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08 Apr

Should You Wear Contacts During The Covid-19 Crisis?

Important advice on how to prevent coronavirus infection through your eyes.

07 Apr

New Therapy For Treatment-Resistant Depression

Stronger magnetic brain stimulation helps 90% of participants find relief from depression symptoms, study finds.

06 Apr

Keeping Kids Active During The Coronavirus Pandemic.

Avoiding potential hot spots like the playground.

Black Americans Appear Most Vulnerable as U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 13,000

Black Americans Appear Most Vulnerable as U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 13,000

As the U.S. coronavirus death toll neared 13,000 on Wednesday, federal health officials were considering new guidelines that would make it easier for those who have been exposed to the virus to return to work if they show no symptoms.

Troubling statistics also emerged showing that black Americans are significantly more prone to illness...

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  • April 8, 2020
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China's Controls May Have Headed Off 700,000 COVID-19 Cases: Study

China's Controls May Have Headed Off 700,000 COVID-19 Cases: Study

Extensive controls imposed early in China's coronavirus outbreak may have prevented hundreds of thousands of infections, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed the movements of people out of Wuhan (where the virus was first detected), the types and timing of controls across China, and COVID-19 cases reported each day in every city....

Touching Your Face Is a Coronavirus Danger: Tips to Help You Stop

Touching Your Face Is a Coronavirus Danger: Tips to Help You Stop

You've been told over and over not to touch your face during the coronavirus pandemic, but that's easier said than done.

Most people touch their face up to 23 times an hour and don't even realize they're doing it, a psychologist says.

"Typically, we'll do something like shaking someone's hand and then failing to wash our ha...

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  • April 8, 2020
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Family Ties Help Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Flourish

Family Ties Help Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Flourish

Type 1 diabetes is a challenging, time-intensive disease that often strikes children, and new research suggests that strong family support helps improve the well-being of young adults with the condition.

The study found that young adults (under 30) with type 1 diabetes were more likely to be "flourishing" if they had good family conn...

School Closures Could Be Adding to Kids' Waistlines

School Closures Could Be Adding to Kids' Waistlines

One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic could be long-lasting: U.S. school closures may worsen the child obesity crisis, experts warn.

Previous research has shown that kids tend to gain weight when they're out of school during the summer -- especially Hispanic and black youngsters and children who are already overweight.

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More COVID-19 Tests Arrive, But Bottlenecks Persist

More COVID-19 Tests Arrive, But Bottlenecks Persist

U.S. pathology labs are now awash in COVID-19 tests, with more than two dozen rapid tests on the market thanks to expedited approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, infectious disease experts say.

Despite this, laboratories are still struggling with shortages that hamper their ability to get ahead of the ever-expanding pandem...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • April 8, 2020
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How to Ease Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Through the Pandemic

How to Ease Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Through the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is throwing Americans' daily lives into disarray, and such disruptions are especially hard on people with Alzheimer's disease.

Changes in daily routines can trigger anxiety, confusion, agitation and/or discomfort for people with Alzheimer's, but there are a number of things family caregivers can do to adapt, ac...

Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: Study

Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: Study

Long-term heavy drinking may lead to significant weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, British researchers warn.

They analyzed data from more than 4,800 U.K. civil servants who were 34 to 56 years old when the study began in the mid-1980s. Three-quarters were men.

Heavy drinking -- def...

Boris Johnson in 'Good Spirits,' Has Not Needed Ventilator

Boris Johnson in 'Good Spirits,' Has Not Needed Ventilator

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in "good spirits" despite being moved on Sunday to an intensive care unit in St. Thomas' Hospital in London, after his condition deteriorated after infection with the novel coronavirus.

As reported early Tuesday by USA Today, a spokesman for 10 Downing St. said Johnson, 55, "has not r...

U.S. Study Finds COVID-19 Seldom Severe in Kids

U.S. Study Finds COVID-19 Seldom Severe in Kids

Mirroring findings from a similar study in China, the first comprehensive tally of coronavirus infection in American children shows it's much less likely to cause severe illness.

Children under the age of 18 are far less likely to even be diagnosed with COVID-19 than adults. Although people under the age of 18 make up 22% of the U....

