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CDC Monitors Potential Monkeypox Exposure in U.S.

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The CDC is watching for a potential outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S. in addition to monitoring for the Delta variant of COVID-19.

July 23rd 2021, 6:08 pm

Prescriptions for Fruits and Vegetables a Blossoming Program

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The premise is simple: A health care provider or a health insurance plan provides a ''prescription" for produce. Patients redeem it at a local farmer's market, grocery store, or a community-based sponsoring organization.

July 23rd 2021, 4:22 pm

Money Can Buy Americans Longer Life: Study

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Money may not buy happiness but new research suggests it may at least help Americans live longer.

July 23rd 2021, 3:22 pm

She’s Not Just an Olympian. She’s a Mom

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While this is the third time Foluke Gunderson has participated in the Olympics, this is her first as a mom.

July 23rd 2021, 2:38 pm

Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

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The money from the companies would be used by communities for addiction treatment, prevention services and other significant costs associated with the epidemic.

July 23rd 2021, 2:38 pm

'Superbug' Fungus Spreads Among Vulnerable in Two U.S. Cities

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The CDC says an untreatable "superbug" fungus is spreading in a Washington, D.C., nursing home and two Dallas-area hospitals.

July 23rd 2021, 1:07 pm

Man Gets Lifesaving Intestinal Transplant After Bull Attack

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A man who was attacked by a bull later got a lifesaving intestinal transplant.

July 22nd 2021, 4:20 pm

Pandemic Changed Grocery Shopping for Rich and Poor

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Many wealthier people switched to online ordering and did more stocking up, while lower-income people still had to shop in-person at local small grocers and dollar stores.

July 22nd 2021, 3:17 pm

Virtual Roller Coaster Ride Study Brings New Insights Into Migraine

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A new study shows people who get migraines will likely feel motion sickness and dizziness after a virtual roller coaster ride, compared with people who don't get migraines.

July 22nd 2021, 3:17 pm

Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

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Doctors in Washington state used human body bags filled with ice and water to rapidly cool the sickest patients affected by record heat last month.

July 22nd 2021, 3:17 pm

In a Race Against an Ever-Changing Virus, Humans Losing Ground

WebMD Health

The virus behind COVID-19 is evolving fast enough that vaccination efforts may not be able to wipe it out.

July 22nd 2021, 12:14 pm

Denied Assistant, U.S. Paralympian Drops Out of Games

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Three-time gold medal swimmer U.S. Paralympian Becca Meyers, who is deaf and blind, is dropping out of the Tokyo Games because she is not allowed to bring her personal care assistant.

July 22nd 2021, 3:37 am

Olympic Athletes Come With Olympic-Sized (but Healthy) Diets

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Forget about the recommended 2,000 calorie diet most of us try and follow. Elite athletes in some cases may need 4 or 5 times as many calories to fuel their work.

July 21st 2021, 8:47 pm

Why the 2nd Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Is So Crucial

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New research finds the second dose of Pfizer's vaccine is key -- it makes a huge impact on the COVID vaccine's effectiveness.

July 21st 2021, 8:47 pm

Coffee, Veggies May Lower Your Odds for COVID

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New research suggests drinking coffee, eating vegetables and having been breastfed may offer some protection against COVID.

July 21st 2021, 3:19 pm

Living with Obesity? Get Your COVID Vaccine Now, Experts Say

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Rates of vaccination against COVID-19 are lowest in states with a high prevalence of obesity, say experts in the field, as they urge their patients to take any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.

July 21st 2021, 1:29 pm

COVID Drove Biggest Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Since World War II

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New research reveals COVID has slashed life expectancy by a year and a half -- the lowest level since 2003 and the largest one-year decline since World War II.

July 21st 2021, 1:29 pm

PrEP HIV Prevention Pills to Be Free for Insured Americans

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Nearly all health insurers must cover the entire cost of HIV prevention treatments. The two approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs are Truvada and Descovy.

July 21st 2021, 1:29 pm

Statins May Help Protect Against Severe COVID-19

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A new study finds that for people with a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, cholesterol-lowering statins help lower risk of dying from COVID-19.

July 20th 2021, 3:59 pm

Delta Variant Now Accounts for 83% of U.S. Cases

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Cases are rising in most states, and spiking across much of the South. Hospitalizations and deaths are up as well.

July 20th 2021, 2:14 pm

Canada to Welcome Fully Vaccinated Americans in August

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Canadian officials have announced that fully vaccinated U.S. travelers will be allowed into Canada beginning Aug. 9.

