Health & Wellness

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:37:40 EST CDC: New COVID Strain May Dominate U.S. by March

CDC modeling indicates the variant could account for a majority of COVID cases in the U.S. in March, peaking at around 80,000 cases a day in late April.

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:11:16 EST Emotional Support Animals for MS

Emotional support animals are more than just pets. If you have multiple sclerosis, they can provide emotional comfort and sometimes perform useful tasks. Learn what sets them apart from service animals and therapy dogs.

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:09:38 EST Does MS Affect Your Life Expectancy?

Can multiple sclerosis affect how long you live? Does the type you have make a difference? Learn more about life expectancy with this condition.

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:07:44 EST COVID Shortened U.S. Life Expectancy by Over a Year

The projection: Due to pandemic deaths, life expectancy at birth for Americans will shrink by 1.13 years, to 77.48 years.

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:44:09 EST What Happens When You Stop Taking MS Meds?

There are many reasons people stop taking MS meds. Some feel they aren’t working, or the side effects are too severe. Or they could be too expensive. Is it safe to stop taking them? What do you need to know?

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:37:44 EST Vitamins and Supplements to Take After Breast Cancer Treatment

Should I take a vitamin or supplement after breast cancer treatment? Which ones are best? Are they safe? Are there any to avoid? Can they prevent breast cancer from coming back? Learn about supplements after breast cancer treatment.

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:53:37 EST Healthier 2021: Mark Is Becoming More Flexible

It was hard to stick with my exercise goals now that I’m back to the daily grind. But I learned something important about myself: I can do it.

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:43:07 EST Pharmacy Chains Ready to Supply COVID-19 Vaccines

he Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership Program has tapped two pharmacy chains per state to offer free COVID-19 vaccines. Already signed are CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Costco, Walmart, Rite Aid, Publix and more.

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:47:32 EST Ongoing Coverage: COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

WebMD is providing ongoing coverage about misinformation and myths around the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:01:56 EST More Women Opting to 'Go Flat' After Mastectomy

A new study found that a majority of breast cancer patients -- 74% -- who had opted to "go flat" were satisfied with the outcome.

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:57:24 EST Many Don't See Link Between Racism, Health Outcomes

Black respondents are much more likely (69.4%) than white ones (33.2%) to believe that systemic racism affects the health of people of color, according to the poll.

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 14:39:51 EST Supplements That Are Safe to Take When You Have Lung Cancer

Lung cancer and its treatment can affect your appetite and how your body uses nutrients. Some people take supplements and vitamins to get the nutrients they need. Certain supplements are safe, but always check with your doctor before taking one.

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:08:46 EST Apps to Let Travelers, Others Show COVID-19 Status

With tourism and other economic sectors largely shuttered by the pandemic, countries are eagerly looking at alternatives to travel restrictions and quarantine to safely reopen their borders.

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:25:22 EST The Best Lung Cancer Blogs

A lung cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But you’re far from alone. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or info on cancer research, there’s a blog you can turn to. Here are some tips on how to find the best one for you.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:23:08 EST COVID Vaccinations Slowest in Hardest Hit States

The U.S. government’s race to beat back the pandemic with vaccines — dubbed Operation Warp Speed -- has faltered in its last phase: Getting badly needed doses to the public.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:44:15 EST Study: College Campuses Are COVID 'Superspreaders'

On some campuses, 1 in 5 students had been infected with the virus by the end of the fall term. Four of the schools had more than 5,000 cases.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:41:25 EST 'Microbiomes' Might Influence COVID-19 Severity

Imbalances in the microbiome may cause continued inflammatory symptoms, often called "long-haul" COVID, the researchers added.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:36:41 EST Arguing Taxes the Brain Much More, Scans Show

When people disagreed, sensory areas of the brain were less active while there was increased activity brain areas that handle higher order executive functions, such as reasoning.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:32:42 EST COVID Lockdowns' Boost to Air Quality Limited

After accounting for weather effects, the researchers found that reductions in nitrogen dioxide were smaller than anticipated, while ozone concentrations rose.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:27:58 EST Healthier 2021: Bill Is Tracking His Food and Seeing Results

If there was ever a time to stress eat and maybe enjoy a few drinks, the first week of 2021 may have been it. But, I didn’t succumb to the temptation.

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:53:01 EST Why COVID Vaccines are Falsely Linked to Infertility

There’s no evidence that the new vaccines against COVID-19 cause infertility, yet that’s a worry that’s been cited by some health care workers as a reason they’re reluctant to be first in line to get the shots.

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:24:43 EST Common Diabetes Meds Tied to COVID-19 Complication

People using these medications for diabetes are at risk of a potentially fatal complication called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and it now appears that risk increases even more if they become sick with COVID-19

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:07:03 EST Research Shows Why COVID Pneumonia Is More Deadly

Unlike regular pneumonia, COVID-19 pneumonia spreads like many "wildfires" throughout the lungs, researchers say.

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:01:23 EST Recall: Pet Food Blamed in Death of 70 Dogs

The announcement expands upon a recall first issued on Dec. 30 by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. At the time, the company said that at least 28 dogs had already died after eating Sportmix pet food.

