Current Health News

November 20, 2018 - Issue 4481


Are Smartphones Destroying a Generation?

smartphone mental health

November 20, 2018

Be forewarned: What you're about to read could deeply disturb you because this hits really close to home. It's worth it to buck this trend, or at least control it, because it's linked to depression, suicide and more. In this case, off trend could mean happiness and a saved life.

Statin Use Linked to Dementia

statin dementia risk

November 20, 2018

Statin medications to lower your cholesterol could harm your brain health, even leading to dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Research suggests having lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is linked to a higher risk of dementia.

Firefighting Foam Chemicals Pollute Millions of Gallons of Water

foam fire extinguisher

November 20, 2018

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, firefighting foam contaminated at least 15 municipal wells representing 28 percent of the city's water. The water is contaminated with perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFASs) from the firefighting foam, which have been linked to negative liver, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, reproductive and developmental effects.