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15 Jul

HealthDay Now: Insulin Access

As the American Diabetes Association celebrated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, HealthDay spoke to to Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical officer of the group. Dr. Gabbay shared his thoughts on how to make insulin affordable and accessible to everyone who needs it.

13 Jul

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for Atrial Fibrillation, Study Finds

Athletes are much more likely than non-athletes to experience irregular heart rhythms, researchers say.

12 Jul

Your Job Could Put You at Much Higher Risk for the Flu

Working in sales, education and the health industry may up your odds of catching the flu, researchers say.

U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world means that the United States will continue with COVID-19 international travel restrictions for now, a White House official said Monday.

The Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all U.S. coronavirus cases, according to the

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  • Major Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Health Workers

    Major Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Health Workers

    All health care workers should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, dozens of major U.S. medical groups said in a joint statement released Monday.

    "Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care empl...

    Worry, Depression, Burnout: Survey Finds College Students Stressed as Fall Term Nears

    Worry, Depression, Burnout: Survey Finds College Students Stressed as Fall Term Nears

    Like many of her peers, Ohio State University engineering student Mary Trabue spent much of the pandemic taking classes online. And she was struggling.

    "I don't know what was wrong, but I just felt tired all the time because I wasn't sleeping," she said. "And I knew I couldn't continue down that path."

    Whether a question of COVI...

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    • July 26, 2021
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    Worried About Delta-Linked 'Breakthrough' Infections? Experts Explain the Risks

    Worried About Delta-Linked 'Breakthrough' Infections? Experts Explain the Risks

    Even if they're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, certain people may need to take extra precautions to prevent "breakthrough" infections with the highly transmissible Delta variant, experts say.

    The Delta variant is causing most of the new COVID cases in the United States, and older people and those with immune-compromising conditions ma...

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    • July 26, 2021
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    Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

    Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

    MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers some reassuring news for parents of kids returning to school soon: The risk of acquiring COVID-19 on the school bus is very low when proper precautions are taken.

    With open windows, mandated masking and two kids per seat, there was no transmission of the new c...

    • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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    • July 26, 2021
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    Cleaning Up the Air Could Help Prevent Alzheimer's

    Cleaning Up the Air Could Help Prevent Alzheimer's

    Air pollution causes you to gasp and wheeze. Smog puts strain on your hearts and inflames your lungs.

    Could dirty air also be costing you your brain health?

    A trio of new studies finds that air quality appears linked to a risk of thinking declines and dementia, and bad air might even promote toxic brain proteins that are a hallmark o...

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    • July 26, 2021
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    AHA News: Severe Sleep Apnea Could Damage Key Blood Vessels

    AHA News: Severe Sleep Apnea Could Damage Key Blood Vessels

    Severe sleep apnea is associated with major changes in key arteries and could speed up vascular aging, according to new research.

    The study published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association sought to shed new light on the link between obstructive sleep apnea and "accelerated vascular aging," a thickening or stiffening in so...

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    • July 26, 2021
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    AHA News: Olympians Push the Physical Limits of Humankind, But What Limits Humans?

    AHA News: Olympians Push the Physical Limits of Humankind, But What Limits Humans?

    "Faster, higher, stronger" is the Olympic motto – and what every athlete at the Tokyo Games will be striving for.

    But just how much a human can accomplish is determined by many factors, from genetic to psychological to environmental. Some experts even think we've gone about as far as we can go.

    An athlete's abilities are partly a r...

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    Fauci Pushes Ambitious Plan to Guard Against Future Pandemics

    Fauci Pushes Ambitious Plan to Guard Against Future Pandemics

    In an effort to avoid another pandemic in the coming years, Dr. Anthony Fauci wants to launch an ambitious plan to make prototype vaccines that could protect against pathogens from 20 families of viruses that threaten human lives.

    It won't come cheap, with the cost totaling "a few billion dollars" a year, Fauci said, and the first round of...

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    Most Unvaccinated Americans Want to Stay That Way: Poll

    Most Unvaccinated Americans Want to Stay That Way: Poll

    Eight in 10 American adults who haven't received a COVID-19 shot say they are unlikely to get one, a new survey shows.

    The results mean "that there will be more preventable cases, more preventable hospitalizations and more preventable deaths," Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, told...

    Survey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for Kids Under 12

    Survey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for Kids Under 12

    As a new school year approaches, U.S. parents are nearly evenly split on whether they'll vaccinate their young kids when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for their age group, a new survey finds.

    "It's important that parents and providers don't wait for full COVID vaccine approval to begin discussions about vaccination," said Sarah Clark, co-...

    Patients of Color Less Likely to Get Specialist Care Than White Patients

    Patients of Color Less Likely to Get Specialist Care Than White Patients

    MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People of color are consistently less likely to see medical specialists than white patients are, a new U.S. study finds, highlighting yet another disparity in the nation's health care system.

    Researchers found that compared with their white counterparts, Black Americans, Hispanic...

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    Simple Step Gets More School Kids Eating Their Veggies

    Simple Step Gets More School Kids Eating Their Veggies

    Give kids just a little more time if you want them to eat better.

    New research suggests that longer school lunch breaks could boost their intake of fruits and veggies.

    "It makes sense that you might eat the part of the meal you look forward to first, and if there's enough time left you might go towards the other parts," said study au...

    When Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?

    When Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?

    Young soccer players have more head impacts during practices but experience more severe head impacts during games, a small, preliminary study shows.

    The findings could help devise ways to improve head impact safety in youth soccer, according to the researchers.

    "Headers are a fundamental component to the sport of soccer. Therefore, i...

    Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches

    Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches

    Accidental exposure to fentanyl pain patches is putting children's lives at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    Fentanyl is a powerful opioid pain reliever; so powerful that fentanyl patches are typically only prescribed to patients who require round-the-clock, long-term pain relief, such as cancer patients. They're generall...

    Daylight Saving Time Change Toughest on Night Owls

    Daylight Saving Time Change Toughest on Night Owls

    If you struggle with the spring time change, your genes may be to blame, researchers report.

    They found that people whose genes make them more likely to be early birds adapt to the time change in a few days, while night owls could take more than a week to return to their normal sleep schedule after clocks "spring forward' one hour.

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    It's Tick Season: Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

    It's Tick Season: Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

    When you're heading outdoors this summer, keep an eye out for ticks during and after your outing, health experts say.

    These common parasites can transmit Lyme disease, a potentially serious illness.

    Lyme disease is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also called a deer tick, explained Dr. Crystal...

    Pregnant Women Need to Take Care in Sweltering Summer Heat

    Pregnant Women Need to Take Care in Sweltering Summer Heat

    This summer has brought dangerous, record-breaking heat to parts of the United States and Canada. The hot weather poses an extra challenge for pregnant women.

    Mothers-to-be need to stay cool to avoid heat exhaustion and its complications, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston.

    "The summer is tough on pregna...

    Money Can Buy Americans Longer Life: Study

    Money Can Buy Americans Longer Life: Study

    Money may not buy happiness but new research suggests it may at least help Americans live longer.

    "Our results suggest that building wealth is important for health at the individual level, even after accounting for where one starts out in life," said Greg Miller, a faculty fellow at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, ...

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