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18 Sep

Losing A Beloved Pet Can Trigger Mental Health Issues In Some Children

The pain of pet loss is worse on boys than girls, researchers say.

17 Sep

A Single Session Of Aerobic Exercise Can Make You Smarter

Researchers say even a two-minute workout may boost your brain power

A Guide to Acne Care for People of Color

A Guide to Acne Care for People of Color

Dealing with acne can be especially difficult for people of color, a skin expert says.

Acne affects up to 50 million people in the United States each year. For people of color, acne is often accompanied by dark spots or patches called hyperpigmentation.

"Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., and it can be partic...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 19, 2020
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, the court announced. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg was 87.

First appointed to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Ginsburg was the longest serving member of the liberal justices on the bench. Her many votes in support of abortion righ...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 19, 2020
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CDC Reverses COVID Test Guideline After Controversy

CDC Reverses COVID Test Guideline After Controversy

Facing strong criticism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reversed a prior COVID-19 guideline that had said that people who know they've been in close contact with an infected person but are asymptomatic do not have to get tested.

Instead, the revised guideline now clearly tells Americans who find themselve...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 18, 2020
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There's No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog's Aging

There's No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog's Aging

Despite the deep desire to help your dog age gracefully and stay mentally sharp, new research suggests that even the best diet and training won't slow the ravages of time for your furry friend.

Just like their human owners, dogs can experience thinking declines and behavioral changes as they age. They might display less curiosity about...

  • Serena McNiff
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  • September 18, 2020
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Pregnancy May Delay MS

Pregnancy May Delay MS

Pregnancy can delay the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) by more than three years, researchers report.

The international study found those who'd been pregnant had their first MS symptoms an average of 3.3 years later than those who'd never been pregnant. Having carried a baby to term delayed MS onset by an average of 3.4 years, the res...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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As Schools Reopen, Many Students, Staff Live With High-Risk Family Member

As Schools Reopen, Many Students, Staff Live With High-Risk Family Member

School districts across America are navigating exactly how to resume classes this fall, just as a new study warns that many students and teachers live in homes with people at high risk for severe COVID-19.

"For many school districts, decisions over whether and how to reopen will likely be revisited throughout the school year … [...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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Experts Offer Guidance on a Common But Underreported Menopause Syndrome

Experts Offer Guidance on a Common But Underreported Menopause Syndrome

Hot flashes and night sweats are well-known side effects of menopause, but the end of a woman's periods can also lead to other uncomfortable changes.

Vaginal dryness, painful sex and painful urination are common symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause, or GSM. Estimates vary, but most research suggests that a majority of postm...

  • Serena McNiff
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  • September 18, 2020
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Many High-Risk Patients Don't Know They Need Follow-Up Colonoscopy

Many High-Risk Patients Don't Know They Need Follow-Up Colonoscopy

Many Americans at high risk for colon cancer don't know how often they need to have a screening colonoscopy, researchers say.

The report follows the recent death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who died Aug. 28 at age 43 after a private, four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman was best known for playing the superhero Black Panther.

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  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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The Real Reason for 2018 Drop in Fatal U.S. Drug Overdoses

The Real Reason for 2018 Drop in Fatal U.S. Drug Overdoses

A slight decline in U.S. drug overdose deaths in 2018 was due to a drop in supply of a dangerous opioid from China rather than federal government efforts, and was only temporary, a new study shows.

"The U.S. has not bent the curve on the drug overdose epidemic," said lead author Dr. Hawre Jalal, an assistant professor of health policy ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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AHA News: Young Women May Face Greater Stroke Risk Than Young Men

AHA News: Young Women May Face Greater Stroke Risk Than Young Men

Young women are more likely than their male peers to have a stroke, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed a claims database of insured people in the United States from 2001 to 2014, tallying the number of ischemic, or clot-caused, strokes based on hospital admissions. People with a history of stroke or other cerebrovascular disease ...

