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14 Jul

The Importance of Masks During the Pandemic

Why wearing them can help protect you against COVID-19

13 Jul

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Is Increasing Among People With MS

More patients are turning to supplements, exercise and mind-body therapies to treat symptoms.

10 Jul

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Causing A Rise In 'Broken Heart Syndrome'

This stress-induced heart condition has jumped significantly since the COVID-19 crisis began.

More States Roll Back Reopenings as Coronavirus Cases Climb

More States Roll Back Reopenings as Coronavirus Cases Climb

California and Oregon rolled back their reopenings on Monday, two of several states across the country that are struggling to get surging coronavirus case counts under control.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the statewide closure of all bars and halted the indoor operations of restaurants, wineries, theaters and a handful of ...

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  • July 14, 2020
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What If a COVID-19 Vaccine Arrived and Many Americans Said No?

What If a COVID-19 Vaccine Arrived and Many Americans Said No?

With several potential COVID-19 vaccines now in clinical trials, U.S. policymakers need to plan for the next hurdle: Ensuring Americans actually get vaccinated.

That's according to a new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. It lays out recommendations for winning the public's trust of any future vaccine, and helpin...

Prisoners Nearly 6 Times More Likely to Get COVID

Prisoners Nearly 6 Times More Likely to Get COVID

The rate of COVID-19 in U.S. prisons is nearly six times higher than in the general population. And the COVID death rate among prisoners is likely tripled, researchers report.

"While these numbers are striking, we actually think the disparities within prisons is much greater," said study lead author Brendan Saloner, associate professor...

Lockdown Led to Less Sex, Lower Use of HIV-Preventing Drugs: Survey

Lockdown Led to Less Sex, Lower Use of HIV-Preventing Drugs: Survey

About one-third of people prescribed drugs to prevent HIV stopped taking the medications when they were forced to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey finds. The reason, they said: They weren't having sex.

Many discontinued the drugs without their doctor's say-so, which has experts concerned.

"Reducing the ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Doesn't Harm Lungs: Study

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Doesn't Harm Lungs: Study

Treatment with the immunosuppressant methotrexate does not raise the risk of lung disease among rheumatoid arthritis patients, two new studies claim.

At least 5% to 10% of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients develop interstitial lung disease, which leads to inflammatory changes in lungs that are accompanied by a dry cough and br...

Getting Your Protein From Plants a Recipe for Longevity

Getting Your Protein From Plants a Recipe for Longevity

Swapping out tofu for your morning eggs or using beans instead of ground beef in your chili could help you live longer, a new study reports.

Getting your daily protein from plants instead of animals appears to reduce your overall risk of early death, researchers found.

Every 3% of a person's daily energy intake coming fro...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • July 13, 2020
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Beta Blocker Heart Meds Might Pose Special Risks for Women

Beta Blocker Heart Meds Might Pose Special Risks for Women

Millions of Americans are prescribed blood pressure medicines called beta blockers, especially after a heart attack. But a new Italian study finds that these go-to drugs might not work as well for women as they do for men.

"What we found presents a solid case for reexamination of the use of beta blocker therapy for women with hypertens...

COVID-19 May Trigger High Blood Sugar, Raising Death Risk: Study

COVID-19 May Trigger High Blood Sugar, Raising Death Risk: Study

Bodies stressed by severe COVID-19 could produce abnormally high blood sugar levels, even in people without diagnosed diabetes. And that appears tied to a doubling of the odds of dying from COVID-19, Chinese researchers report.

High blood sugar (glucose) levels, measured at the time of admission to the hospital, were also linked to mor...

Pot Use in Pregnancy Could Mean Sleepless Kids

Pot Use in Pregnancy Could Mean Sleepless Kids

Kids whose moms used pot while pregnant may end up with sleep problems years later, a new study suggests.

Looking at thousands of 9- and 10-year-olds, University of Colorado researchers found that children were more likely to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep if their mother had used marijuana prenatally.

"While...

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  • July 13, 2020
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Americans Lag Behind Brits When It Comes to Health

Americans Lag Behind Brits When It Comes to Health

Health care in the United States is often touted as the best in the world, but Americans seem to be in worse health than their British peers, a new study shows.

Even the richest Americans in their 50s and early 60s had higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and mental health problems than their wealthy British counter...

