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Rapid COVID-19 Tests Will Soon Be Covered by Insurance

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President Joe Biden's plan for fighting COVID-19 this winter involves efforts to boost testing and vaccinations and a federal government keeping a wary eye on Omicron.

December 2nd 2021, 7:34 am

World AIDS Day: Progress Seen, but Inequities Persist

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Officials say new infections have declined among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade, but Black and Hispanic counterparts did not see that advance.

December 1st 2021, 5:50 pm

Vaping May Raise Risk for Impotence

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Researchers find that vaping may more than double the risk for erectile dysfunction.

December 1st 2021, 4:06 pm

Supreme Court Receptive to Case That Could Overturn Roe v Wade

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The justices heard from lawyers arguing for and against a 2018 Mississippi law that, with few exceptions, bans abortion after 15 weeks, claiming that a fetus is viable outside the womb at that age.

December 1st 2021, 3:04 pm

First Omicron Variant Case Identified in U.S.

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The news vindicates officials who said it was only a matter of time before the coronavirus variant was confirmed in the United States.

December 1st 2021, 3:04 pm

Majority of Patients Prefer In-Person Visits to Telehealth: Survey

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The majority of Americans are willing to do video visits with their doctors for non-emergency care but prefer in-person visits, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open.

December 1st 2021, 3:04 pm

Nation's First Overdose Prevention Centers Open in NYC

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The centers provide people a place to bring their drugs and use them under the supervision of trained staff members who will provide clean needles, prevent overdoses and offer connections to addiction services.

December 1st 2021, 11:33 am

Fauci: Omicron ‘Very Different From Other Variants’

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Fauci, speaking at a White House COVID-19 briefing, said there’s a “very unusual constellation of changes” across the COVID-19 genome that indicates it is unlike any variant we have seen so far.

November 30th 2021, 4:35 pm

Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue

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Nearly half of the post-COVID patients studied showed symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.

November 30th 2021, 4:35 pm

Pandemic Lockdowns, Cleaner Air Tied to Fewer Heart Attacks

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When skies were blue and air pollution was reduced during stay-at-home lockdowns at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were fewer severe heart attacks in the United States, a new study suggests.

November 30th 2021, 3:19 pm

Moderna Warns of ‘Material Drop’ in Vaccine Efficacy Against Omicron

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The Moderna CEO says existing COVID-19 vaccines will likely be less effective against the new Omicron variant.

November 30th 2021, 2:21 pm

Wearable Fitness Trackers Could Detect COVID Before You Do

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Scientists designed an algorithm that detected four out of five infections in a new study.

November 30th 2021, 2:21 pm

Pfizer Plans to Seek Booster Approval for 16- and 17-Year-Olds

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Pfizer and BioNTech plan to apply for FDA authorization this week for a booster COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds.

November 30th 2021, 12:49 pm

Postpartum Depression Can Harm Women's Finances

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Difficulties include trouble meeting medical costs, having utilities shut off, inability to pay bills and even eviction and homelessness.

November 30th 2021, 12:49 pm

A Pandemic Page-Turner

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Talking about dread diseases might not be your idea of fun holiday conversation, but Lydia Kang, MD, co-author of Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases, thinks it should be.

November 30th 2021, 11:34 am

Federal Judge Blocks Health Care Worker Vaccine Mandate

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A federal judge has ruled that the Biden administration cannot enforce a rule requiring virtually all health care workers in 10 states to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

November 30th 2021, 9:19 am

What We Know – and Don’t -- About the Omicron COVID Variant

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Health experts break down what we know -- and don’t yet know -- about the newly-discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant.

November 29th 2021, 6:30 pm

Merck’s COVID-19 Pill May Be Less Effective Than First Hoped

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According to an analysis by scientists at the FDA, the experimental pill cut the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 by about 30% compared to a placebo.

November 29th 2021, 5:42 pm

Some Meds You Take May Increase Your Blood Pressure

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Trying to manage hypertension? Taking drugs for other conditions might make your blood pressure worse.

November 29th 2021, 4:14 pm

Biden: New COVID Variant ‘Cause for Concern,’ Not Panic

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President Joe Biden said Monday available vaccines are expected to provide some protection against the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, and federal health officials are working to gather more information on its potency before the first cases are detected in the United States.

