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Can You Protect Kids from COVID-19 at School?

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By remembering the basics and modeling good behavior, adults can help kids at school remember to wash their hands; use sanitizer; practice social distancing; and wear face coverings.

August 6th 2020, 6:22 pm

Americans More Stressed by COVID Than Other Nations

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One-third of U.S. adults say they've experienced unbearable stress, anxiety and sadness during the pandemic and more than 30% have faced economic hardships, the Commonwealth Fund report revealed.

August 6th 2020, 5:53 pm

Moderna Prices COVID Vaccine Higher than Others

WebMD Health

Because two doses of the vaccine are needed to immunize people from COVID-19, total costs could be $74 per person.

August 6th 2020, 4:37 pm

Many Older Adults Can't Connect With Telehealth

WebMD Health

More than one-third of those over 65 face difficulties seeing their doctor via telemedicine -- especially older men in remote or rural areas who are poor, have disabilities or are in poor health.

August 6th 2020, 3:53 pm

Are Boomers Less Sharp Than Previous Generations?

WebMD Health

Looking at two decades' worth of data on U.S. adults, the study found generational differences in tests of cognitive function. That refers to essential mental abilities such as remembering, reasoning and problem-solving.

August 6th 2020, 3:53 pm

Guidance for Kids to Return to Sports Amid COVID

WebMD Health

Parents can expect sports governing bodies to recommend pandemic-related modifications to practices, competitions and events.

August 6th 2020, 2:37 pm

Colleges Weigh How Best to Test for COVID

WebMD Health

Experts say that testing for COVID-19 -- frequently and with fast results -- will be needed to prevent widespread transmission of the disease among college students who are on campus this fall.

August 5th 2020, 5:45 pm

Many COVID Patients Get Useless Antibiotics: Study

WebMD Health

Researchers there found that of COVID-19 patients admitted between March and May, just over 70% were given antibiotics.

August 5th 2020, 4:17 pm

Cancer Diagnoses Drop, COVID Drives Down Screenings

WebMD Health

The drop is not being attributed to a downturn in cancer incidence, but rather a COVID-driven reluctance to get screened.

August 5th 2020, 4:17 pm

Skip the 'Maskne,' Not the Mask

WebMD Health

It is important to wash fabric masks every day. Laundry detergents can be a common cause of allergic reactions, so try fragrance-free detergents.

August 5th 2020, 2:46 pm

CDC: Virus that Paralyzes Kids Could Return in Fall

WebMD Health

The last outbreak -- which sickened at least 238 kids -- was in 2018. Doctors who study the spread of disease believe we could see another uptick in AFM cases from August to November this year.

August 5th 2020, 2:46 pm

Obesity Tied to Severe COVID-19, But Age Matters

WebMD Health

Obesity only posed a risk for people under 65, researchers added.

August 5th 2020, 1:58 pm

Many Americans Pause Social Media as Tensions Rise

WebMD Health

The national survey by Ohio State Wexner Medical Center of 2,000 people found that 56% changed their social media habits because of tensions brought on by current U.S. events.

August 3rd 2020, 3:02 pm

Even With PPE, Frontline Workers Face COVID Risk

WebMD Health

Paramedics, who are often the first to see sick patients, are at far greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than others, the researchers said.

August 3rd 2020, 3:02 pm

First U.S. Face Transplant Recipient Dies

WebMD Health

Her surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic, where she died Wednesday from complications from an infection not related to the transplant, the AP. said.

August 3rd 2020, 2:28 pm

Face Masks, Yes, But Don't Forget Hand-Washing

WebMD Health

The review of 22 published studies with more than 2,000 households found that wearing masks does not reduce the frequency of hand-washing.

August 3rd 2020, 1:11 pm

Young Black Americans at High Risk of Hypertension

WebMD Health

The study, of 18- to 44-year-olds in the United States, found that high blood pressure was prevalent across all racial groups: Among both white and Mexican American participants, 22% had the condition.