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  • July 13, 2020
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AHA News: High Blood Pressure Increasingly Deadly for Black People

AHA News: High Blood Pressure Increasingly Deadly for Black People

Cardiovascular deaths related to high blood pressure, often called a silent killer, continued to rise over the last two decades, according to new research, which showed stark health inequities.

Black people had a nearly twofold higher mortality rate than their white peers for hypertension-related heart disease deaths in 2018, according t...

AHA News: For 'This Is Us' Actor, Stroke Survivor Is More Than a Role – It's Reality

AHA News: For 'This Is Us' Actor, Stroke Survivor Is More Than a Role – It's Reality

For actor Timothy Omundson, art imitates life.

After suffering a stroke that almost killed him, he was hired to play Gregory, a character on NBC's comedy-drama "This Is Us" who is recovering from a major stroke.

Just as Gregory was learning to walk again, so was Omundson.

"It was a huge milestone for me," he said. "On the...

New Coronavirus Cases and Deaths Spike Across America

New Coronavirus Cases and Deaths Spike Across America

New U.S. coronavirus cases surged across 37 states on Sunday, with worsening hotspots in the South and West also fueling new daily records for COVID-19 deaths.

Florida recorded more than 15,000 new infections on Sunday, breaking the daily record for new cases once held by New York back at the beginning of the pandemic, The New York ...

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  • July 13, 2020
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Do COVID-19 Patients Really Have to Die Alone?

Do COVID-19 Patients Really Have to Die Alone?

Hospitals have put in place strict no-visitation rules meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but these precautions have led to another heart-wrenching dilemma.

People are dying alone, gasping their last breath without any family or friends there to provide comfort.

Now, some experts are arguing this shouldn't be the case, ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • July 13, 2020
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Evidence Mounts That TB Vaccine Might Help Protect Against COVID-19

Evidence Mounts That TB Vaccine Might Help Protect Against COVID-19

A tuberculosis vaccine may help reduce the risk of death from COVID-19, researchers suggest.

Developing countries have lower-than-expected COVID-19 death rates, and a TB vaccine given in countries with high rates of tuberculosis might play a significant role in reducing COVID-19 death rates, according to authors of a new study.

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Does Medical Marijuana Help or Harm Kids With Cancer?

Does Medical Marijuana Help or Harm Kids With Cancer?

Parents are increasingly interested in whether medical marijuana can help their children with problems like cancer-related pain and nausea -- but there's concern about interactions with their medications and a general lack of research.

That's one of the main takeaways from a new report in Pediatrics detailing one hospital's appr...

What People With Sickle Cell Disease Need to Know About COVID-19

What People With Sickle Cell Disease Need to Know About COVID-19

People with sickle cell disease are at increased risk for severe complications from COVID-19, an expert says.

"Many patients experience a pain crisis, also known as a vaso-occlusive crisis, early in COVID-19 infection before respiratory symptoms develop," said Dr. Jennie Hart, clinical director of pediatric hematology/oncology at Herma...

High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet May Help People With Ulcerative Colitis

High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet May Help People With Ulcerative Colitis

A low-fat, high-fiber diet may improve the quality of life of patients with ulcerative colitis, a new study finds.

"Patients with inflammatory bowel disease always ask us what they should eat to make their symptoms better," said researcher Dr. Maria Abreu. She's a professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology at the University...

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  • July 10, 2020
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Blacks Underrepresented in Cancer Drug Trials: Study

Blacks Underrepresented in Cancer Drug Trials: Study

U.S. government-funded clinical trials for new cancer treatments have more Black participants than those run by drug companies, but Blacks are still underrepresented in cancer studies, researchers say.

The SWOG Cancer Research Network team analyzed data from 358 clinical trials -- 85 drug industry trials and 273 SWOG trials. They inclu...

Remdesivir May Reduce Deaths, Hasten Recovery for COVID-19 Patients

Remdesivir May Reduce Deaths, Hasten Recovery for COVID-19 Patients

There's more good news on the effectiveness of the antiviral drug remdesivir against COVID-19, according to new clinical trial results from the drug's maker.

Gilead Sciences said Friday that in a trial involving more than 1,100 patients, remdesivir was associated with improved recovery and a 62% reduced risk of death compared with ...

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