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25 Jan

Simple Laser Treatment May Help Prevent Common Skin Cancers, New Study Finds

A laser treatment, which delivers heat but leaves the skin intact, may help prevent the two most common skin cancers in the U.S., according to researchers.

In a First, Medicaid Extends Coverage to Prison Inmates

In a First, Medicaid Extends Coverage to Prison Inmates

Some inmates in California could begin getting certain limited health services, including substance abuse treatment and mental health diagnoses, using Medicaid funds.

Typically, inmates lose Medicaid coverage while in the prison, jail or juvenile justice system.

This change will be the first time ever that Medicaid has provided some...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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AHA News: Researchers Take a Closer Look at What COVID-19 Does to the Heart

AHA News: Researchers Take a Closer Look at What COVID-19 Does to the Heart

People hospitalized with COVID-19 may have an increased risk for heart damage, but not so much the type of inflammation previous research suggested, according to a new study.

Early in the pandemic, several studies suggested many COVID-19 survivors experienced heart damage even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick e...

  • American Heart Association News
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  • January 27, 2023
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Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh In

Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh In

Natural gas stoves have become the latest flashpoint in America’s increasingly volatile political culture, after a top federal regulator publicly mulled over banning the appliances.

"This is a hidden hazard," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner, Richard Trumka Jr., said in an interview. "Any option is on the t...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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FDA Says No to Regulating CBD Products as Supplements

FDA Says No to Regulating CBD Products as Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it can't regulate CBD supplements because there isn't enough evidence on their safety. The agency also called on Congress to create new rules for what has become a burgeoning industry.

"The use of CBD raises various safety concerns, especially with long-term use," FDA Deputy Commissioner ...

  • Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • January 27, 2023
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Updated Booster Shots, Not Original COVID Vaccines, Should Be Standard: FDA Panel

Updated Booster Shots, Not Original COVID Vaccines, Should Be Standard: FDA Panel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend that the agency phase out original versions of COVID vaccines for use in the unvaccinated, in favor of updated bivalent booster shots.

Committee members also weighed a proposal to streamline the dosing schedule for COVID vaccines by tu...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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Risks for Heart Failure Rise in Rural America

Risks for Heart Failure Rise in Rural America

Adults who live in rural areas, and Black men in particular, are at much higher risk for developing heart failure.

Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition that develops when the heart fails to pump enough blood for the body’s needs.

Researchers from the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Vanderbilt...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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Got an Extra Chromosome? It Could Harm You

Got an Extra Chromosome? It Could Harm You

Researchers have uncovered a serious risk for folks who have an extra X or Y chromosome.

Those with the genetic condition known as supernumerary sex chromosome aneuploidy have a risk for blood clots in a deep vein or lung that’s four or five times higher than usual, a new study shows.

“An additional X or Y chromosome is more comm...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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Breast Pain Doesn't Always Mean Cancer: When to Get a Mammogram

Breast Pain Doesn't Always Mean Cancer: When to Get a Mammogram

While anyone can experience breast pain, don't panic: It’s rarely cancer.

Penn State Health offers some reassurance about what might cause the pain and when it might be time to have a mammogram.

“We see a lot of patients who come looking for answers that have widespread, cyclical breast pain,” said Dr. Alison Chetlen, a staff p...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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Wintertime Wandering: A Real Danger for People With Alzheimer's

Wintertime Wandering: A Real Danger for People With Alzheimer's

Winter weather can add a layer of danger to the wandering behavior common in people with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) offers some suggestions to help prevent wandering and prepare folks to react quickly if it occurs.

“During the winter, it’s especially important for families living in areas affected by ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

If it seems as though everyone you know struggles with some sort of allergy, new research suggests you are not mistaken.

As many as 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 kids suffers from a seasonal allergy, a food allergy or eczema, the latest government data shows.

Caused by a reaction to plant pollen, seasonal allergies were most common type o...

