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19 Oct

Overall Prostate Cancer Rates Continue To Fall, According To A New Study.

But the number of advanced cases is on the rise, researchers warn.

16 Oct

Fewer Than 1% Of Dentists Nationwide Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

That's far below infection rates among other healthcare professionals, according to the authors.

15 Oct

The Majority Of Americans Want To Eliminate Seasonal Time Changes, According To A New Survey.

Medical experts say having a fixed, year-round time would benefit overall health and safety.

What's Best for Treating Bipolar Disorder?

What's Best for Treating Bipolar Disorder?

Combining medication with group or family-based therapy gives patients struggling with bipolar disorder their best shot at living stable lives, a new review suggests.

"People with bipolar disorder have significant mood swings, from periods of depression to mania," explained study author David Miklowitz, a professor of psychiatry with U...

In Medieval Times, Plagues 'Sped Up' With Each New Outbreak

In Medieval Times, Plagues 'Sped Up' With Each New Outbreak

Medieval plague outbreaks in England picked up frightening speed in the 17th century, Canadian researchers report.

Their analysis of historical documents covering 300 years showed that outbreaks of the plague doubled every 11 days in London during the 1600s, compared to every 43 days in the 14th century.

"It is an astounding ...

  • Cara Roberts Murez
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  • October 19, 2020
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Microplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study Shows

Microplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study Shows

New parents preparing a bottle for their baby should know the infant may ingest unwanted microplastics along with the nourishing formula, a new study warns.

High levels of microplastic particles are released from baby bottles during formula preparation, researchers discovered during lab testing.

Infants are likely exposed to ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • October 19, 2020
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What You Need to Know About Your Colon Cancer Risk

What You Need to Know About Your Colon Cancer Risk

Early diagnosis of colon cancer is crucial to improve a patient's chance of survival, an expert says.

Colon cancer is on the rise, especially among younger people, so it's important to know the symptoms and how to prevent it, according to Dr. Sameet Shah. He's a gastroenterologist with Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group in ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 19, 2020
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AHA News: Persimmons Pack Plenty of Nutritional Punch

AHA News: Persimmons Pack Plenty of Nutritional Punch

Persimmons are low in calories and high in fiber – a combination that makes them a good choice for weight control. Their mix of antioxidants and nutrients – including vitamins A and C – makes them ideal for a healthy diet.

But for all of the benefits that come in these colorful, somewhat uncommon fruits, it may be their...

Swine Coronavirus Could Jump to People, Researchers Warn

Swine Coronavirus Could Jump to People, Researchers Warn

A coronavirus strain that has plagued the swine industry in recent years may have the ability to spread to people, researchers say.

Swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) has infected swine herds throughout China since its discovery in 2016, according to a new report.

In lab tests, scientists at the University o...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 19, 2020
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Reopened Schools in New York City Not Seeing COVID Case Spikes

Reopened Schools in New York City Not Seeing COVID Case Spikes

Three weeks after becoming the first big urban area to reopen public schools since the pandemic began, New York City is not seeing a feared surge in cases among students and staff.

Instead, health officials are seeing a surprisingly small number of COVID-19 cases, The New York Times reported.

Of 15,111 staff mem...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • October 19, 2020
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Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Help Ease Tough-to-Treat Cases

Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Help Ease Tough-to-Treat Cases

A recently approved rheumatoid arthritis medication appears to be an effective second-line therapy when biologic treatments start to fail, a new clinical trial reports.

Arthritis sufferers treated with upadacitinib had a significantly greater reduction in their symptoms and disease activity than people treated with a standard disease-m...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • October 19, 2020
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Staying Social Can Boost Healthy 'Gray Matter' in Aging Brains

Staying Social Can Boost Healthy 'Gray Matter' in Aging Brains

Older adults who get together with friends, volunteer or go to classes have healthier brains, which could help them ward off dementia, according to a new study.

Researchers who used brain imaging to examine brain areas involved in mental decline found that greater social engagement made a difference in brain health.

Being sociall...

