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'5/10/2021 4:35:38 PM'

Women Get Help Later Than Men When Heart Attack Strikes

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- When young women land in the emergency room with chest pain, they wait longer and get less treatment than their male counterparts, a preliminary study finds. Using a federal survey of U.S. hospitals, researchers found that...

'5/10/2021 4:34:32 PM'

Ibuprofen, Similar Painkillers Won't Raise Risks for COVID Patients

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen doesn't make COVID-19 worse or more deadly, a new study finds. When the pandemic began, doctors debated if NSAIDs increased the severity of COVID-19, bu...

'5/10/2021 4:34:27 PM'

Road to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in Childhood

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Could having heart disease risk factors in childhood sow the seeds of thinking declines in middle-age? It looks like it might, new research claims. "I think it was not so big of a surprise for us, but maybe for the scientif...

'5/10/2021 3:37:17 PM'

Vegetarian Diet Could Help Fight Off Disease: Study

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- There's more evidence that a switch away from meat in your diet could cut levels of unhealthy "biomarkers" that encourage disease, researchers say. A new study reported Saturday at the virtual European Congress on Obesity...

'5/10/2021 3:35:50 PM'

AHA News: Preterm Deliveries May Pose Long-Term Stroke Risk for Mothers

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- It's not surprising that babies born prematurely may face more health issues than those who were carried to term. But new research suggests the same may apply to their mothers. A study...

'5/10/2021 12:22:34 PM'

Pfizer, Moderna or J&J? An Expert Answers Your Questions

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Enough COVID-19 vaccine doses are available in the United States that many Americans may now have the freedom of choice. Unvaccinated folks going to their local clinic or pharmacy could choose between the Pfizer, Moderna an...

'5/10/2021 12:16:35 PM'

Fauci Says Relaxed Indoor Masking Rules Could Be on the Way

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday opened the door to the possibility of relaxing indoor masking rules as more Americans are vaccinated against the coronavirus. As immunizations climb, "we do need to start being more liberal" in...

'5/10/2021 12:13:57 PM'

Health Highlights: May 10, 2021

CDC Revises Website Info on How COVID-19 Spreads The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday changed its website guidance on how coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that it's mainly transmitted through the air, not on...

'5/10/2021 12:10:05 PM'

Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Looking for a morale boost or some solid encouragement? If so, socializing the old-fashioned way — live and in-person — will likely do more to lift your spirits than online interactions, new research suggests. It's the...

'5/10/2021 12:08:58 PM'

COVID Vaccines May Still Leave Organ Transplant Recipients Unprotected

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Organ transplant recipients remain vulnerable to infection with the new coronavirus even after receiving both doses of two-dose vaccines, new research shows. That could mean they should continue following safety measures su...

'5/10/2021 12:06:12 PM'

COVID-19 Appears to Have No Lasting Impact on College Athletes' Hearts

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Heart complications are rare among college athletes who have had COVID-19, according to a small study. "Our findings may offer reassurance to high school athletes, coaches and parents where resources for testing can be...

'5/10/2021 12:06:00 PM'

Lockdown Loneliness Making Things Even Tougher for Cancer Patients

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Fighting cancer can be a lonely battle, and new research shows that the coronavirus pandemic has made the experience even more isolating. Studies conducted before the pandemic found that 32% to 47% of cancer patients were...

'5/10/2021 12:00:27 PM'

Pregnancy Within 1 Year of Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Women who get pregnant within a year of having weight-loss surgery are more likely to have preterm and smaller-than-normal babies, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers said their findings support current recommendations ...

'5/10/2021 11:58:28 AM'

Why Sleep Raises Risk for Sudden Death in People With Epilepsy

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- New research gives insight into why people with epilepsy are at increased risk of sudden death during sleep. The study found that both sleep and epileptic seizures work together to slow heart rate, and that seizures also...

'5/10/2021 11:57:59 AM'

Asthma Attacks Plummeted During Pandemic

MONDAY, May 10, 2021 -- Call it a silver lining of the pandemic: Asthma attacks fell sharply among Black and Hispanic Americans in the months after the coronavirus first surfaced. The study included nearly 1,200 participants who provided informati...

'5/9/2021 1:05:45 PM'

How Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVID

SUNDAY, May 9, 2021 -- As kids get ready for summer camp, parents might be fretting about exposure to COVID-19, but a doctors' group says they also need to make sure their campers will be protected from allergy and asthma triggers. "The [Centers...

'5/8/2021 1:05:14 PM'

Could Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning Signs

SATURDAY, May 8, 2021 -- Heart defects are often – but not always – detected at birth, so it's important to pay attention when a child gets dizzy, passes out or says her heart is "beeping." These and other warning signs, such as an...

'5/7/2021 5:05:07 PM'

Lots of Sugary Drinks Doubles Younger Women's Colon Cancer Risk: Study

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- Rates of colon cancer among young Americans are on the rise, and a new study suggests that drinking too many sugary beverages may be to blame -- at least for women. Women who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages such...

'5/7/2021 3:05:45 PM'

AHA News: How Social Isolation Can Harm Health as You Age – and How to Prevent It

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Barbara Stopfer hasn't had much of a social life since her husband died six years ago. She stopped seeing coworkers, too, after her heart condition required her to cut back her hours and wor...

'5/7/2021 3:05:19 PM'

Gene Tied to Balding May Also Raise COVID Risks for Men

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- It's long been known that COVID-19 is more fatal for men than women, and new research links some of that excess risk to a gene known to cause a form of hair loss in males. A U.S. team of researchers first suspected the link...