August 3rd 2020, 1:11 pm

Which HCPs Are Most Likely to Get COVID Vaccine?

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Medscape's reader poll also found that few respondents think there will be a readily available vaccine by the end of 2020, but most think one will come by the end of 2021.

July 31st 2020, 10:47 pm

How COVID-19 Raced Through a Georgia Summer Camp

WebMD Health

A report on how the new coronavirus spread rapidly through a summer camp in Georgia suggests kids transmit the virus very well .

July 31st 2020, 7:28 pm

First U.S. Dog With COVID-19 Has Died

WebMD Health

Whether the dog died from the coronavirus or lymphoma isn't clear. Buddy got sick in April but it wasn't until May that a vet confirmed the animal was infected.

July 31st 2020, 3:26 pm

Another Effect of COVID: Lasting Hearing Problems?

WebMD Health

When the patients were asked if they had any changes in their hearing, 13% said it was worse. Eight patients said their hearing had deteriorated and eight said they had tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

July 31st 2020, 2:56 pm

Study Reveals How Coronavirus Travels Indoors

WebMD Health

For the study, they created a model of how these aerosols travel in indoor spaces such rooms, elevators and supermarkets. They also compared how the virus did in various types of ventilation and with different spacing of people within a room.

July 31st 2020, 12:24 pm

A Long Road to Recovery for Some COVID Survivors

WebMD Health

After fighting COVID-19, many patients struggle to walk or even turn over in their beds. Physical therapists help them regain the strength to do those everyday tasks independently.

July 31st 2020, 12:24 pm

Pandemic Could Complicate Hurricane Season

WebMD Health

The average hurricane season has about 12 named storms, but up to 20 storms are being predicted this season, according to Marshall Shepherd, director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia.

July 31st 2020, 12:24 pm

New Study Shows Kids Are COVID Spreaders, Too

WebMD Health

Coronavirus testing performed in Chicago in March and April shows that children and teens tend to have as much virus in their nasal passages as adults, according to a research letter published online July 30 in JAMA Pediatrics.

July 30th 2020, 4:56 pm

Gynecological Cancers Not Tied to Severe COVID-19

WebMD Health

The results, published online July 31 in the journal Cancer, revealed that these women had similar hospitalization rates and death as those who only had COVID-19.

July 30th 2020, 4:56 pm

American Cancer Society Recommends HPV Test

WebMD Health

The new guideline calls for an initial cervix screening at age 25, followed by the human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years, continuing through age 65, the guideline says.

July 30th 2020, 4:56 pm

FDA Warns of Silver, Other Bogus COVID-19 Cures

WebMD Health

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the FDA has issued more than 90 warning letters about fraudulent products claiming to prevent or cure the disease.

July 30th 2020, 4:11 pm

Former GOP Candidate Herman Cain Dies of COVID-19

WebMD Health

Businessman Herman Cain, a former Republican candidate for president and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, died 4 weeks after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

July 30th 2020, 12:39 pm

Ginsburg Hospitalized for Non-Surgical Procedure

WebMD Health

It's been a tough month, health-wise, for Ginsburg. On July 17 she announced that she underwent chemotherapy to help fight a recurrence of pancreatic cancer, CNN reported.

July 30th 2020, 10:23 am

11 States May Need ICU Docs as COVID Cases Surge

WebMD Health

While the focus has been on the danger of depleting ICU beds, workforce shortages in these units can be an even greater problem, the researchers said.

July 30th 2020, 10:23 am

Stressors Harming U.S. Families During Pandemic

WebMD Health

Just over a quarter of parents said their mental health had deteriorated during the pandemic, and about 14% said their kids' behavioral health suffered.

July 29th 2020, 4:17 pm

One Disease Mosquitoes Don't Spread: Coronavirus

WebMD Health

The researchers found that the new coronavirus can't replicate in three common species of mosquitoes -- Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus -- and therefore cannot be transmitted to humans.

