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'9/22/2021 4:09:21 PM'

U.S. to Buy 500 Million More COVID Vaccine Doses for Global Donation

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- The United States will buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine that it will donate to countries in need, President Biden announced at a virtual summit on the pandemic Wednesday. The United States i...

'9/22/2021 3:09:59 PM'

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer May Have Long-Term Risk for the Heart

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- Younger women who undergo radiation for cancer in the left breast have a heightened risk of heart disease years later, a new study finds. Among women who received radiation therapy for left-sided breast cancer, 10.5%...

'9/22/2021 3:09:40 PM'

AHA News: Food Insecurity's Long-Term Health Consequences

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- For some people, the subject of hunger conjures up tragic images of starving people with swollen bellies in blighted, desolate parts of the world. In this country, the picture is...

'9/22/2021 3:09:17 PM'

18 Million Americans Can't Pay for Needed Meds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- As many as 18 million Americans can't afford their prescribed medications, a new nationwide poll finds. That's 7% of the adult population in the United States. But when it comes to households making less than $24,000...

'9/22/2021 1:09:59 PM'

CDC Expert Panel to Weigh In on Vaccine Boosters

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Wednesday to discuss which Americans, if any, should get Pfizer booster shots to rev up their immunity to COVID-19. Their...

'9/22/2021 1:09:50 PM'

Pregnant Women Who Get COVID Vaccine Pass Antibodies to Newborns

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- One way to help protect newborns from COVID-19 is for women to get their COVID vaccine while pregnant. A new study found that mothers-to-be who had either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine passed high levels of...

'9/22/2021 12:09:35 PM'

Health Highlights: Sept. 22, 2021

Here are some of HealthDay's top stories for Wednesday, Sept. 22: Pot for hot flashes? Many middle-aged women are turning to marijuana to help them handle the distressing symptoms of menopause, despite the lack of evidence that it actually works, ...

'9/22/2021 12:09:20 PM'

More Women Turning to Marijuana Products to Help With Menopause

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- Sleeplessness. Night sweats. Anxiety. Irritability. Aches and pains. Would smoking a little pot help women deal with these common symptoms of menopause? A good number of middle-aged women apparently think so, because...

'9/22/2021 11:09:45 AM'

Parents of Hospitalized Kids Need More Info on Costs: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- Having a child in the hospital is distressing for families, and not knowing what that stay might cost can add to that stress, researchers say. A new study has found that three-quarters of U.S. families want to have...

'9/22/2021 11:09:18 AM'

Migraines and More Severe Hot Flashes Could Be Linked

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- Women with a history of migraine headaches may suffer severe hot flashes during menopause, and this combo may boost their risk for heart disease, researchers say. Migraine doesn't cause more or worse hot flashes —...

'9/22/2021 11:09:16 AM'

Sexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain Health

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- It's known that sexual assault affects a woman's physical and mental health. Now, researchers say these traumatic incidents may also harm her brain health. A new study found that traumatic experiences, including sexual...

'9/22/2021 11:09:08 AM'

Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- Seeing a parent abuse a sibling can be as traumatizing as watching a parent hurt another parent, a new study finds. And it can lead to depression, anxiety and anger, researchers say. "When we hear about exposure to...

'9/22/2021 11:09:04 AM'

Antibodies to Early Strains of COVID May Not Fight New Variants: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- Antibodies from current COVID-19 vaccines don't bind well to the new variants of the virus, a study finds. Researchers collected data from previously published papers about the sequence of antibodies produced by the...

'9/21/2021 4:09:52 PM'

4 Out of 10 Adults With No Known Heart Disease Have Fatty Hearts: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- Many middle-aged adults with apparently healthy hearts have a "silent" buildup of fatty deposits in their arteries, a large, new study shows. Researchers found that of more than 25,000 50- to 64-year-olds, about 42% had...

'9/21/2021 4:09:28 PM'

Booster Dose of J&J COVID Vaccine Increases Immunity

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- Getting another shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substantially increased its protection, the company announced Tuesday. According to the results of a new clinical trial, two doses of the vaccine boosts...

'9/21/2021 3:09:27 PM'

Intervening in Infancy Might Help Prevent Some Cases of Autism: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021 -- Infants may show early signs of autism, but a diagnosis usually isn't made until age 3. Now, a new study suggests that jumpstarting therapy might stave off that diagnosis altogether. Researchers say their preemptive,...

'9/21/2021 3:09:24 PM'

AHA News: A Day Before His Cardiologist Appointment, 41-Year-Old Had a Stroke

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Patrick Wright was back home after ringing in the new year with family and friends at his grandmother's house. Around 2:30 a.m., he woke up to go to the bathroom. He noticed he had no...

'9/21/2021 3:09:11 PM'

Which Kids Are at Highest Risk From COVID?

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- Older children and kids with chronic diseases are those most likely to wind up in the hospital with COVID-19, researchers have found. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes and neurologic problems, among others, put kids a...