November 29th 2021, 4:14 pm

Study: We Plan Ahead in Uncertain Social Situations

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People tend to plot ahead several moves even when they face an unpredictable opponent and have no hope of controlling the outcome, according to social experiments studying human nature.

November 29th 2021, 1:56 pm

Omicron Updates From Around the World

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The latest news on the new Omicron coronavirus variant, which has been detected in several countries in recent days.

November 29th 2021, 1:56 pm

Social Media Tied to Higher Risk of Depression

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A new study follows a yearlong look at social media use and onset of depression among nearly 5,400 adults.

November 29th 2021, 1:28 pm

New COVID Variant of ‘Concern’ Drives U.S. Travel Bans

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The World Health Organization on Friday classified a new COVID-19 variant from South Africa as a “variant of concern,” which means it could be more contagious, cause more severe disease and reduce the efficacy of vaccines and treatments.

November 27th 2021, 3:25 pm

Vaccinations Voluntary for UAW Members

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The Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers say unionized workers will not be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations.

November 25th 2021, 9:46 am

WHO Warns of 700,000 More COVID-19 Deaths in Europe by March

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More than 1.5 million people have already died from COVID-19 in the 53 countries that make up the World Health Organization’s European region. That means the death toll could top 2.2 million by early 2022.

November 24th 2021, 1:48 pm

Poll: 49% of Parents of Kids 5-11 Reject COVID Shot for Them

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Among people overall in the WebMD poll, 56% said they were confident or somewhat confident that the vaccine is safe for that age group.

November 24th 2021, 1:48 pm

CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens Played Role in Opioid Crisis

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The Ohio case is the first time the retail side of the drug industry has been held accountable in the U.S. opioid crisis

November 24th 2021, 1:48 pm

Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

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Data shows that women who receive abortions also do not suffer any enduring mental or physical health problems.

November 24th 2021, 11:15 am

Year’s Second Case of Monkeypox Discovered in Maryland

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A Maryland resident who recently returned from Nigeria has monkeypox, the second case of the rare but potentially fatal viral illness found in the United States this year.

November 23rd 2021, 4:47 pm

Fueling an 'Already Raging Fire': Fifth COVID Surge Approaches

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Ahead of the busiest travel days of the year, COVID-19 cases are rising across 40 states and territories, setting the U.S. up for a rough fifth surge of the pandemic.

November 23rd 2021, 4:16 pm

About 90% of Federal Workers Got Vaccinated by Deadline

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More than 90% of federal employees received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by the Nov. 22 deadline that President Joe Biden announced this fall.

November 23rd 2021, 2:17 pm

Drinking Jumps During Pandemic, Especially in Young Women

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And although alcohol use has risen in men and women, a growing body of research points to a growing trend of alcohol use in women -- especially young women.

November 23rd 2021, 2:17 pm

Blood Thinners After a Stent Might Not Be Necessary

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A new study suggests that after having a clogged artery reopened, you may soon be able to stop taking blood thinners.

November 23rd 2021, 10:47 am

Opioids Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

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A new study finds Advil, NSAIDs, acetaminophen, Tylenol, and muscle relaxers may offer the same degree of pain control as prescription opioids.

November 23rd 2021, 10:47 am

Don’t Wash Your Thanksgiving Turkey, CDC Warns

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding people not to wash or rinse your turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

November 22nd 2021, 7:32 pm

Can Cupping Improve COVID Vaccine Delivery?

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A traditional healing practice may hold the key to efficient delivery of DNA vaccines.

November 22nd 2021, 2:30 pm

More Americans Not Planning to Have Kids, Poll Finds

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Birthrates dropped in the U.S. during the pandemic, marking a decline for the sixth year in a row. Fertility rates in the U.S. were already at a record low before the pandemic, the center reported.

November 22nd 2021, 2:30 pm

EPA: Safer Drinking Water Is Coming

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is promising a future with safer drinking water. Here's what to know.

November 22nd 2021, 2:30 pm

U.S. COVID-19 Deaths in 2021 Surpass 2020 Total

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The number of COVID-19 deaths recorded so far in 2021 has surpassed the total for 2020, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

November 22nd 2021, 12:58 pm

Disney Pauses Worker Vaccine Mandate After Florida’s Ban

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The Walt Disney Company has paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees at its theme parks in Florida after state lawmakers banned employers from requiring workers to get vaccinated.

