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22 May

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun's UV Rays This Summer

Tips on how to reduce your risk of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.

21 May

Yoga Helps Fight Depression, New Study Finds.

Researchers say movement-based yoga helps improve symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.

20 May

Women At Risk of Heart Attack Are Prescribed Fewer Heart Medications Than Men, New Study Finds.

Researchers say the treatment gap among women and men must be reduced.

Remdesivir Will Not Be Enough to Curb COVID-19, Study Finds

Remdesivir Will Not Be Enough to Curb COVID-19, Study Finds

There have been high hopes that the antiviral drug remdesivir might be an answer to the pandemic of COVID-19. But a major, new study finds the drug on its own won't be enough to significantly curb cases and deaths.

The study, published May 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that, "given high mortality [of patients...

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  • May 23, 2020
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Outdoor Swimming Pools Not a COVID-19 Risk: Expert

Outdoor Swimming Pools Not a COVID-19 Risk: Expert

Swimming pools in many parts of the United States may reopen soon, and Americans can take comfort in knowing that taking a dip should pose little risk of coronavirus infection.

However, there could be risks at indoor pools from crowds, poor air circulation, and contaminated surfaces such as handrails, according to Ernest Blatchley III,...

How to Cope With Your Grief During Coronavirus Pandemic

How to Cope With Your Grief During Coronavirus Pandemic

Grief is touching the lives of countless Americans as the COVID-19 death toll mounts.

The death of a family member or close friend can be among the most difficult things you'll have to deal with, so the American Psychological Association outlines ways of coping with that loss -- whether or not it is coronavirus-related.

Talki...

Chinese COVID Vaccine Promising in Early Trial in People

Chinese COVID Vaccine Promising in Early Trial in People

Another COVID-19 vaccine candidate has achieved good early results, a research team in China reported Friday.

The experimental vaccine produced important signs of immune response in a small group of adults, a sign that it could potentially protect people against COVID-19, researchers reported May 22 online in The Lancet medical ...

Coronavirus Can Infect, Inflame the Thyroid

Coronavirus Can Infect, Inflame the Thyroid

An Italian teenager may be the first known case of a painful thyroid infection caused by the new coronavirus, doctors report.

A research team from Pisa, in northern Italy, said the 18-year-old woman's thyroid became sore and enlarged a few weeks after testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in late February. The condition, called thy...

More Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Won't Help, May Harm COVID-19 Patients

More Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Won't Help, May Harm COVID-19 Patients

A drug supported and even taken by President Donald Trump as a potential weapon against the new coronavirus simply doesn't seem to work, another major study finds.

In fact, hydroxychloroquine, as well as a related medicine, chloroquine, may even raise the risk for death and serious heart rhythm disorders in people who use it, an intern...

COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: Study

COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: Study

New research reveals that COVID-19 attacks the lungs in a far different manner from the flu.

Unlike most respiratory diseases, significant impacts on blood vessels were seen in the lungs of seven COVID-19 patients. The lung tissue of those patients was compared to lung tissue from seven people who died of pneumonia caused by the flu.

AHA News: How to Accurately Measure Blood Pressure at Home

AHA News: How to Accurately Measure Blood Pressure at Home

High blood pressure is one of the top risk factors for heart attack and stroke. It's also common among people who develop severe symptoms of COVID-19.

So, with more people at home practicing social distancing and with fewer chances to check blood pressure at public pharmacy machines or doctor visits, it's more important than ever to know...

AHA News: A Nutritious Side Dish to Grill This Memorial Day

AHA News: A Nutritious Side Dish to Grill This Memorial Day

The coronavirus has put a damper on Memorial Day outings, but you can still kick off barbecue season with healthy grilled fruit kebabs.

Skewers filled with pineapple, strawberry, banana and watermelon offer a smart alternative to typical holiday desserts like ice cream and cake.

"All fruits are nutritious because they're a source...

During the Pandemic, How Safe Is the Great American Summer Vacation?

During the Pandemic, How Safe Is the Great American Summer Vacation?

Memorial Day is fast approaching, summer travel plans have mostly been wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are climbing the walls.

Is there any way you can get out of your house and have a little bit of fun, without running a huge risk of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus?

