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21 Oct

HealthDay Now: The Motivations Behind Conservatorships

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke to two experts to discover why 1.3 million Americans, including Britney Spears, are currently under a conservatorship — a legal arrangement that allows a court-appointed "guardian" to take control of another individual's daily life and decisions. Dr. Sam Sugar, the founder of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, and Jasmine Harris, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, shared insights on the process of establishing a conservatorship, the factors motivating these arrangements, and the ethical questions surrounding this issue.

20 Oct

Just a Few Hours of Weekly Exercise Cuts Cancer Risk, Study Finds

More than 46,000 cancer cases could be prevented annually if Americans got 5 hours of moderate exercise per week, researchers say.

19 Oct

Heartburn Drugs May Improve Gum Disease, Study Finds

Patients who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn have healthier gums, researchers say.

U.S. Has Shared 200 Million Shots With Other Countries

U.S. Has Shared 200 Million Shots With Other Countries

The United States has now donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 100 countries and territories, making it the largest donor in the world.

Those donations include more than 120 million surplus doses from the U.S. stockpile, along with initial deliveries of 1 billion doses the federal government has bought from Pfizer for do...

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  • October 21, 2021
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FDA Approves Moderna, J&J Booster Shots, Backs Mix n' Match Vaccines

FDA Approves Moderna, J&J Booster Shots, Backs Mix n' Match Vaccines

Millions of Americans who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines will be eligible for booster shots in the near future -- and they'll be able choose any coronavirus vaccine for their extra dose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

The FDA is recommending that:

  • People who received M...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 20, 2021
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Even With Mild COVID, Obesity May Mean Worse Symptoms

Even With Mild COVID, Obesity May Mean Worse Symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people have a tougher time fighting COVID-19, even if they have a milder form of the virus, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at more than 500 patients who tested positive for COVID but didn't require hospitalization. Teens and adults who were overweight or obese had...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 20, 2021
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Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers may think electronic cigarettes will help them quit, but a new study finds no evidence that's the case.

Researchers found that among Americans who'd recently quit smoking, those who were using e-cigarettes were just as likely to relapse in the next year as non-users we...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 20, 2021
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Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

With all of the fear, grief and isolation the pandemic has brought, it would stand to reason that there would be a big jump in the number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

But that doesn't seem to be the case, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 20, 2021
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AHA News: Spaceflight Caused DNA to Leak Out of Astronauts' Cell Powerhouse

AHA News: Spaceflight Caused DNA to Leak Out of Astronauts' Cell Powerhouse

Scientists already knew radiation exposure and a lack of gravity stress the bodies of astronauts. But new research may offer a better idea of what's driving some of that. It's a clue that could help them measure the physical impact of space travel to detect problems earlier.

It involves mitochondria, known as the powerhouse of the cell bec...

  • American Heart Association News
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  • October 20, 2021
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White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

The White House on Wednesday unveiled a national plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds that is designed to make getting shots as easy and comfortable as possible for both kids and their parents.

Rather than mass vaccination sites, the Biden administration plans to have pediatric COVID shots delivered in settings that...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 20, 2021
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Cigarette Sales Jumped During Pandemic

Cigarette Sales Jumped During Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As COVID-19 has surged throughout the United States for the past year and a half, some may have picked up an old bad habit or started a new one.

How do researchers know this? They discovered that cigarette sales jumped during the first 15 months of the pandemic, exceeding thei...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 20, 2021
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Doctors Report That Kidney Grown in Pig Worked in a Human

Doctors Report That Kidney Grown in Pig Worked in a Human

A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig functioned normally after being attached to a human patient during a groundbreaking procedure performed by U.S. doctors.

If the technique proves generally successful it could revolutionize organ transplant, greatly expanding the pool of available organs.

The surgery was condu...

  • Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
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  • October 20, 2021
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Flu Cases Already Up 23% This Season: Walgreens

Flu Cases Already Up 23% This Season: Walgreens

Flu activity in the United States is 23% higher so far this season than in 2020, sales of flu medications at Walgreens suggest.

The significant increase shown by the company's analysis of its own data reflects the historically low levels of flu last year as people stayed home, wore masks and got a record number of flu shots during the COVI...

  • Robert Preidt and Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster
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  • October 20, 2021
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A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder.

"Asthma is one the most prevalent diseases affecting children in the United States. In this study, we developed a list of air pollutants a young chil...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 20, 2021
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New Device Might Spot 'Lazy Eye' in Kids Earlier

New Device Might Spot 'Lazy Eye' in Kids Earlier

The answer to helping kids with "lazy eye" before it's too late could be a hand-held screening device, a new study suggests.

Amblyopia can't be treated with glasses or contact lenses after a child's vision reaches maturity, and without treatment, it can lead to poor school performance and impairments in depth perception and fine motor skil...

Many Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During Pandemic

Many Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During Pandemic

It is a fear that millions of parents have been harboring since the pandemic began: Will their children fall behind in school due to disruptions caused by lockdowns, closings and social distancing?

A new U.S. poll finds that fear is widespread, with just over half of more than 3,000 parents and caregivers of children under 18 worried that ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 20, 2021
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U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

The number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating what a leading medical association terms a "mental health tsunami."

That's the key takeaway from a nationwide survey of psychologists by the American Psychological Association (APA).

"[The findings] highlight what w...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 20, 2021
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'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

Researchers have created a six-stage process to help families of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) deal with the disorder.

"This framework is family-centered, focused on breaking down the barriers that families face from before diagnosis to preparing children with ADHD for the future," said Dr. Andrea Spencer, d...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 20, 2021
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Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients' mental well-being, a new study finds.

Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there's "not a lot of information out there about how exactly these types of surgeries help people," said study co-author Dr. Megan Lane. Sh...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 20, 2021
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Most Kids Newly Diagnosed With ADHD Aren't Getting Best Care

Most Kids Newly Diagnosed With ADHD Aren't Getting Best Care

Preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rarely receive the gold-standard treatment recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for their condition, a new study reports.

The AAP recommends a behavioral therapy technique called "parent training in behavior management," or PTBM, as first-line treatment f...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 19, 2021
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FDA Eases Access to Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

FDA Eases Access to Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids could soon bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss, under a landmark proposal announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The proposal would create a category of hearing aids that could be sold directly to consumers, without either a medical exam or a fittin...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 19, 2021
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U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

Fear, grief, uncertainty and isolation during the pandemic have triggered a national state of emergency in the mental health of America's youth, leading child health care groups warned Tuesday.

Youngsters already faced significant mental health challenges, and the pandemic has made them worse, according to the American Academy of Pediatric...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 19, 2021
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AHA News: A Heart Patient as a Child, He's Now a Resident Caring for Heart Patients

AHA News: A Heart Patient as a Child, He's Now a Resident Caring for Heart Patients

A month after Lynn Otaguro and Mark Lum brought their new baby, Matt, home from the hospital, they noticed he was fussy and exhausted after breastfeeding.

Matt wasn't gaining enough weight or growing like other babies his age. At his first checkup, the pediatrician thought Matt may have a heart murmur. The doctor scheduled an echocardiogra...

  • American Heart Association News
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  • October 19, 2021
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