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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.

Walking or Biking to Work Might Save Your Life

Walking or Biking to Work Might Save Your Life

Walking or biking to work may lower your risk of getting sick or dying early, British researchers report.

"As large numbers of people begin to return to work as the COVID-19 lockdown eases, it is a good time for everyone to rethink their transport choices," said lead researcher Richard Patterson, from the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the U...

Ex-Smokers Who Take Up Vaping Are More Prone to Relapse: Study

Ex-Smokers Who Take Up Vaping Are More Prone to Relapse: Study

Far from helping them avoid cigarettes, longtime ex-smokers who try vaping are taking a big risk that they'll relapse, a new study finds.

People who've spent a year off smokes are nearly four times more likely to start lighting up again if they experiment with vaping, compared with those who don't, according to findings published June ...

COVID-19 Concerns Shouldn't Shut Down Police Brutality Protests: Health Experts

COVID-19 Concerns Shouldn't Shut Down Police Brutality Protests: Health Experts

A letter signed by nearly 1,300 public health professionals, infectious diseases professionals and community stakeholders says fear of COVID-19's spread is no excuse to stop people from joining police brutality protests in cities across America.

Instead, it supports the anti-racist demonstrations and suggests ways that demonstrators ca...

Bleach on Fruit, Lysol Gargles:  Many Getting Home Disinfection Dangerously Wrong

Bleach on Fruit, Lysol Gargles: Many Getting Home Disinfection Dangerously Wrong

Nearly two out of five Americans are using bleach and other household cleaners in potentially dangerous ways in an effort to protect themselves against COVID-19 infection, a new survey reveals.

About 20% Americans say they have applied bleach to their fruits and vegetables as a means of disinfection, a practice not recommended by t...

Exercise Habits Key to Gauging Seniors' Longevity

Exercise Habits Key to Gauging Seniors' Longevity

Knowing how much older adults exercise can predict their odds of developing heart disease or dying early, a new study suggests.

Asking patients during atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) screening about their levels of exercise can help start treatment sooner, researchers say.

"With people now living longer, there is a growi...

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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