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12 Aug

Vitamin D Does Not Reduce The Risk Of Depression In Adults, New Study Finds.

Researchers say D3 supplementation does not elevate mood, either

11 Aug

Should Your College Student Return to Campus?

Two experts lend their opinions

10 Aug

Even With PPE, Risk of COVID-19 Still High for Frontline Workers

Minority health care workers are at especially high risk for testing positive.

Mammograms in 40s Can Save Women's Lives, Study Finds

Mammograms in 40s Can Save Women's Lives, Study Finds

Adding to an ongoing debate over the timing of mammography, a new British study finds that screening women aged 40 to 49 for breast cancer saves lives, with only small increases in overdiagnosis.

"This is a very long-term follow-up of a study which confirms that screening in women under 50 can save lives," researcher Stephen Duffy, fro...

Better Treatments Bring Better Survival After Lung Cancer

Better Treatments Bring Better Survival After Lung Cancer

Fewer Americans have been dying of lung cancer in recent years -- partly because of advances in treatment, a new government study finds.

The researchers found that after a gradual decline, lung cancer deaths in the United States started to drop more quickly in 2013. That coincided with the introduction of new "targeted" drugs that can ...

Genetic Research May Help Identify Causes of Stillbirth

Genetic Research May Help Identify Causes of Stillbirth

Scientists are well on the way to understanding more about how genes can cause stillbirth, new research suggests.

In the study, researchers used genetic analyses to identify gene mutations that are linked to stillbirth, which is the in utero death of a fetus after 20 weeks' gestation. The findings might help doctors counsel parents ...

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  • August 12, 2020
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Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Shows 'Robust' Results in Early Trial

Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Shows 'Robust' Results in Early Trial

A vaccine based on cutting-edge RNA gene technology showed promising potency against the new coronavirus in an early trial, scientists report.

The vaccine candidate -- for now just called BNT162b1 -- "elicited a robust immune response in participants, which increased with dose level and with a second dose," according to a news release ...

Moms' Obesity May Affect Fetal Brain Development

Moms' Obesity May Affect Fetal Brain Development

Obesity during pregnancy may hinder fetal brain development, a new study suggests.

Development of brain areas involved in decision-making and behavior may be affected as early as the second trimester, New York University researchers said.

For the study, the researchers examined nearly 200 groups of active nerve cells in the...

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  • August 12, 2020
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Alyssa Milano Is Losing Her Hair to COVID-19

Alyssa Milano Is Losing Her Hair to COVID-19

When actress Alyssa Milano was first struck by the new coronavirus back in March, her symptoms mirrored the classic signs of COVID-19: fever, headache, loss of smell, chest heaviness, extreme breathing difficulties and a bad stomach.

"It felt like I was dying," Milano, 47, posted on Twitter.

Those symptoms have persisted, and...

2 in 3 Parents Nervous About Childhood Vaccines During Pandemic: Survey

2 in 3 Parents Nervous About Childhood Vaccines During Pandemic: Survey

With coronavirus cases climbing in the United States, many parents are wary of taking their kids in for vaccinations, new research finds.

The survey of more than 700 parents by Orlando Health found that although 84% believe vaccines are necessary to protect their children from a host of diseases, two-thirds fear taking their kids t...

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  • August 12, 2020
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Education Benefits the Brain Over a Lifetime

Education Benefits the Brain Over a Lifetime

A new study confirms what your parents always told you: Getting an education opens the door to career opportunities and higher salaries. But it may also benefit your well-being in old age.

"The total amount of formal education that people receive is related to their average levels of cognitive [mental] functioning throughout adulthood...

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  • August 12, 2020
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AHA News: More School, Less Heart Disease? Researchers Keep Finding Evidence

AHA News: More School, Less Heart Disease? Researchers Keep Finding Evidence

Most people probably think of school as something for strengthening the brain. Increasingly, researchers are learning that it may be just as important for the heart.

Education is an excellent predictor of heart disease, multiple studies have shown. Dr. Arshed A. Quyyumi, director of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute in...

Many Community Outbreaks of COVID Traced to Restaurants, Bars

Many Community Outbreaks of COVID Traced to Restaurants, Bars

New data shows that many of the community outbreaks of coronavirus that have cropped up in the United States this summer have originated in restaurants and bars.