November 22nd 2021, 12:58 pm

This Thanksgiving, Enjoy the Turkey But Hold the GERD

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Most of us have occasional periods of reflux and the heartburn that can result, but with GERD, it happens two or more times a week. Roughly 60 million Americans have heartburn at least once a month, and as many as 15 million experience it daily.

November 22nd 2021, 12:44 pm

Switch to Plant-Based Diet Rid Man of Chronic Migraines

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Researchers have published a case study of a man with severe chronic migraines who switched to a plant-based diet and quickly found significant relief.

November 19th 2021, 4:11 pm

Biden Resumes Presidential Duties Following Colonoscopy

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President Biden received an annual physical exam and routine colonoscopy today, temporarily transferring presidential power to Vice President Harris.

November 19th 2021, 4:11 pm

This Year's Flu Season: Repeat of Last Year or a ‘Twindemic?’

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Experts say it is far too early to say if the country will have a normal – i.e., bad – flu season or a repeat of last year, when the flu all but disappeared amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 19th 2021, 4:11 pm

Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

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A recent study also found that during the first nine months of the pandemic, U.S. children and teenagers gained weight at twice the rate they had in the two years prior.

November 19th 2021, 1:58 pm

Beware of Private Equity-Owned Nursing Homes: Study

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Study finds that PE-owned nursing homes are associated with higher rates of Ed visits and hospitalizations than other for-profit facilities are.

November 19th 2021, 1:58 pm

FDA Authorizes COVID Boosters for All U.S. Adults

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The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for all U.S. adults age 18 and up.

November 19th 2021, 11:56 am

Hospitalizations Among the Vaccinated are Rising

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Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky say a growing number of fully vaccinated people who haven’t gotten a booster shot are being hospitalized with breakthrough cases of COVID-19.

November 19th 2021, 11:56 am

COVID Surge in Europe: A Preview of What’s Ahead for the U.S.?

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Three times over the past 18 months coronavirus surges in the U.S. followed similar spikes in Europe, where COVID-19 deaths grew by 10% this month.

November 19th 2021, 11:56 am

Woman Walks Away After Semitruck Flattens Her Car

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A Washington state woman miraculously survived an accident in which a semi-truck flattened her car.

November 19th 2021, 12:03 am

Grandmother's Brain In Sync With Her Grandkids'

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Researchers are looking at the brains of older women to study their connections with their grandchildren.

November 18th 2021, 4:42 pm

Sanjay Gupta on Becoming ‘Pandemic Proof’ and Eating Pickles

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The new book from Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN’s chief medical correspondent urges us to get prepared now for future pandemics.

November 18th 2021, 4:11 pm

FDA researchers release a report card on how well a Congressional initiative to encourage generic dr

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FDA researchers release a report card on how well a Congressional initiative to encourage generic drug competition is working.

November 18th 2021, 3:56 pm

Black Young Adults: Remember This When Facing Discrimination

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Experts break down what every Black young adult should keep in mind when faced with acts of discrimination, starting with acknowledging the hurt.

November 18th 2021, 1:14 pm

Vials With Smallpox Labels Found at Vaccine Lab

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The vials were found by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research.

November 18th 2021, 11:46 am

COVID Spread Among Deer Causes Concern Over New Variants

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It is unlikely that deer could pass the coronavirus onto humans, but hunters are still being advised to take precautions.

November 17th 2021, 4:23 pm

Teen Social Media Posts About Cutting, Self-Harm Are Soaring

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A new study reveals American teens are increasingly turning to Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves.

November 17th 2021, 3:43 pm

Learning How to Starve a Tumor

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By studying cancer growth in mice eating different diets, scientists are learning what makes tumors thrive—and what might weaken them and slow their growth.

November 17th 2021, 2:46 pm

Trial Begins of Nasal Vaccine for Alzheimer's Disease

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The vaccine stimulates the immune system, prompting white blood cells to migrate to the brain and clear beta amyloid plaques.

