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27 Feb

How Many American Adults Are Obese?

The latest obesity numbers from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

25 Feb

The Latest Trends In Marijuana Use

More baby boomers are smoking marijuana. Women, too.

Imaging Scans May Lead to Shorter TB Treatment

Imaging Scans May Lead to Shorter TB Treatment

A new monitoring approach could help improve treatment of patients with tuberculosis (TB), researchers say.

TB is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. Treatment involves multiple pills or injection drugs daily for at least six months. Successful treatment depends on the medications reaching pockets of TB bacteria in ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 27, 2020
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Japan Closes Schools to Help Stem Coronavirus Spread

Japan Closes Schools to Help Stem Coronavirus Spread

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News, Japan) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for all schools to close for about a month while officials try to contain a coronavirus outbreak spreading through that country.

"It is of extreme importance to prevent one patient cluster to create another cluster, so as to contain the outb...

  • Noriko Kiuchi, Tokyo Bureau
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  • February 27, 2020
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Scientists Spot Early Markers of Coronavirus in Lungs of Patients

Scientists Spot Early Markers of Coronavirus in Lungs of Patients

U.S. researchers report they have spotted early, subtle signs in the lungs that point to coronavirus infection.

This could help doctors diagnose patients in the early stages of the disease, when it may not be obvious on lung scans, according to the Mount Sinai Health System doctors.

They say they're the first U.S. experts to ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 27, 2020
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Healthy Heart in Your 20s,  Healthier Brain Decades Later

Healthy Heart in Your 20s, Healthier Brain Decades Later

A healthier heart in early adulthood could mean fewer thinking and memory problems later in life, a new study suggests.

"These results indicate that people need to pay close attention to their health even in their early 20s," said study author Dr. Farzaneh Sorond, of Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago.

Soro...

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  • February 27, 2020
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Blood Flow in Heart Differs in Men and Women

Blood Flow in Heart Differs in Men and Women

How your blood flows through your heart may depend on whether you are a man or a woman, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers used a sophisticated imaging technique called 4D flow MRI to examine blood flow and to assess how it influences cardiac performance.

Scans of the heart's main pumping chamber, the left vent...

  • Kayla McKiski
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  • February 27, 2020
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AHA News: What Heart Patients Should Know About Coronavirus

AHA News: What Heart Patients Should Know About Coronavirus

The coronavirus should have everyone's attention by now, health experts say. And people with heart disease have extra reasons to be alert.

COVID-19, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, has sickened tens of thousands of people and killed hundreds around the globe. On Tuesday, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director o...

Trump Taps Pence to Head Coronavirus Response, As 1st U.S. Case of 'Unknown Origin' Spotted

Trump Taps Pence to Head Coronavirus Response, As 1st U.S. Case of 'Unknown Origin' Spotted

Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. response to a potential global pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday evening.

The move came amid growing political pressure on his administration to take a more energized response to the coronavirus, which has infected more than 82,000 people in 37 ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 27, 2020
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More Than 4 in 10 Americans Are Now Obese: CDC

More Than 4 in 10 Americans Are Now Obese: CDC

In a sign that suggests America's obesity epidemic is far from under control, a new government report shows that more than 40% of people in the United States are obese.

And almost 1 in 10 is severely obese, the researchers added.

"Over the time period from 1999 to 2018, the obesity prevalence increased about 12% -- f...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • February 27, 2020
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How to Prepare, Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

How to Prepare, Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

With U.S. health officials this week declaring a domestic outbreak of coronavirus a "not if, but when" situation, one expert in infectious illness offers guidance on how you can prepare and protect yourself.

First of all, if you do develop symptoms such as fever, congestion and coughing, "it's important to stay calm and not panic," sai...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • February 27, 2020
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Record Number of Pedestrian Deaths Seen in U.S.

Record Number of Pedestrian Deaths Seen in U.S.

Walking on America's streets is getting ever more dangerous, a new report shows.