In Louisiana, roughly a quarter of the state's 2,360 cases since March that were outside of places like nursing homes and prisons had their origins in bars and restaurants,

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  • August 12, 2020
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Frequent COVID Tests Key to College Reopening: Experts

Frequent COVID Tests Key to College Reopening: Experts

Regular testing to catch "silent" COVID-19 spread among students will be key to safely reopening colleges this fall, campus infection control experts say.

Extensive modeling suggests that testing college students for COVID every two to three days using a low-cost, less accurate test would be the best strategy for campuses to safely reo...

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  • August 12, 2020
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Could Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Hasten Cancer in Seniors?

Could Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Hasten Cancer in Seniors?

Taking a daily low-dose aspirin may speed the progression of cancer in the elderly, a new clinical trial shows.

Daily aspirin doubled the risk that a person 70 or older would die from a stage 3 cancer, and increased the death risk associated with stage 4 cancers by nearly a third, according to data from more than 19,000 older people in...

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  • August 12, 2020
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Narcissists Are Blind to Their Own Mistakes

Narcissists Are Blind to Their Own Mistakes

Narcissists don't learn from their mistakes because they don't acknowledge them, a new study shows.

When faced with a poor outcome due to their decisions, most people ask, "What should I have done differently to avoid this outcome?" But a narcissist says, "No one could have seen this coming," according to Oregon State University (OSU)-...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • August 11, 2020
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COVID-19 Risk Up to 7 Times Higher for Young Vapers

COVID-19 Risk Up to 7 Times Higher for Young Vapers

Young people who use electronic cigarettes face an increased risk of COVID-19 infection, according to a new study.

Teens and young adults who vaped were five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19. And young folks who vape and also smoke regular cigarettes have a sevenfold higher risk of getting COVID-19, researchers found. <...

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  • August 11, 2020
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Strict, Costly Measures Needed to Reopen Schools: Study

Strict, Costly Measures Needed to Reopen Schools: Study

As debate intensifies over reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic, Stanford University experts offer some tips to make the return to classrooms safer.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has highlighted the importance of kids returning to the classrooms.

"Prolonged school closures can exacerbate socioeconomic disparit...

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  • August 11, 2020
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Put the Brakes on Driving After a Concussion

Put the Brakes on Driving After a Concussion

After a concussion, it may not be safe to drive for a while, a new, small study suggests.

"People who have concussions often have slower reaction times as a result, and do more poorly on tests of thinking skills after their injury than their peers without concussions," said researcher Julianne Schmidt, from the University of Georgia.<...

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  • August 11, 2020
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At High Doses, Popular Biotin Supplement Could Mask Heart Trouble

At High Doses, Popular Biotin Supplement Could Mask Heart Trouble

A growing number of older people are turning to the vitamin biotin to fortify their aging skin, hair and nails.

But a new study shows how large doses of it can interfere with some vital medical tests.

Biotin, or vitamin B7, is an essential nutrient. And there is no issue with the lower doses found in multivitamins, said study...

As Climate Change Intensifies Storms, Seniors' Health Could Suffer: Study

As Climate Change Intensifies Storms, Seniors' Health Could Suffer: Study

Global warming may ultimately rain on everyone's parade, but new research suggests that major thunderstorms are already wreaking some havoc on the respiratory health of seniors.

That's because atmospheric changes that precede storms increase the risk that older people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could de...

Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Research has shown that pot use during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillborn birth, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Now, a new study adds another danger: children whose mothers used pot while pregnant could be at greater risk for autism.

And the increased danger wasn't slight: Using data on every birth in Ontario, ...

  • Serena McNiff
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  • August 11, 2020
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AHA News: Black People Get Fewer Heart Valve Replacements, But Inequity Gap Is Narrowing

AHA News: Black People Get Fewer Heart Valve Replacements, But Inequity Gap Is Narrowing

Black people with severely malfunctioning heart valves are less likely than their white peers to receive lifesaving valve replacements, according to a new study.

The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, looked at the treatment rates by race for aortic valve stenosis, a condition when the valve doesn'...

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