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'12/5/2021 2:12:52 PM'

With Holidays Ahead, COVID Boosters a Must for People With Weak Immune Systems

SUNDAY, Dec. 5, 2021 -- If you're a patient with a weakened immune system, roll up your sleeves to stay safe over the holidays and winter months. "Immunocompromised patients absolutely should get a flu shot as well as an additional COVID-19 vaccin...

'12/4/2021 2:12:18 PM'

Keep Your Holidays Allergy-Free This Year

SATURDAY, Dec. 4, 2021 -- Planning ahead will reduce the risk of allergies and asthma interfering with your holiday plans, an expert says. "In addition to concerns about COVID-19, those with allergies and asthma sometimes have an added layer of...

'12/3/2021 5:12:30 PM'

Omicron May Overcome Prior COVID Infection

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- People who've already had COVID-19 have a higher risk of reinfection with the Omicron coronavirus variant than with earlier variants, new research shows. The South African scientists who reported the findings believe that...

'12/3/2021 4:12:34 PM'

Gene Found in Amish Helps Protect Their Hearts

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- A rare gene variant discovered among Amish people may help lower "bad" cholesterol and protect against heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 7,000 Amish people, the gene variant was tied t...

'12/3/2021 4:12:06 PM'

Could Pollution Help Decide Your Baby's Sex?

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- A boy or a girl? New research suggests that the air pregnant women breathe or the water they drink could play a role in their baby's sex. The finding stems from tracking hundreds of factors — including pollution...

'12/3/2021 3:12:52 PM'

Do Immune-Based Cancer Drugs Work Better in Men?

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- Women are two times more likely than men to die after receiving a combination of cancer immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors, but it's not clear if that difference is due to side effects or because the treatment...

'12/3/2021 3:12:26 PM'

AHA News: Teen With Three Heart Conditions Aims to Become a Pediatric Cardiologist

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- In second grade, Emily Meister was performing as Gretl Von Trapp in the local high school production of "The Sound of Music" when she felt her heart beating unusually fast. She also sensed...

'12/3/2021 1:12:51 PM'

Most Vaccinated Adults Plan to Get Boosters: Poll

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- Most vaccinated American adults have every intention of getting booster shots, a new poll finds. Only about one in five say they won't get it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey conducted with 1,820 U.S....

'12/3/2021 1:12:18 PM'

Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- Older Black Americans are much more likely to have good hearing than white Americans, and the difference is especially notable among men, a new study shows. “We found that among males, non-Hispanic Black Americans have...

'12/3/2021 1:12:11 PM'

Study Finds Delta Somewhat Resistant to Vaccines — What About Omicron?

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- Lab studies show that the mutations found in COVID-19's Delta variant make the virus more resistant to existing vaccines, a potentially ominous development as the new Omicron variant starts to wend its way around the...

'12/3/2021 1:12:03 PM'

New York Reports 5 Omicron Cases, U.S. Total Rises to 9

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- Five cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in New York state, one in Minnesota and one in Hawaii, officials in those states announced Thursday. That brings the known total in the United States to nine,...

'12/3/2021 12:12:35 PM'

Gene Test Spots Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Post-Op Chemo

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- A genetic test can identify older breast cancer patients who can forgo chemotherapy after surgery, even if the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, a large international clinical trial shows. "For decades, women with...

'12/3/2021 12:12:32 PM'

Pandemic Data Suggests Cars Spew More Ammonia Than Suspected

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- COVID-19 lockdowns brought surprising news to scientists studying pollution: Cars spew much more ammonia into the air than previously thought. Ammonia is a common air pollutant that's a major cause of lung and heart disease...

'12/3/2021 12:12:27 PM'

Windy Days Are Safer Days When It Comes to COVID-19

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- If you're getting together with others outdoors, a windy day might be best, researchers say. The investigators found that when people socialize outside, the risk of coronavirus infection is as much as 45% greater when...

'12/3/2021 12:12:02 PM'

Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- Nearly 13 million U.S. adults a year skip or delay filling needed prescriptions due to high price tags, new research shows. This figure includes more than 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries and 3.8 million privately insured...

'12/2/2021 6:12:51 PM'

Second Omicron Case Reported in Man Who Traveled to NYC Anime Convention

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- Just one day after the first Omicron case was reported in the United States, federal officials announced a second case on Thursday, this time in a Minnesota man who had traveled to an Anime convention in New York City in...

'12/2/2021 6:12:32 PM'

Autism Now Diagnosed in 1 in Every 44 8-Year-Olds, CDC Says

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- Autism may be more prevalent among American children than believed, a new U.S. government study shows. One in 44 children at age 8 in the United States have been diagnosed with the developmental disorder, a jump from the...

'12/2/2021 4:12:29 PM'

After Vaccines & Easing of Lockdowns, College Students' Mental Health Still Poor

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- College students are not bouncing back from the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a troubling new study finds. Researchers were surprised to find that one year after the start of the pandemic, college students...

'12/2/2021 4:12:27 PM'

Is the Mumps Vaccine Becoming Less Effective?

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- Children and teenagers vaccinated against the mumps virus have accounted for one-third of infections in recent years, a new U.S. government study finds. The reasons are unclear, and experts stressed that routine childhood...