Based on data from the first six months of 2019, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) predicts there were 6,590 pedestrian deaths that year, which would be a 5% increase over the 6,227 pedestrian deaths in 2018.

The 2019 figure is ...

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  • February 27, 2020
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What Makes Your Food So Attractive to Seagulls?

What Makes Your Food So Attractive to Seagulls?

Given a choice, seagulls prefer food that's been handled by humans, a new British study finds.

This suggests that the birds may watch you when deciding what to scavenge, according to the researchers.

"We wanted to find out if gulls are simply attracted by the sight of food, or if people's actions can draw gulls' attention tow...

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  • February 27, 2020
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Drug Shows Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

Drug Shows Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

The immunotherapy drug Keytruda might offer a new treatment option to women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, a clinical trial suggests.

The study found that for women with "triple-negative" breast cancer, adding Keytruda to standard chemotherapy improved their odds of responding.

And in the months afterward, women tr...

Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? Both Parents Must Set Example

Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? Both Parents Must Set Example

Mom and Dad, if you want your little ones to eat their fruit and vegetables, both of you must set an example, Finnish researchers say.

They noted that early childhood is a critical time for encouraging healthy eating habits that continue into adulthood.

Researchers surveyed 100 parents to see how they influenced their 3- to 5...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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For a Longer Life, Stay in School, Study Suggests

For a Longer Life, Stay in School, Study Suggests

U.S. life expectancy hasn't kept up with other wealthy nations and experts have cited health care, drug addiction and mental health woes as possible causes.

But maybe the key to longevity can be found in the classroom, new research suggests.

In the new study, a team from Yale and the University of Alabama-Birmingham sought ...

  • Kayla McKiski
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  • February 26, 2020
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Years of Endurance Exercise May Change Heart Structure

Years of Endurance Exercise May Change Heart Structure

Triathlons, rowing, mountaineering, cross-country skiing: Tough exercise like this done over decades appears to reshape the heart, new research shows.

In older adults, long-term endurance exercise seems tied to an enlargement of the aorta -- the large artery that carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. But whet...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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Weight Gain Is No Friend to Aging Lungs

Weight Gain Is No Friend to Aging Lungs

Piling on extra pounds speeds up the decline of lung function in older adults, a new study suggests.

While lung function decreases naturally as people age, researchers linked moderate or significant weight gain to an even sharper decline.

The study included 3,700 people in Europe and Australia who were recruited between the a...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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Study Casts Doubt on Need for Adult Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria

Study Casts Doubt on Need for Adult Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria

Countering a U.S. government advisory, a new study suggests that adults may not need regular booster shots for tetanus and diphtheria if they received a complete vaccination series as children.

Researchers compared data gathered from millions of people in 31 countries in North America and Europe between 2001 and 2016. They found no si...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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Losing a Spouse Could Speed Brain's Decline

Losing a Spouse Could Speed Brain's Decline

Losing a spouse can be a heartbreaker, and new research suggests it's also tough on the brain.

The study found that when a husband or wife dies, the surviving mate's mental acuity could start to decline.

In fact, people who are widowed and have high levels of beta-amyloid plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, appear to e...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • February 26, 2020
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Another Vaping Hazard: Less-Healthy Mouths

Another Vaping Hazard: Less-Healthy Mouths

Your lungs might not be your only concern if you're trying electronic cigarettes -- your mouth may pay the price, too.

Vaping alters the natural bacteria found in the mouth, leaving you more vulnerable to oral infections and inflammation, a new study reports.

The researchers said this study is the first to show that vaping c...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • February 26, 2020
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Drug Offers Hope Against Tough-to-Treat Chronic Cough

Drug Offers Hope Against Tough-to-Treat Chronic Cough

Anywhere from 4% to 10% of adults have troublesome chronic cough, defined as an unexplained cough lasting more than eight weeks. But a new drug may offer some long-sought relief.

Reporting Feb. 25 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, British researchers said the experimental drug, called gefapixant, blocks a cellular rec...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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