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Does Life Really Get Better With Age?

Older people are better at using mindfulness techniques to improve wellbeing, new study finds.

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6 Tips For Stopping Coronavirus Scammers

Important ways to protect your health and money.

Mild COVID-19 Often Appears With Only Gastro Symptoms: Study

Mild COVID-19 Often Appears With Only Gastro Symptoms: Study

When most people think of COVID-19, they imagine symptoms such as a dry cough and high fever. But new research out of China shows that a minority of cases appear with gastrointestinal symptoms only.

In about one-quarter of patients in the new study, diarrhea and other digestive symptoms were the only symptoms seen in mild COVID-19 case...

As Deaths Continue in Italy, a Lesson for the United States

As Deaths Continue in Italy, a Lesson for the United States

In a harrowing harbinger of what might come in places like New York City, a new report out of Italy shows the death rate for hospitalized COVID-19 patients continues to grow almost 40 days after the country's first case was reported.

Italy has passed China for coronavirus cases, reporting close to 106,000 cases and nearly 12,500 deaths...

Patch Pump Device Could Offer Cheaper Insulin Delivery

Patch Pump Device Could Offer Cheaper Insulin Delivery

Rising prices have grabbed headlines as people struggle to afford their lifesaving insulin, but new research may have found an alternative for people with type 2 diabetes.

The study found that combining a wearable, patch-like insulin delivery device (called the V-Go) and an older, cheaper insulin could safely help people with type 2 d...

Extreme Heat of Climate Change Could Triple Heart-Related Deaths

Extreme Heat of Climate Change Could Triple Heart-Related Deaths

Heart disease deaths spike with extreme heat, and rising temperatures due to climate change may lead to a surge in such deaths in hot regions, researchers say.

For the study, the investigators analyzed 2010 to 2016 data on more than 15,000 heart-related deaths among people aged 15 and older in Kuwait, which has an average temperature o...

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Could Reach 240,000, Task Force Warns

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Could Reach 240,000, Task Force Warns

The White House coronavirus task force delivered a tough statistic to Americans late Tuesday, warning that the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 could climb to 240,000, even with social distancing policies in place.

During a media briefing Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump warned citizens to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks," the...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • April 1, 2020
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As Unemployment and COVID-19 Cases Rise, Who Will Pay for Care?

As Unemployment and COVID-19 Cases Rise, Who Will Pay for Care?

The coronavirus pandemic is spreading across the United States at the same time that millions have been laid off from their jobs.

That raises the obvious question -- how will those newly unemployed folks pay for medical care if they become infected with the coronavirus?

Recent bills passed by Congress ensure that people won't...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • April 1, 2020
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Coronavirus Crisis Could Help Trigger Relapse Among Those Fighting Addiction

Coronavirus Crisis Could Help Trigger Relapse Among Those Fighting Addiction

The social distancing and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic may put people struggling with addiction at risk for relapse, an expert says.

Feeling stressed, isolated and scared may drive them back to substance abuse, said Dr. Lawrence Brown Jr., CEO of the nonprofit START Treatment & Recovery Centers, New York's largest independ...

Certain Health Conditions Up Risks for Severe COVID-19

Certain Health Conditions Up Risks for Severe COVID-19

New research suggests that having an underlying health condition might be one of the most significant risk factors for developing a severe case of COVID-19.

Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a look at a group of U.S. adult COVID-19 patients and found roughly three-quarters of those who wound up in t...

Parents, Arm Your Kids Against COVID-19 With Good Hand-Washing Habits

Parents, Arm Your Kids Against COVID-19 With Good Hand-Washing Habits

What's the best thing you can teach your kid as the new coronavirus races around the globe? Proper hand-washing habits, a leading pediatricians' group says.

As early in life as possible, you should get your children into the habit of washing their hands often and thoroughly, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends. All day ...

FDA Approves Malaria Drugs to Treat COVID-19, Despite Little Proof They Work

FDA Approves Malaria Drugs to Treat COVID-19, Despite Little Proof They Work

With little evidence that the malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can prevent or treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to distribute millions of doses of the medicines to hospitals across the country.