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Siblings of Babies Who Died of SIDS May Also Face Higher Risk

Siblings of Babies Who Died of SIDS May Also Face Higher Risk

Researchers have long struggled to figure out what causes a seemingly healthy baby to die suddenly in the first year of life, with an array of possible genetic and environmental factors to choose from.

Now a large, Danish study has found that in families where one child has succumbed to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a younger siblin...

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Top FDA Official Involved in Baby Formula Debacle Resigns

Top FDA Official Involved in Baby Formula Debacle Resigns

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who has led the agency’s food policy efforts since 2018 announced his resignation on Wednesday.

Frank Yiannas was also among the top officials leading the agency response to last year’s infant formula shortage.

"Today, I informed [FDA] Commissioner [Robert] Califf that I will be resign...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by Middle Age

Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by Middle Age

People who suffer a heart attack or stroke in middle age may develop memory and thinking problems earlier in life, too, a new study finds.

The study, published online Jan. 25 in the journal Neurology, focused on people who had developed premature cardiovascular disease. That refers to heart disease, stroke or leg artery disease th...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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New Breakthrough Could Speed Gene Therapy Research

New Breakthrough Could Speed Gene Therapy Research

“Zinc fingers” might sound like the world’s worst candy bar, but these human proteins might prove key to treating complex genetically driven diseases.

A new artificial intelligence program is poised to enable the simple production of zinc fingers, according to research co-led by the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the University ...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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What Is the Mediterranean Diet, and How Can It Help You?

What Is the Mediterranean Diet, and How Can It Help You?

If you're looking for a healthy way to eat that has stood the test of time, the Mediterranean diet may be your best bet.

"There are many health benefits to the Mediterranean diet," said Rahaf Al Bochi, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "The Mediterranean diet has been associated with lower risk for heart disease, d...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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AHA News: After a Stroke at 87, Woman Had to Convince Family She Was Really OK

AHA News: After a Stroke at 87, Woman Had to Convince Family She Was Really OK

Barbara Bartels and a friend were catching up over coffee on a Sunday morning in August. They'd met up at a café not far from Bartels' home in Santa Cruz, California. As an artist and a bit of a self-professed hermit, Bartels didn't socialize much beyond her regular art critique group. But she did occasionally accept invitations to go out.
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  • American Heart Association News
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  • January 26, 2023
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Childhood Autism Diagnosis Is Getting Better, But Not for Everyone

Childhood Autism Diagnosis Is Getting Better, But Not for Everyone

Autism cases are surging in the New York-New Jersey metro area, mainly fueled by the diagnosis of autistic children who don’t have intellectual disabilities, a new study reports.

The percentage of kids identified with autism spectrum disorder rose from about 1% in 2000 to 3% in 2016 in that region, said lead researcher Josephine Shenoud...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Updated Boosters Cut Risk of XBB Variant Infection by Nearly Half

Updated Boosters Cut Risk of XBB Variant Infection by Nearly Half

In a finding that suggests the updated bivalent COVID booster shots are worth getting, new government data shows they cut the chances of infection with the new XBB variant by nearly half.

While those ages 49 and under saw a 48% reduction in risk, the shots were slightly less effective in older individuals -- about 40% in adults ages 50 to ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Women, Keep Moving to Help Keep Mental Decline at Bay

Women, Keep Moving to Help Keep Mental Decline at Bay

A lot of people wear watches that count their every step as they try to move more.

Now, a new study finds that getting more of those steps each day, along with moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise, could cut the risk of dementia and thinking impairments for women.

For women aged 65 or older, each additional 31 minutes per day of m...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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Home Workouts Help Your Brain, But Group Exercise May Be Even Better

Home Workouts Help Your Brain, But Group Exercise May Be Even Better

A good physical workout benefits an older brain. So does socializing. Put those two together and the payoff may be even bigger.

Researchers in Japan found that link in a new study that looked at exercising solo and in a group.

"Exercise is manageable for many older people, and we saw cognitive benefits from it compared with those who...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 26, 2023
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