hearing suggestions … Read more

WHO says Covid-19 remains a global health emergency, but pandemic is at a ‘transition point’

CNN — Covid-19 remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Monday, but it acknowledged the pandemic is at a “transition point.” WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee discussed the pandemic on Friday at its 14th meeting on Covid-19, and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed that the public health emergency of international … Read more

Weight loss surgery extends lives, study finds

CNN — Weight loss surgery reduces the risk of premature death, especially from such obesity-related conditions as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to a new 40-year study of nearly 22,000 people who had bariatric surgery in Utah. Compared with those of similar weight, people who underwent one of four types of weight loss surgery … Read more

How to use a single dumbbell for a total-body workout

Editor’s Note: Dana Santas, known as the “Mobility Maker,” is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and mind-body coach in professional sports, and is the author of the book “Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief.” CNN — When you think about working out with dumbbells, you probably picture using a set of two, one in … Read more

Updated Covid-19 boosters continue to offer substantial protection even against the rapidly spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant

CNN — The updated Covid-19 boosters are cutting the risk that a person will get sick from the coronavirus by about half, even against infections caused by the rapidly spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant. New studies, conducted by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among the first looks at how the bivalent … Read more

Half Moon Bay: 7 killed in apparent ‘workplace violence’ case as 3 mass shootings in 44 hours stun California

CNN — The 66-year-old man suspected of killing four people at a mushroom farm in California and three others at a nearby site Monday was an employee of the farm, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said Tuesday. “All of the evidence we have points to this being the instance of workplace violence,” the sheriff … Read more

Recently identified inflammatory disease VEXAS syndrome may be more common than thought, study suggests

CNN — David Adams spent half a decade fighting an illness he couldn’t name. He was in and out of the hospital several times per year. His inflamed joints made his hands feel like they had been squeezed into gloves – and he could no longer play his beloved classical and jazz guitars. He had … Read more

Pandemic unemployment benefits fraud likely tops $60 billing. House GOP to start investigating next week

CNN — More than $60 billion may have been paid out in fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the US Government Accountability Office. The watchdog agency, however, warned that the estimate has limitations and should be interpreted with caution. The actual amount of pandemic unemployment benefits … Read more

A few minutes of brisk activity can help your brain, study finds

Editor’s Note: Seek advice from a health care provider before starting a workout program. CNN — What if you could look at all the things you do daily — walking from room to room, preparing a presentation at your desk, running up and down stairs to deliver folded laundry or taking a jog around the … Read more