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20 Oct

Certain Baby Bottles May Release Microplastics During Formula Preparation, New Study Finds.

These findings highlight the need for further research into the effects of microplastics on human health, researchers say.

19 Oct

Overall Prostate Cancer Rates Continue To Fall, According To A New Study.

But the number of advanced cases is on the rise, researchers warn.

16 Oct

Fewer Than 1% Of Dentists Nationwide Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

That's far below infection rates among other healthcare professionals, according to the authors.

Older Adults Turning to Pot for Common Health Problems

Older Adults Turning to Pot for Common Health Problems

Marijuana is fast becoming a favorite medication among older Americans, a new study finds.

Cannabis is being used to ease problems such as pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression, researchers say.

Among more than 550 patients surveyed, 15% had used cannabis within the past three y...

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  • October 20, 2020
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Pandemic Fears Tied to Surge in Gun Sales in California

Pandemic Fears Tied to Surge in Gun Sales in California

Citing fears over violence and chaos, more than 100,000 Californians have bought guns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study estimates.

Researchers said the findings add to evidence that the U.S. pandemic has sparked firearm "panic-buying." Early on, federal figures showed a spike in background checks, while some online fire...

Is There a Better Therapy for Hospitalized Anorexia Patients?

Is There a Better Therapy for Hospitalized Anorexia Patients?

It may seem counterintuitive, but when someone with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is hospitalized, treatment often begins by cutting calories. Now, new research suggests that those eating restrictions can be safely relaxed in the hospital.

Starting with a lower-calorie diet has long been thought to prevent big shifts in fluid a...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • October 20, 2020
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Pandemic Putting Americans Under Great Mental Strain: Poll

Pandemic Putting Americans Under Great Mental Strain: Poll

COVID-19, health care, the economy, systemic racism and the presidential election are a threat to the nation's mental health, according to an American Psychological Association (APA) poll.

Seventy-eight percent of adults polled said the pandemic is causing major stress and 60% called the array of issues facing the country overwhel...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • October 20, 2020
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What Will Convince Americans to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

What Will Convince Americans to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Promoting any emerging COVID-19 vaccine to a skeptical public could be tough.

But a new survey finds vaccine uptake might rise if the shot is promoted by medical experts, not politicians, and if it's been proven safe and effective through a rigorous approval process.

A vaccine shown to be highly effective in clinical trials w...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • October 20, 2020
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Most U.S. Women Under 50 Use Contraception: Report

Most U.S. Women Under 50 Use Contraception: Report

Most American women between 15 and 49 years of age use birth control, according to a new U.S. government report.

Between 2017 and 2019, 65% of those women used some form of contraception, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This report provides this unique snapshot of all women of reprodu...

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  • October 20, 2020
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Actor Jeff Bridges Shares Lymphoma Diagnosis

Actor Jeff Bridges Shares Lymphoma Diagnosis

Actor Jeff Bridges announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

Telling his fans on Twitter, the acclaimed thespian said, "Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery."

Accordin...

Smog Tied to Raised Risk for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Disease

Smog Tied to Raised Risk for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Disease

As the air people breathe gets dirtier, their odds for serious neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and other dementias rises, new research shows.

The long-term study of more than 63 million older Americans can't prove cause and effect, but does show a strong association between air pollution and brain disord...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • October 20, 2020
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AHA News: How to Fill the Crucial Need for More Black Cardiologists

AHA News: How to Fill the Crucial Need for More Black Cardiologists

Dontrez Johnson Jr. is a success story in the making. A first-generation college student, he earned a biology degree from Tennessee State University and is on a fellowship helping improve health in Marion, Alabama. His next stop: medical school and becoming a cardiologist.

He's inspired by his experience seeing relatives die after inadeq...

CDC Recommends Face Masks in All Public Transportation Settings

CDC Recommends Face Masks in All Public Transportation Settings

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to slow the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Monday that face masks be worn by everyone in all public transportation settings.

