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'3/4/2021 7:03:21 PM'

More Data Suggests New Coronavirus Variants Weaken Vaccines, Treatments

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- There's new evidence that fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are more resistant to antibody treatments and vaccines. Researchers assessed variants first identified in South Africa, the United...

'3/4/2021 6:03:06 PM'

Moderna COVID Vaccine Can Sometimes Trigger Delayed Skin Reactions

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- Some people given the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may develop a reaction at the injection site that can first appear more than a week after they get the shot, research shows. A minority of patients may experience a large,...

'3/4/2021 5:03:55 PM'

Perils of the Pandemic: Scooters, Cleansers and Button Batteries

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- Fireworks, skateboards and button batteries are among the products associated with increased trips to the emergency room during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety...

'3/4/2021 5:03:11 PM'

American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- While strokes strike many Americans, a new study shows the risk is particularly high among American Indians. Researchers already knew that American Indians had the highest risk of atrial fibrillation, which is an...

'3/4/2021 4:03:36 PM'

AHA News: Bypass Surgery Turned Doctor From Couch Potato Into Mountain Climber

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Because of the lack of oxygen at such lofty altitudes, Dr. Akil Taherbhai needed four hours to climb the last mile to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in...

'3/4/2021 4:03:28 PM'

COVID Leaves Most Pro Athletes With No Lasting Heart Damage: Study

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- In some reassuring news for professional athletes, a new study finds very few develop inflammatory heart disease after being infected with COVID-19, and most can safely return to play. In fact, of nearly 800 professional...

'3/4/2021 4:03:11 PM'

Catnip Might Be Your Next Mosquito Repellent

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- A common herb that makes your favorite feline high may hold the key to a mosquito-free summer in your backyard. Researchers say catnip is as effective as synthetic insect repellents, including DEET, and they report why...

'3/4/2021 4:03:02 PM'

U.S. Hispanics at High Heart Disease Risk and Many Go Untreated: Report

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- Even after suffering a stroke, many Hispanic Americans still have uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions that raise their risk of a repeat one, a new study finds. The study involved 404 Hispanic...

'3/4/2021 1:03:55 PM'

COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (Healthday News) -- In a finding that suggests overweight people should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines, a new report released Thursday shows the risk of death from coronavirus infection is about 10 times higher in...

'3/4/2021 1:03:50 PM'

Add Sleep Woes to Long-Term Effects of Concussions

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- Concussions can increase the long-term risk of a wide range of sleep disorders, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at more than 98,700 U.S. veterans diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the same numbe...

'3/4/2021 1:03:19 PM'

She Barely Survived a Severe Form of COVID-19 Hitting Kids

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- Like many people this past year, teenager Tyona Montgomery began experiencing a sore throat and a loss of sense of smell and taste in November that suggested she might have COVID-19. A positive test confirmed it, but she...

'3/4/2021 1:03:08 PM'

Health Highlights: March 4, 2021

California Targets Vulnerable Neighborhoods for COVID-19 Vaccination About 40% of California's COVID-19 vaccine doses will be set aside for the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the state, officials said Wednesday. Many of the neighborhoods...

'3/4/2021 12:03:57 PM'

Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- Who is more likely to relapse after opioid addiction treatment — women or men? A new study that followed 1,100 recovering opioid users reveals that their risks are different. The researchers followed the men and...

'3/4/2021 12:03:45 PM'

Is Your Teen Unmotivated at School? That Might Change

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- If your teen seems disinterested in school, new research suggests there's a good chance that things will get better over time. "Our results point to a more hopeful picture for students who start out with lower levels of...

'3/4/2021 12:03:38 PM'

Women With Type 1 Diabetes May Have Fewer Childbearing Years: Study

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 -- Women with type 1 diabetes may have a shorter length of time to conceive and bear children compared to those without the disease, new research suggests. The hormone insulin plays an important part in regulating female...

'3/3/2021 9:03:49 PM'

Could Taking a Swing at Golf Help Parkinson's Patients?

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- For helping Parkinson's patients improve their balance and mobility, golf may beat the martial art exercise tai chi, a new, small study reveals. "Exercise is well-known to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease," sai...

'3/3/2021 6:03:24 PM'

Vaping Pot Worse Than Vaping Tobacco for Teens' Lungs: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- Teenagers who vape pot are more likely to wheeze and cough than those who smoke or vape nicotine, new survey data reveals. Reports from U.S. kids 12 to 17 show they have a higher risk of wheezing, suffering from a dry...

'3/3/2021 6:03:07 PM'

New Coronavirus Variant Out of Brazil Now in 5 U.S. States

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- The first U.S. case of a Brazilian COVID-19 variant that doctors fear can re-infect the previously sick surfaced in Minnesota in early January 2021, and the more infectious variant has since been found in four other...

'3/3/2021 5:03:02 PM'

Scientists Discover Why Blood Type May Matter for COVID Infection

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- A new study provides further evidence that people with certain blood types may be more likely to contract COVID-19. Specifically, it found that the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is particularly attracted to the blood...

'3/3/2021 4:03:55 PM'

AHA News: Calming Us Down or Revving Us Up, Music Can Be Good for the Heart

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Stuck in traffic, with a nasty storm making a stressful commute even worse, Joanne Loewy reached for the car radio. "I felt my heartbeat rise," said Loewy, director of the Louis...

'3/3/2021 4:03:44 PM'

College Students With ADHD Have Lower Grades, Higher Dropout Rates

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- College students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a harder time making it to graduation than their peers do, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of 400 students they followed, those wit...

