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10 Aug

Even With PPE, Risk of COVID-19 Still High for Frontline Workers

Minority health care workers are at especially high risk for testing positive.

07 Aug

Is it Safe to Exercise if You've Had COVID-19?

What you need to know about this novel virus and the heart

From Cedar Trees and Grapefruit Rinds Comes a New Bug Repellent

From Cedar Trees and Grapefruit Rinds Comes a New Bug Repellent

Bugs beware: There's a powerful new insect repellent in town.

Just approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and known as nootkatone, the citrus-scented ingredient repels mosquitoes, ticks, bedbugs and fleas.

In high concentrations, it can kill these pesky insects and slow the spread of the diseases they can carry...

Gynecological Exam, Heart Screening Should Go Hand-in-Hand

Gynecological Exam, Heart Screening Should Go Hand-in-Hand

What if you were given a heart screening when you see your gynecologist?

New research suggests that such a strategy might be smart medicine.

Scientists found that 86% of women seen at an outpatient gynecology clinic had a cardiovascular risk factor and 40% had at least one cardiovascular symptom, but there was low awa...

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  • August 10, 2020
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Have Diabetes? Don't Lose Sight of Danger to Your Eyes

Have Diabetes? Don't Lose Sight of Danger to Your Eyes

Diabetes can wreak havoc on many parts of the body, including the eyes, but people with diabetes aren't doomed to have vision problems.

With good blood sugar management and regular eye exams, many eye conditions can be prevented or treated, experts say.

Patricia Welter, a Pilates studio owner from Palm Harbor, Fla., wishes ...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • August 10, 2020
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Social Distancing? Your Paycheck Plays a Role

Social Distancing? Your Paycheck Plays a Role

Does your income determine your ability to practice social distancing?

New research suggests that's so: Richer communities have been more likely to stay home during the pandemic than poorer ones, according to scientists from the University of California, Davis.

For the study, they used data from mobile location devices betw...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • August 10, 2020
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AHA News: What Do Heart Patients Need to Know About COVID-19 Now?

AHA News: What Do Heart Patients Need to Know About COVID-19 Now?

In the months since COVID-19 emerged, medical experts have learned a lot about the threat it poses to people with issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity or cardiovascular disease.

But much of the essential advice remains the same: Take the coronavirus seriously. Do all you can to avoid catching it. And never ignore symptom...

Is It Really 'Whole Grain'? Food Labels Often Misleading

Is It Really 'Whole Grain'? Food Labels Often Misleading

Folks who want to eat healthy by choosing whole grain foods aren't helped by product labels that can confuse and mislead consumers, a new study shows.

Almost half were unable to identify the healthier whole grain option when asked to rely on food package labels, researchers discovered.

A similar proportion of participants wer...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • August 10, 2020
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As Schools Reopen, Report Shows 97,000 U.S. Kids Infected With COVID in Late July

As Schools Reopen, Report Shows 97,000 U.S. Kids Infected With COVID in Late July

With millions of American children soon returning to school, a new study shows that at least 97,000 kids were infected with COVID-19 during the last two weeks of July.

According to the new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, at least 338,000 U.S. children had tested positive through ...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • August 10, 2020
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Blood Test Might Spot Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cases

Blood Test Might Spot Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cases

A simple blood test may predict which COVID-19 patients are likely to get worse and die, a new study suggests.

"When we first started treating COVID-19 patients, we watched them get better or get worse, but we didn't know why," said researcher Dr. Juan Reyes. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington School of M...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • August 10, 2020
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Are States Ready for Elections During a Pandemic?

Are States Ready for Elections During a Pandemic?

As the November presidential election approaches in the United States, researchers say that many states still aren't prepared to deal with the chaos the coronavirus pandemic could cause.

"The COVID-19 pandemic presents a severe threat to states' 2020 election plans, which will have higher turnout and higher stakes since this is a pres...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • August 10, 2020
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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....

  • Steven Reinberg
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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...

  • Steven Reinberg
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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...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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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 ...

  • Steven Reinberg
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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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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...

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