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'12/4/2022 2:12:30 PM'

Put Safety at Top of Your Holiday Toy Gift List

SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2022 -- Getting toys for some of the tots in your life this holiday season? Experts at Penn State Health offer tips on making safe choices. Each year, about 200,000 U.S. children end up in the emergency room with a toy-related...

'12/3/2022 2:12:40 PM'

Winter Brings Rise in Carbon Monoxide Danger: Stay Safe

SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2022 -- Winter weather brings with it plenty of hazards, including risks from carbon monoxide poisoning, and fires. But the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers suggestions for staying safe on those cold winter...

'12/2/2022 7:12:58 PM'

Wind Power Is Bringing Americans Real Health Benefits

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- With wind power picking up as a viable energy source, new research shows U.S. air quality is getting better, benefiting all Americans' health. There was one caveat to the findings, however: Only about a third of the...

'12/2/2022 4:12:50 PM'

Scientists May Be Closer to Effective HIV Vaccine

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- It's thought that for an HIV vaccine to be widely effective, it will have to spur the body to make special antibodies that can neutralize a broad range of HIV strains. Now scientists say they have taken an essential step in...

'12/2/2022 4:12:15 PM'

AHA News: After Cardiac Arrest at College Basketball Game, He's Ready to Cheer Again

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- For more than 50 years, Stan Goldstein has donned his red, black, white and gold – the colors of the University of Maryland's Terrapins – to cheer for his alma mater's men's...

'12/2/2022 3:12:34 PM'

Seizures Seem Tied to Faster Decline in People With Dementia

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- Dementia patients who suffer from seizures tend to decline faster and die younger, according to a new study that urges caregivers to watch for these sudden brain changes. "Our hope is that controlling seizures by prescribin...

'12/2/2022 3:12:09 PM'

988 Mental Health Hotline Back in Business After Daylong Outage

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- A national hotline that people can call in a mental health emergency went down for a day before it was restored late Thursday. Those in crisis could still reach counselors by texting 988 or visiting 988lifeline.org during...

'12/2/2022 12:12:56 PM'

Winter Holidays Are High Time for Heart Attacks: Protect Yourself

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- The winter holidays are a time of celebrating and sharing precious time with family and friends, but they can also be deadly: More people die of heart attacks on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year. Experts...

'12/2/2022 12:12:54 PM'

'Tumor Progressing,' 'Positive Findings': Patients Often Confused by Medical Jargon

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- If you've ever left a medical appointment confused, it's probably not you: A new study finds that the medical jargon doctors use can be completely misunderstood by patients. Common medical lingo that makes perfect sense to...

'12/2/2022 12:12:49 PM'

Cases of Meth-Linked Heart Failure Are Spreading Worldwide

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- Methamphetamine wreaks havoc on the heart, warns new research that shows heart failure rates linked to the illicit drug are on the rise around the world. Not only are these cases increasing, but they are more severe than...

'12/2/2022 12:12:17 PM'

Few Americans Understand Alcohol's Impact on Cancer Risk: Survey

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- Alcohol increases the risk of cancer, but some Americans think it does the opposite, a new study shows. Researchers set out to understand people's awareness of the links between alcohol and cancer, finding that many would...

'12/1/2022 9:12:42 PM'

Fecal-Based Treatment, Rebyota. Helps Fight C. difficile

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first fecal microbiota treatment, aimed at helping adults battling tough-to-treat Clostridioides difficile infections (CDIs). "Today's approval of Rebyota is...

'12/1/2022 6:12:12 PM'

On World AIDS Day, White House Announces Plan to End Epidemic by 2030

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- The United States will renew its focus on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, with new funding and a five-year strategy, the White House said Thursday. The Biden administration announced its ambitious plans on World AID...

'12/1/2022 6:12:11 PM'

Frozen Stuffed Chicken Products & Microwave Ovens: A Recipe for Salmonella

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- After repeat U.S. outbreaks of salmonella tied to frozen, breaded and stuffed chicken products, researchers are now pointing to microwave cooking as a key driver of illness. Because they’re breaded, the popular...

'12/1/2022 5:12:35 PM'

Signs That COVID Infection Might Harm the Liver

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- COVID-19 may harm the liver, a small study suggests. The virus appears to increase liver stiffness, a sign of potential long-term injury, but it's too early to tell if that portends serious liver disease, the researchers...

'12/1/2022 5:12:11 PM'

Paxlovid OK for Use in Pregnant Women Infected With COVID

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- Moms-to-be can safely take Paxlovid to help keep their COVID infection from turning serious, a new study shows. Nearly everyone in a group of 47 pregnant women prescribed Paxlovid did well on the drug, which did not appea...

'12/1/2022 4:12:18 PM'

First FDA-Approved Fecal-Based Treatment, Rebyota, Helps Fight a Tough Superbug

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first fecal microbiota treatment, aimed at helping adults battling tough-to-treat Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections. "Today's approval of Rebyota is...

'12/1/2022 4:12:05 PM'

AHA News: What's New With the Flu? Here Are 7 Things to Know

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Don't call it a comeback if it was never really gone, but the flu is poised for a breakout year. Like the killer in a horror movie franchise, this season's flu is bringing fresh twists to...

