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14 Sep

Diet May Impact Your COVID-19 Risk, Study Finds

Eating a healthy, plant-based diet may lower your risk of getting COVID-19, researchers say.

13 Sep

Stress Can Raise Blood Pressure Over Time, Study Finds

High levels of key stress hormones can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke over time, researchers say.

10 Sep

Working in an Office Can Trigger Asthma, Study Finds.

Asthma flareups caused by office air are common and often cause employees to quit, researchers say.

AHA News: Physical Activity Is Helpful After a Stroke, But How Much Is Healthy?

AHA News: Physical Activity Is Helpful After a Stroke, But How Much Is Healthy?

Jeff Vallance jump-started every day with a 4-mile run. It woke him up and kept him feeling fit. As an expert in chronic disease management, he knew the importance of staying active.

He also knew the signs of a stroke. When his right foot started to go numb, scuffing the sidewalk and making him stumble on his daily jog, he grew concerned. ...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Statin Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Ulcerative Colitis

Statin Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Ulcerative Colitis

Millions of people take statins to lower their cholesterol, and new research suggests these drugs may also ease ulcerative colitis.

An inflammatory bowel disease with no real cure, ulcerative colitis causes sore spots on the lining of the colo...

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

THURSDAY, Sept. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say.

"Genes play an important role in alcohol use," stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizo...

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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In 16 States, 35% or More Residents Now Obese: CDC

In 16 States, 35% or More Residents Now Obese: CDC

America's waistline keeps widening.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 16 states now have at least 35% of their residents who are obese, a number that's nearly doubled since 2018.

The CDC's 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps now show that Delaware, Iowa, Ohio and Texas have joined Alabam...

  • Cara Murez and Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporters
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  • September 16, 2021
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Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Peterson Cente...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 16, 2021
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Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

THURSDAY, Sept. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. infants born with syphilis is climbing at an alarming pace, reaching a high not seen since the 1990s, according to new government figures.

Newborn syphilis, a potentially fatal condition, was at one time nearly eliminated in the United States. But the diseas...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing a treatment that depletes a type of immune cell that fuels MS attacks still have a strong response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

"The message from this study is clear — it is worthwhile for patients with MS receiving [anti-CD20] treatment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, which will pr...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 16, 2021
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Pandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC Study Finds

Pandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC Study Finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has many women thinking twice about having more kids.

In a survey of close to 1,200 New York City women with young children, one-third of respondents who had been thinking about having another baby before the pandemic but hadn't started trying said they were no longer considering it.

For women who stopped trying...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 16, 2021
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People With MS Have Worse Survival If Colon Cancer Strikes

People With MS Have Worse Survival If Colon Cancer Strikes

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients diagnosed with colon cancer may have a greater risk of dying from cancer or other causes in the next six months to year than colon cancer patients without MS, a Canadian study finds.

"These results warrant further investigation to determine what factors may lead to shorter survival times," said study author...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 16, 2021
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1 in 500 Americans Has Died From COVID-19

1 in 500 Americans Has Died From COVID-19

One out of every 500 U.S. residents has lost their lives to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic last year, statistics show.

COVID has killed more than 664,500 people in the United States as of Wednesday, according to tracking data from Johns Hopkins University.

That's out of a total U.S. population of 331.4 million cited by the ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 15, 2021
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Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

During the next few weeks or months, you might find yourself dropping by the doctor's office or pharmacy to get your annual flu shot along with a dose of COVID vaccine.

Unfortunately, you'll have to get two individual jabs. Though at least two drug companies are working on a combo flu/COVID booster, the single-dose shot won't be ready for ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2021
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Medical Paperwork: So Bad Some Folks Skip Care

Medical Paperwork: So Bad Some Folks Skip Care

Getting prior authorizations to see a specialist, dealing with errors on medical bills and even scheduling appointments can be a big hassle.

That's clear to anyone who has spent time on the phone handling issues with insurance companies or doctors' offices.

For some patients, in fact, it's a hurdle that's caused them to delay or ev...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2021
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AHA News: For Many Hispanic People, Vaccination Worries Are a Matter of Trust

AHA News: For Many Hispanic People, Vaccination Worries Are a Matter of Trust

From the start, Norma Cavazos was surrounded by friends and family who were vaccine skeptics: "No one was going to take it, including myself. That was something that we were all adamant about."

As a public health worker for the state of Texas, she was aware of the coronavirus long before people around her in Harlingen, a city about 14 mile...

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  • September 15, 2021
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Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be treated...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2021
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COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 12 Could Come This Fall: Fauci

COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 12 Could Come This Fall: Fauci

Many parents hoping for COVID-19 vaccines for their children younger than 12 may get their wish this fall, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The vaccines could be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this fall for children ages 5 to 11, Fauci told CNN on Tuesday.

"If you look at the studies that we at the (Natio...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 15, 2021
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WHO Says Africa Will Get 30% of COVID Vaccines It Needs by February

WHO Says Africa Will Get 30% of COVID Vaccines It Needs by February

In Africa, only 4% of people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Leaders had once hoped to have 60% of people living on the continent vaccinated this year.

That now appears unlikely.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners said they do hope to provide African countries with 30% of the vaccines the continent need...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 15, 2021
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Jeff Bridges Says Cancer Is in Remission, But COVID Fight Was Tougher

Jeff Bridges Says Cancer Is in Remission, But COVID Fight Was Tougher

Jeff Bridges has had a rough year.

Almost a year ago, the actor was diagnosed with lymphoma. Then in January, he was exposed to the COVID-19 virus while receiving chemotherapy.

"Covid kicked my (expletive) pretty good," Bridges wrote in a blog post on his website, USA Today reported.

Bridges, 71, said he spent five w...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 15, 2021
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Stories Get Listeners' Hearts in Sync

Stories Get Listeners' Hearts in Sync

The heart rates of people sync up when listening to a story, a new study finds.

"There's a lot of literature demonstrating that people synchronize their physiology with each other. But the premise is that somehow you're interacting and physically present [in] the same place," said co-author Lucas Parra, a professor of biomedical engineerin...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 15, 2021
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After an ICU Stay, Social Support Crucial for Seniors' Survival

After an ICU Stay, Social Support Crucial for Seniors' Survival

Older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to experience serious disability or die after a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU), new research reveals.

"This important research finding sheds light on a crucial health care issue that has become more dire during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Dr. E. Albert Reece, dean of the Univer...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 15, 2021
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Blood Cancer Patients Could Benefit From COVID Booster Shot: Study

Blood Cancer Patients Could Benefit From COVID Booster Shot: Study

Patients with B-cell blood cancers who did not make antibodies to COVID-19 after two shots of vaccine may find that a third shot does the trick, new research finds.

More than half the patients who had failed to respond to the first two shots had a positive response to the third, or booster, shot, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societ...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 15, 2021
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