Details Emerge on Unexplained Illness in AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine Trial

Details Emerge on Unexplained Illness in AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine Trial

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2020 (Healthday News) -- New details surfaced on Thursday on an unexplained neurological condition that struck a volunteer who was participating in AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine trial.

In an internal safety report obtained by CNN, company officials describe how a healthy 37-year-old woman "experienced confi...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • September 18, 2020
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Another Rapid COVID-19 Test Shows Promise

Another Rapid COVID-19 Test Shows Promise

Yet another rapid COVID-19 test has proven its mettle in spotting infection with the new coronavirus, this time in a British study.

The lab-in-a-cartridge testing device -- which can be performed at bedside, doesn't require a laboratory, and can be performed in cartridges smaller than a mobile phone -- was tested on 386 National Health...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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Almost 90,000 Young American Adults Will Get Cancer This Year: Report

Almost 90,000 Young American Adults Will Get Cancer This Year: Report

Nearly 90,000 Americans between 15 and 39 years of age will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 9,200 will die, a new report projects.

One hematologist who deals with younger cancer patients said the shock of a diagnosis at this point in their lives can be overwhelming.

"This population is unique, they're in the...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 18, 2020
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Getting a Hip Replacement? Choice of Hospital Can Be Crucial

Getting a Hip Replacement? Choice of Hospital Can Be Crucial

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a spotlight on disparities in the U.S. health care system. But the issues are longstanding, and -- as one large study illustrates -- extend into a common elective surgery.

Researchers found that when hip replacement surgery is done at a "safety net" hospital designed to serve the poor and uninsured, pat...

  • Amy Norton
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  • September 18, 2020
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COVID-19 Poses Added Risk for People With Addiction Disorders: Study

COVID-19 Poses Added Risk for People With Addiction Disorders: Study

People with addiction disorders are at greater risk for COVID-19 and more likely to become seriously ill if infected, a new study finds.

The researchers analyzed non-identifiable electronic health records of more than 73 million patients in the United States. People with addiction disorders accounted for just over 10% of those in t...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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More Pets May Be Getting COVID-19 Than Realized

More Pets May Be Getting COVID-19 Than Realized

There are "substantial" rates of coronavirus infection in dogs and cats whose owners have COVID-19, new research shows.

The researchers also found that, in several cases, infected pets had COVID-like respiratory symptoms at the time their owners were infected.

SARS-CoV-2 has been reported to infect a number of animals, but th...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2020
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Rising Obesity Levels Put Americans at Risk During Pandemic: CDC

Rising Obesity Levels Put Americans at Risk During Pandemic: CDC

Adult obesity in the United States continues to rise, and being obese increases the risk of severe illness in people with COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

Agency data also show that racial and ethnic disparities in obesity rates persist.

New CDC maps for 2019 put adult obesity rates in 12 s...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 17, 2020
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COVID-19 Prevention Might Translate Into Record Low Flu Rates: CDC

COVID-19 Prevention Might Translate Into Record Low Flu Rates: CDC

The final statistics are in for America's last flu season, and the news is good: Record low rates of influenza were reported as cases plummeted during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why? Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe the social distancing measures put into place across the c...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 17, 2020
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A Good Workout Could Boost Your Thinking for Up to 2 Hours

A Good Workout Could Boost Your Thinking for Up to 2 Hours

A few minutes of moderate- to high-intensity aerobic activity -- like running or biking -- can boost young adults' memory and concentration for up to two hours, a new research review shows.

That's the takeaway from 13 studies published between 2009 and 2019. All looked at the short-term impact of bicycling, walking and/or running on th...

  • Alan Mozes
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  • September 17, 2020
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Coffee May Slow Spread of Colon Cancer

Coffee May Slow Spread of Colon Cancer

Just a few cups of coffee a day may help slow down the deadly progression of advanced colon cancer, new research finds.

Of the nearly 1,200 patients in the study, those who drank four or more cups of java on a daily basis had 36% higher odds of surviving during the 13-year study period.

Metastatic colon cancer, which has ...

  • Alan Mozes
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  • September 17, 2020
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