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14 Sep

Diet May Impact Your COVID-19 Risk, Study Finds

Eating a healthy, plant-based diet may lower your risk of getting COVID-19, researchers say.

13 Sep

Stress Can Raise Blood Pressure Over Time, Study Finds

High levels of key stress hormones can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke over time, researchers say.

10 Sep

Working in an Office Can Trigger Asthma, Study Finds.

Asthma flareups caused by office air are common and often cause employees to quit, researchers say.

White House Offers Nicki Minaj a Call After She Balks on COVID Vaccine

White House Offers Nicki Minaj a Call After She Balks on COVID Vaccine

The White House has reached out to rapper Nicki Minaj over her concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, which she said had caused swollen testicles in a friend of her cousin in Trinidad.

A White House official said Minaj was offered a call with a doctor to address her questions about the vaccine, after her message went viral on Twitter, variou...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's Walk, But Many Patients Unaware

Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's Walk, But Many Patients Unaware

Movement can be very difficult for people with Parkinson's disease, as shaking and stiffness play havoc with balance, coordination and gait.

There are many different tricks Parkinson's patients can use to improve their walking and avoid injury from a bad tumble -- but a new study reveals that people often have to figure them out on their o...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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Robotics Bring the White Cane Into the 21st Century

Robotics Bring the White Cane Into the 21st Century

The "white cane" that many blind people rely on for navigating the world hasn't been upgraded in a century, but researchers are reporting progress on a "robo-cane" they hope will modernize the assistive device.

The prototype cane is equipped with a color 3D camera, sensors and an "on-board" computer designed to guide the user to a desired ...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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AHA News: Physical Activity Is Helpful After a Stroke, But How Much Is Healthy?

AHA News: Physical Activity Is Helpful After a Stroke, But How Much Is Healthy?

Jeff Vallance jump-started every day with a 4-mile run. It woke him up and kept him feeling fit. As an expert in chronic disease management, he knew the importance of staying active.

He also knew the signs of a stroke. When his right foot started to go numb, scuffing the sidewalk and making him stumble on his daily jog, he grew concerned. ...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Statin Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Ulcerative Colitis

Statin Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Ulcerative Colitis

Millions of people take statins to lower their cholesterol, and new research suggests these drugs may also ease ulcerative colitis.

An inflammatory bowel disease with no real cure, ulcerative colitis causes sore spots on the lining of the colo...

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say.

"Genes play an important role in alcohol use," stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University in Tempe, and lead author of a new study.

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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In 16 States, 35% or More Residents Now Obese: CDC

In 16 States, 35% or More Residents Now Obese: CDC

America's waistline keeps widening.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 16 states now have at least 35% of their residents who are obese, a number that's nearly doubled since 2018.

The CDC's 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps now show that Delaware, Iowa, Ohio and Texas have joined Alabam...

  • Cara Murez and Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporters
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  • September 16, 2021
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Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Peterson Cente...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

The number of U.S. infants born with syphilis is climbing at an alarming pace, reaching a high not seen since the 1990s, according to new government figures.

Newborn syphilis, a potentially fatal condition, was at one time nearly eliminated in the United States. But the disease has seen a resurgence in recent years — and 2020 was no exce...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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NIH Spending Nearly $470 Million on Long-Haul COVID Study

NIH Spending Nearly $470 Million on Long-Haul COVID Study

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $470 million to study the long-term effects of COVID-19, the agency announced Wednesday.

NIH has awarded a "parent" grant to New York University (NYU) Langone Health, which will in turn make awards to more than 100 researchers at more than 30 institutions.

The goal is to unco...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

As severe cases of COVID-19 rise and demand surges for monoclonal antibody treatments, the U.S. government is ordering more from two key suppliers.

Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-engineered immune system proteins, can help trigger a healthy immune response against COVID-19 infection.

The Biden administration has also taken over...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing a treatment that depletes a type of immune cell that fuels MS attacks still have a strong response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

"The message from this study is clear — it is worthwhile for patients with MS receiving [anti-CD20] treatment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, which will pr...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 16, 2021
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How Effective Is Your Homemade Mask?

How Effective Is Your Homemade Mask?

If you're making your own face mask to protect against COVID-19, three layers of cotton towel fabric are best, researchers from India report.

That recommendation comes after testing how best to block cough droplets moving at different rates, from mild to severe.

"Our results show cotton, towel-based fabrics were most effective among...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Pandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC Study Finds

Pandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC Study Finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has many women thinking twice about having more kids.

In a survey of close to 1,200 New York City women with young children, one-third of respondents who had been thinking about having another baby before the pandemic but hadn't started trying said they were no longer considering it.

For women who stopped trying...

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  • September 16, 2021
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People With MS Have Worse Survival If Colon Cancer Strikes

People With MS Have Worse Survival If Colon Cancer Strikes

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients diagnosed with colon cancer may have a greater risk of dying from cancer or other causes in the next six months to year than colon cancer patients without MS, a Canadian study finds.

"These results warrant further investigation to determine what factors may lead to shorter survival times," said study author...

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  • September 16, 2021
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1 in 500 Americans Has Died From COVID-19

1 in 500 Americans Has Died From COVID-19

One out of every 500 U.S. residents has lost their lives to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic last year, statistics show.

COVID has killed more than 664,500 people in the United States as of Wednesday, according to tracking data from Johns Hopkins University.

That's out of a total U.S. population of 331.4 million cited by the ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 15, 2021
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Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

During the next few weeks or months, you might find yourself dropping by the doctor's office or pharmacy to get your annual flu shot along with a dose of COVID vaccine.

Unfortunately, you'll have to get two individual jabs. Though at least two drug companies are working on a combo flu/COVID booster, the single-dose shot won't be ready for ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2021
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Medical Paperwork: So Bad Some Folks Skip Care

Medical Paperwork: So Bad Some Folks Skip Care

Getting prior authorizations to see a specialist, dealing with errors on medical bills and even scheduling appointments can be a big hassle.

That's clear to anyone who has spent time on the phone handling issues with insurance companies or doctors' offices.

For some patients, in fact, it's a hurdle that's caused them to delay or ev...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2021
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AHA News: For Many Hispanic People, Vaccination Worries Are a Matter of Trust

AHA News: For Many Hispanic People, Vaccination Worries Are a Matter of Trust

From the start, Norma Cavazos was surrounded by friends and family who were vaccine skeptics: "No one was going to take it, including myself. That was something that we were all adamant about."

As a public health worker for the state of Texas, she was aware of the coronavirus long before people around her in Harlingen, a city about 14 mile...

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  • September 15, 2021
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Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be treated with any common antibiotics and is an increasing public health t...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2021
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