That includes both passengers and people working in stations, terminals and airports across the count...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • October 20, 2020
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1 in 3 Americans With Arthritis Say Pain, Symptoms Persist

1 in 3 Americans With Arthritis Say Pain, Symptoms Persist

About 30 million U.S. adults live with osteoarthritis and the pain and stiffness it causes, a new survey finds.

And nearly one-third of these people said their symptoms are not well-managed, according to the Arthritis Foundation survey of almost 2,000 adults. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage cushioning the joints gradually wears down, ...

  • Cara Roberts Murez
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  • October 20, 2020
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Curbing COVID Brought Unexpected Benefit for Asthma Patients

Curbing COVID Brought Unexpected Benefit for Asthma Patients

Measures enacted to slow the spread of the new coronavirus also appeared to reduce hospitalizations for asthma, a new study finds.

Researchers compared weekly data on hospitalizations at 272 hospitals in Japan in the first five months of 2020 to the same period in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Asthma hospitalizations in 2017-19 and 20...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 20, 2020
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Brain Hemorrhage Won't Stop This Teen From Voting

Brain Hemorrhage Won't Stop This Teen From Voting

One thing most people can agree on, even in these divided times, is the importance of voting. And 19-year-old Aboubakar Konate from New York City is no exception.

Despite a brain hemorrhage that left him partially paralyzed in March 2018, Konate plans to make his voice heard this November by casting his very first vote.

"Ev...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • October 20, 2020
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What's Best for Treating Bipolar Disorder?

What's Best for Treating Bipolar Disorder?

Combining medication with group or family-based therapy gives patients struggling with bipolar disorder their best shot at living stable lives, a new review suggests.

"People with bipolar disorder have significant mood swings, from periods of depression to mania," explained study author David Miklowitz, a professor of psychiatry with U...

In Medieval Times, Plagues 'Sped Up' With Each New Outbreak

In Medieval Times, Plagues 'Sped Up' With Each New Outbreak

Medieval plague outbreaks in England picked up frightening speed in the 17th century, Canadian researchers report.

Their analysis of historical documents covering 300 years showed that outbreaks of the plague doubled every 11 days in London during the 1600s, compared to every 43 days in the 14th century.

"It is an astounding ...

  • Cara Roberts Murez
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  • October 19, 2020
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Microplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study Shows

Microplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study Shows

New parents preparing a bottle for their baby should know the infant may ingest unwanted microplastics along with the nourishing formula, a new study warns.

High levels of microplastic particles are released from baby bottles during formula preparation, researchers discovered during lab testing.

Infants are likely exposed to ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • October 19, 2020
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What You Need to Know About Your Colon Cancer Risk

What You Need to Know About Your Colon Cancer Risk

Early diagnosis of colon cancer is crucial to improve a patient's chance of survival, an expert says.

Colon cancer is on the rise, especially among younger people, so it's important to know the symptoms and how to prevent it, according to Dr. Sameet Shah. He's a gastroenterologist with Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group in ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 19, 2020
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AHA News: Persimmons Pack Plenty of Nutritional Punch

AHA News: Persimmons Pack Plenty of Nutritional Punch

Persimmons are low in calories and high in fiber – a combination that makes them a good choice for weight control. Their mix of antioxidants and nutrients – including vitamins A and C – makes them ideal for a healthy diet.

But for all of the benefits that come in these colorful, somewhat uncommon fruits, it may be their...

Swine Coronavirus Could Jump to People, Researchers Warn

Swine Coronavirus Could Jump to People, Researchers Warn

A coronavirus strain that has plagued the swine industry in recent years may have the ability to spread to people, researchers say.

Swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) has infected swine herds throughout China since its discovery in 2016, according to a new report.

In lab tests, scientists at the University o...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • October 19, 2020
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Reopened Schools in New York City Not Seeing COVID Case Spikes

Reopened Schools in New York City Not Seeing COVID Case Spikes

Three weeks after becoming the first big urban area to reopen public schools since the pandemic began, New York City is not seeing a feared surge in cases among students and staff.

Instead, health officials are seeing a surprisingly small number of COVID-19 cases, The New York Times reported.

Of 15,111 staff mem...

  • Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
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  • October 19, 2020
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