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02 Aug

Kids Exposed to Secondhand Pot Smoke Get More Colds and Flu, Study Finds

Children whose parents regularly smoke or vape pot suffer more viral respiratory infections, researchers say.

30 Jul

Children Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at Risk for Serious Complications in Their 20s

Youth with type 2 diabetes at increased risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease and eye disease in young adulthood, researchers say.

29 Jul

HealthDay Now: Alzheimer’s Drug Approval Harms FDA’s Reputation

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke with Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, a professor at Johns Hopkins. He served on the FDA advisory committee that nearly unanimously advised against approving Biogen's controversial new Alzheimer's drug. Dr. Alexander discusses whether the FDA's reputation will take a permanent hit due to the drug's approval despite limited evidence of benefit.

How Did the Pandemic Affect Cancer Clinical Trials?

How Did the Pandemic Affect Cancer Clinical Trials?

MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The pandemic widely disrupted medical care across the United States, but a new study reports that clinical trials testing cancer treatments were able to carry on.

Researchers found that U.S. cancer trials quickly responded to the pandemic in the early months, allowing the studies ...

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  • August 2, 2021
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Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who are around people who use marijuana may be at risk for more colds and respiratory infections due to secondhand smoke, according to a new study.

In a survey of 1,500 parents and caregivers, those who regularly smoked or vaped marijuana reported more respiratory viruses amo...

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  • August 2, 2021
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After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens, Serious Side Effects Rare: CDC

After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens, Serious Side Effects Rare: CDC

MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials have some reassuring news about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in young people: Among millions of U.S. teens who've received Pfizer's shots, serious side effects have been rare.

As of July 16, close to 9 million teens, aged 12 to 17, had received the Pfiz...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 2, 2021
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Leading U.S. Ob-Gyn Groups Urge COVID Vaccines for All Pregnant Women

Leading U.S. Ob-Gyn Groups Urge COVID Vaccines for All Pregnant Women

All pregnant women should be vaccinated "without delay" against COVID-19, two leading groups of U.S. obstetric specialists recommend.

That advice — from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) — is based on tens of thousands of cases over the past several months ...

AHA News: Dangers of Life-Threatening Second Heart Attack May Be Highest Soon After the First

AHA News: Dangers of Life-Threatening Second Heart Attack May Be Highest Soon After the First

A first heart attack is a serious, life-changing event, although most people now survive them. But a new study underscores the importance of doing everything possible to avoid another one.

"It's like taking another hit," said Dr. Umesh Khot, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "One heart attack is a lot, and having another one ...

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  • August 2, 2021
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Troubling Rise Seen in Both COVID, RSV Cases Among Children

Troubling Rise Seen in Both COVID, RSV Cases Among Children

A rise in cases of a common childhood disease called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is unfolding just as coronavirus infections are increasing among children.

RSV is a highly contagious, flu-like illness that causes symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, sneezing and fever, and is more likely to affect children and older adults, The...

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  • August 2, 2021
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Fauci Warns of More Pain From Pandemic, Though New Lockdowns Not Likely

Fauci Warns of More Pain From Pandemic, Though New Lockdowns Not Likely

More "pain and suffering" is coming as coronavirus cases climb in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday, but additional lockdowns are unlikely because enough Americans are now vaccinated to avoid the level of surge seen last winter.

The warning comes as the country records 35 million cases and California becomes the first stat...

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 2, 2021
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Acne Can Take Big Emotional Toll on Women

Acne Can Take Big Emotional Toll on Women

MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Acne is more than skin deep.

This is the overarching message of a new study that looked at the mental and psychological toll that acne can take on adult women.

"Some felt that their acne made them appear less professional or qualified at work, and many described that having ...

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 2, 2021
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Florida Sees Record Number of COVID Cases, Hospitalizations

Florida Sees Record Number of COVID Cases, Hospitalizations

Florida reached another grim milestone on Sunday when it broke a previous record for COVID-19 hospitalizations that was set before vaccines were available.

The new hospitalization record came a day after the state recorded the most new daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, the Associated Press reported.

As of...

  • Robin Foster and Robert Preidt
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  • August 2, 2021
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New Data Shows the Power of COVID Vaccines

New Data Shows the Power of COVID Vaccines

The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines is borne out in new government data showing that more than 99.99% of fully vaccinated Americans have not had a breakthrough infection resulting in hospitalization or death.

