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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.

28 Jul

Cancer Misinformation Is Common Online, New Study Finds

Researchers warn many cancer articles posted on social media contain potentially harmful misinformation.

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.

Type 2 Diabetes in Teens Can Bring Dangerous Complications in 20s

Type 2 Diabetes in Teens Can Bring Dangerous Complications in 20s

THURSDAY, July 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes face a high likelihood of developing complications before age 30, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among 500 children and teenagers with type 2 diabetes, 60% developed at least one complication over the next 15 years — inclu...

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CDC Now Says Vaccinated Should Be Tested After COVID Exposure, Even Without Symptoms

CDC Now Says Vaccinated Should Be Tested After COVID Exposure, Even Without Symptoms

People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should be tested for the virus if they come into contact with infected people, whether or not they have symptoms, say updated testing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency previously said that fully vaccinated people did not need to be tested after exposure ...

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  • July 29, 2021
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Mississippi Health System Buckles Under 'Astounding' Rise in COVID Cases

Mississippi Health System Buckles Under 'Astounding' Rise in COVID Cases

An "astounding" rise in COVID-19 cases in Mississippi is putting intense strain on the state's health care system.

Compared to the first half of July, the number of infections more than doubled in the past two weeks and deaths rose by 51%. In Mississippi, deaths lost to COVID-19 now average between three and four a day, health officials sa...

AHA News: Deaths Related to Irregular Heart Rhythm May Be Rising, Especially Among Younger People

AHA News: Deaths Related to Irregular Heart Rhythm May Be Rising, Especially Among Younger People

Deaths related to atrial fibrillation appear to be on the rise, especially among younger adults, a new study suggests.

Atrial fibrillation – often called AFib – is an irregular heartbeat that sometimes leads to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other cardiovascular complications. The condition is increasingly common, with an estim...

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AHA News: She Had a Baby. Then Emergency Heart Surgery. And a Stroke. Then, a New Heart.

AHA News: She Had a Baby. Then Emergency Heart Surgery. And a Stroke. Then, a New Heart.

In her third trimester, Kristy Novillo struggled to give tours of the Redmond, Washington, child care center where she worked as a director. Walking and talking at the same time left her out of breath.

Two months after delivering her son, Dominic, Kristy was still gasping for air. Her primary care doctor suspected allergy-induced asthma an...

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Biden to Announce 'Vaccine or Testing' Mandate for Federal Employees

Biden to Announce 'Vaccine or Testing' Mandate for Federal Employees

President Joe Biden plans to announce on Thursday that all civilian federal employees will have to be vaccinated or submit to regular testing, masking and travel restrictions.

White House officials said the administration is still finalizing the details of the new policy, which Biden will outline in a speech from the White House. In a stat...

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  • July 29, 2021
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FDA OKs Automatic Use of a Cheaper Generic  Insulin

FDA OKs Automatic Use of a Cheaper Generic  Insulin

U.S. pharmacists will now be able to automatically substitute a cheaper biosimilar for a more expensive brand-name insulin, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

The agency's approval of an "interchangeable" biosimilar could save diabetics and health plans millions each year, the Associated Press reported. Unti...

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McCormick Recalls Seasonings Over Salmonella Risk

McCormick Recalls Seasonings Over Salmonella Risk

McCormick & Co. on Wednesday announced the recall of several of its popular seasonings because of potential salmonella contamination.

Included in the recall are McCormick...

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Want to Avoid Dementia? Add Some Color to Your Plate

Want to Avoid Dementia? Add Some Color to Your Plate

THURSDAY, July 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Something as simple as having a glass of orange juice in the morning or an apple at lunch could be one of the keys to protecting your brain health.

People who consumed just a half serving a day of foods high in a naturally occurring compound called flavonoids had a 2...

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More Than Half of Americans Plagued by Back, Leg Pain

More Than Half of Americans Plagued by Back, Leg Pain

There's much Americans may disagree on, but many share one thing in common: chronic pain.

More than half of U.S. adults suffer from pain, with backs and legs the most common sources, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Overall, the investig...

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Hearts From Drug Abusers Can Be Used for Transplants

Hearts From Drug Abusers Can Be Used for Transplants

THURSDAY, July 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that could mean more patients desperate for a heart transplant get a new lease on life, two new studies show that hearts from donors who abused drugs can be safely donated.

In the past two decades, the U.S. opioid crisis has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands...

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Loneliness Raises Opioid Dangers in Seniors: Study

Loneliness Raises Opioid Dangers in Seniors: Study

Illustrating a heartbreaking cycle, new research finds that lonely seniors are much more likely to take opioid painkillers, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other medications.

This puts them at increased risk for drug dependency, attention problems, falls, accidents and mental decline, the University of California, San Francisco researche...

Testosterone's Ties to Success May Be a Myth

Testosterone's Ties to Success May Be a Myth

Higher levels of testosterone don't give men or women an edge in life, claims a new study that challenges a common belief.

"There's a widespread belief that a person's testosterone can affect where they end up in life. Our results suggest that, despite a lot of mytholog...

Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

It is often said that stroke affects men and women differently. Now, scientists say the location of the stroke's damage in the brain may help explain why.

Women have more strokes, and are more likely to have symptoms such as fatigue and mental confusion rather than classic indications such as paralysis. Women also tend to have more severe ...

Lowering Medicare Age Could Help Close Racial Gaps in Health Care: Study

Lowering Medicare Age Could Help Close Racial Gaps in Health Care: Study

Could reducing racial disparities in health care be as simple as lowering the age at which Americans qualify for Medicare?

Yes, claims a new study that suggests lowering eligibility from age 65 to age 60 could go a long way toward addressing inequities in health insurance, access to care and self-reported health decline.

Racial and e...

Pandemic Boosted Paranoia and Conspiracy Theories, Study Confirms

Pandemic Boosted Paranoia and Conspiracy Theories, Study Confirms

The COVID-19 pandemic upended life in the United States in many ways. Now, a new study confirms another effect: paranoia and belief in conspiracy theories, especially in areas with low adherence to mask mandates.

"Our psychology is massively impacted by the state of the world around us," said study author Phil Corlett, an associate profes...

Cats Might Be Purrfect Model for Human Genetics Research

Cats Might Be Purrfect Model for Human Genetics Research

Dogs may be man's best friend, but cats may hold critical keys to humans' health.

Our feline friends have the potential to become a valuable model for genetic research, because their genome is similar to that of people, according to Leslie Lyons of the Feline Genetics Laboratory at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

"Using cats ...

Pfizer Says 3rd Shot of Vaccine Boosts COVID Protection

Pfizer Says 3rd Shot of Vaccine Boosts COVID Protection

New data show that protection from both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine decreases slightly over time, but that a third dose significantly boosts levels of antibodies against several variants of the virus, including the highly contagious Delta variant that's now dominant in the United States.

Not everyone thinks a third dose is necessa...

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Vaccinated Americans Can Soon Visit the U.K. Without Quarantining

Vaccinated Americans Can Soon Visit the U.K. Without Quarantining

Starting Aug. 2, the United Kingdom will allow fully vaccinated travelers from the United States into the country without having to quarantine upon arrival, officials there announced Wednesday.

Right now, people who have been vaccinated in Britain don't have to isolate when returning from most "amber list" countries, but that exemption doe...

'Moderate' Drinking May Be Heart-Healthy

'Moderate' Drinking May Be Heart-Healthy

WEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Here's a reason to not feel guilty about drinking a glass of wine every evening: A new study suggests that people who drink moderately may have lower risks for both heart attack and stroke than teetotalers — even when they have a history of heart issues.

The researchers foun...

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  • July 28, 2021
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