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24 Sep

Do You Know What The Number One Killer Of Women Was in 2019?

Fewer than 50% of women surveyed were aware that heart disease topped the list.

23 Sep

How Many People With COVID-19 Remain Asymptomatic Over The Course Of The Virus?

Only a minority will never experience symptoms, according to a new study.

22 Sep

Can the Flu Shot Give You the Flu?

A vaccine expert says 'no'

Good News on Heart Attacks: Fewer Folks Are Having Second Ones

Good News on Heart Attacks: Fewer Folks Are Having Second Ones

Fewer U.S. heart attack survivors are having another heart attack within a year, a new study finds.

Rates of recurrent heart attacks, hospitalization for heart failure and deaths within a year have gone down in heart attack survivors, according to the study published Sept. 21 in the journal Circulation. However, the rates are st...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 24, 2020
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FDA Warns of Danger From 'Benadryl Challenge,'  Asks TikTok to Remove Videos

FDA Warns of Danger From 'Benadryl Challenge,' Asks TikTok to Remove Videos

Parents and other caregivers need to be more aware of the potentially lethal "Benadryl Challenge" circulating on social media, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.

The new internet dare, broadcast widely on teen-friendly TikTok, urges kids to overdose on the over-the-counter antihistamine Benadryl to achieve a halluc...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 24, 2020
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Even If Hips, Legs Slim Down, Belly Fat Remains a Health Danger

Even If Hips, Legs Slim Down, Belly Fat Remains a Health Danger

Gaining weight around your mid-section may be the makings of much more than a wardrobe crisis: It may also signal the start of a serious health crisis.

So warns a team of Canadian and Iranian researchers who conducted an extensive review of 72 studies involving more than 2.5 million patients from all over the globe.

"We foun...

  • Alan Mozes
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  • September 24, 2020
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America's COVID Pandemic Is Now Skewing Younger

America's COVID Pandemic Is Now Skewing Younger

Young adults in their 20s now account for more cases of COVID-19 than any other age group, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From June through August, people in their 20s accounted for more than 20% of all COVID infections in the United States, CDC researchers found.

Unfortunat...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 24, 2020
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Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Infants may feel less pain when held by a parent with skin-to-skin contact, a new U.K. study suggests.

"We have found when a baby is held by their parent with skin-on-skin contact, the higher-level brain processing in response to pain is somewhat dampened. The baby's brain is also using a different pathway to process its response to pa...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 24, 2020
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Accuracy of COVID-19 Antibody Tests Varies Widely, Study Finds

Accuracy of COVID-19 Antibody Tests Varies Widely, Study Finds

Wide variation exists in the accuracy of commercial testing kits that check for antibodies against the new coronavirus, researchers say.

Antibody tests can determine whether someone has had the virus in the past. For diagnosis at a later stage of illness or in cases of delayed-onset, antibody tests could also be an important part of ho...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 24, 2020
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AHA News: After Grieving Mother's Death, Teen Commits to Helping Others

AHA News: After Grieving Mother's Death, Teen Commits to Helping Others

Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Ngoc Vuong had a wide circle of Vietnamese friends to play with in his neighborhood.

His parents had left Vietnam in the 1990s to build a new home in the U.S., making Vuong and his two older sisters first-generation Americans.

"A lot of my summers were spent hanging out with people who looked like m...

AHA News: They Survived COVID-19, Then Faced Stigma

AHA News: They Survived COVID-19, Then Faced Stigma

From the moment in January when she first heard about the new coronavirus, Suzanne Kathro worried about catching it. In mid-August, she did.

"That's when the ghosting started," said Kathro, 72, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

After she and her husband, Paul, got sick, some of their friends stopped communicating. "Just – p...

Hazardous Ingredients Make 'Smart Drug' Supplements a Not-So-Smart Buy

Hazardous Ingredients Make 'Smart Drug' Supplements a Not-So-Smart Buy

Maybe you're a senior concerned that your mind has started to lag a bit. Or maybe you're a college student looking for an edge in your classes.

Either way, a new study warns that you should seriously reconsider taking any over-the-counter supplement that promises a powerful brain boost.

A review of so-called "smart drug" nutr...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 24, 2020
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Exercise Ups Life Span for Type 2 Diabetics

Exercise Ups Life Span for Type 2 Diabetics

For someone with type 2 diabetes, exercise can cut the risk of dying early by as much as one-third, researchers report.