July 20th 2021, 1:45 pm

Majority of U.S. Doctors No Longer White, Male

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A new study finds the U.S. medical field is less dominated by white men than it used to be, but there are still few Black and Hispanic doctors, dentists and pharmacists.

July 20th 2021, 1:45 pm

Why Exercise Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

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Scientists have known for a long time that exercise is good for the body. In recent years, they are revealing how it is good for the brain, too.

July 20th 2021, 1:45 pm

Dozens Contaminated After Chemical Leak at Water Park

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More than 100 people were contaminated because of a chemical leak at the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown water park in Spring, TX.

July 19th 2021, 7:29 pm

Johnson & Johnson Hair Products Cause Hair Loss, Lawsuit Claims

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Dermatologists say you should look for hair-care products from companies with a strong costumer experience and know what works best for you.

July 19th 2021, 4:16 pm

Coffee Won't Upset Your Heartbeat. It Might Even Calm It

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A large new study has found that most people can enjoy their coffee or diet cola free from heart worries -- caffeine doesn't seem to increase most people's risk of arrhythmias.

July 19th 2021, 4:16 pm

Pulling Wisdom Teeth Has Surprising Benefit: Better Taste

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People who've had their wisdom teeth removed have a better sense of taste decades after surgery, according to a study that is easing concerns over side effects after dental work.

July 19th 2021, 4:16 pm

Want to Be an Olympian? Train Smarter, Train Harder

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Just ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, we look at training routines of Olympians in different sports.

July 19th 2021, 2:04 pm

Do Women or Men Make the Best Doctors?

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A new study in Canada found that patients cared for by female physicians had lower in-hospital death rates than those who had male doctors.

July 19th 2021, 2:04 pm

Friends, Family Key to Turning a 'No' on Vaccination to a 'Yes'

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A new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll reveals nothing sways a vaccine-hesitant person more than a word with a family member, friend or their own doctor.

July 16th 2021, 2:59 pm

$340 Million Settlement Proposed in EpiPen Lawsuits

WebMD Health

Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay $345 million in a proposed settlement to resolve lawsuits over steep EpiPen price increases.

July 16th 2021, 2:59 pm

Olympic Athletes Vulnerable to Everyday Health Risks

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On the field of play, Olympic athletes appear to be superhuman -- stronger, faster, and fitter than the rest of us -- and in picture-perfect health. But off the field, the reality is not so simple.

July 16th 2021, 1:46 pm

The Genius of Recognizing a Familiar Face

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That flash of familiarity we feel when we see someone we know appears to be coming from a part of the brain that is working for this sole purpose, say scientists who discovered a new class of cells.

July 16th 2021, 10:43 am

Tips to Avoid Heat Illness Amid Record U.S. Heatwave

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As temperatures across the U.S. surge to historic -- and deadly -- levels, experts recommend knowing the signs and symptoms of heat illness.

July 15th 2021, 4:14 pm

Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-C

WebMD Health

A new study finds most heart problems in children with a rare inflammatory condition triggered by COVID-19 infection resolve within a few months.

July 15th 2021, 3:58 pm

Half of U.S. Teens Plan to Get COVID Shot -- Can Numbers Go Higher?

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In many cases, their parents may not support that decision.

July 15th 2021, 3:58 pm

Do Trans Women Athletes Have Advantages?

WebMD Health

The Tokyo Olympics will feature the first openly trans athlete as the debate over trans women and girl’s participation in female sports heats up. What rules are in place, and what does the science say so far?

July 15th 2021, 3:58 pm

Pandemic Olympics: Health Experts Worry COVID May Win Gold

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These Olympics, already postponed from 2020, will be about the fight against coronavirus as much as it will be about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

July 15th 2021, 2:00 pm

Pre-Pandemic Normalcy Far off for the Immunocompromised

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A return to pre-pandemic normalcy for those with weakened immune systems is not as simple as it may be for others.

July 15th 2021, 2:00 pm

Stop Using Neutrogena and Aveeno Spray Sunscreen, J&J Warns

WebMD Health

Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntarily recall after finding low levels of benzene, a known cancer-causing agent, in some samples.

July 15th 2021, 9:19 am

Health Anxiety Common as COVID Restrictions Loosen

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As restrictions lift and mask mandates become scarce, Americans are filling their social calendars and booking vacations. While some are rejoicing, health care professionals say others are emerging from the pandemic with more health-related fears.

July 14th 2021, 2:46 pm

Florida-Based Doctor Arrested in Haiti President’s Assassination

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A Haitian-born doctor, who was based in Florida for more than two decades, has been arrested as a central suspect in the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse.

