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27 Sep

Intermittent Fasting Lowers Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Consistently eating within an 8–10-hour window helps prevent and manage chronic diseases, researchers say

24 Sep

High Obesity Risk for Adults with Autism, Study Finds

Young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities are at high risk for obesity, but diet and exercise programs may help, researchers say.

23 Sep

Pregnant Women Who Get COVID Vaccine Pass Antibodies to Newborns

Expectant moms who receive mRNA Covid-19 vaccines pass antibodies to their newborns, researchers find.

Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

A record increase was seen in the number of murders in the United States in 2020, in the biggest one-year jump reported since federal officials began tracking homicides in 1960.

Figures showed 4,901 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019. A total of roughly 21,500 people were killed last year, according to data from 16,000 law enforce...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Over Half of American Children Have Detectable Lead Levels in Their Blood

Over Half of American Children Have Detectable Lead Levels in Their Blood

More than 50% of American children have detectable blood lead levels, a new study reveals. And young children who live in places with lots of pre-1950s housing and low incomes have the greatest risk.

"Public health authorities have worked commendably to reduce lead exposure for decades, and yet, substantial risk remains," said study co-aut...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Delay in Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Cost Lives: Study

Delay in Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Cost Lives: Study

A specimen cup full of bloody urine.

Decaying feet that sport blackened, rotting toes -- some already amputated.

A pale boy with dark circles under his eyes, drawing breath through an oxygen mask.

Around 179,000 deaths in the United States might have been prevented over the past decade if smokers had been forced to confront suc...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 27, 2021
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AHA News: Exercise May Reduce Sleep Apnea and Improve Brain Health

AHA News: Exercise May Reduce Sleep Apnea and Improve Brain Health

Exercise may help reduce symptoms of a common sleep disorder and improve brain function, a small study finds.

Exercise training could be a useful supplemental treatment for people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, the research showed. The condition is characterized by loud snoring and disrupted breathing and can raise the ri...

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  • September 27, 2021
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You Think You Had COVID Before: Are You Really Immune Now?

You Think You Had COVID Before: Are You Really Immune Now?

It seems like common sense for people who've had COVID-19 to think they now have natural immunity, and therefore don't have to bother getting vaccinated.

Common sense, yes, but also incorrect, infectious disease doctors say.

Your case of COVID — especially if it was very mild — probably didn't create enough of an immune response ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 27, 2021
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Retired and Want to Stay Sharp? Hop on the Internet More Often

Retired and Want to Stay Sharp? Hop on the Internet More Often

MONDAY, Sept. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Help in retaining mental function when you age could be only a few keystrokes away.

While crosswords and exercise are often touted as ways to retain thinking skills, U.K. investigators found that the internet may also help seniors stay sharp in retirement.

Those who used ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 27, 2021
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Depression During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Mood Disorder in Kids

Depression During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Mood Disorder in Kids

MONDAY, Sept. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When mothers suffer depression during or after pregnancy, their kids may be at heightened risk, too -- all the way into young adulthood, a new study suggests.

Of more than 5,000 kids researchers followed until age 24, those whose moms had depression during or after pregnancy ten...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Pfizer to Ask FDA Soon for Approval of Its COVID Vaccine for Younger Children

Pfizer to Ask FDA Soon for Approval of Its COVID Vaccine for Younger Children

Pfizer plans to request approval for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 soon.

"It is a question of days, not weeks," Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla told ABC News on Sunday when asked about when the company will submit vaccine data on children aged 5 to 11 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Right n...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Mask Mandates in Schools Curb Infections, CDC Studies Show

Mask Mandates in Schools Curb Infections, CDC Studies Show

Wearing masks in schools appears to sharply curtail the spread of COVID-19, despite the dominance of the highly contagious Delta variant, two new U.S. studies show.

Published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the reports found there were fewer outbreaks in schools that required masks.

In the first study, researc...

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  • September 27, 2021
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For Boys, Sports Key to Mental Health

For Boys, Sports Key to Mental Health

Trying to fit soccer or Little League into your son's busy schedule? Canadian researchers offer some compelling reasons to do so.

Little boys who play sports are less apt to be anxious or depressed later in childhood and more likely to be active in their early teens, according to the University of Montreal study.

"We wanted to clarif...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Intermittent Fasting Can Cut Your Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease

Intermittent Fasting Can Cut Your Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease

In terms of healthy eating, timing is everything.

That's the word from researchers who claim the time of day that you eat may be just as important for your health as what you eat.

Having your meals in a consistent window of 8 to 10 hours may help prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, according to th...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Better Diet, More Exercise Equals Better Blood Pressure

Better Diet, More Exercise Equals Better Blood Pressure

People with high blood pressure that doesn't respond to treatment may have more success by following the DASH diet and joining a supervised diet and exercise program, a new study suggests.

DASH is short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — a regimen rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and limited salt.

Duke...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Smartphone Apps May Aid in Heart Attack Recovery

Smartphone Apps May Aid in Heart Attack Recovery

After a heart attack, a smartwatch app may help keep patients from being hospitalized again, researchers say.

The app helps patients keep track of medications and make lifestyle changes. It may also reduce rehospitalization in the month after discharge by half, according to a new report.

The American Heart Association says one in s...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Smoke From Nuclear War Would Trigger Massive Climate Change, Endangering Health

Smoke From Nuclear War Would Trigger Massive Climate Change, Endangering Health

Nuclear war would trigger worldwide climate change and take a dire toll on food production and human health, according to scientists who studied different scenarios using a modern climate model.

"Although we suspected that ozone would be destroyed after nuclear war and that would result in enhanced ultraviolet light at the Earth's surface,...

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  • September 27, 2021
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Birds Make a Comeback During Pandemic

Birds Make a Comeback During Pandemic

When COVID-19 restrictions forced you indoors, it brought birds back to North America, new research shows.

Across the United States and Canada, birders documented an 80% increase among most of the 82 species they recorded since the start of pandemic restrictions last year.

Some species (26%) increased in response to drops in certain...

Keep Your Kids Safe From COVID While Playing Sports

Keep Your Kids Safe From COVID While Playing Sports

COVID-19 shouldn't keep budding athletes on the sidelines. But it's critical to keep them safe from the coronavirus while playing sports.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association has some timely tips.

COVID vaccines for those 12 and older have been a game changer for many families. Being fully vaccinated can make returning to spor...

Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

The death of eight babies has prompted the Boppy Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall more than 3 million baby loungers, they announced Thursday.

A year ago, the CPSC issued a safety warning about similar pillow-like baby products, CBS News reported.

When babies are placed on thei...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 24, 2021
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AHA News: Women May Be More Willing Than Men to Donate Organs

AHA News: Women May Be More Willing Than Men to Donate Organs

Men and women have similar reasons for becoming – or not becoming – an organ donor, according to a new study. Yet women appear more willing to donate their organs to family members or strangers.

The results, published Sept. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggest improving communication among family member...

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  • September 24, 2021
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CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended booster shots of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for millions of older and high-risk Americans, kicking off a new chapter in the national effort to protect the vulnerable from severe disease.

First, an expert CDC advisory panel called for COVID-19 booster shots for th...

  • Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • September 24, 2021
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Trials Show COVID Vaccines Well Worth It for Cancer Patients

Trials Show COVID Vaccines Well Worth It for Cancer Patients

If you have cancer and you think coronavirus vaccines may do you little good, don't let your hesitation stop you from getting the shots: A pair of clinical trials finds that patients' immune systems ramped up after vaccination.

The findings were presented this week during a virtual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESM...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 24, 2021
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