July 29th 2020, 4:05 pm

Diamond Princess Saga Began with One COVID Carrier

WebMD Health

An outbreak aboard the ship eventually led to nearly 700 infections and seven deaths from COVID-19.

July 29th 2020, 4:05 pm

Blood Test Heralds New Era in Alzheimer's Diagnosis

WebMD Health

A study led by Swedish researchers found the test did more than differentiate between Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

July 29th 2020, 3:35 pm

Hydroxychloroquine No COVID Cure, Experts Warn

WebMD Health

Experts are warning about messages in a controversial video shared by President Donald Trump touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a recommended treatment for COVID-19.

July 29th 2020, 2:48 pm

Misinformation, Disagreement Hinder COVID Messaging

WebMD Health

This conflicting information can leave the consumer wondering who to believe and, more importantly, what advice to follow.

July 29th 2020, 2:48 pm

Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Complication Risk

WebMD Health

People taking a class of diabetes medications called SGLT2s have up to three times the risk for a serious complication called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) compared to people taking another drug, new research reveals.

July 28th 2020, 4:23 pm

Yet Another Study Finds Vaccines Are Safe

WebMD Health

Vaccine hesitancy among Americans has been highlighted as a potential problem in the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some experts concerned that too many folks simply won't get a coronavirus vaccine even if one proves safe and effective.

July 28th 2020, 4:10 pm

Trump's National Security Adviser Tests Positive

WebMD Health

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, has tested positive for the coronavirus and is exhibiting mild symptoms.

July 28th 2020, 2:55 pm

Survivors' COVID Antibodies May Be a Powerful Gift

WebMD Health

These antibodies are among the most potent against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and could be produced by drug companies in large quantities, according to a team from Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

July 28th 2020, 1:40 pm

Concussion Ups Odds for Many Brain Conditions

WebMD Health

The study of more than 186,000 Canadians found that those who suffered a concussion were more likely to develop any of several conditions, including: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); depression or anxiety; Parkinson's disease; or dementia.

July 28th 2020, 1:40 pm

WebMD Poll: Most Would Wait on COVID Vaccine

WebMD Health

Fewer than half of people plan to get a coronavirus vaccine in the first year it’s available, and an even smaller group -- fewer than a third -- say they’ll get it in the first 90 days, a new WebMD reader poll finds.

July 28th 2020, 6:05 am

Hundreds Sickened by Parasite in Bagged Salad

WebMD Health

The salads were made by Fresh Express at a plant in Illinois and may be contaminated with cyclospora.

July 27th 2020, 5:29 pm

Lab-Created Virus Can Help COVID-19 Research

WebMD Health

Researchers said the hybrid virus could help scientists evaluate a range of antibody-based preventives and treatments for COVID-19.

July 27th 2020, 4:59 pm

In Rush to Publish, Some COVID Studies Not Reliable

WebMD Health

Only 75 out of 664 clinical trials for COVID-19 -- about 11% -- have all the hallmarks of a scientific study that could be expected to produce solid results, according to the study published online July 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

July 27th 2020, 4:59 pm

COVID 'Super Spreaders' Fill Room With Virus

WebMD Health

Most infected people with a typical COVID viral load don't flood the air with coronavirus-infected respiratory droplets, and the risk of catching the virus from them tends to be low, estimates show.

July 27th 2020, 4:29 pm

Could the Flu Shot Lower Your Risk for Alzheimer's?

WebMD Health

Two new studies being presented Monday at this summer's virtual Alzheimer's Association International Conference found a lower incidence of Alzheimer's in people who got flu and pneumonia vaccines.

July 27th 2020, 4:29 pm

How to Counter the Anti-Mask Backlash? Empathy

WebMD Health

As coronavirus cases in the United States soar, face mask mandates have been issued by a growing number of cities, states and national retailers. The mandates make sense, health experts say.