November 17th 2021, 2:46 pm

Kool-Aid Tropical Punch Mixture Recalled

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Kraft Heinz is recalling 82.5-ounce containers of Kool-Aid Tropical Punch mixture because the flavored powder may contain small pieces of metal or glass.

November 16th 2021, 6:40 pm

Breast Cancer Linked to Higher Odds for Dangerous A-Fib

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A new study finds odds of developing an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase after a breast cancer diagnosis.

November 16th 2021, 2:59 pm

Early Onset Colorectal Cancer: Why Is This Happening?

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In this Q&A, experts discuss what we know and don’t know about the rising rates of colorectal cancer in younger patients.

November 16th 2021, 2:59 pm

A Little Coffee May Be Healthy in Pregnancy

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New research suggests that consuming a little caffeine while expecting might not necessarily be a bad thing.

November 16th 2021, 12:27 pm

Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

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A new study suggests marijuana use in pregnancy may increase your child's risk for stress and anxiety.

November 16th 2021, 12:27 pm

A Woman May Have Rid Herself Naturally of HIV -- But How?

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The woman is the second known person to have potentially cleared HIV infection naturally.

November 16th 2021, 12:27 pm

Coffee Can Affect Your Heart's Rhythms

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A new study reports your daily cup of joe might be a quick pick-me-up, but it comes with a mixed bag of good and not-so-good effects on your health.

November 15th 2021, 2:42 pm

Lack of Data Hinders Study of Police Killings

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At a time when police accountability, especially in the deaths of Black people, has become a major public issue, unreliable government numbers fail to portray the true scope, experts say.

November 15th 2021, 2:42 pm

9-Year-Old Becomes 10th Casualty of Astroworld's Crowd Surge

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A young boy who was injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston has become the 10th person to die from a huge crowd surge at the event.

November 15th 2021, 11:55 am

Britney Spears' Freed From Conservatorship

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A judge in Los Angeles on Friday ordered the end to the conservatorship that for years has limited the pop singer’s freedom over her own finances.

November 12th 2021, 6:10 pm

Long COVID: More Clues Coming, but No 'Aha' Moments Yet

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For many survivors of COVID-19, problems, sometimes severe, linger. Medicine is racing to catch up with the elusive diagnosis and treatment.

November 12th 2021, 2:54 pm

A Quest to Learn How Immune Cells Age

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Tracking the behavior of aging immune cells and their effects on other tissue could open the way to new drugs for age-related chronic diseases.

November 12th 2021, 12:24 pm

Study Links Muscle Mass to Severity of Hot Flashes in Women

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A new study investigated the association between body composition -- including fat and muscle -- and hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.

November 12th 2021, 10:54 am

A Few Prolific Liars Give the Rest of Us a Bad Name

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A few bad actors who lie all the time may be skewing long-touted statistics making the rest of us look more dishonest than we really are.

November 11th 2021, 2:56 pm

Many People May Be Eating Their Way to Dementia

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New research suggests a diet is loaded with pro-inflammatory foods may increase your risk for memory loss, issues with language, problem-solving and other thinking skills as you age.

November 11th 2021, 1:56 pm

U.S. Postal Service Warns Vaccine Mandate Could Affect Deliveries

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The U.S. Postal Service expressed concerns on Wednesday that the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large companies could affect deliveries.

November 11th 2021, 1:56 pm

WHO, CDC Warn of Measles Threat

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The world faces an increased risk of a measles outbreak because 22 million infants did not get their measles shots last year due to the pandemic,

November 11th 2021, 1:56 pm

Planning a 'Drinksgiving'? Your Genes May Drive Your Hangover

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When the consequences of a night of drinking set in, many curse themselves and the splitting headaches they acquired. Science and genetics may help explain why your hangover is worse.

November 11th 2021, 1:56 pm

Roadside Shrubs Buffer Against Traffic Air Pollution

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Greenery along roadsides where buildings tower could reduce air pollution exposure for pedestrians and cyclists, but how well this works may come down to perfect plant placement.

November 10th 2021, 3:11 pm

Gen Z Is More Fatalistic Than Boomers About Climate Change

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The popular notion that younger people are likelier to embrace behavioral shifts against climate change may be wrong, a new survey suggests.

