MedDay – November 17, 2020

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NEW YORK (CBS News) – The pandemic has brought loneliness, anxiety, and depression to America’s young adults. Laura Podesta has that story and more in a look at some of the day’s top health stories.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 80% of young adults have experienced significant symptoms of depression. In a survey of Americans between the ages of 18 and 35, about half reported a great degree of loneliness. 30% admitted to harmful levels of drinking.

Workers on the night shift may be at a higher risk of asthma. A study in the U.K. compared people who work regular office hours versus those on permanent overnight shifts. It found the odds of moderate to severe asthma were 36% higher for night workers.

And teenage dieting is on the rise. Research in Jama pediatrics found 42% of British 14-year-olds were trying to lose weight in 2015, up from 30% 10 years earlier. The study found that girls who are dieting are also more likely to experience depressive symptoms.

Those are some of the day’s top health stories. Laura Podesta, CBS News, New York

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