July 27th 2020, 4:29 pm

Doctors Worry About COVID's Effects on Hispanics

WebMD Health

While race and ethnicity data about the coronavirus isn’t complete, the reported numbers so far suggest Hispanic American adults of any race are disproportionately represented in certain coronavirus measures:

July 27th 2020, 2:27 pm

COVID Vaccine Candidate Now in Final Phase Testing

WebMD Health

This is only one of the many vaccines under development worldwide. Other trials are underway in China and Britain, and final tests have started in Brazil and other countries.

July 27th 2020, 1:26 pm

Will COVID Vaccine Trials Reflect U.S. Diversity?

WebMD Health

Although racial minorities, older people and those with underlying medical conditions are most at risk from COVID-19, they’ve historically been the least likely to be included in clinical trials for treatments for serious diseases. Will that change with COVID-19?

July 27th 2020, 1:14 pm

One Third of Outpatients With COVID-19 Are Unwell Weeks Later

WebMD Health

Among young adults with no chronic medical condition, 19% reported not having returned to wellness 2 to 3 weeks later, a CDC survey found.

July 27th 2020, 12:27 pm

Many U.S. Homes Too Cramped to Stop COVID's Spread

WebMD Health

Researchers found that more than 20% of households nationwide lacked enough bedrooms and bathrooms to allow a person with COVID-19 to isolate. That covers roughly one-quarter of the population.

July 24th 2020, 3:30 pm

With Precautions, Unlikely Baby Gets COVID from Mom

WebMD Health

There were no cases of coronavirus transmission to the babies during birth or after two weeks of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact.

July 24th 2020, 1:43 pm

Sports After Lockdown: Take It Slow

WebMD Health

People who weren't active before the pandemic might want to view the reopening of facilities as an opportunity to improve their health and fitness levels, or to take up a new sport or activity.

July 24th 2020, 1:00 pm

More Layers Are Better With Homemade Face Masks

WebMD Health

A video recording showed that the 3-ply surgical mask was the most effective, but even a single-layer mask reduced the spread of droplets.

July 24th 2020, 1:00 pm

U.S. Surpasses 4 Million COVID-19 Cases

WebMD Health

The U.S. has now reported more than 4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

July 24th 2020, 10:39 am

Sweet News: Chocolate May Help Your Heart

WebMD Health

The study found that people who ate one or more servings of chocolate a week were up to 10% less likely to have heart disease than people who ate less or no chocolate weekly.

July 23rd 2020, 4:30 pm

Blood Test Might Spot Cancer Years Earlier

WebMD Health

More research is needed to confirm the test's accuracy. But these initial results "offer hope," said researcher Kun Zhang, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego.

July 23rd 2020, 4:30 pm

Several Steroids May Also Help Battle COVID-19

WebMD Health

The findings may also help pinpoint which hospitalized patients stand to benefit, and which ones could actually be harmed.

July 23rd 2020, 4:30 pm

Another COVID Mystery: Why Some Fall Ill Twice

WebMD Health

Experts are puzzling over cases where people have had COVID-19 twice. There’s been no comprehensive study of cases like this, and no one knows yet whether reinfection is possible, especially so soon after someone has recovered.

July 23rd 2020, 3:16 pm

Hair Loss an Unexpected COVID Misery for Many

WebMD Health

The link between hair loss and COVID is just starting to be reported and recognized in research.

July 23rd 2020, 1:30 pm

Coffee: Good for You or Not?

WebMD Health

The news is good for coffee lovers: Caffeinated coffee does not appear to raise any disease risks, and is instead linked to lower odds of various diseases

July 23rd 2020, 1:01 pm

COVID Fears Shouldn't Keep You From the ER

WebMD Health

Patients need to understand that hospitals provide safe care and quick treatment is essential to prevent death and disability, doctors say.

July 23rd 2020, 1:01 pm

COVID-19 Spreading Faster Than Testing Capacity

WebMD Health

Major test processor LabCorp says the coronavirus is spreading faster in the U.S. than labs can test for it.