Magnetic Brain 'Zap' Shows Promise Against Severe Depression

Magnetic Brain 'Zap' Shows Promise Against Severe Depression

Intensifying a standard form of brain stimulation may bring relief to people with hard-to-treat depression, a preliminary study suggests.

The study involved just 21 patients, but the treatment sent 90% into remission within a few days. That's a success rate that has never been seen in early testing of other therapies for severe dep...

Ride-Sharing Services Tied to Rise in Car Crashes

Ride-Sharing Services Tied to Rise in Car Crashes

Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to get around town and get home after a night of bar-hopping, but crashes involving cars and pedestrians haven't decreased, a new study finds.

These ride-hailing or ride-sharing services have made 11 billion trips in the United States since they began in 2010, and crashes involving drunk drivers have...

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  • April 7, 2020
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AHA News: Pandemic Puts Health Care Workers' Mental Health on the Line

AHA News: Pandemic Puts Health Care Workers' Mental Health on the Line

Doctors and nurses are trained to deal with life-and-death situations, to be calm in the face of crisis. But whether it's in hard-hit New York or places where COVID-19 has yet to surge, medical workers say the pandemic is straining their mental health like nothing before.

"The stress is probably 100 times what you could have imagined ...

AHA News: What Pregnant Women With High Blood Pressure Need to Know About COVID-19

AHA News: What Pregnant Women With High Blood Pressure Need to Know About COVID-19

High blood pressure during pregnancy can put mother and baby at risk during normal circumstances. But with the novel coronavirus spreading rapidly, many are wondering how this highly contagious threat may affect them.

The good news is, thus far, nothing researchers have learned about COVID-19 raises additional concerns for pregnant wo...

As U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 11,000, Signs Show Pandemic May Be Peaking

As U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 11,000, Signs Show Pandemic May Be Peaking

With U.S. deaths from coronavirus approaching 11,000 on Tuesday, signs emerged suggesting the pandemic might be peaking, experts say.

New York state saw lower totals of new coronavirus patients in hospitals for the fourth day in a row, and a new modeling forecast released Monday painted a slightly more positive picture of how the pande...

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  • April 7, 2020
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What Material Is Best for Your DIY Face Mask? The Answer May Surprise You

What Material Is Best for Your DIY Face Mask? The Answer May Surprise You

What's the best material for a do-it-yourself face mask?

Yang Wang, an assistant professor of environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has some suggestions based on initial testing. He investigated how a few common household materials -- such as pillowcases, scarves and furnace filters -- filtered out...

You're Wearing a Face Mask -- Are You Wearing It Correctly?

You're Wearing a Face Mask -- Are You Wearing It Correctly?

A cloth mask can help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but there's a right way and a wrong way to wear one.

Used incorrectly, such masks could put you and others at risk, according to doctors at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. And remember: Masks are only a supplement -- not a replacement -- for such precautions as...

Beware of 'Media Overload' During Coronavirus Crisis, Experts Say

Beware of 'Media Overload' During Coronavirus Crisis, Experts Say

If you feel like the news about coronavirus is growing worse by the hour, then it might be time to take stock: How much do you really need to know?

As the pandemic unfolds, and people routinely wake up to uncertainty, it is necessary to stay informed, psychologists say.

At the same time, they caution, remember that media ove...

Women Are Much Safer Drivers Than Men, British Study Finds

Women Are Much Safer Drivers Than Men, British Study Finds

If more women were hired for trucking jobs, the roads would be a lot safer, British researchers suggest.

That's because men, who hold most driving jobs, are more likely to drive dangerously. This puts other road users at risk, said lead researcher Rachel Aldred. She's a reader in transport at the University of Westminster in London. <...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • April 7, 2020
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High-Tech Rings Are Tracking COVID-19 'Warning Signs'

High-Tech Rings Are Tracking COVID-19 'Warning Signs'

Researchers are gathering data from thousands of Americans to create an "early warning system" that can identify people in the early stages of COVID-19.

More than 12,000 people -- including thousands of health care workers in California and West Virginia -- are already wearing specially designed Oura rings that track their temperature,...

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