Experts say yes -- if you maintain the so...

U.S. Earmarks $1.2 Billion for New Vaccine Deal as Coronavirus Deaths Near 95,000

U.S. Earmarks $1.2 Billion for New Vaccine Deal as Coronavirus Deaths Near 95,000

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it would provide up to $1.2 billion to the drug company AstraZeneca to develop a potential coronavirus vaccine from a lab in Oxford, U.K.

The fourth, and largest, vaccine research agreement funds a clinical trial of the potential vaccine in the United States this summer wit...

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  • May 22, 2020
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Pandemic Has Overburdened Parents Stressed Out: Poll

Pandemic Has Overburdened Parents Stressed Out: Poll

If there's such a thing as a "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic, it's a constant state of stress.

And it's particularly intense for many parents who are keeping house, working from home, and trying to keep their kids' online learning on track at the same time, according to a new online survey.

Nearly half (46%) ...

Face Masks Can Help Prevent Viral Spread, but They Aren't Perfect: Study

Face Masks Can Help Prevent Viral Spread, but They Aren't Perfect: Study

Face coverings may reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Researchers assessed the effectiveness of seven types of face coverings -- including medical-grade and homemade masks -- when people breathed or coughed while standing or lying down. They were also tested using a dummy attached to a cough-simulating mach...

Mental Health is Big Issue For Police Officers  Around The World: Study

Mental Health is Big Issue For Police Officers Around The World: Study

Mental health problems and substance abuse are common among cops, and more needs to be done to address those issues, researchers say.

Previous studies have suggested that first responders have a higher risk of mental health issues than the general public, but it wasn't clear how police officers were affected.

To learn more, r...

Your Sleep Habits May Worsen Your Asthma

Your Sleep Habits May Worsen Your Asthma

Getting too little or too much sleep may worsen asthma in adults, a new study finds.

Researchers asked nearly 1,400 adults, 20 and older, with self-reported asthma about their sleep habits.

About one-quarter said they slept five hours or less a night (short sleepers), 66% slept six to eight hours a night (normal sleeper...

If Prescribed Opioids for Pain, Ask Lots of Questions: FDA

If Prescribed Opioids for Pain, Ask Lots of Questions: FDA

If your doctor prescribes opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for you, there are a number of questions you should ask, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises.

Opioids can be used to treat certain kinds of acute and chronic pain, but can have some serious side effects, most notably addiction.

Blood Test Might Predict Worsening MS

Blood Test Might Predict Worsening MS

A new blood test might help doctors predict whether someone's multiple sclerosis may soon get worse.

The test looks for a substance called neurofilament light chain. It's a nerve protein that can be detected when nerve cells die. People with higher levels of it were more likely to have worsening MS effects within the next year.

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Turning to Wine During Lockdown? Here's How to Protect Your Teeth

Turning to Wine During Lockdown? Here's How to Protect Your Teeth

Weathering the coronavirus pandemic might include imbibing a few glasses of red wine on occasion, but one expert says you don't have to wind up with stained teeth because of it.

"The strength of your enamel and how prone you are to plaque buildup is key to how much your teeth might stain," said Dr. Uchenna Akosa, head of Rutgers Health...

AHA News: As COVID-19 Stalls Vacation, Achieve Travel's Health Benefits at Home

AHA News: As COVID-19 Stalls Vacation, Achieve Travel's Health Benefits at Home

Since marrying in 2002, Doug Behan and Lise Deguire have gone on safari in Tanzania, watched the sunset over the Santorini caldera in the Greek Islands and walked through the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.

And those are just a few of their annual excursions. "It's on my bucket list that I want to visit every continent," Deguire said.

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AHA News: After Diabetes, Stroke and Heart Attack, She's Learning to 'Fight Smart'

AHA News: After Diabetes, Stroke and Heart Attack, She's Learning to 'Fight Smart'

Hyvelle Ferguson-Davis was reviewing paperwork at her office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when the headache started. It grew stronger and stronger and her eyes blurred, making it difficult to read. She hoped she wasn't coming down with something.

After work, Ferguson-Davis, then 41, drove home with a still-pounding headache. She was too ...

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