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04 Jun

Drugs Commonly Prescribed For Anxiety And Insomnia May Increase The Risk Of Ectopic Pregnancy

Taking benzodiazepines before conception linked to dangerous pregnancy condition, new study finds.

03 Jun

3 Ways Pets Can Help Protect Your Mental Health During Times of Crisis

The American Heart Association says pets can improve your mood, thinking and behavior.

01 Jun

Preschoolers Spending More Time On Tech Devices Than Parents Think

Moms and dads may be underestimating kids' screen time by more than an hour a day.

Teens Can Donate Blood, But May Need Iron Supplements After

Teens Can Donate Blood, But May Need Iron Supplements After

Teens who donate blood are at significant risk for long-term iron deficiency, a new study warns.

The concern comes as 16- to 18-year-olds have emerged as one of the fastest-growing groups of blood donors nationwide. But this study of nearly 31,000 teens who gave blood more than once between 2016 and 2018 found that roughly one in 10 w...

Nursing Homes a Hotspot for COVID-19 Deaths

Nursing Homes a Hotspot for COVID-19 Deaths

It's a grim fact: In many U.S. states, the bulk of coronavirus deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities, a new study finds.

By the end of May, the proportion of COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts from nursing homes and group homes jumped from 54% to 63%, researchers report.

In other states, the proportion of ...

Pandemic-Battered U.S. Economy Makes Rebound, As Jobless Numbers Fall

Pandemic-Battered U.S. Economy Makes Rebound, As Jobless Numbers Fall

Federal data released Friday offered signs of hope on the economic front, as jobless numbers actually fell -- from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May.

The economy, hit hard by stay-at-home orders and shuttered businesses tied to the coronavirus crisis, ended up adding 2.5 million job in May, as some Americans warily crept bac...

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  • June 5, 2020
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'Psychological Distress' Has Tripled in U.S. During Pandemic, Survey Shows

'Psychological Distress' Has Tripled in U.S. During Pandemic, Survey Shows

COVID-19 is taking a heavy toll on Americans' mental health, a new nationwide survey shows.

Overall, psychological distress more than tripled between 2018 and this spring -- from 4% of U.S. adults in 2018 to 14% in April.

Beth McGinty, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Balt...

High Blood Pressure Might Raise COVID-19 Death Risk

High Blood Pressure Might Raise COVID-19 Death Risk

Among patients in China with COVID-19, researchers found that those with high blood pressure had twice the risk of death from the coronavirus compared with patients who didn't have high blood pressure.

And patients with high blood pressure who were not taking drugs to control it were at even higher risk, the findings showed. However, ...

Pets: Big Pandemic Stress Reducers

Pets: Big Pandemic Stress Reducers

June is time for people to bond with their pets, the American Heart Association says.

Throughout the month, the AHA encourages people to make pets part of their workday as routines shift during the coronavirus pandemic.

Although your contact with other people may be limited, your pet can provide some of that missing emotio...

Could Heartburn Med Pepcid Ease COVID-19 Symptoms?

Could Heartburn Med Pepcid Ease COVID-19 Symptoms?

An over-the-counter heartburn remedy is showing some potential as a symptom reliever for COVID-19, a small study finds.

Famotidine, sold under the brand name Pepcid, appeared to improve symptoms in a group of 10 patients diagnosed with COVID-19, researchers reported online June 4 in the journal Gut.

The patients' self-...

Many Kidney Failure Patients Regret Starting Dialysis

Many Kidney Failure Patients Regret Starting Dialysis

More than 1 in 5 adults getting dialysis for kidney failure are sorry they started it, a new study finds.

Patients who began treatment to make their doctors or family members happy are least pleased with the decision, researchers reported.

On the other hand, patients who said they'd discussed life expectancy with their docto...

Wristband 'Zapper' Might Help Calm Tourette Syndrome

Wristband 'Zapper' Might Help Calm Tourette Syndrome

A wristband that zaps a key nerve may help quell the uncontrollable tics of Tourette syndrome, according to British researchers.

"We think we've come up with a safe and effective piece of technology that we believe is relatively cheap that will give control over tics to people with Tourette syndrome," said lead researcher Stephen Jack...