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:40:13 EST Breast Cancer Blogs You Need to Read

Doctors and people living with breast cancer recommend the best blogs to read, from personal stories to practical content.

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:10:19 EST Best Books for Breast Cancer

Books are a great way to understand a new diagnosis, like breast cancer. We spoke to people who have it and doctors who treat it to find out what books they would recommend.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:25:17 EST Most Wuhan COVID Survivors Still Have Health Issues

The study from China involved more than 1,700 patients first diagnosed with the virus in Wuhan between January and May,  and then followed to June and September. Researchers report that 76% of these patients had at least one symptom six months after symptoms began.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:09:44 EST 'Brown Fat' May Help Your Health, Even if You're Obese

A special calorie-burning type of body fat appears to help protect against an array of chronic ailments, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:33:40 EST Even Mild COVID Can Leave 'Long-Haul' Illness

The study, of patients at one Irish medical center, found that 62% said they had not returned to "full health" when they had a follow-up appointment a few months after their COVID-19 diagnosis. Nearly half complained of ongoing fatigue.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:00:08 EST Feds Authorize $3 Billion to Boost Vaccine Rollout

The news comes days after President-elect Joe Biden said he planned to release all available doses of vaccine after he takes office on Jan. 20. The Trump administration has been holding back millions of doses to ensure supply of vaccine to provide the necessary second dose for those who received the first shot.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:34:41 EST Healthier 2021: Laura Is Finding Motivation in Her 'Why'

My family has a history of heart disease and diabetes. So, it’s important for me to stay committed to my health goals.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:30:48 EST Grandkids Often a COVID Conundrum for Families

To visit or not to visit? It's a question that has challenged families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Is it safe for grandkids to visit their grandparents?

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 08:31:23 EST Healthier 2021

Follow Laura, Bill, and Mark as they make a commitment to a healthier year in 2021.

Sun, 10 Jan 2021 08:20:39 EST Ankylosing Spondylitis: The Long Hunt for a Right Diagnosis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rare type of arthritis in the spine whose main symptom -- back pain -- is a common, everyday complaint. That’s just one reason why so many people with AS wait years for a correct diagnosis.

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 14:02:31 EST COVID Stressing the Nation’s Stress Therapy System

The nation’s mental health system is stressed and strained amid the increased need that COVID-19 continues to create. And that help is also harder to find.

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 11:08:00 EST Healthier 2021: Mark's Fitness Fell Flat During Quarantine -- Now He's Making a Comeback

Five years ago, I started a diet and fitness routine that helped get me back into shape and off the fast track to diabetes. And then came COVID-19.

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 14:48:32 EST The Link Between Gut Health and Breast Cancer

The tens of trillions of microorganisms living and working in your gut -- called your microbiome -- may hold clues to preventing, treating, and surviving many diseases, including breast cancer.

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 12:29:14 EST Does Marijuana Help With Breast Cancer?

Many people with breast cancer are turning to marijuana for help with side effects from the disease or from treatment. But does it really work?

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 12:16:59 EST Living With COPD: Household Hazards to Avoid

Many homes harbor dust, fumes, germs, and other irritants that aggravate COPD symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 11:09:24 EST Heart Failure Nearly Doubles COVID Death Risk

The number of deaths of patients with acute heart failure nearly doubled during the pandemic. Some 11% of patients in the before-COVID group died within 30 days, compared with 21% of the after-COVID group, the researchers found.

Thu, 07 Jan 2021 10:35:18 EST New COVID ‘Super Strains’ Could Disrupt Life Again

The new variants could prove to be disastrous on a wider scale. One public health expert believes the virus is changing itself to adapt and infect more people.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:28:36 EST Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Wave of Mental Illness

The disruption to daily life caused by the pandemic has increased the number of children seeking mental health care, further straining a system that already struggled to meet the need.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:21:33 EST Red Cross Calls for Blood Plasma for COVID Patients

As an incentive to help boost the national convalescent plasma shortage, the Red Cross has teamed up with the National Football League and is offering donors a chance to win two tickets to next year's Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 15:25:38 EST The Link Between Chronic Inflammation and RA

What’s the link between inflammation and RA, and how can you ease your inflamed joints?

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 13:29:07 EST COVID Nightmare in L.A. As Emergency System Falters

With hospitals packed, first responders have been directed not to take cardiac arrest patients to the hospital if they can't be resuscitated in the field and to conserve the region’s dwindling supply of oxygen supplies.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 12:58:21 EST Guys, Don't Forget These Checkups as You Age

Guys, a long and healthy life starts having with a plan. Begin with your annual trip to the doctor.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 12:44:55 EST COPD: How to Quit Smoking

WebMD article on smoking cessation for people who have COPD.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 12:12:54 EST Healthier 2021: Bill Lost Weight Before -- Now He's Starting Over

In 2016, I lost 100 pounds. Then I got lazy. Once the pandemic hit, any good habits I had left were thrown out the window.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 11:07:42 EST The Best Apps for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Managing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis can be tricky. But apps for your smartphone or tablet can help you and your doctor find the best way to manage your RA.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:06:47 EST A Day in the Life With RMMS

What’s it like to live with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS)? Learn more from one woman.

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