'5/7/2021 3:05:17 PM'

AHA News: Son Helps Dad After Back Surgery, Then Dad Helps Son After Stroke

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- When 81-year-old Dick Connery had back surgery in 2019, his son Tim Connery became his primary caregiver. Tim moved in temporarily, ran errands and kept his dad company. Then, Tim said, "in...

'5/7/2021 3:05:10 PM'

Are You Taking a Med That's Raising Your Blood Pressure?

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- Nearly one in five Americans with high blood pressure use medications that can cause blood pressure to spike, a preliminary study shows. The researchers said the findings are concerning, given how many people have difficulty...

'5/7/2021 12:05:43 PM'

How a Little Alcohol Might Help the Heart

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- A bit of booze may help protect your heart by reducing stress-related brain activity, a new study suggests. "The thought is that moderate amounts of alcohol may have effects on the brain that can help you relax, reduce stres...

'5/7/2021 12:05:35 PM'

Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide Later

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- Survivors of the intensive care unit (ICU) have a higher risk of self-harm and suicide after discharge than other hospital patients, a Canadian study shows. Researchers compared the health records of 423,000 ICU survivors in...

'5/7/2021 12:05:32 PM'

Air Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a Lifetime

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- Air pollution isn't hard on the hearts of adults only, suggests a new analysis that found it can raise blood pressure in kids as young as 5. Children experienced increases in blood pressure if they had short-term exposure to...

'5/7/2021 12:05:23 PM'

Failing Kidneys Could Bring Higher Dementia Risk

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- Chronic kidney disease may carry an increased risk of dementia, according to a Swedish study. In people with chronic kidney disease, the bean-shaped organs gradually lose their ability to filter waste from the blood and...

'5/7/2021 12:05:23 PM'

Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- That growling dog may actually be terrified of you. Fear and age-related pain are among the reasons why dogs are aggressive toward people, a new study suggests. The findings could help two-legged folks better understand and...

'5/7/2021 12:05:22 PM'

Health Highlights: May 7, 2021

U.S. Likely to Achieve July 4 COVID-19 Vaccination Target, But Challenges Remain It's likely that the United States will achieve President Joe Biden's target of having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of 70% of adults by July...

'5/7/2021 12:05:21 PM'

Poll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids Vaccinated

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- As U.S. health officials prepare to authorize Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in younger children, a new poll shows that less than a third of parents would get their child vaccinated as soon as the shots are...

'5/7/2021 12:05:20 PM'

State of Mind Matters for Survival After Heart Attack

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- Poor mental health after a heart attack may increase young and middle-aged adults' risk of another heart attack or death a few years later, a new study suggests. The study included 283 heart attack survivors, aged 18 to 61...

'5/7/2021 12:05:11 PM'

Fear of Losing Health Insurance Keeps 1 in 6 U.S. Workers in Their Jobs

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- Many American workers remain in jobs they'd rather leave -- simply because they don't want to lose their health insurance, a new Gallup poll reveals. That's the situation for 16% of respondents in a nationwide poll of more...

'5/7/2021 11:05:48 AM'

'BPA-Free' Bottles Might Need a Run Through Your Dishwasher First

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 -- It's a good idea to run drinking bottles you think are BPA-free through the dishwasher several times before using them, a new study suggests. University of Cincinnati researchers found that some supposedly BPA-free water...

'5/6/2021 5:05:36 PM'

Heart Risk Factors Show Up Earlier in U.S. Black Women

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 -- Young Black American women have high rates of lifestyle-related risk factors for heart disease, a new study indicates. The findings show the need to help them adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits, as well as...

'5/6/2021 4:05:47 PM'

Eat Smart: Mediterranean Diet Could Ward Off Dementia

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 -- A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, olive oil and fish -- the so-called Mediterranean diet -- may protect the brain from plaque buildup and shrinkage, a new study suggests. Researchers in Germany looked at the link between...

'5/6/2021 4:05:28 PM'

Race, Neighborhood Affects How Long You'll Live After Heart Attack

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 -- The risk of dying within five years of a heart attack is notably higher among poor Americans than their wealthier peers, but race also plays a role, a new study reveals. While Black residents of poor neighborhoods appear t...

'5/6/2021 3:05:52 PM'

Obesity More Deadly for Men Than Women When COVID Strikes

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 -- It's long been known that obesity is a risk factor for severe COVID-19 in infected people. But new research suggests that the connection may be even stronger for men than women. Researchers at Montefiore Medical Center in...

'5/6/2021 3:05:40 PM'

AHA News: Prenatal Stress Can Program a Child's Brain for Later Health Issues

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Soaring blood pressure. A racing heartbeat. Trouble sleeping. Excessive worrying. Difficulty concentrating. These are warning signs of out-of-control stress and anxiety, and their roots...

'5/6/2021 3:05:35 PM'

When Drug Companies Raise Prices, Patients' Out-of-Pocket Costs Rise

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 -- When prescription drug "list" prices go up, patients often take a hit in the wallet, a new study shows. Researchers found that while some people are buffered against drug price hikes by their health insurance plan, many ar...

'5/6/2021 3:05:32 PM'

1 in 4 Heart Attacks Arrive With 'Atypical' Symptoms

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 -- A quarter of heart attack patients have atypical symptoms and are less likely to receive emergency care, Danish research reveals. These patients are also more likely to die within 30 days than those with chest...

'5/6/2021 12:05:58 PM'

Saxenda Aids Weight Loss — But You Should Exercise, Too

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 -- The weight-loss drug Saxenda can keep extra pounds off — but combining it with exercise brings a bigger payoff, a new clinical trial finds. The study found that some longstanding advice is valid: Prescription...