'12/2/2021 4:12:07 PM'

AHA News: Foraging for Food Connects You to Nature – But Do Your Homework Before You Eat

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- To occupy his mind during long-distance trail runs, Philip Stark started noticing the variety of plants in the fields around him, then the way they changed with the seasons. As the plants...

'12/2/2021 1:12:55 PM'

Biden's New HIV/AIDS Strategy Calls Racism a Roadblock to Victory

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 -- Racism is "a public health threat" that must be tackled to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Biden administration said Wednesday in announcing its new strategy to fight the disease. Over generations, “structural...

'12/2/2021 1:12:50 PM'

Pfizer or Moderna? Head-to-Head Study Shows One Shot Has an Edge

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- Which coronavirus vaccine is best at beating COVID-19 -- Moderna or Pfizer? New research hands that honor to Moderna: In what is billed as the first head-to-head comparison of the two shots, researchers analyzed the healt...

'12/2/2021 1:12:50 PM'

Assistance Dogs Bring Big Boost to Deaf People

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- Hearing dogs make a huge difference in deaf people's lives, a new British study shows. The dogs are trained to alert deaf people to everyday sounds such as doorbells, human voices, baby monitors and alarm clocks, as well...

'12/2/2021 1:12:47 PM'

Pandemic Stress, Exhaustion Weigh on Health Care Workers

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- The pandemic is taking a toll on health care workers' sleep, which can put both their mental health and patient care at risk, researchers warn. Their study of more than 800 New York City health care workers found that...

'12/2/2021 1:12:41 PM'

A Little Cash May Help Women Quit Smoking During Pregnancy: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- Quitting smoking is especially important during pregnancy, and now a new study suggests that when it comes to kicking the habit, cash may be just the incentive some women need. The study results suggest progressive...

'12/2/2021 1:12:41 PM'

'Mild Cognitive Impairment' in Older Age Often Disappears, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- A diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) might worry an older adult, who could see it as a stepping stone to dementia. But a new study suggests one does not necessarily lead to the other. In fact, nearly half of...

'12/2/2021 1:12:39 PM'

Vaping Can Trigger Gene Changes in Cells: Study

THURSDAY, Dec.2, 2021 -- For those who think vaping is safer than smoking, think again. A new study warns that vaping triggers the same gene regulation changes that smoking does, so it may raise the risk of cancer and other serious diseases. "Our...

'12/2/2021 1:12:39 PM'

Biden to Announce Plan to Battle Omicron, Delta Variants This Winter

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- President Joe Biden plans to announce a new round of measures to protect Americans against the spread of coronavirus variants on Thursday. The strategy will include making rapid at-home COVID-19 tests free for more people...

'12/2/2021 1:12:21 PM'

Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2021

White House announces measures to fight COVID-19 this winter. Making rapid at-home coronavirus testing free for more people, maintaining masks on planes, and launching campaigns to increase vaccination and booster shots were steps were to be...

'12/2/2021 1:12:05 PM'

Survivors of Severe COVID Face Doubled Risk for Death a Year Later

THURSDAY, Dec. 2, 2021 -- People who recovered from a severe case of COVID-19 may have more to worry about: New research finds that patients hospitalized with COVID are 2.5 times more likely to die within the year than people who never contracted...

'12/1/2021 8:12:16 PM'

First U.S. Omicron Case Reported in California

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 -- The first confirmed U.S. case of the Omicron variant has been reported in California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The patient was a traveler, apparently from the San Francisco...

'12/1/2021 6:12:39 PM'

For Men, Vaping May Be a Downer in the Bedroom

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 -- Vaping can be tough on the lungs, but new research warns of another possible danger to men: It may more than double the risk for erectile dysfunction. After tracking erectile dysfunction (ED) risk among nearly 25,000 men...

'12/1/2021 6:12:28 PM'

WHO Approves First Long-Acting Device to Shield Women From HIV

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 -- With HIV a continuing threat to women's health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the first long-acting device to protect women from sexually transmitted HIV. The device is a vaginal ring made of silicone...

'12/1/2021 6:12:17 PM'

Reading With Your Toddler? Books May Beat Screens

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 -- Parents who want to read to their toddlers and give them a developmental boost ought to pick up a traditional paper book rather than an e-book on a tablet, a new study reports. Toddlers are more likely to interact with...

'12/1/2021 5:12:31 PM'

HIV Rates Fall Among Gay White Americans, But Not Minorities

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 -- Some progress has been made in the U.S. fight against HIV, with new infections falling among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade. But their Black and Hispanic counterparts did not see that advance, health...

'12/1/2021 5:12:27 PM'

Nearly 7% of U.S. Kids Have Had a Head Injury or Concussion

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 -- Blows to the head are common among America's kids, with close to 7% showing signs of a brain injury at some time in childhood, U.S. health officials report. Sports, falls and abuse are likely causes, experts...

'12/1/2021 4:12:44 PM'

Kids With Uncontrolled Asthma at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 -- Asthma is a tough disease for kids and their parents to manage well, but not keeping it under control may make these children up to six times more likely to wind up in the hospital with severe COVID-19, new research...

'12/1/2021 4:12:42 PM'

AHA News: Hispanic Adults May Be More Likely to Get Amputations for This Blood Vessel Disease

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Hispanic people hospitalized for peripheral artery disease may be more likely to undergo amputations than their white peers who are not Hispanic, according to new research that points to...