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27 Jul

Improved Air Quality Boosts Brain Health and Cuts Dementia Risk

Reducing air pollution can significantly lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to several new studies.

26 Jul

Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

Simple mitigation strategies can protect school bus riders from getting COVID-19 on board, researchers say.

23 Jul

Women With Recurrent UTIs Fearful About Antibiotic Overuse, Study Finds

Women with recurrent UTIs say they're frustrated with doctors for not suggesting nonantibiotic treatments.

AHA News: Determined to Ignore the Warning Signs, He's Put That Same Determination Into Heart Attack Recovery

AHA News: Determined to Ignore the Warning Signs, He's Put That Same Determination Into Heart Attack Recovery

Last summer, Don Teigen noticed he lacked his usual energy.

His ankles swelled so much they felt like cement blocks. Then there was his labored breathing. On walks with his wife, Julie, she usually struggled to keep up with him. Now, it was the other way around.

While on a beach vacation in their home state of Washington, Don felt a ...

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  • July 27, 2021
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Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

TUESDAY, July 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Young people aren't immune from severe COVID-19, and a new study warns that some are more at risk than others.

Folks under 45 have more than triple the risk for severe COVID-19 if they have cancer or heart disease, or blood, neurologic or endocrine disorders, according to Mayo C...

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  • July 27, 2021
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Could Heavy Marijuana Use Be Driving Rise in Schizophrenia Cases?

Could Heavy Marijuana Use Be Driving Rise in Schizophrenia Cases?

There's been a sharp rise in schizophrenia cases linked with marijuana use since the mid-1990s, a new Danish study finds.

Prior research has suggested that marijuana -- particularly very heavy use -- is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. Although strict cause-and-effect can't be proven by the new study, many experts ...

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  • July 27, 2021
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Who's Most Likely to Get Bullied at School?

Who's Most Likely to Get Bullied at School?

TUESDAY, July 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Bullying remains a threat to American teens, and a new study reveals which kids may be at highest risk.

Race-based bullying takes a heavy toll on teens, the research found, but minority kids who are picked on for other reasons — whether gender, sexual orientation, religion, di...

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  • July 27, 2021
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CDC to Advise Return to Masks Indoors for Some Vaccinated Americans

CDC to Advise Return to Masks Indoors for Some Vaccinated Americans

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday is expected to recommend a return to masks indoors for the fully vaccinated in some areas of the country.

The latest decision is a sharp reversal from one the agency announced just two months ago, when it said that vaccinated people could shed their masks while inside.

Re...

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  • July 27, 2021
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Despite Reopening, Britain Sees 6 Straight Days of Declines in COVID Cases

Despite Reopening, Britain Sees 6 Straight Days of Declines in COVID Cases

COVID-19 cases in Britain have fallen for six days in a row, even though the government lifted all but a few social distancing restrictions last week.

The shift has scientists scratching their heads, as many of them predicted a powerful surge in cases after the government reopened the country.

The steady decrease may be due to short-...

Federal, State Moves Begin to Mandate COVID Vaccines for Workers

Federal, State Moves Begin to Mandate COVID Vaccines for Workers

In a sign that the United States has reached a "tipping point" in its campaign to vaccinate Americans, California and New York City announced vaccine or testing mandates for their employees on Monday while the Department of Veterans Affairs said its frontline health care workers must get immunized or face possible termination.

The VA becom...

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  • July 27, 2021
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Long COVID May Qualify as a Disability: Biden

Long COVID May Qualify as a Disability: Biden

Serious "long COVID" symptoms could qualify as a disability and make patients eligible for federal assistance, President Joe Biden said Monday.

Some recovered COVID-19 patients have lasting problems such as fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, fever and double vision, which "can sometimes rise to the level of a disability," Biden said during a ...

Pfizer, Moderna to Expand Vaccine Studies in Young Children

Pfizer, Moderna to Expand Vaccine Studies in Young Children

Pfizer and Moderna are expanding trials of their COVID-19 vaccines in children ages 5 to 11, to more closely measure the risk of heart inflammation and other rare side effects that occurred in teens and young adults who received the vaccines.

