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09 Nov

Is It A Cold, The Flu Or COVID-19?

Experts looked at how you can tell the difference between these three illnesses.

06 Nov

Does Physical Work Help Protect Brain From Dementia?

Physical activity on the job may be very different than leisure-time movement, new study finds.

05 Nov

Getting A Flu Shot May Protect You Against Severe COVID-19

COVID-19 patients who skip the flu shot more than double their risk of being hospitalized, new study finds.

Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study

Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study


Delirium is often the first symptom of COVID-19 to appear in older people, a new study finds.

They may have confusion with an altered level of consciousness, disorientation, inattention and other mental disturbances, but none of the other typical signs of the coronavirus infection, such as fever and coug...

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  • November 25, 2020
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AHA News: Teens' Ultra-Processed Diet Puts Their Hearts at Risk

AHA News: Teens' Ultra-Processed Diet Puts Their Hearts at Risk

If you think the teenagers in your life have been eating a lot of unhealthy food – you're probably right.

U.S. adolescents get about two-thirds of their calories from ultra-processed food, and the more they eat, the worse they score on important measures of heart health, a new study says.

Nutritionists started using the term "ultra...

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  • November 25, 2020
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AHA News: While Vacationing on an Isolated Island, She Had a Stroke

AHA News: While Vacationing on an Isolated Island, She Had a Stroke

Lawnae Hunter was ecstatic to escape snowy Oregon and her hectic schedule for a 10-day Christmas vacation with her son, daughter-in-law and then-9-year-old granddaughter in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The foursome savored lounging by the pool, combing the beach for seashells and sampling the seafood in the remote Caribbean nation.

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  • American Heart Association News
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  • November 25, 2020
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Fauci: 'People Should Feel Confident' New COVID Vaccines Safe, Effective

Fauci: 'People Should Feel Confident' New COVID Vaccines Safe, Effective

The turnaround time -- from the emergence of the new coronavirus to the advent of multiple vaccines to prevent it -- has been nothing short of "breathtaking," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious disease.

Still, many Americans are still uncertain about getting a COVID-19 shot.

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 25, 2020
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  • Another Study Casts Doubt on 'Convalescent Plasma' as COVID-19 Treatment

    Another Study Casts Doubt on 'Convalescent Plasma' as COVID-19 Treatment

    Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of people who'd survived the disease might help boost outcomes.

    But study findings released Nov. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine, along with disappointing results from prior trials, suggest that those initia...

    • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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    • November 25, 2020
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    Black Cancer Survivors Often Face Added Challenges: Study

    Black Cancer Survivors Often Face Added Challenges: Study

    Social and financial struggles are common among Black American cancer survivors and take a heavy toll on their health-related quality of life, according to a new study.

    Health-related quality of life among cancer survivors -- how a person perceives their mental, physical and social well-being -- tends to be significantly lower among Black ...

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    • November 25, 2020
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    Obamacare Boosts Colon Cancer Diagnosis, Care: Study

    Obamacare Boosts Colon Cancer Diagnosis, Care: Study

    Colon cancer treatment for low-income Americans has improved with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a new study says.

    That includes earlier diagnosis, increased access to treatment and better surgical care, according to the researchers.

    They compared data for more than 4,400 patients in 19 states that expanded Medicai...

    • Robert Preidt
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    • November 25, 2020
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    Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

    Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?


    Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pills, a large new study suggests.

    The study of more than 83,000 women with asthma found that those who used birth control pills for at least three years tended to have fewer severe flare-ups.

    The difference between p...

    • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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    • November 24, 2020
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    More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was Lifted: Study

    More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was Lifted: Study


    Small, powerful magnets in toys like Buckyballs building sets and jewelry kits are causing an alarming number of serious pediatric injuries in the United States, new research warns.

    Analyzing national data, researchers found an 80% rise in these injuries to children from 2016 to 2019, following the repeal of ...

    • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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    • November 24, 2020
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    People Should Know That COVID Vaccine Might Spur Transient Sickness: CDC Experts

    People Should Know That COVID Vaccine Might Spur Transient Sickness: CDC Experts

    TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) – At least thee new COVID-19 vaccine candidates are already in the pipeline, will a roll-out expected early in the new year. But on Monday, experts attending a meeting of an advisory committee to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed that Americans who get a shot shouldn't be surp...

    • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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    • November 24, 2020
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    Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer's: Study

    Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer's: Study

    Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer's more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety symptoms, a preliminary study suggests.

    It's common for people with Alzheimer's disease to have mood symptoms, including anxiety and depression. And some research has suggested those symptoms can, in older people, act as early...

    • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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    • November 24, 2020
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    COVID Cases Could Double by Biden's Inauguration: Study

    COVID Cases Could Double by Biden's Inauguration: Study

    The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States is likely to nearly double before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, researchers warn.

    Cases could rise from 11.4 million to 20 million by the end of January, according to a study published Nov. 23 in the journal Scientific Reports. Of course, counts vary day to da...

    • Robert Preidt
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    • November 24, 2020
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    Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds for Diabetes

    Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds for Diabetes

    Overweight women who eat a Mediterranean-like diet may reduce their odds of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%, compared with women who don't, a new study suggests.

    The Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Previously, it has been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease, type...

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    • November 24, 2020
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    Coronavirus Most Contagious Soon After Infection

    Coronavirus Most Contagious Soon After Infection

    People infected with the new coronavirus are most contagious in the first week after they develop symptoms, which shows the importance of identifying and isolating infected people early, researchers say.

    They reviewed 79 studies and clinical trials, including 73 that included hospitalized COVID-19 patients only.

    SARS-CoV-2 viral load...

    • Robert Preidt
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    • November 24, 2020
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    Sitting Raises Women's Odds for Heart Failure

    Sitting Raises Women's Odds for Heart Failure

    Too much sitting or lying down significantly increases older women's risk of hospitalization for heart failure, even if they get recommended amounts of physical activity, a new study warns.

    "These findings are consistent with other studies confirming that people with more daily sedentary time are more likely to develop chronic health condi...

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    • November 24, 2020
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    Common Weight-Loss Surgery Can Weaken a Teen's Bones

    Common Weight-Loss Surgery Can Weaken a Teen's Bones

    Sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure used to help obese people lose weight, may damage the bones of teen patients, a new study finds.

    "Childhood obesity is a major public health issue that has increased over the last 10 years," said researcher Dr. Miriam Bredella, a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. "Sleeve gastrectomy is the mo...

    • Steven Reinberg
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    • November 24, 2020
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    Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

    Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

    As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the United States and the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday, families are faced with a challenging choice.

    Do they skip family gatherings and the usual way they celebrate their traditions? Or do they risk bringing the novel coronavirus to their extended family of loved ones?

    In ...

    • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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    • November 23, 2020
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    Junk Food, Booze Often Star in America's Hit Movies

    Junk Food, Booze Often Star in America's Hit Movies


    If there was an Oscar for "most unhealthy food in a leading role," many of America's most popular movies would be serious contenders.

    That's the conclusion of a new review of food content featured in 250 top-grossing U.S. movies. More often than not, the fictional food choices were so bad they wouldn't make t...

    • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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    • November 23, 2020
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    AHA News: Long-Term Survival After Heart Attack Could Hinge on Where You Live

    AHA News: Long-Term Survival After Heart Attack Could Hinge on Where You Live

    Having a heart attack before your 50th birthday is bad enough. But new research shows if you also live in a poor neighborhood, your chances of dying within a decade of that heart attack are higher.

    "This tells us that we need to focus not just on a patient's medical problems, but on the whole person, on where they live and the resources th...

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    • November 23, 2020
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    AHA News: Why People Fear Performing CPR on Women – and What to Do About It

    AHA News: Why People Fear Performing CPR on Women – and What to Do About It

    Women are less likely than men to receive CPR from a bystander. But why?

    The reluctance, new research suggests, may be fueled by worries of being accused of sexual assault or doing physical harm. Knowing people's secret fears is the first step to dispelling them, experts say.

    The insights come from a new survey of 520 men and women w...

    • American Heart Association News
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    • November 23, 2020
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