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Baby's Meningitis Case Highlights Growing Danger of Antibiotic Resistance

Baby's Meningitis Case Highlights Growing Danger of Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria affected the treatment of meningitis at a major children's hospital in Washington, D.C.

This single case at Children's National Hospital raises concerns about drug resistance in the common bacterium that caused the infection, and researchers say it could change lab and clinical procedures around the world....

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  • August 7, 2020
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Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are Best

Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are Best

When it comes to face masks, not all are equally effective, a new study finds.

Duke University researchers developed a way of testing various types of masks to see which did the best job of stopping droplets coming from people's mouths, preventing spread of the new coronavirus.

They relied on a makeshift apparatus consisting...

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  • August 7, 2020
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As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

U.S. minorities have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and a new study suggests kids are no exception.

Researchers found that at one community testing site, nearly half of Hispanic children and teens were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The same was true of 30% of Black kids.

Pizza Study Shows Body's Resilience to 'Pigging Out'

Pizza Study Shows Body's Resilience to 'Pigging Out'

Ever felt guilty for that occasional binge on high-calorie, fatty foods?

Relax: A new study of folks overindulging on pizza finds that if you're healthy and you don't 'pig out' regularly, your body deals with it just fine.

British researchers looked at the effects of eating until not just full, but so full that the particip...

  • Cara Roberts Murez
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  • August 7, 2020
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Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: Study

Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: Study

Whether a frozen or fresh embryo is transferred during fertility treatments, the odds of pregnancy are roughly the same, according to a new Danish study involving nearly 500 women.

Fresh embryo transfer, however, should still be the gold standard in assisted reproduction for women, the research team said.

There was one ex...

AHA News: Program Helps New Immigrants Blend Into Their Communities

AHA News: Program Helps New Immigrants Blend Into Their Communities

Social justice warrior Geralde Gabeau has worked for over two decades advocating for and developing public health initiatives for immigrants, especially for women and children.

But while working on her doctorate degree in strategic leadership several years ago, Gabeau learned something that moved her in a new direction and, in turn, i...

Beware of Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

Beware of Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

The American Association of Poison Control Centers has issued a warning on hand sanitizers that contain methanol (methyl alcohol).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already warned that some hand sanitizers are contaminated with methanol.

Methanol is very toxic and can make you "blind drunk" because of its ability t...

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  • August 7, 2020
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Model Shows 300,000 American Deaths by December if More Don't Wear Face Masks

Model Shows 300,000 American Deaths by December if More Don't Wear Face Masks

As the U.S. coronavirus case count neared 5 million on Thursday, a new model predicted that nearly 300,000 Americans could die of COVID-19 by December if more people don't wear masks or practice better social distancing.

Researchers from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on Thursday issue...

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  • August 7, 2020
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Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

Researchers say a new test can tell which patients with gonorrhea will benefit from treatment with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.

The low-cost drug has been out of use amid concern that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea was becoming resistant to it.

In this study, 106 patients identified as having a gonorrhea strain called ...

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  • August 7, 2020
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What Athletes Should Know About COVID-19, Heart Damage and Working Out

What Athletes Should Know About COVID-19, Heart Damage and Working Out

With evidence mounting that COVID-19 can damage the heart, experts urge people to take precautions when doing vigorous exercise.

Up to 30% of patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection have signs of cardiac injury, according to Dr. Sunal Makadia, health director of sports cardiology at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.

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Men's Genital Bacteria Help Predict Partners' Risk for Vaginal Infection: Study

Men's Genital Bacteria Help Predict Partners' Risk for Vaginal Infection: Study

The makeup of bacteria that colonize a man's penis can help predict the risk of a serious and hard-to-treat vaginal infection in his female partner, new research suggests.

Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, can lead to problems in pregnancy and make a woman more vulnerable to several sexually transmitted diseases. More than 20%...

Many Stay Optimistic Until Old Age Hits

Many Stay Optimistic Until Old Age Hits

People tend to be optimistic for most of their life, even when they have to cope with serious challenges, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed 75,000 people aged 16 to 101 in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands to assess their optimism and outlook about the future.

"We found that optimism continued to increase t...

U.S. Women More Likely to Skip Meds Than Men, Study Finds

U.S. Women More Likely to Skip Meds Than Men, Study Finds

In the United States, many women with chronic medical conditions aren't filling prescriptions or are trying to make their medications last longer due to the cost, a new study finds.

Not filling prescriptions, skipping doses, delaying refills or splitting pills may put their health at risk, the study authors noted.

For the s...

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  • August 6, 2020
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COVID-19 Causing More Stress in America Than Other Nations: Survey

COVID-19 Causing More Stress in America Than Other Nations: Survey

Americans are faring much worse mentally and financially during the COVID-19 pandemic than citizens of other high-income countries around the world, according to an international analysis.

One-third of U.S. adults say they've experienced unbearable stress, anxiety and sadness during the pandemic and more than 30% have faced economi...

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  • August 6, 2020
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Michelle Obama Says She Is Suffering From Depression

Michelle Obama Says She Is Suffering From Depression

Former First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that she is suffering from "low-grade depression."

"I'm waking up in the middle of the night because I'm worrying about something or there's a heaviness," Obama said during her "The Michelle Obama Podcast." "I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods througho...

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  • August 6, 2020
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Early Periods Tied to Worse Menopause Symptoms

Early Periods Tied to Worse Menopause Symptoms

Women whose periods started at an early age are more likely to have hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, researchers say.

"The risk of the women who menstruated early experiencing both symptoms was greater than having either [hot flashes] or night sweats alone," study author Hsin-Fang Chung said in a news release from the Uni...

Are Baby Boomers Less Sharp Than Previous Generations?

Are Baby Boomers Less Sharp Than Previous Generations?

Aging baby boomers may not be as mentally sharp as their parents were, a new study suggests -- raising questions about what the pattern could mean for future dementia rates.

Looking at two decades' worth of data on U.S. adults, the study found generational differences in tests of cognitive function. That refers to essential mental abil...

Scientists Sniff Out the True Cause of 'BO'

Scientists Sniff Out the True Cause of 'BO'

British scientists have discovered what makes people stink.

Blame an enzyme that hides in specific bacteria that colonize the human armpit.

"Solving the structure of this 'BO enzyme' has allowed us to pinpoint the molecular step inside certain bacteria that makes the odor molecules," said co-author Michelle Rudden. She's a ...

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  • August 6, 2020
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AHA News: Want Your Cat to Stay in Purrrfect Health? Watch Out for Heart Disease

AHA News: Want Your Cat to Stay in Purrrfect Health? Watch Out for Heart Disease

As evidenced by the countless adoring posts, cute videos and laugh-out-loud memes on social media, people love their furry feline friends. But keeping cats happy and healthy isn't always easy.

Indeed, cats suffer many of the same health problems humans do, including heart disease.

"We can roughly break down cat heart diseas...

Scientists Call for Broader Use of Faster COVID Tests

Scientists Call for Broader Use of Faster COVID Tests

As coronavirus cases continue to surge across America, scientists on Wednesday called for widespread adoption of simpler, less accurate tests, as long as they're given often and quickly.

"Even if you miss somebody on Day 1," Omai Garner, director of clinical microbiology in the UCLA Health System, told The New York Times. "If y...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • August 6, 2020
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