  • Cara Roberts Murez
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  • October 19, 2020
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Big Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib Risk

Big Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib Risk

Parents are usually pleased when their newborn seems big and strong, but new research suggests that large babies may be at higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation later in life.

Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is the most common heart rhythm disorder, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide. People with a-fib ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 19, 2020
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Your Pooch's Personality Can Change With Age

Your Pooch's Personality Can Change With Age

Just like people, dogs' personalities change as they age, a new European study suggests.

"Even though dog personality is a highly popular topic in the literature, there are still gaps about the long-term stability, as well as about the dynamics of personality development," said study first author Borbála Turcsán of the De...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 16, 2020
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More Prostate Cancers Are Being Diagnosed at a Later Stage

More Prostate Cancers Are Being Diagnosed at a Later Stage

While men can take solace in a new government report that shows prostate cancer cases have been declining overall in the past two decades, the same analysis finds that the opposite is true for advanced prostate cancer cases.

In fact, the number of cases of cancer that had already spread from the prostate to other parts of the body doub...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • October 16, 2020
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New Drug Could Extend Life for People With ALS

New Drug Could Extend Life for People With ALS

An experimental drug combination lengthens survival for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), new research shows.

A previous clinical trial found that the two-drug combo -- called AMX0035 -- slowed progression of the neurodegenerative disease over six months.

The new clinical trial of 137 patients with the diseas...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 16, 2020
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Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Depression Before and After Birth

Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Depression Before and After Birth

Women who suffer severe morning sickness may have higher risk of depression during and after pregnancy, according to a new British study.

It enrolled 214 women in London during the first trimester of pregnancy. Half had severe morning sickness; half did not. None had been treated for mental health conditions during the previous year.

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  • October 16, 2020
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Insured Patients Are Getting Surprise Bills After Colonoscopies

Insured Patients Are Getting Surprise Bills After Colonoscopies

Many Americans who get recommended colon cancer screening may end up with "surprise" medical bills, a new study suggests.

Looking at insurance claims for more than 1.1 million elective colonoscopies, researchers found that 12% involved out-of-network charges.

That's concerning, the study authors said, because those patie...

FDA Warns of Dangers of Common Painkillers During Pregnancy

FDA Warns of Dangers of Common Painkillers During Pregnancy

If you're pregnant and you think popping nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for your aches and pains is safe, think again.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday that taking these widely used painkillers -- which include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Celebrex -- at 20 weeks or later in a pregnancy could raise th...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 16, 2020
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AHA News: New Mom Faces Life-Threatening Heart Attack Days After Giving Birth

AHA News: New Mom Faces Life-Threatening Heart Attack Days After Giving Birth

Chanel Davis-Mitchell and her husband, Benji Mitchell, were looking forward to parenthood after the birth of their healthy baby boy, Braxton.

Despite a high-risk pregnancy and a massive amount of fluid weight Chanel gained during the final two months, doctors assured her all would be fine after the delivery.

Then, 11 days after B...

America Sees Daily COVID Cases Pass 60,000 Once Again

America Sees Daily COVID Cases Pass 60,000 Once Again

The number of new U.S. coronavirus cases topped 60,000 on Thursday, a tally not reported since early August, as health experts worried the coming winter might push the toll even higher.

The latest numbers have also sent the country's total COVID-19 case count past 8 million, the The New York Times reported.

The surge i...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • October 16, 2020
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Chinese COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

Chinese COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

An experimental COVID-19 vaccine appeared to be safe and triggered an immune response in healthy people, according to preliminary results of a small, early-stage clinical trial.

The study of the vaccine based on inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus (BBIBP-CorV) included more than 600 volunteers in China, ages 18 to 80. By the 42nd day af...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 16, 2020
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Heart Defects Don't Increase Risk of Severe COVID-19

Heart Defects Don't Increase Risk of Severe COVID-19

In what will come as reassuring news to those who were born with a heart defect, new research finds these people aren't at increased risk for moderate or severe COVID-19.

The study included more than 7,000 adults and children who were born with a heart defect (congenital heart disease) and followed by researchers at Columbia University...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 16, 2020
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