Health & Wellness

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:09:09 EST Pandemic Fears Tied to California Gun Sale Surge

Most buyers pointed to fears over "lawlessness" (76%), prison releases (56%), the government "going too far" (49%), or the government "collapsing" (38%).

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:33:30 EST UK Begins Controversial Coronavirus Challenge Trial

The United States says human challenge trials might be too risky or unnecessary. But for the British, the payoff could push vaccine development ahead by three months, which could save hundreds of thousands of lives, the Post reported.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:29:16 EST Homeless Get Help Through Innovative Businesses

Innovative organizations around the U.S. provide unhoused people with second chances at life through job opportunities, health education, long-term housing, and more. Read about a few of them.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:28:13 EST Curbing COVID Had Benefit for Asthma Patients

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 were first recorded during week seven of 2020. Further analysis found a significant decrease in the average number of asthma hospitalizations during weeks nine to 22 of this year compared to 2017-19.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:20:27 EST What Will Convince People to Get a COVID Vaccine?

There won't be as many takers for a vaccine that meets minimum U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards, is approved under emergency use protocols, and is endorsed by politicians rather than medical experts, according to findings published Oct. 20 in JAMA Network Open.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:16:19 EST Most U.S. Women Under 50 Use Contraception: Report

The most common types of birth control were female sterilization (18%), oral contraceptive pills (14%), long-acting reversible contraception, or LARCs (10%), and male condoms (8%).

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:58:13 EST Face Masks and Foggy Glasses: A COVID Consequence

Remedies like soapy water and shaving cream create a thin film on the lenses that protect your glasses from temperature changes, which temporarily prevents what’s called surface tension, which causes glasses to fog up.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:21:43 EST Multiple Myeloma Treatment: What’s New?

Is there anything new to treat multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer? Cutting-edge drugs target and kill cancer cells and use the power of your immune system to fight cancer.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:46:08 EST Virologists: What Do They Do?

Virologists are highly skilled medical experts who manage the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, Ebola, and now COVID-19. Learn more about them.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:03:11 EST Microplastics Seeping Out of Baby Bottles: Study

Infants are likely exposed to an average daily dose of nearly 1.6 million microplastic particles through baby formula they drink from heated plastic bottles, researchers estimated in the Oct. 19 issue of Nature.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:48:13 EST New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Help Tough Cases

The drug, marketed under the brand name Rinvoq, also helped twice as many patients enter remission from their rheumatoid arthritis, according to a report in the Oct. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:15:33 EST Big Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib Risk

The association between birth weight and a-fib is controversial, which led the authors of this study to investigate it. Using a special data analysis technique, the researchers concluded that there was a link between greater birth weight and an increased risk of a-fib later in life.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 14:13:28 EST More Women Trying Pot to Manage Menopause

THC helps lower body temperature, which can help with hot flashes. Pot’s mellowing effects may help settle your mood and improve sleep, but everyone’s reaction may differ.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:00:36 EST Expert: Darkest Weeks of Pandemic Are Yet to Come

Osterholm said the United States has “a major problem in messaging” about the pandemic response, as evidenced by polls showing high skepticism about a coronavirus vaccine.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:44:39 EST States Get Ready for Complex COVID Vaccine Plans

The CDC had set a deadline of this past Friday for all 50 states, nine territories, and five large cities to submit their draft plans to distribute the vaccine.

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:43:58 EST FDA Warns of Painkiller Risk During Pregnancy

The FDA warned on Thursday that taking widely used painkillers called NSAIDS -- which include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Celebrex -- at 20 weeks or later in a pregnancy could raise the risk of complications.

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:32:51 EST Patients Getting Surprise Bills After Colonoscopies

Many Americans who get recommended colon cancer screening may end up with  "surprise" medical bills, a new study suggests.

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:28:26 EST No Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Before Election

Even though Pfizer could have preliminary data about the vaccine's effectiveness by the end of October, gathering safety and manufacturing data would take until at least the third week of November, Dr. Albert Bourla said in the statement.

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:25:18 EST Chinese COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

By the 42nd day after vaccination, all had antibody responses to the virus, according to researchers.

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:20:59 EST Heart Defects Don't Increase Risk of Severe COVID

Among the 43 adults and 10 children with a congenital heart defect who were infected with COVID-19, 58% had complex congenital anatomy, 15% had a genetic syndrome, 11% had pulmonary hypertension and 17% were obese.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:01:25 EST Despite Gains, Diagnosing RA Remains a Race Against Time

Doctors have made big leaps in recent years to catch rheumatoid arthritis early. But diagnosis still takes too long, costing people valuable time to prevent long-term damage to their joints.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:35:06 EST Is Apathy an Early Sign of Dementia?