July 13th 2021, 6:14 pm

Mindfulness Benefits Kids with ADHD, and Their Families

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When families of children with ADHD complete a mindfulness program together, a new study suggests, children and parents can profit, with potential boosts to self-control, self-compassion, and psychological symptoms.

July 13th 2021, 4:14 pm

Teens Hospitalized With Eating Disorders Rose During Pandemic

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New research suggests more than twice as many young people were hospitalized with eating disorders in the first 12 months of the COVID-19 surge in the U.S.

July 13th 2021, 4:14 pm

Whole Grains May Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Older Adults

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Consuming more whole grains may protect against heart disease, a new study suggests.

July 13th 2021, 4:02 pm

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

WebMD Health

A new report finds athletes have a much higher risk of atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes.

July 13th 2021, 1:30 pm

The Marketing of Sports Recovery for Everyday Athletes

WebMD Health

In the emerging art and science of exercise recovery, the sophisticated marketing techniques of a multibillion-dollar industry can leave you wondering: Will this really help me recover from workouts?

July 13th 2021, 12:29 pm

Immigrants Healthier Than Native-Born, But Advantage Fades

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Immigrants to the U.S. are healthier and have better health outcomes on average than native-born Americans, according to a new study in the journal Health Affairs.

July 13th 2021, 12:29 pm

Medicare Mulls Coverage for New Alzheimer's Drug

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Medicare launched a formal process that will determine whether the agency will cover Aduhelm, the newly approved Alzheimer's drug whose high price tag and unproven benefits have prompted widespread controversy.

July 13th 2021, 11:17 am

Almost 200 People at Zoo May Have Been Exposed to Rabid Bat

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Rabies shots have been recommended for 186 people who may have been exposed to a rabid bat while staying overnight at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

July 12th 2021, 8:15 pm

Divorced Parents Are Clashing Over COVID-19 Vaccines

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Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are available for children ages 12 and older, some divorced parents are facing a challenge: What to do when one parent wants the kids to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the other parent doesn’t.

July 12th 2021, 3:30 pm

What You Need to Know About the Delta Variant

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Delta variant has drawn focused attention during the past month due a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in several countries, including the U.S.

July 12th 2021, 3:18 pm

Better Outcomes for Obese Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer

WebMD Health

When men have advanced prostate cancer, obesity might offer something of a survival advantage, a preliminary study suggests.

July 12th 2021, 1:13 pm

Some COVID Survivors Can't Regain Weight Lost During Illness

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A new study shows some people severely ill with COVID-19 may struggle to regain lost weight for months afterward, possibly due to several reasons.

July 12th 2021, 12:30 pm

Your Job Could Put You at Much Higher Risk for Flu

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The more work-related contact people had with others, the greater their flu risk.

July 9th 2021, 4:58 pm

As Delta Surges, FDA Pressured to Fully Approve COVID Vaccines

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Some experts believe full approval might jump-start the stalled national vaccination program and slow down the surge of the Delta variant infection.

July 9th 2021, 4:28 pm

No Evidence Muscle Relaxers Ease Low Back Pain

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Millions turn to muscle relaxants for lower back pain relief, but a new study finds little evidence that such drugs actually work.

July 9th 2021, 3:13 pm

CDC and Pfizer at Odds Over Need for COVID-19 Booster Shots

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Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, say research is showing the need for a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine, but the CDC, FDA and National Institutes of Health disagree -- for now.

July 9th 2021, 2:43 pm

Sleepless Nights Can Quickly Mess Up Your Emotions

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Researchers assessed the effects of getting less six hours of sleep a night, which experts say is the minimum that average adults require for optimal health.

July 9th 2021, 2:43 pm

Most U.S. Adults 50 and Older Report Good Health: Survey

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Responses show a strong overall preference for aging in place. However, healthcare costs were a bigger concern than losing a spouse.

July 9th 2021, 2:43 pm

World Rallies for Little Girl to Purchase $2.1 Million Drug

WebMD Health

A young girl with spinal muscular atrophy receives tremendous support in the race to purchase the drug Zolgensma before she turns 2.

July 9th 2021, 2:43 pm

Diet High in Fat, Fried Foods Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

WebMD Health

A large study shows that eating a diet high in fat, fried foods, processed meats, and sugary drinks is linked to a higher risk of sudden cardiac death, a common cause of death in the U.S.