November 10th 2021, 3:11 pm

Prostate Cancer Screening: Black Men Less Likely to Get Follow-Up MRI

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A new study finds Black, Hispanic, and Asian men are less likely than white men to receive a follow-up MRI after a screening suggests prostate cancer.

November 10th 2021, 1:11 pm

Hospitalizations for Spikes in Blood Pressure Are on the Rise

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New research shows the largest increase was among Black Americans, with the highest rates in the South.

November 10th 2021, 1:11 pm

Infected, Vaccinated, or Both: How Protected Am I From COVID?

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On an individual basis, the degree and durability of the immunity a person gets after vaccination versus an infection is not an easy question to answer. But it’s one that science is hotly pursing.

November 10th 2021, 1:11 pm

Two New Symptoms That Could Point to Pancreatic Cancer

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The discovery could help with earlier detection and improve extremely low survival numbers.

November 10th 2021, 1:11 pm

Creatives With Disabilities Act to Promote Representation

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About 61 million U.S. adults live with a disability, according to the CDC. That’s about 1 in 4. But a recent USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study shows that this population is still not widely reflected on-screen, despite Hollywood’s various diversity initiatives over the past few years.

November 9th 2021, 3:08 pm

Long Period of Daily Fasting Improves Metabolism, Lifespan in Mice

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Eating the day’s food in a single sitting and fasting for the remainder offers mice the same benefits as calorie restriction.

November 9th 2021, 3:08 pm

There May Be a 'Best Bedtime' for Your Heart

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A new study finds hitting the sack between 10 and 11 p.m. may be the ideal time to cut the risk for cardiovascular trouble.

November 9th 2021, 1:24 pm

Millions of Tons of COVID Masks, Gloves Will End Up in Oceans

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A new study predicts that discarded masks, gloves and face shields will add more than 25,000 tons of plastic waste to the world's oceans.

November 9th 2021, 12:53 pm

Why You May Taste Climate Change in Your Coffee

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The effects of climate change on coffee plants could affect the drink's taste and smell, according to a review of dozens of studies.

November 8th 2021, 3:38 pm

Leaked Documents Show Facebook Put Profit Before Public Good

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Facebook may have misled Congress about the company’s understanding of how COVID misinformation spread on the platform.

November 8th 2021, 3:24 pm

Sales of Unproven, Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies Are Booming

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A study found a fourfold jump since 2016 in the availability of the treatments, which claim to do everything from relieving pain to slowing aging.

November 8th 2021, 1:23 pm

Blood Test Spots Rare Inherited Diseases

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Current genetic testing fails to diagnose about 40% of patients, which can have significant consequences for them, their families and health providers.

November 8th 2021, 1:23 pm

An Hour at What Cost? The Harmful Effects of Daylight Savings

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Although many people take the extra hour this weekend to indulge in waking activities, sleep experts say using that time for sleep could make a significant difference to your health.

November 5th 2021, 4:54 pm

Combo of High Humidity and Heat Magnifies Climate Threat

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People at the greatest risk for having more extremely hot and humid days are already living in hot and humid places.

November 5th 2021, 2:08 pm

Scientists Regrow Lizard's Tail with Stem Cell Technology

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Regenerated lizard tails usually lack bone and nerve tissue, but with edited stem cells, this all-female gecko species can regrow a complete tail, holding promise for advances in wound healing.

November 5th 2021, 2:08 pm

COVID Variant Tied to Heart Inflammation in Cats, Dogs

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An atypical increase of myocarditis in cats and dogs is being associated with a COVID variant.

November 5th 2021, 1:23 pm

'This Pandemic Still Has Legs': COVID-19 Expert Q&A

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Osterholm, who runs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, says President Joe Biden's vaccine mandates are key to ending the pandemic.

November 5th 2021, 1:23 pm

For Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID Shots

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Most kids fear needles, but a few simple steps can help your young one get their COVID-19 shots with the fewest tears.

November 5th 2021, 11:07 am

Breastfeeding by Moms Who've Had COVID May Help Protect Newborn

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This "passive" immune protection via breastfeeding may help protect baby from COVID with antibodies from mom.

November 5th 2021, 11:07 am

Could Prebiotics be the Answer to Body Clock Disruption?

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For international travelers, swing shift workers, and others, new research offers hope for getting back on track.

November 4th 2021, 2:38 pm
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