'3/3/2021 1:03:46 PM'

Health Highlights: March 3, 2021

Texas, Mississippi Drop Mask Mandates Texas has lifted its mask mandate and all businesses can reopen next Wednesday with no seating limits, Gov. Gregg Abbott announced Tuesday. Abbott's moves came as federal health officials have...

'3/3/2021 1:03:42 PM'

NIH Halts Trial of Convalescent Plasma for Mild COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- A clinical trial evaluating the use of convalescent plasma in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms has been halted because the treatment didn't benefit them, according to the U.S. National Institutes of...

'3/3/2021 1:03:28 PM'

Patients With Sickle Cell Disease Often Overlooked for Life-Saving Kidney Transplants

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- People with kidney failure related to sickle cell disease are less likely to receive a transplant than those without sickle cell disease, but it could be life-saving for them, a new study finds. Sickle cell disease is a...

'3/3/2021 1:03:22 PM'

Talking Points: People Rarely End Conversations When They Want To

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- Ever been caught in small-talk you secretly wanted to end? So has nearly everyone else, according to new research that finds that both partners in a conversation often want it to end sooner than it does. The flip side...

'3/3/2021 1:03:21 PM'

COVID Vaccines for All American Adults by the End of May: Biden

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (Healthday News) -- The United States is now poised to have enough COVID-19 vaccines for every American adult by the end of May, President Joe Biden said Tuesday. The announcement, which came during a brief speech at the...

'3/3/2021 1:03:16 PM'

Social Media, Binge Eating Often Go Together for Kids

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- Could endless hours spent scrolling through social media and watching TV trigger binge eating in preteens? Apparently so, new research suggests. "Children may be more prone to overeating while distracted in front of...

'3/3/2021 1:03:15 PM'

'Rerouting' Brain Blood Flow: Old Technique Could Be New Advance Against Strokes

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- Doctors are testing a decades-old surgical technique as a new way to treat certain stroke patients. And the preliminary results look promising, they say. At issue are strokes caused by intracranial atherosclerosis, wher...

'3/3/2021 1:03:15 PM'

Does an Arthritis Drug Help Patients Battling Severe COVID? It Depends on the Study

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- Two new studies suggest that the jury is still out on whether the arthritis drug tocilizumab helps those with severe COVID-19. Both reports were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. The first, from...

'3/3/2021 1:03:05 PM'

Scientists Gain Insight Into Genetics of Glaucoma

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- Researchers have identified 44 new genetic variants associated with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. They say their findings could provide new targets to treat the common eye disease. In their study, the...

'3/3/2021 1:03:00 PM'

Choice of Brand-Name Drug Over Generics Costs Medicare Nearly $2 Billion Annually

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 -- Wider use of prescription generic drugs could save Medicare nearly $2 billion a year, researchers say. The new analysis of Medicare Part D prescription drug claims for 2017 used a random 20% of beneficiaries, 224 drugs...

'3/2/2021 9:03:32 PM'

How Climate Change Could Put More MS Patients in Danger

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 -- When temperatures rise, people with multiple sclerosis need to keep cool. Heat sensitivity is a hallmark of the central nervous system disorder. So, what happens when warm weather spikes become more frequent because of...

'3/2/2021 7:03:14 PM'

What You Need to Know About the New J&J COVID Vaccine

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot coronavirus vaccine, adding a third weapon to the arsenal the United States is building to battle the...

'3/2/2021 6:03:38 PM'

Could ADHD Raise Odds for More Serious Psychiatric Ills?

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 -- As if attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn't already tough on a child, new research suggests the condition might also raise the odds for a psychotic disorder later in life. But parents should not panic. "I...

'3/2/2021 6:03:30 PM'

AHA News: A New Heart at 18 Put Her on a New Path

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Jill Hollander was 9 when, during a visit to her cardiologist with her parents, he asked her to step outside so he could speak alone with her parents. Nonsense, she thought. "I want to be...

'3/2/2021 6:03:20 PM'

Skipping Mammograms Raises a Woman's Odds for Breast Cancer Death

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 -- Don't skip your breast cancer screening mammogram. This is the overarching message of an extended study of more than a half-million Swedish women. Those who missed even one recommended screening mammogram were more likely...

'3/2/2021 3:03:10 PM'

Stressed and Distracted, Kids and Their Teachers Say Virtual Learning Isn't Working

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 -- For Morgan Compton, 7, who has attended school remotely for nearly a year, the stress of the pandemic manifests itself in meltdowns. On one particular day, Morgan "threw a fit and decided to go upstairs," said...

'3/2/2021 1:03:58 PM'

For Some Young Drivers, Smartphone Use Is One of Many Bad Habits

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 -- Young drivers who cruise down the highway with a cellphone in hand probably exhibit other risky behind-the-wheel behaviors, a new study suggests. Talking or texting on a smartphone while driving correlates with a whole...

'3/2/2021 1:03:39 PM'

Many Blacks, Hispanics Believe They'll Get Worse Care If Dementia Strikes

TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 -- Black and Hispanic Americans already face higher risks for dementia than the general population. Many also believe they'd get worse dementia care compared to white patients, according to a new Alzheimer's Association...

'3/2/2021 1:03:22 PM'

Health Highlights, March 2, 2021

California Students Could Be Back in Classrooms by April New legislation could have many California's public school students returning to classrooms by April. The plan announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders provides...