'12/1/2022 12:12:45 PM'

Green Spaces Give Mental Boost, Even When White With Snow

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- If you need a body image boost, go outdoors. Whether you’re in green space, a blue space near a river or the ocean or even a snowy environment, it can make a difference. “A body of evidence now exists showing...

'12/1/2022 12:12:39 PM'

FDA Moves to Ease Restrictions on Gay Men Giving Blood

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 – U.S. Food & Drug Administration policies that have limited blood donations from men who have sex with men may soon ease. At the moment, FDA policy does not allow blood donation from men who have had sex with other...

'12/1/2022 12:12:28 PM'

Two Veterinary Meds Show Promise Against a Tough Foe: Bed Bugs

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- Two common drugs that veterinarians use to kill parasites on pets could be the solution to getting rid of bed bugs. Both fluralaner (eg, Bravecto for dogs) and ivermectin, which are used to kill fleas and ticks on...

'12/1/2022 12:12:18 PM'

CDC Will Test New Areas for Polio in Wastewater

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 – U.S. health officials will begin testing wastewater for poliovirus in select locations around the country, including possibly at sites in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The testing will happen in communities that have low...

'12/1/2022 12:12:02 PM'

'Virtual' Driver Program Could Make Driving Safer for Teens With ADHD

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- A simulator may make driving safer for teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by training them to take shorter glances away from the roadway. Focused Concentration and Attention Learning (FOCAL) is a...

'12/1/2022 12:12:02 PM'

The 'Great Resignation' Is Taking a Toll on U.S. Health Care

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2022 -- The nationwide shortage of health care professionals -- a so-called "Great Resignation" of providers -- is impacting patient care in ways large and small, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. One in four Americans (25%) hav...

'11/30/2022 7:11:16 PM'

Fatal Drug Overdoses Among U.S. Seniors Have Tripled Since 2000

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Growing numbers of older Americans are dying from drug overdoses and alcohol abuse. That's the tragic takeaway from two new reports by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 5,000 people aged 65...

'11/30/2022 4:11:53 PM'

AHA News: As Winter Approaches, Seasonal Depression May Set in for Millions

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Winter's coming. The leaves have fallen, temperatures are dropping and there's less daylight to brighten our moods. While some enjoy the changing of the seasons, millions of U.S. adults...

'11/30/2022 4:11:17 PM'

Black Patients Fare Worse Than White Patients After Angioplasty, Stents

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Black adults who undergo a common procedure to open up clogged arteries are readmitted to the hospital more often than their white peers. They're also more likely to die in the years after treatment, a new study...

'11/30/2022 3:11:47 PM'

HealthDay Now: The Great Resignation

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'11/30/2022 1:11:53 PM'

Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual “sick season,” pharmacists report. The antiviral flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply for...

'11/30/2022 1:11:51 PM'

Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Lecanemab May Slow Decline, But Safety Concerns Linger

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- The experimental Alzheimer's drug lecanemab slowed thinking declines among patients suffering the early stages of the disease in a new study, but safety concerns about brain swelling and brain bleeds remain. In the...

'11/30/2022 1:11:24 PM'

U.S. Gun Deaths Reach Highest Level in Decades

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 – More Americans are dying from gun violence, in both homicides and suicides, than they have in decades, a new report shows. The U.S. gun death rate hit its highest level in nearly 30 years, with the sheer number of...

'11/30/2022 12:11:54 PM'

Most Americans Still Aren't Eating Enough Whole Grains

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Americans are eating more whole grains than ever before -- but it's still not enough. Moreover, not everyone agrees on what whole grains actually are, according to a new study that found competing definitions. The...

'11/30/2022 12:11:32 PM'

Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids' Development

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Children exposed to the Zika virus may need more support as they start school, even if they were not diagnosed with Zika-related birth defects and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a new study suggests. Children may still...

'11/30/2022 12:11:26 PM'

Retired Olympians Face Higher Odds for Arthritis

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Olympic athletes aren't like the rest of the population -- but this time it's in a far less positive way. Two new studies show that athletes who performed at the top of their sport have a higher risk of developing...

'11/30/2022 12:11:26 PM'

Put Away That Salt Shaker to Shield Your Heart

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Toss out your salt shaker if you want to lower your risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Even if you already follow a low-salt diet, sprinkling salt on your food can raise your risk for heart disease, heart...

'11/30/2022 12:11:15 PM'

Do Steroid Injections Worsen Arthritic Knees?

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis could actually be setting them back. Two new studies have discovered that, despite the temporary relief of symptoms, the injections were...

'11/30/2022 12:11:14 PM'

Many U.S. Seniors Get Needless, Pricey Cervical Cancer Screenings

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Researchers warn that high rates of cervical cancer screening in women over 65 suggest that some older Americans are being unnecessarily screened. More health data on these screenings in older women is needed to prevent...

'11/30/2022 12:11:00 AM'

FDA Approves Rebyota, the First Fecal Microbiota Product

November 30, 2022 -- Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Rebyota, the first fecal microbiota product approved by the agency. Rebyota is approved for the prevention of recurrence of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in...

'11/29/2022 5:35:47 PM'

Cost of Epilepsy Meds Continues to Soar

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 -- Costs for epilepsy medications in the United States are skyrocketing, outpacing inflation and straining federal insurers Medicare and Medicaid, according to new research. Spending on antiseizure medications more than double...