The companies made the move after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told them that the initial...

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  • July 27, 2021
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High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

Two long used types of blood pressure drugs are equally effective, but the less popular one seems to have fewer side effects, according to a large "real-world" study.

The two classes of medication are both recommended as "first-line" treatments for high blood pressure: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor...

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  • July 27, 2021
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'Light Flash' Treatment Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

'Light Flash' Treatment Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

While efforts to develop Alzheimer's medications have so far borne little fruit, new research highlights the therapeutic promise of two non-drug tools: light and sound.

According to a pair of small new studies, exposing Alzheimer's patients to an hour a day of carefully modulated light and/or sound appears, over time, to slow down the tell...

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  • July 27, 2021
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Second COVID Shot Safe in Folks Who Had Allergic Reaction to First

Second COVID Shot Safe in Folks Who Had Allergic Reaction to First

TUESDAY, July 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) – If you're a rare case of someone who had an allergic reaction to your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, here's reassuring news: It's safe for you to get that necessary second dose.

That's according to a team of allergists working at several U.S. hospitals. They examined sec...

  • Ernie Mundell and Cara Murez HealthDay Reporters
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  • July 27, 2021
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Who's Most Likely to Refuse a COVID Vaccine?

Who's Most Likely to Refuse a COVID Vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among American adults fell by one-third in the first five months of 2021, a new study finds, but distrust of vaccines and the government are still keeping many people from getting vaccinated.

Researchers analyzed data gathered from about 1 million Americans a month between January and May as part of an ongoing na...

Mom's Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Many Pregnancy Complications, Raises Others

Mom's Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Many Pregnancy Complications, Raises Others

Weight-loss surgery can be a double-edged sword for obese women who want to shed pounds before becoming pregnant: New research shows it lowers the risk of some complications, but it may increase the risk of others.

Investigators followed more than 20,000 women in California who became pregnant between 2007 and 2018. Of those, 9.3% had wei...

Kids With Autism Have Unique Gut 'Microbiomes'

Kids With Autism Have Unique Gut 'Microbiomes'

Children with autism differ socially and developmentally from their typically developing peers. Now, researchers say there are also differences in their array of healthy gut bacteria or "microbiome."

The findings may lead to earlier treatment for kids with an autism spectrum disorder, suggested the authors of a new small study.

The ...

Addictive, Harmful Vaping Is Super Cool on TikTok

Addictive, Harmful Vaping Is Super Cool on TikTok

Watch videos on TikTok and you're likely to see plenty of positive portrayals of vaping, a new study shows.

And that's a problem, according to researchers, who call for tighter regulation of the platform popular with kids and teens.

"Viewing other young people, friends, acquaintances or influencers vaping in fun and entertaining cont...

The Heat Is On: Staying Safe When Temperatures Soar

The Heat Is On: Staying Safe When Temperatures Soar


Midsummer heat and high humidity aren't just uncomfortable -- they're a combo that can cause serious illness and even death.

"Whenever you walk or do outdoor activity, take a friend with you who can help you if you run into trouble," Dr. Eleanor Dunham advised. She's an emergency medicine doctor at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey M...

U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world means that the United States will continue with COVID-19 international travel restrictions for now, a White House official said Monday.

The Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all U.S. coronavirus cases, according to the

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  • July 26, 2021
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  • Major Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Health Workers

    Major Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Health Workers

    All health care workers should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, dozens of major U.S. medical groups said in a joint statement released Monday.

    "Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care empl...

    Worry, Depression, Burnout: Survey Finds College Students Stressed as Fall Term Nears

    Worry, Depression, Burnout: Survey Finds College Students Stressed as Fall Term Nears

    Like many of her peers, Ohio State University engineering student Mary Trabue spent much of the pandemic taking classes online. And she was struggling.

    "I don't know what was wrong, but I just felt tired all the time because I wasn't sleeping," she said. "And I knew I couldn't continue down that path."

    Whether a question of COVI...

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    • July 26, 2021
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