July 23rd 2020, 11:01 am

Pandemic Has ER Docs Stressed Out and Weary: Survey

WebMD Health

The doctors reported having moderate to severe anxiety at work and at home. They expressed worry about exposing relatives and friends to the new coronavirus, and most reported changes in behavior toward family and friends -- especially fewer signs of affection.

July 22nd 2020, 4:10 pm

What We Know About COVID-19 and Kids

WebMD Health

According to the CDC, only 6.6% of all confirmed cases in the U.S. have been in children under 18 years old. Regionally, though, the numbers look different.

July 22nd 2020, 3:54 pm

COVID’s Forgotten Victims: The Deaf Community

WebMD Health

Masks hinder not only lip-readers, but also people  who do not lipread.

July 22nd 2020, 1:52 pm

Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes

WebMD Health

According to the report, 46% of the respondents wanted help from a mental health professional but couldn't get it in the past year.

July 21st 2020, 5:28 pm

Crisis Fatigue: Are We Emotionally Overwhelmed?

WebMD Health

While crisis fatigue is not an official diagnosis, its effects are real. People can feel so overwhelmed that they’re unsure of how to move forward.

July 21st 2020, 4:12 pm

Smallpox Vaccine Has Lessons for COVID Vaccine

WebMD Health

In this study, researchers reconstructed and analyzed the genomes of smallpox virus fragments recovered from vaccination kits used during the Civil War era. They were able to do this without damaging the artifacts.

July 21st 2020, 1:13 pm

WebMD Poll: Concerns r Around COVID-19 Grow

WebMD Health

A new WebMD reader poll finds that concern about the pandemic has been growing and is at its highest point over the last two months.

July 21st 2020, 7:25 am

Older Kids Spread COVID as Easily as Adults

WebMD Health

The findings, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, come as debate about reopening schools in the fall rages across the United States

July 20th 2020, 5:13 pm

Immunotherapy Safe for Cancer Patients with COVID

WebMD Health

Researchers have been wary, because many COVID-19 complications result from an overactive immune response that leads to increased production of proteins called cytokines that can cause issues such as respiratory failure.

July 20th 2020, 4:57 pm

Is it Safe to Go to the Gym?

WebMD Health

Science so far tells us that the novel coronavirus doesn’t spread through sweat.

July 20th 2020, 4:44 pm

Why Do Black Kids Fare Worse After Surgery?

WebMD Health

Looking at more than 172,000 U.S. children who had inpatient surgery, researchers found that Black kids faced higher post-operative risks. That included more than three times the risk of dying within 30 days.

July 20th 2020, 2:29 pm

When a Nurse Gets COVID: Her Tough Road Back

WebMD Health

Tapp survived a months-long battle with COVID-19, a fight that required doctors to put her in a medically induced coma after flying her by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

July 20th 2020, 1:14 pm

U.S. Air Quality Got Better During Pandemic: Study

WebMD Health

Researchers said the NO2 decreases were likely the result of less traffic as more people worked at home and drove less.

July 20th 2020, 12:27 pm

Colon Cancer Tests by Mail Might Boost Screening

WebMD Health

Colon cancer is easily diagnosed by routine screening, such as colonoscopies and at-home stool testing.

July 20th 2020, 12:15 pm

Civil Rights Icon and Congressman John Lewis Dies

WebMD Health

Civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, died at the age of 80.

July 18th 2020, 12:57 pm

Fauci: Young People Are ‘Propagating’ the Pandemic

WebMD Health

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top disease expert, talked about how to talk to young people about the pandemic, progress on a COVID-19 vaccine, and whether schools should reopen during an interview with WebMD's Dr. John Whyte.

July 18th 2020, 9:38 am

RBG's Cancer Returns; She's Still Working

WebMD Health

In a statement from the Supreme Court, the 87-year-old senior member of the court's four-member liberal wing says she is able to do her job ''full steam."

