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04 Dec

COVID-19 May Cause Lasting Liver Injury, New Study Finds

People who have had COVID-19 may face an increased risk of liver stiffness, researchers say.

02 Dec

The Pain of Pet Loss Is Not Taken Seriously Enough, Researchers Find

La pérdida de una mascota puede ser una experiencia traumática, pero encontrar apoyo podría resultar difícil.

30 Nov

Childhood Obesity Linked to Poor Brain Health

Kids who are overweight or have a high BMI may experience brain changes that impact cognitive function, a new study finds.

Actress Kirstie Alley Dies of Cancer at 71

Actress Kirstie Alley Dies of Cancer at 71

Actress Kirstie Alley, best known for a breakthrough role in the TV hit "Cheers," and on the big screen in "Look Who's Talking," has died at 71 from cancer.

"We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered," her children True and Lillie Parker annou...

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  • December 6, 2022
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Science Reveals 3 Keys to an Energized, Alert Day

Science Reveals 3 Keys to an Energized, Alert Day

Advertising would have you believe that a big bowl of sugary cereal or a syrupy iced coffee drink will make you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.

But that sort of sugar-laden breakfast may be one of the worst things you can do to help you wake up alert and refreshed.

A major new sleep study shows a breakfast rich in comple...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 6, 2022
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Banning Flavored Vapes Didn't Spur Folks to Quit

Banning Flavored Vapes Didn't Spur Folks to Quit

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned fruit-flavored vaping products in early 2020, the idea was to reverse the rapid rise in electronic cigarette use among youths.

Now, a new survey of adult e-cigarette users finds that instead of quitting e-cigarettes, most vapers switched to flavored products not covered by the ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 6, 2022
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More States Are Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth Control

More States Are Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth Control

Pharmacists can now. prescribe hormonal contraceptives in 20 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., giving women easier access to birth control, a new report says.

Another 10 states have legislation in the works, according to research presented Monday at a meeting of the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists, in Las Vegas.

Havi...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 6, 2022
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Seniors Urged to Get Flu Shots as U.S. Cases Rise

Seniors Urged to Get Flu Shots as U.S. Cases Rise

Experts are asking seniors to get their flu shots ASAP as an exceptionally nasty flu season unfolds across the United States.

Already, 8.7 million flu cases have been reported, with 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the last week alone, the number of flu hospitali...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 6, 2022
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Feds Urge Vaccination as 'Tripledemic' Hits More Americans

Feds Urge Vaccination as 'Tripledemic' Hits More Americans

Flu, RSV and COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm of respiratory disease that is overwhelming the nation's health care systems.

Vaccination will be key to getting through the winter holidays with your health intact, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a media briefing Monday.

"F...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Tweaked COVID Booster as Third Shot for Kids Under 5

Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Tweaked COVID Booster as Third Shot for Kids Under 5

Infants and young children could soon receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine as part of their three-dose series.

Pfizer Inc. on Monday asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have the vaccine that targets the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 replace the third dose in the series for children aged 6 months through 4 years old. Children...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse Soars

As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse Soars

American kids are drinking to excess less and abusing marijuana more, a new study finds.

Marijuana abuse among 6- to 18-year-olds has increased 245% since 2000, while child alcohol abuse has steadily declined over those years, say researchers who analyzed poisonings over two decades.

"This dramatic increase does coincide with t...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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Bribing Folks Can Help Them Meet Weight-Loss Goals, Study Finds

Bribing Folks Can Help Them Meet Weight-Loss Goals, Study Finds

Money may not buy happiness, but it might give low-income obese people an extra incentive to lose weight, a new study suggests.

The study, of people from urban neighborhoods, found that cash rewards encouraged participants to shed some extra pounds, versus a weight-loss program with no financial bonuses.

And the effects were sim...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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Severe Seizures Are Rising, Especially Among Minorities

Severe Seizures Are Rising, Especially Among Minorities

Growing numbers of Americans are suffering prolonged, life-threatening seizures known as status epilepticus, and Black people are nearly twice as likely to experience these seizures as white people.