July 9th 2021, 2:43 pm

You Have a Sixth Sense You Probably Aren't Using Yet

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Dolphins do it underwater and bats tap into this in darkness to find their way. Some people who are blind already use it and scientists say it is only a matter of time before more people learn how.

July 8th 2021, 6:42 pm

Climate Change Causes 5 Million Extra Deaths Per Year

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Findings are based on an analysis of global temperature and death data from 2000 to 2019. During that time, global temperatures rose by 0.26 degrees Celsius per decade.

July 8th 2021, 4:25 pm

5-Minute Breathing Exercises Can Lower BP, Heart Attack Risk

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-- The demands of daily life often hinder people from getting enough physical exercise. But according to a new study, all it takes is 5 minutes of breathing exercises, 6 days a week, to lower blood pressure and improve heart health.

July 8th 2021, 3:11 pm

Rapid Hepatitis C Test Could Improve Diagnosis, Treatment

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A simpler version of a test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) may open testing to people in areas where medical care is limited.

July 8th 2021, 3:11 pm

Fitness Trackers Reveal COVID's Long-Term Effects

WebMD Health

A new study finds wearable fitness trackers such as Fitbits or the Apple Watch can help track people's recovery from COVID-19 and they're revealing long-term issues.

July 8th 2021, 3:11 pm

Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug: Why Some Patients Say Yes

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As advocates and critics debate the FDA's approval of the new drug, and a chorus of experts and patient advocates protest the price, many patients and their families are excited about it, hopeful that it will stop the debilitating disease from getting worse .

July 7th 2021, 5:25 pm

Can Overweight Docs Really Give Credible Weight Loss Advice?

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Nearly half of doctors consider themselves overweight. Does having excess pounds help or hurt their efforts to help patients trim down? Two doctors share their experiences.

July 7th 2021, 2:54 pm

Many Generic Meds Cheaper at Costco Than Medicare

WebMD Health

Is Medicare overspending? A new study finds about half of generic meds were cheaper when purchased from the discount retailer than from the government program.

July 7th 2021, 2:25 pm

Plant-Based Diet Best for Your Heart

WebMD Health

A comprehensive review of research on eating habits and heart disease consistently shows eating less salt and animal proteins and more plant-based foods is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

July 7th 2021, 2:25 pm

Language Barriers Keep Millions From Good Health Care

WebMD Health

A new report reveals that the use of health care was lower among those whose primary language is Spanish compared to English speakers.

July 7th 2021, 11:26 am

Pope Francis Eats, Walks Two Days After Surgery

WebMD Health

The 84-year-old recently had surgery to remove part of his colon.

July 7th 2021, 11:26 am

Why Are Men Less Likely to See a Doctor?

WebMD Health

Male patterns of seeking -- or not seeking -- help for medical problems were apparent in a study done by the insurance company Aflac in April 2021 and published in June in conjunction with Men’s Health Month.

July 6th 2021, 3:40 pm

Postpartum Depression Affects Dads, Too

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A team of Danish investigators led by researcher Sarah Pedersen, of the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, extensively interviewed eight fathers with PPD and found their primary experiences involved feelings of being overwhelmed and powerless or inadequate, which sometimes turned into anger and frustration.

July 6th 2021, 3:40 pm

Good News, Bad News on COVID From Pandemic Holiday Weekend

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The good news: Vaccinations are up. The less than good news: We missed President Biden's goal for vaccinations. The bad news: Half the U.S. saw an increase in cases last week and one Missouri hospital had so many COVID patients it ran out of ventilators.

July 6th 2021, 12:41 pm

Antacids Aid Blood Sugar Control in People With Diabetes

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Antacids widely used to treat heartburn and stomach ulcers improve blood sugar control in patients with diabetes.

July 2nd 2021, 2:22 pm

Heat Is On: Extreme Heat Wave Taking a Deadly Toll

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Millions of residents in Washington, Oregon, and even up into Canada have struggled through record-shattering, dangerous heat. Hundreds of emergency room visits and hundreds of deaths are being blamed on the heat.

July 1st 2021, 3:20 pm

Film Shows How One Hospital Battled the Pandemic

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New film documents how last spring’s COVID-19 surge affected frontline health care workers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

July 1st 2021, 3:20 pm

Fauci Says He Won’t Take an Antibody Test

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America’s COVID-19 doctor, Anthony Fauci, says he won’t bother taking an antibody test to find out whether he needs a coronavirus vaccine booster shot.

July 1st 2021, 3:20 pm

Teens With Obesity Risk Heart Attack, Diabetes As Adults

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It's important that teens with obesity adopt healthy behaviors like regular physical activity and eat a balanced diet, but not adopt ‘crash diets,’ researchers say, to lower risk of premature poor health.

