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Virtual reality may mean real pain relief for hospitalized patients
bombuscreative/iStock (NEW YORK) -- For many hospital patients, pain is part of their reality. According to a new study, however, an unreal environment could help. Virtual reality can help.Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center tried virtual reality (VR) technology as a new treatment for pain -- and it seemed to work. From orthopedic pain to cancer pain, the patient's pain level went down across the board. Adults who were enrolled in the study were admitted patients of Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and had different types of pain. VR worlds were as different as mountain scenery with meditations and cartoon worlds...
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Minnesota Dept. of Health says 'severe lung injury' cases might be related to vaping
Paolo_Toffanin/iStock (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) -- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is asking health care providers to be on alert for lung diseases related to vaping and e-cigarette use among young adults after a Minnesota hospital reported several “severe” cases. Children’s Minnesota hospital has reported four cases of “severe lung injury” in the Minneapolis area that it says are similar to cases recently reported in Wisconsin and Illinois. The hospital also said it is “too early to say whether they are connected.” The patients spent several weeks in the hospital and some were admitted to the intensive care unit for...
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Study: Social media is harmful to teen girls’ mental health
JosuOzkaritz/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Teenage girls are affected by social media use more than boys, with the harmful effects being driven by three factors, according to a new study. In girls, frequent use of social media harmed their health by leading to inadequate sleep, inadequate physical activity and exposing them to cyberbullying, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet. The same did not hold true for boys who frequently use social media. Researchers from University College London tracked the social media use of nearly 13,000 teens in the U.K. from when they were 13 to 16 years...
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