These are the main findings from new research looking at hospitalizations for status epilepticus from 2010 to 2019 across the United Stat...

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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AHA News: 'Supernatural' Actor Had a Stroke at a Fan Convention. Now, He's Giving Back in His Own Way.

AHA News: 'Supernatural' Actor Had a Stroke at a Fan Convention. Now, He's Giving Back in His Own Way.

Actor and musician Rob Benedict was in his natural habitat, onstage and entertaining an audience, when two of his friends decided to pull a practical joke on him.

They were all gathered in Toronto for a fan convention for "Supernatural," the long-running TV series. Benedict, who played the author Chuck Shurley (aka God) on the show, was ta...

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  • December 5, 2022
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Shingles Ups Odds of Stroke, Heart Attack By Almost 30%

Shingles Ups Odds of Stroke, Heart Attack By Almost 30%

People who've had a bout of shingles may face a heightened risk of heart attack or stroke in later years, a new, large study suggests.

Anyone who ever had chickenpox can develop shingles — a painful rash that is caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their ...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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Vicious Cycle: Epilepsy Seizures Could Encourage More Seizures

Vicious Cycle: Epilepsy Seizures Could Encourage More Seizures

Seizures tend to get progressively worse over time in people with epilepsy, and a new study in mice suggests why that might be the case.

Seizures appear to prompt the brains of mice to produce more myelin, the insulating layer around nerve cells, researchers from Stanford University found.

This essentially rewires the brain, creating...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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There Are No Useful Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Left Against New COVID Variants

There Are No Useful Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Left Against New COVID Variants

The last of six COVID monoclonal antibody treatments has lost its federal authorization because, like the others, it no longer works against the newest Omicron subvariants.

This last monoclonal antibody was bebtelovimab, delivered as a one-hour IV infusion.

The FDA said in a statement announcing the authorization withdrawal that the ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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U.S. to End Mpox Public Health Emergency in January

U.S. to End Mpox Public Health Emergency in January

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Mpox cases are down significantly in the United States, prompting the federal government to plan not to renew an emergency designation for the virus when it expires late next month.

“Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration wh...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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Bacteria Risk Spurs Recall of 8 Million Laundress Products

Bacteria Risk Spurs Recall of 8 Million Laundress Products

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The Laundress, a laundry and cleaning products company, has recalled nearly 8 million of its products over concerns they may be contaminated with various bacteria.

The bacteria include Burkholderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes and multiple different species of Pseudom...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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'COVID-somnia' May Be Easing as Americans Report Better Sleep

'COVID-somnia' May Be Easing as Americans Report Better Sleep

Finally, more than two years into the pandemic, Americans are sleeping better.

A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 31% of people have had insomnia since the pandemic began. That was much lower — a 25% decrease — compared to the 2021 survey that found 56% of people were experiencing pandemic-linke...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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'How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?' Docs Give Different Answers to Men, Women

'How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?' Docs Give Different Answers to Men, Women

Doctors give men and women different advice to head off heart disease, even though guidelines for both are the same.

Men were 20% more likely to be prescribed statins to lower blood levels of bad cholesterol compared with women, a new study found.

Women, meanwhile, were 27% more likely to be advised to lose weight or reduce their sa...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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For Kids, Mental Trauma From Gun Injury Far Exceeds That of Car Crashes

For Kids, Mental Trauma From Gun Injury Far Exceeds That of Car Crashes

Firearm injuries traumatize children, saddling them with mental health issues that include stress disorders and drug or alcohol use, according to a new study.

In all, 35% of kids injured by firearms receive a new mental health diagnosis in the following year, the research found.

That compares to a 26% rate of mental health diagnoses ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers Now Know Why

Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers Now Know Why

Young girls tend to babble their way to bigger vocabularies earlier than boys, and researchers now think they might know why.

It has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with parental interaction, researchers assert.

Parents tend to talk more to young children who have started talking and can respond to them, regardless of...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 5, 2022
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