July 1st 2021, 2:08 pm

Long-Haul COVID Brings Long Road to Recovery

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Some people with COVID-19 are having symptoms for more than 4 weeks after infection. In some cases, they start to feel better and then have a setback. Here's what we know.

June 30th 2021, 4:22 pm

Massive Bill Aims to Keep U.S. Innovation Ahead of China's

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Some worry the huge investment in science will also help Chinese scientists who collaborate in the United States. Others say global problems won't get solved without such partnerships.

June 30th 2021, 4:22 pm

Chlorine Shortage Poses Pool Health Crisis Before July 4th

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Just ahead of Independence Day, a nationwide chlorine shortage is putting a damper on summer plans for backyard pool owners and community aquatic centers across the country.

June 30th 2021, 2:50 pm

Could the 'Mono' Virus Be Driving Long-Haul COVID?

WebMD Health

Some folks suffering COVID long-haul symptoms might actually be experiencing an attack of fatigue-inducing Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

June 30th 2021, 12:20 pm

Best Blood Sugar Meds for Type 2 Diabetes

WebMD Health

Taking metformin for type 2 diabetes but still having trouble controlling your blood sugar? New research reveals which drugs may be most helpful.

June 29th 2021, 7:35 pm

Almost All U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Now in the Unvaccinated

WebMD Health

Investigators looked at federal data for deaths from COVID-19 in May 2021 and figured out how many were among unvaccinated Americans.

June 29th 2021, 4:51 pm

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Give More Protection Than Known

WebMD Health

The researchers found the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines provide robust protection for at least 12 weeks after a second dose and could provide low-level protection for at least a year.

June 29th 2021, 2:03 pm

Acupuncture On Point for COVID stress Relief

WebMD Health

For many, acupuncture -- an ancient way of using needles to treat pain -- is the last post-COVID-19 relief method they haven’t already tried.

June 29th 2021, 1:51 pm

Docs on TikTok Fight Misinformation and Harassment

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Medical professionals who bring their expertise online hope to educate others and fight misinformation, but it's not always smooth sailing.

June 29th 2021, 12:51 pm

Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

WebMD Health

A new study shows people hospitalized with diabetes who hadn't been taking their medication had more severe cases of COVID-19.

June 29th 2021, 12:21 pm

Black Men Less Likely to Get Best Prostate Cancer Treatments

WebMD Health

Researchers analyzed medical records of men treated for prostate cancer by the U.S. Veterans' Health Administration -- most were over 60 with no other serious health issues.

June 29th 2021, 12:03 pm

Unhappy Marriages Could Mean Shorter Lives for Men

WebMD Health

A new study suggests staying in an unhappy marriage could raise a man's risk of stroke or early death.

June 29th 2021, 12:03 pm

We Made a Map. It’s Probably Wrong

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Based on federal data, WebMD and Medscape made a map of the percentage of healthcare workers at hospitals around the U.S. who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID. Seems simple enough. It isn’t.

June 28th 2021, 9:01 pm

Huge Number of Hospital Workers Still Unvaccinated

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A new analysis by WebMD and Medscape shows that many health care workers in hospitals around the US remain unvaccinated against COVID, putting themselves, their patients, and their community at risk

June 28th 2021, 9:01 pm

Coming Soon: Pacemaker That Dissolves Away After Use

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Researchers are reporting early success with a temporary heart pacemaker that simply dissolves when it's no longer needed.

June 28th 2021, 4:12 pm

Rethinking Your Post-COVID Relationship With Booze

WebMD Health

COVID-19 prompted many Americans to start taking steps to eliminate alcohol entirely. If you’re among this group, science is definitely on your side

June 28th 2021, 3:12 pm

Starchy Snacks, ‘Western-Style’ Lunches May Harm Heart Health

WebMD Health

Meal and snack patterns may increase or lower your risk for developing heart disease and dying from it, according to a new study.

June 28th 2021, 3:12 pm

Lawmakers Seek to Address Medicare Vaccine ‘Sticker Shock’

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Bills introduced in the House and Senate would remove a financial barrier to vaccination for people enrolled in Medicare Part D plans. MedPAC separately proposed a shift in Medicare vaccine coverage.

June 25th 2021, 6:11 pm

First Signs of MS May Often Go Undiagnosed

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A new study suggests early symptoms of multiple sclerosis may commonly be missed for years before the right diagnosis is made.

June 25th 2021, 4:28 pm
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