There were 6,587 COVID-19 breakthrough cases as of July 26 -- including 6,239 hospitalizations and 1,263 deaths -- among more tha...

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  • August 2, 2021
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An ALS Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's

An ALS Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's

Could a drug used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) help people with mild Alzheimer's disease?

The results of a small new study suggest the strategy could work.

Riluzole has been used for more than 20 years to slow the progression of ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease. This phase 2 study found that the drug slowed b...

Just 250 Fewer Calories Per Day Brings Big Health Rewards for Obese Seniors

Just 250 Fewer Calories Per Day Brings Big Health Rewards for Obese Seniors

Seniors, it may be easier than you think to undo the damage of decades of bad eating and precious little exercise.

New research shows that cutting just 250 calories a day and exercising moderately could lead to not only weight loss but improved vascular health in older obese adults.

These lifestyle changes may help offset age-related...

Could Kids Swim Their Way to Better Vocabularies?

Could Kids Swim Their Way to Better Vocabularies?

Kids may be able to swim their way to a deeper vocabulary.

That's the takeaway from a study in which researchers taught 48 kids ages 6 to 12 a few new words before they swam, did CrossFit-type exercises or coloring.

The swimmers did 13% better in follow up tests of the new words -- an outcome that did not surprise study author Madiso...

Take This Refresher on Skin Safety in Summer Sun

Take This Refresher on Skin Safety in Summer Sun

Sun protection is essential as you enjoy the outdoors this summer, a skin expert stresses.

"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans so it's important that we do what we can to protect ourselves," Dr. Ida Orengo, a professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said in a school news release.

Here are some o...

All Sunglasses Not Equal When it Comes to Eye Protection

All Sunglasses Not Equal When it Comes to Eye Protection

Sunglasses are often considered a fashion statement, but one expert says the style you choose is less important than picking a pair of shades that best protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.

"Wearing sunglasses without 100% UV protection is actually a serious health risk," said Dr. Dianna Seldomridge, clinical spokesperson for th...

Provincetown Outbreak Shows Delta Can Spread Among Vaccinated, But Cases Are Mild

Provincetown Outbreak Shows Delta Can Spread Among Vaccinated, But Cases Are Mild

FRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The Cape Cod resort town of Provincetown draws big crowds every summer. In July, those largely vaccinated crowds -- packed into bars, restaurants and private homes -- were the genesis of an outbreak of the Delta variant that could be a sobering model for the nation.

New data on ...

  • Robin Foster and Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporters
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  • July 30, 2021
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Deaths From Alzheimer's Far More Common in Rural America

Deaths From Alzheimer's Far More Common in Rural America

FRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates from Alzheimer's disease are particularly high in the rural United States, a preliminary study finds, highlighting a need for health care resources in traditionally under-served areas.

Researchers discovered that over the past two decades, rural areas in the Southeast...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 30, 2021
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Some Missouri Residents Getting COVID Shots in Secret, Fearing Loved Ones' Ire

Some Missouri Residents Getting COVID Shots in Secret, Fearing Loved Ones' Ire

Some Missourians are sneaking off to get COVID-19 shots because their family and friends would disapprove, a doctor says.

"They've had some experience that's sort of changed their mind from the viewpoint of those in their family, those in their friendship circles or their work circles. And they came to their own decision that they wanted t...

  • Robin Foster and Robert Preidt
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  • July 30, 2021
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Teens' Heart Risk From COVID Far Exceeds That of Vaccination: Study

Teens' Heart Risk From COVID Far Exceeds That of Vaccination: Study

Teens have a far greater risk of heart inflammation from COVID-19 than from the vaccines that protect against it, new research shows.

"Comparative risk can complicate decisions for parents in such highly charged health debates," said lead author Mendel Singer, vice chair for education at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine i...

AHA News: Dementia Can Complicate Heart Recovery and Treatment

AHA News: Dementia Can Complicate Heart Recovery and Treatment

Dementia is a thief. It steals a person's memory, their ability to reason, to live independently.

As people age and face more medical challenges, it also robs them of something even more basic to survival – the ability to participate in their own recovery, especially from major events such as heart attacks. And that can limit the treatme...

  • American Heart Association News
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  • July 30, 2021
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