Do-It-Yourself COVID Tests Work Fine, Without the Discomfort: Study

Do-It-Yourself COVID Tests Work Fine, Without the Discomfort: Study

Most Americans have winced watching one of those nurse-administered COVID-19 nasal swab tests, where the swab reaches painfully farther up the nose than anyone would want.

Well, the days of "nasopharyngeal" swab tests, administered only by health care workers, may be drawing to a close: A new study finds a much more comfortable swab te...

Black Children Hit Especially Hard by COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome

Black Children Hit Especially Hard by COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome

Black children appear to be particularly vulnerable to the rare but severe inflammatory syndrome striking kids with COVID-19, a new French study suggests.

The syndrome may be a delayed immune response to the virus that happens several weeks after infection, the researchers said.

Many patients suffer abdominal pain, vomiting a...

AHA News: Calorie Data on Menus Could Generate Significant Health, Economic Benefits

AHA News: Calorie Data on Menus Could Generate Significant Health, Economic Benefits

Current federal law requiring restaurants to post calories on their menus would help diners make healthier choices and could ultimately lead to fewer cases of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research.

Between 2018 and 2023, the public's response to the nutritional labels at restaurants could prevent 14,698 cases of cardiovas...

Loss of Smell, Taste Might Be Long-Term for Some COVID-19 Survivors

Loss of Smell, Taste Might Be Long-Term for Some COVID-19 Survivors

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become clear that many people with the infection lose their sense of smell and taste. And doctors are concerned that some will never get back to normal.

At this point, it's hard to know how common the symptom is. First, there were anecdotal reports of COVID-19 patients who had lost their a...

Amid Pandemic, Protest Peacefully While Staying Healthy

Amid Pandemic, Protest Peacefully While Staying Healthy

You've watched police brutality protests unfold across America and you want to take part, but you fear that choice could raise your risk of coronavirus infection. Is there a way to express your outrage without endangering your health?

Yes, say doctors who offer tips on safely joining large protests on the streets of cities across the c...

Pandemic Has Left Nearly 43 Million Americans Without Work

Pandemic Has Left Nearly 43 Million Americans Without Work

As the U.S. coronavirus case count eclipsed 1.8 million and the death toll passed 107,000 on Thursday, America's jobless rolls swelled to nearly 43 million. That's close to one-quarter of the country's work force.

The U.S. Labor Department reported 1.9 million more people filed new unemployment claims last week, a sobering reminder of ...

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  • June 4, 2020
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Could Face Shields Replace Masks in Preventing COVID-19?

Could Face Shields Replace Masks in Preventing COVID-19?

Face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but some people find them awkward, uncomfortable or downright unbearable to wear.

There's another good option available for people who just can't get used to strapping on a face mask while out in public, experts say.

Plastic face shields offer another means of deterring COVID-19...

How to Get Better Sleep While Working at Home

How to Get Better Sleep While Working at Home

For many, work-at-home orders aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic have had an unintended side effect: sleep loss.

"We've seen a significant increase in reports of stress-related insomnia in recent months," said Julio Fernandez-Mendoza of the Penn State Health Sleep Research and Treatment Center in Hummelstown, Penn.

Stre...

Kids Breaking Fewer Bones During Pandemic, But More Fractures Happening at Home

Kids Breaking Fewer Bones During Pandemic, But More Fractures Happening at Home

There's been a nearly 60% drop in broken bones among U.S. children during the coronavirus pandemic, but the rate of fractures that occur at home has climbed, a new study finds.

The researchers analyzed data on 1,735 youngsters treated for acute fractures at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) between March 15 and April 1...

Are Your Symptoms From COVID-19 or Seasonal Allergies?

Are Your Symptoms From COVID-19 or Seasonal Allergies?

In the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, it might be hard to tell if you've come down with COVID-19, spring allergies or a cold, which all have some similar symptoms.

Fever and dry cough are common symptoms of COVID-19, along with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, sore throat, diarrhea, fatigue, chills, muscle pain, loss o...

No Evidence Marijuana Raises Stroke Risk

No Evidence Marijuana Raises Stroke Risk

Whether pot use increases the risk of stroke has been hotly debated, and now a new study adds to evidence that it doesn't.

"Our observational study looked specifically at recent cannabis use by reviewing drug testing data for people admitted to the hospital. While more research is needed with larger numbers of people, our study lends s...

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