"These drugs will be distributed from the Strategic National Stockpile to stat...

'Fever Tracker' Suggests Social Distancing Is Already Working

'Fever Tracker' Suggests Social Distancing Is Already Working

The concept is simple, yet elegant: Use fever readings from thermometers to create a database that can show public health officials whether social distancing is curbing the spread of coronavirus.

A San Francisco medical technology company has been doing just that, and the latest news is heartening: The number of fever readings have dip...

Dirty Air Might Raise Your Odds for Dementia

Dirty Air Might Raise Your Odds for Dementia

Smog drives up dementia risk, particularly for older men and women with heart disease, according to a new Swedish study.

For more than a decade, researchers tracked exposure to air pollution and dementia cases among nearly 3,000 Stockholm residents aged 60 and up.

Lead author Dr. Giulia Grande noted that exposure to dirty air...

Don't Fall Prey to COVID-19 Scammers

Don't Fall Prey to COVID-19 Scammers

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned a wave of scammers looking to take advantage of older adults, experts warn.

Social distancing has created an easy playground for "fraudulent telemarketers and internet scammers," said Karen Roberto, a gerontology expert from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

"Elder financial abuse costs older Amer...

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  • March 31, 2020
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Fitness Key to Long-Term Weight Loss Success

Fitness Key to Long-Term Weight Loss Success

The more fit you are when you start a weight-loss program, the more weight you could lose, a new study says.

"This research could help us improve the design of our weight-loss programs and suggests that adults with very poor fitness may benefit from additional exercise support during a weight-loss program to achieve higher levels of mo...

AHA News: Video Doctor Visits Gain Ground During Coronavirus Pandemic

AHA News: Video Doctor Visits Gain Ground During Coronavirus Pandemic

Dr. David Wheeler started seeing patients via telehealth in his Wyoming neurology practice 10 years ago as a way to provide routine visits to patients living in remote areas. He'd see three to four patients by video or telephone chat each day, which only made up about a fifth of his regular practice.

Then the new coronavirus began to ...

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 163,000;  Death Count Set to Surpass China's Total

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 163,000; Death Count Set to Surpass China's Total

As U.S. coronavirus cases surged past 163,000 on Tuesday, Americans were told they may soon get a look at the statistical disease models that public officials have been using to urge more than 250 million people to stay at home.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll also edged past 3,000, close to surpassing China's death count of 3,305, th...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • March 31, 2020
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Major Study Casts Doubt on Routine Use of Stents, Bypass

Major Study Casts Doubt on Routine Use of Stents, Bypass

Folks with clogged arteries do as well with medication and lifestyle changes as they do after undergoing invasive procedures to reopen their blood vessels, a major new clinical trial reports.

Bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty and stenting are no better than drugs, eating right and exercising at reducing the risk of heart attack and d...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • March 31, 2020
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Blood Test Could Spot 50 Different Cancers

Blood Test Could Spot 50 Different Cancers

A simple blood test for dozens of cancers is in the works.

Researchers say their test can detect more than 50 kinds of cancer at early stages and pinpoint their location in the body.

"If these findings are validated, it will be feasible to consider how this test might be incorporated into a broader cancer screening strategy,...

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  • March 31, 2020
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What You Should Know If Your Surgery Has Been Put on Hold

What You Should Know If Your Surgery Has Been Put on Hold

Thousands of elective and semi-elective surgeries -- including heart and chest operations -- are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If your heart or chest surgery has been postponed, Dr. Robbin Cohen and Dr. Elizabeth David of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons offer some advice.

"We especially don't want to turn postpone...

Being Chained to Your Desk Might Harm Your Thyroid

Being Chained to Your Desk Might Harm Your Thyroid

Could long hours at the office put you at risk for hypothyroidism?

New research suggests it's possible: Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) was more than twice as common in adults who worked 53 to 83 hours a week as in those who worked 36 to 42 hours a week (3.5% vs. 1.4%).

Hypothyroidism can cause tiredness, depr...

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