Exercise improves insulin sensitivity, reduces the risk of heart disease, and inhibits inflammation, said the Taiwanese research team.

Among nearly 5,000 men and women with type 2 diabetes, those with a hig...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 24, 2020
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9 in 10 Americans Not Yet Immune to COVID, CDC Director Says

9 in 10 Americans Not Yet Immune to COVID, CDC Director Says

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 (Healthday News) -- The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a Senate committee on Wednesday that 90% of Americans are still at risk of contracting the virus.

"The preliminary results in the first round [of a very large, ongoing CDC study] show that a majority of our nation, more...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • September 24, 2020
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FDA Adds Abuse Warning to Labels for Xanax, Valium

FDA Adds Abuse Warning to Labels for Xanax, Valium

Reacting to an upsurge in abuse of benzodiazepine sedatives such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan, U.S. officials on Wednesday added a "Boxed Warning" to the drugs' labels, cautioning about the danger.

Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers commonly prescribed to help ease issues such as anxiety, seizures, insomnia and panic disorders.

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 24, 2020
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Americans Are Cutting Back on Sugary Drinks

Americans Are Cutting Back on Sugary Drinks

Drinking lots of sugary beverages can wreak havoc on your health, but new research finds more Americans are turning away from those high-calorie drinks.

And that includes many people who used to drink large quantities of sweetened beverages -- the equivalent of 3.5 cans of soda daily.

"Our study found the percentage of childr...

  • Cara Roberts Murez
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  • September 24, 2020
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COVID Bites: Cracked Teeth Another Coronavirus Scourge

COVID Bites: Cracked Teeth Another Coronavirus Scourge

Dentists are drilling down on another worrying trend related to the coronavirus: more cracked teeth.

Like sleepless nights and stomach jitters, teeth grinding is a telltale sign of stress. And the habit -- which can damage and break your choppers -- is sending people to dental offices in growing numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Alan Mozes
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  • September 24, 2020
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Kids Who Need Steroids Face Risk of Diabetes, Other Ills

Kids Who Need Steroids Face Risk of Diabetes, Other Ills

Children who need to take oral steroids for chronic or life-threatening conditions can experience serious side effects, according to new research.

Children with autoimmune disorders such as juvenile arthritis, psoriasis or inflammatory bowel disease are often prescribed a steroid to keep the illness under control.

But the odd...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • September 24, 2020
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After COVID-19 Exposure, When Can Young Athletes Resume Play?

After COVID-19 Exposure, When Can Young Athletes Resume Play?

Young athletes who've had moderate COVID-19 symptoms should be symptom-free for 14 days and get their doctor's OK before returning to practices or games, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is also recommended for those who've had moderate COVID-19 symptoms, the American Academy of Pediatrics ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 24, 2020
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Severe Mental Illnesses Often Overlooked at Hospital Admission: Study

Severe Mental Illnesses Often Overlooked at Hospital Admission: Study

Severe mental illness diagnoses often get missed in patients hospitalized for physical health problems, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 13,800 U.K. adults who were diagnosed with severe mental illness, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, between 2006 and 2017 and who had more than 45,700 emerge...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 23, 2020
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Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Expectant mothers who smoke pot in pregnancy could increase their baby's risk for mental or emotional problems later in childhood, a new study finds.

Marijuana use during pregnancy was associated with a host of problems in the preteen years, researchers report.

Children exposed to pot in the womb were more likely to experienc...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 23, 2020
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Smoking Reduces Survival Odds After Bladder Cancer Surgery

Smoking Reduces Survival Odds After Bladder Cancer Surgery

Patients who have surgery for bladder cancer fare worse if they smoke, new research shows.

"This study is important because while it is known that tobacco smoking is the leading cause of bladder cancer, this is the first study to suggest that smoking puts bladder cancer patients at risk after diagnosis," said study co-author Dr. Giova...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 23, 2020
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Diabetes Drug Metformin May Protect the Aging Brain

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Protect the Aging Brain

A common type 2 diabetes drug called metformin may have an unexpected, but positive, side effect: New research suggests that people taking the drug appear to have significantly slower declines in thinking and memory as they age.

"Our six-year study of older Australians with type 2 diabetes has uncovered a link between metformin use an...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • September 23, 2020
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