Courtenay Harris Bond

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Courtenay Harris Bond is the staff writer covering health for PhillyVoice. She enjoys writing about behavioral health, maternal health and inequities in the healthcare system, as well as human rights and criminal justice. A veteran daily newspaper reporter, Courtenay has also written for national outlets, including KFF Health News, Undark Magazine and Filter. She was a 2018 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism and has master's degrees from Columbia Journalism School and the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.

July 16, 2024

Adult Health

Your bathroom habits provide insights on your overall health, study finds

Having a bowel movement once or twice a day is associated with better health, according to research published Tuesday in Cell Reports Medicine. Pooping too often, or not often enough, puts people risk for reduced kidney function and liver disease, researchers found.

July 16, 2024

Health News

What causes an ice-cream headache?

Cold-stimulus headaches, more commonly known as brain freeze or ice-cream headaches, are most likely caused by something cold touching the roof of the mouth or the back of the throat, prompting blood vessels to constrict and then to dilate rapidly, activating pain receptors.

July 11, 2024

Health News

Skin substitute developed at Temple could revolutionize wound care if it gets FDA approval

A skin substitute developed by bioengineers at Temple University could be a breakthrough in wound care treatment, pending its approval by the FDA. The technology uses soy proteins to make nanofiber which form a scaffolding upon which new tissues can be grown, and it can be useful for treating burns, bed sores, diabetic foot ulcers and other wounds.

July 11, 2024


Night owls perform better on tests than morning people, a new study says

People who are naturally more active or alert in the evening performed better on tests than people who are more lively in the morning, according to research published Wednesday in the journal BMJ Public Health.

July 10, 2024

Health Stories

To save their young children's vision – and lives – a Tennessee couple quit their jobs and headed to Philly

Vivian Kneller, 1, and her brother, Thomas, 2, were treated for bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare childhood eye cancer, at Wills Eye Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The health centers are among a few places in the world that provide a specialized form of chemotherapy, so the Kneller family temporarily moved from Tennessee to Philly.

July 10, 2024

Adult Health

A Mediterranean diet and omega-3 fatty acids reduce acne, a new study shows

Acne can be reduced by eating a Mediterranean diet and taking an over-the-counter omega-3 fatty acid supplement, new study suggests. Researchers said lifestyle changes should be complementary to any acne treatment plan, including prescription medications.

July 9, 2024

Adult Health

People shed more weight on Zepbound than on Wegovy, study shows

People lose more weight when taking tirzepatide – the drug in Zepbound and Mounjaro – than when using semaglutide – the drug in Wegovy and Ozempic, a new study finds.

July 5, 2024


Smoking cessation programs should combine behavioral interventions with medications, new guidelines say

The World Health Organization released its first guidelines to help people quit smoking. Tobacco cessation programs need to combine behavioral interventions with medications that can help people wean from tobacco use, the recommendations say.

July 4, 2024

Adult Health

Competitive eaters may have an 'innate' ability to relax their stomachs, but their habits put their health at risk

Competitive eaters expand their stomachs by gradually increasing the amount of food they ingest over a period of time leading up to competition, but they also may have an innate ability to relax their stomachs, gastroenterologists say. The greatest hazard they face is choking, but they also are at risk of other potentially fatal health issues.

July 3, 2024


Why doctors recommend sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher

The American Cancer Society recommends people use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher to prevent skin cancer. Sunscreens with SPF block 97% of ultraviolet rays from reaching the skin. Spending one hour in the sun wearing SPF 30 sunscreen is the same as spending 2 minutes in the sun without sunscreen.

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