The sports world is sending out messages of support for Damar Hamlin after on-field cardiac arrest

CNN — Messages of support for Damar Hamlin poured in from around the sports world following the collapse of the Buffalo Bills safety. Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and fell to his back moments after tackling Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins during Monday’s NFL game. The 24-year-old remained in critical condition as of early … Read more

To cope with playing violent videos, manage stress and know your own limits

CNN — The video of Tear Nichols’ violent arrest, which officials said they will release Friday, is expected to be difficult to watch — but it may also be difficult to avoid. Some people may even feel obligated to watch it as a way to pay tribute to Nichols, who died three days after the … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Japan is considering downgrading Covid-19 to the same level as seasonal flu

Tokyo CNN — Japan will consider downgrading Covid-19 to the same category as seasonal flu this spring, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Friday. Kishida said he had instructed health ministry officials to discuss the move and his administration would also review face mask rules and other pandemic measures. “In order to continue to advance … Read more

CDC identifies possible safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine, but says people should still be boosted

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that there is a possible safety issue with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, but that it is unlikely to pose a real risk. The agency said it continues to recommend people stay up to date with their Covid-19 … Read more

‘This is the last thing we need:’ Millions of businesses hit by pandemic to start repaying Covid loans

CNN — At Teddy Restaurant & The Bully Bar near downtown Washington, D.C., business has never been the same since the pandemic hit. “It’s very challenging,” said owner Alan Popowski. “I’ll still be climbing the hill for quite some time. Probably for the rest of my life.” The pandemic has closed two of Popovski’s four … Read more

Sitting too much is bad for your health, but offsetting the effects is easy, a study shows

CNN — Sure, you’ve heard about the dangers of sitting all day, but with most jobs, there’s not much you can do about it, right? Not according to a new study looking at the effects of prolonged sitting. Five minutes of light walking every half hour can help alleviate some of the increased risk that … Read more

How worried should people be about the XBB.1.5 variant of Covid? Our medical analyst explains

CNN — A new variant of Covid-19, XBB.1.5, is spreading rapidly in the United States. In December 2022, the proportion of new Covid-19 infections attributable to this branch of Omicron increased from 4% to 18%, according to a January 6 announcement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is projected to to … Read more

Why experts worry that TikTok may be contributing to the mental health crisis among US teenagers

new York CNN — Jermone Yankey said he had a habit of staying up all night when he was in college — not studying or partying, but scrolling through TikTok until the sun came up. “I saw that I wasn’t putting effort into my own life, I was just trying to experience what I was … Read more