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14 Sep

Diet May Impact Your COVID-19 Risk, Study Finds

Eating a healthy, plant-based diet may lower your risk of getting COVID-19, researchers say.

13 Sep

Stress Can Raise Blood Pressure Over Time, Study Finds

High levels of key stress hormones can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke over time, researchers say.

10 Sep

Working in an Office Can Trigger Asthma, Study Finds.

Asthma flareups caused by office air are common and often cause employees to quit, researchers say.

FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine booster shot for all Americans aged 65 or older, as well as for those deemed to be at high risk for severe illness.

According to The New York Times, that vote came after a near unanimous decision (16 to 2...

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  • September 17, 2021
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Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Still Offer Good Protection Against Severe COVID: Study

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Still Offer Good Protection Against Severe COVID: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- With a special advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting Friday to decide on the need for COVID vaccine booster shots, new data shows Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines maintaining strong levels of protection against severe illness.

The data tracked the c...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 17, 2021
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What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests.

It's not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem. It's just that losing fat offered bigger heart benefits.

"We a...

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 17, 2021
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Pfizer Recalls All Lots of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Due to Potential Carcinogen

Pfizer Recalls All Lots of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Due to Potential Carcinogen

Pfizer is expanding the recall of its anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline), the company announced Friday.

The nationwide recall of all Chantix 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets was prompted because they may contain levels of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, that are at or above levels approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 17, 2021
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Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

In kids and teens, symptoms of long COVID rarely last more than 12 weeks, a new international study reports.

The researchers also found that exposure to the highly contagious Delta variant did not result in more serious disease in children compared to earlier variants, and that most cases of COVID-19 were asymptomatic or mild.

Despit...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 17, 2021
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AHA News: Fitness Didn't Keep Him From Heart Problems or COVID-19, But It Did Help Him Recover

AHA News: Fitness Didn't Keep Him From Heart Problems or COVID-19, But It Did Help Him Recover

About a month into the COVID-19 pandemic, LeCount Holmes saw on television that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was within a mile of his house for a big announcement.

Because Prince George's County was one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus, a former regional hospital was being reopened earlier than planned to provide treatment to anoth...

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  • September 17, 2021
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FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisors will meet Friday to consider whether it is safe and effective for Americans to receive a third "booster" dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA posted the materials it intends to use in the review on Wednesday. The advisory panel will review a variety of evidence, including new da...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 17, 2021
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Child Obesity Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Child Obesity Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Childhood obesity was a worrisome issue before the pandemic, and now it's alarmingly worse, new data shows.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found a "profound increase in weight gain for kids" that is "substantial and alarming," Dr. Alyson Goodman, one of the study's authors, told the Associated Press.

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 17, 2021
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Drug Might Stop Heart Trouble Linked to Sickle Cell Anemia

Drug Might Stop Heart Trouble Linked to Sickle Cell Anemia

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Treating sickle cell anemia with the drug hydroxyurea may also reverse related heart abnormalities, a new study suggests.

Heart issues are common among people with sickle cell disease. Among them are enlargement of the heart and an impaired ability to relax heart muscles, a cond...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 17, 2021
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Millions Who Joined Medicaid During Health Emergency Could Soon Lose Coverage

Millions Who Joined Medicaid During Health Emergency Could Soon Lose Coverage

When the COVID-19 public health emergency ends, a new crisis in insurance coverage in the United States may begin.

Fifteen million Americans who enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic could lose their coverage when the emergency declaration ends, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute, a social policy think tank.

Its resea...

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  • September 17, 2021
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Common Eye Conditions Tied to Higher Risk for Dementia

Common Eye Conditions Tied to Higher Risk for Dementia

Diseases that can rob you of vision as you age also appear to be tied to an increased risk for dementia, a new study finds.

Specifically, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetes-related eye disease were linked with a higher likelihood of dementia, researchers in China said. However, one other common eye ailment, glaucoma,...

  • Steven Reinberg and Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporters
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  • September 17, 2021
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Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Health officials are bracing for a viral double whammy this fall and winter.

"This year, we expect influenza and COVID-19 to circulate at the same time," said Dr. Jonathan Grein, director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

That's why Grein and his colleagues remind Americans that it's time to get your seasonal ...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 17, 2021
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Could Cholesterol Help Drive Alzheimer's Disease?

Could Cholesterol Help Drive Alzheimer's Disease?

Cholesterol made in the brain may spur development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Cholesterol made by cells called astrocytes is needed for controlling production of amyloid beta, a sticky protein that builds up in the brain and accumulates into the plaques that are the tell-tale sign of Alzheimer's.

Researchers say th...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 17, 2021
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Why Logging May Be the Most Dangerous Profession

Why Logging May Be the Most Dangerous Profession

Logging and landscaping are the most dangerous jobs in America, a new study finds.

The risk of death for loggers is more than 30 times higher than for all U.S. workers. Tree care workers also encounter hazards at rates far higher than a typical worker.

"This was the first research to look at commercial logging and landscaping service...

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  • September 17, 2021
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Trial Into Antioxidant for Parkinson's Disease Yields Disappointing Results

Trial Into Antioxidant for Parkinson's Disease Yields Disappointing Results

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Researchers hoped to show that the natural antioxidant urate could delay Parkinson's disease progression, but a study completed at Massachusetts General Hospital dashed those expectations.

The trial enrolled nearly 300 individuals recently diagnosed with early Parkinson's disease, which affects ...

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 17, 2021
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White House Offers Nicki Minaj a Call After She Balks on COVID Vaccine

White House Offers Nicki Minaj a Call After She Balks on COVID Vaccine

The White House has reached out to rapper Nicki Minaj over her concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, which she said had caused swollen testicles in a friend of her cousin in Trinidad.

A White House official said Minaj was offered a call with a doctor to address her questions about the vaccine, after her message went viral on Twitter, variou...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 16, 2021
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Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's Walk, But Many Patients Unaware

Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's Walk, But Many Patients Unaware

Movement can be very difficult for people with Parkinson's disease, as shaking and stiffness play havoc with balance, coordination and gait.

There are many different tricks Parkinson's patients can use to improve their walking and avoid injury from a bad tumble -- but a new study reveals that people often have to figure them out on their o...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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Robotics Bring the White Cane Into the 21st Century

Robotics Bring the White Cane Into the 21st Century

The "white cane" that many blind people rely on for navigating the world hasn't been upgraded in a century, but researchers are reporting progress on a "robo-cane" they hope will modernize the assistive device.

The prototype cane is equipped with a color 3D camera, sensors and an "on-board" computer designed to guide the user to a desired ...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 16, 2021
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AHA News: Physical Activity Is Helpful After a Stroke, But How Much Is Healthy?

AHA News: Physical Activity Is Helpful After a Stroke, But How Much Is Healthy?

Jeff Vallance jump-started every day with a 4-mile run. It woke him up and kept him feeling fit. As an expert in chronic disease management, he knew the importance of staying active.

He also knew the signs of a stroke. When his right foot started to go numb, scuffing the sidewalk and making him stumble on his daily jog, he grew concerned. ...

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  • September 16, 2021
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Statin Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Ulcerative Colitis

Statin Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Ulcerative Colitis

Millions of people take statins to lower their cholesterol, and new research suggests these drugs may also ease ulcerative colitis.

An inflammatory bowel disease with no real cure, ulcerative colitis causes sore spots on the lining of the colo...

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