The nine-year study of more than 2,000 older adults -- average age 74 -- found that people with severe apathy (a lack of interest or concern) were 80% more likely to develop dementia during the study period than those with low apathy.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:32:27 EST Low Brain Blood Flow May Spur Alzheimer's Hallmark

Offering fresh insight into the deep-seated roots of dementia, new research finds that diminished blood flow to the brain is tied to buildup a protein long associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:26:59 EST Pandemic Impact: The News You Watch Might Matter

The study found that folks drawn to conservative-leaning TV news were much less likely to follow COVID prevention guidelines.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:24:05 EST Young Women at Higher Risk from Heart Attacks

Women had a 1.6-fold increased risk of dying from other causes during the follow-up, according to the study published Oct. 14 in the European Heart Journal.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:58:46 EST Scientists Slam White House for Herd Immunity Claim

Within hours of the White House call supporting the Barrington declaration, public health experts condemned the Trump administration’s embrace of the declaration and its approach.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:19:40 EST Hard to Change Minds of 'Vaccine-Hesitant' Parents

Even though those parents are not "adamantly" opposed to vaccinations, it can still be hard for pediatricians to allay their concerns, said Jason Glanz, lead researcher on the study.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:14:46 EST Curbing Some TV Ads Might Reduce Childhood Obesity

Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity, British researchers suggest.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:08:59 EST Blood Type May Predict Your Risk For Severe COVID

Among the COVID-19 patients, there was a lower percentage of people with blood type O and higher percentages of those with with types A, B and AB.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:05:05 EST A-Fib Treatment Reduces Patients' Dementia Risk

Previous studies have shown that AF is associated with an increased risk of dementia. This one assessed whether catheter ablation and medications for AF reduced that risk.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:19:30 EST Dutch Woman First to Die After COVID-19 Reinfection

Gene tests found slight differences in the makeup of the viruses that caused her first and second infections, suggesting she had caught COVID-19 twice.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:24:18 EST Take 10 With Folake Olowofoyeku

Actor Folake Olowofoyeku answers 10 questions.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:16:29 EST Kristen Bell: Advocate for the Homeless

Actor Kristen Bell is well-known for her list of charitable ventures, and advocating for the homeless was a priority even before the coronavirus pandemic.

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 16:22:55 EST Many Seniors With Heart Failure Take 10-plus Meds

When admitted, 84% of the patients were taking five or more medications and 42%  were taking 10 or more.

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 14:46:11 EST Long-Lasting Immunity Follows Serious COVID Cases

The levels of antibodies remained high for four months and were linked with high levels of other protective antibodies, which didn't decrease over time.

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:53:20 EST Severe COVID More Likely in Black, Asian Patients

Ethnic minority patients were 10 to 15 years younger than white patients and had higher rates of other health problems, especially diabetes, according to findings published Oct. 9 in the journal EClinicalMedicine.

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:26:52 EST Black Doctors Aim to Make COVID Testing Equitable

The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium has increased access to coronavirus testing in the Philadelphia region, testing more than 10,000 people. The group’s mobile unit and pop-up testing sites also offer patients an opportunity to connect with African American health care providers.

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:38:06 EST Pew: COVID Sends Majority of Young Adults Back Home

They study -- based on monthly Census Bureau data -- found 52% of young adults lived with one or both parents in June, up from 47% in February. The number grew to 26.6 million, an increase of 2.6 million.

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 18:32:20 EST First Confirmed U.S. Cases of COVID Reinfections

Unlike most cases of reinfection, the men in Reno, NV, and Virginia, and a 46-year-old man in Ecuador, had more severe symptoms during their second infections, potentially complicating the development and deployment of effective vaccines.

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 14:00:51 EST Coronavirus Survives on Surfaces for Weeks: Study

The study also found that the virus survived longer at lower temperatures and tended to last longer on non-porous or smooth surfaces such as glass and stainless steel rather than porous or rough surfaces such as cotton.

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 11:45:06 EST COVID Biggest Cause of Police Deaths This Year

More than 100 law enforcement officers -- mainly police, sheriffs, and corrections -- have died from COVID-19 on the job this year, which is more than from gun violence, car accidents, heart attacks, or other causes, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:16:14 EST New Coronavirus Can Infect Your Eyes as Well

The case offers proof that "SARS-CoV-2 can also infect ocular tissues in addition to the respiratory system," the doctors reported in the Oct. 8 online edition of the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:13:05 EST 'Love Hormone' Could Hold Key to Treating COVID

Previous research suggests that oxytocin -- a hormone that's produced in the brain and is involved in reproduction and childbirth -- reduces inflammation.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 07:54:32 EST Trump to Resume Public Events, Despite Concerns

On Thursday, his doctor, Cmdr. Sean Conley, DO, proclaimed Trump symptom free and cleared the way for a return to public life.

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:11:32 EST Election Stress Getting to You? You're Not Alone

Nearly seven in 10 adults (68%) surveyed called the election a significant source of stress, compared with 52% in 2016, the survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) showed.

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:09:39 EST Pence, Harris Address COVID, Health Care, Abortion

n a debate dominated by the escalating COVID-19 crisis, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris squared off on a host of health issues Wednesday night, including the Trump administration’s handling of the virus outbreak, the fate of Obamacare, and abortion rights.

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 12:25:36 EST Trump Touts Unproven Therapy as COVID 'Cure'

He called the therapeutic drug a cure, although there’s not enough scientific data to fully determine whether the therapy is effective in COVID-19 patients. There is no known cure for the coronavirus.

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 11:06:59 EST Pence’s Red Eye Raises COVID Concerns

The possibility that Pence has pinkeye is then more significant given the coronavirus outbreak now hitting the White House.

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:34:54 EST FDA Chief Says Panel Must Review COVID Vaccine

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, said no COVID-19 vaccine will be approved without input from its vaccine advisory panel – a step that will slow the process down will require public comment.

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:35:40 EST Dozens of Mammals at Risk of COVID Infection

Most birds, fish and reptiles don't appear to be at risk, but the majority of the mammals reviewed could potentially be infected, the findings showed.

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