July 17th 2020, 4:15 pm

Help Wanted: Volunteers for COVID Vaccine Trials

WebMD Health

Vaccine developers need thousands of people to take part in studies that will further test how well the vaccines work and how safe they are in much larger groups.

July 17th 2020, 3:14 pm

Will CPR Save Your Life? Probably Not, Study Says

WebMD Health

Not only does the general public consider CPR more effective than it really is, they tend to discount the negative effect it can have, the researchers said.

July 17th 2020, 2:58 pm

Alex Trebek Says Cancer Treatments 'Paying Off'

WebMD Health

He also announced he plans to return to the studio to film new episodes of his wildly popular game show in September. The show's filming has been in hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic.

July 17th 2020, 2:14 pm

Another COVID Symptom Joins the List: Mouth Rash

WebMD Health

The rashes are clinically known as enanthem, and it's not surprising that they are showing up with COVID-19, said a U.S. dermatologist unconnected to the new study.

July 17th 2020, 12:58 pm

No Sail Order for Cruises Extended to Sept. 30

WebMD Health

Under the order, cruise ships that can carry at least 250 passengers are not allowed to operate with passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

July 17th 2020, 12:58 pm

CDC Will Again Post COVID-19 Hospitalization Data

WebMD Health

Earlier in the week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ordered the CDC to stop posting the data because it was doing so too slowly.

July 17th 2020, 12:44 pm

COVID Deaths Have 1.2 Million Americans Grieving

WebMD Health

With more than 137,000 deaths so far in the pandemic, that means about 1.2 million Americans have lost a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, child or other close relative.

July 17th 2020, 11:15 am

In Sickness and in Health: COVID-Era Weddings

WebMD Health

For most event planners, wedding season has been put on an indefinite pause. Many couples have gotten married in private or over Zoom, with a promise to loved ones that a party will be held once the coronavirus chaos blows over.

July 16th 2020, 4:36 pm

Could Bats Hold Clues to COVID Treatments?

WebMD Health

Scientists say the winged mammals' immune systems may offer clues on how to fight the new coronavirus and other dangerous viruses in humans.

July 16th 2020, 3:18 pm

139 Clients, No COVID Infections at Hair Salon

WebMD Health

The first stylist worked with clients for eight days while symptomatic, while the second stylist did the same for five days, the researchers wrote.

July 16th 2020, 3:18 pm

Skin Cream May Offer New Psoriasis Treatment Option

WebMD Health

The researchers found that among patients randomly assigned to use the cream once a day, roughly one-quarter saw their skin clear up within six weeks

July 16th 2020, 11:48 am

More COVID-19 Patients in ICUs Are Surviving Now

WebMD Health

Overall, ICU deaths fell from nearly 60% at the end of March to 42% by the end of May.

July 16th 2020, 11:48 am

Have Lockdowns Worked to Control Coronavirus?

WebMD Health

Implementation of any physical distancing measure was associated with an overall 13% average reduction in COVID-19 incidence, the study found.

July 16th 2020, 11:28 am

Global Population Will Peak by Mid-Century

WebMD Health

As a result of these population changes and ensuing economic shifts, India, Nigeria, China and the United States will be the dominant powers by the end of the century, the study predicts.

July 15th 2020, 3:08 pm

Will COVID Pandemic's Environmental Benefit Last?

WebMD Health

Researchers found the use of jet fuel fell by 50% and gasoline by 30%. Natural gas use also dropped by nearly 20% and the demand for electricity dropped by less than 10%.

July 15th 2020, 2:55 pm

COVID Vaccine Tested in People Shows Early Promise

WebMD Health

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in humans brought about an immune response in every person in the test and did not have significant side effects.

July 15th 2020, 1:55 pm

Pandemic Causing Kids to Regress, Experts Say

WebMD Health

Regression is a normal part of childhood development, but in the age of COVID-19, experts say it’s happening in a vast and more widespread way than normal.

July 15th 2020, 1:37 pm
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