'9/21/2021 12:09:55 PM'

COVID Has Killed More Americans Than the Spanish Flu Did in 1918

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- As the highly contagious Delta variant has swept across the United States, the country has reached a tragic milestone. COVID-19 has now killed more Americans than the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic did, when roughly 675,000...

'9/21/2021 12:09:52 PM'

AHA News: A Year of Committed Exercise in Middle Age Reversed Worrisome Heart Stiffness

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- A year of exercise training helped to preserve or increase the youthful elasticity of the heart muscle among people showing early signs of heart failure, a small study shows. The new...

'9/21/2021 12:09:52 PM'

Dealing With Grief in the Time of COVID

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- That feeling that many people are collectively experiencing right now? It's grief. Some may be living through the loss of family, friends or colleagues who have died from the COVID-19 virus. Others have had losses that...

'9/21/2021 12:09:48 PM'

Neighborhood Gun Violence Means Worse Mental Health for Kids

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- Living within a few blocks of a shooting increases the risk that a child will end up visiting the emergency department for mental health-related problems, researchers say. The new study found significant increases in...

'9/21/2021 12:09:48 PM'

Post-Stroke Rehab: There's a Sweet Spot in the Timing

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- After a stroke, the best time to work on regaining hand and arm use is 60 to 90 days later, according to a new clinical trial. Starting intensive rehab at less than 30 days can be helpful, too, but waiting until six...

'9/21/2021 12:09:38 PM'

Health Highlights: Sept. 21, 2021

Here are some of HealthDay's top stories for Tuesday, Sept. 21: Pandemic has changed what and how families eat: A new poll shows half are cooking at home more often and two-thirds are making healthier food choices. But 20% of parents, many of whom...

'9/21/2021 12:09:35 PM'

Pandemic Changed Families' Eating Habits, for Good and Bad: Poll

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- Over the past year and a half, the coronavirus pandemic has remade so much of everyday life, including the foods families eat. In many families, that's been a good thing, with half cooking at home more often and...

'9/21/2021 12:09:20 PM'

Common Form of Liver Cancer on the Rise in Rural America

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- Liver cancer is on the rise in rural America, but on a downswing in cities, new research shows. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer and the fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in the...

'9/21/2021 12:09:14 PM'

Watch Their Backs -- Don't Overload Those Schoolbags

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- After more than a year at home, children are heading back to classrooms across the country. But they're also toting heavy bags on their backs again. A backpack that fits properly -- and is not overloaded with binders and...

'9/21/2021 12:09:07 PM'

Animal Sedative Is Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- An animal tranquilizer, xylazine, is increasingly linked to drug overdose deaths across the United States, health officials say. According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, xylazin...

'9/21/2021 12:09:06 PM'

Most Supermarket Chicken Laced With White Fat: Report

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- A new report from the Humane League claims that 99% of supermarket chicken has pockets of fat, called white stripes, running through it. The nonprofit group said its findings show how chickens are being raised with littl...

'9/21/2021 12:09:00 PM'

Doctors Often Miss Signs of Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 -- Potentially dangerous symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children are not always immediately recognized by primary care providers, new research suggests. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to make enough insulin, the...

'9/20/2021 6:09:51 PM'

New Drug Combo Boosts Survival Against Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- New research offers good news for women with an aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer. A targeted therapy, trastuzumab deruxtecan (T-DXd), sold as Enhertu, triples the length of time that the cancer remains in check when...

'9/20/2021 6:09:34 PM'

Sleep Apnea Patients Struggle as Common CPAP Machine Is Recalled

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- Millions of U.S. sleep apnea patients are scrambling to find ways to protect their nightly slumber, following a voluntary recall from one of the nation's leading manufacturers of CPAP breathing machines. Philips...

'9/20/2021 4:09:51 PM'

U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- Starting in November, the United States plans to lift travel restrictions on people coming from overseas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This move by the Biden administration will open the United States to...

'9/20/2021 4:09:37 PM'

Telemedicine Gets High Marks for Follow-Ups After Surgery

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- After routine surgery, a "virtual" follow-up visit might be just as good as a traditional office appointment, a new study suggests. Researchers found that surgery patients who had video follow-up appointments were just as...

'9/20/2021 3:09:47 PM'

AHA News: Clot-Removing Procedure Appears Safe for Pregnant Stroke Patients

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Physically removing a blood clot in the brain is a safe and effective treatment for pregnant women having a stroke, a new study suggests. Stroke during pregnancy remains rare, but the ris...

'9/20/2021 3:09:41 PM'

HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts. Most of the...

'9/20/2021 12:09:52 PM'

Kids in Marching Bands Under Threat From Heat Illness

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- It's not just athletes on the field who suffer when outdoor temperatures get too high. Members of college and high school marching bands are at increased risk of heat-related illness, too, researchers warn. "They go out...

'9/20/2021 12:09:49 PM'

Pandemic Tied to Declining Birth Rates for U.S., Much of Europe

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- Birth rates tend to fall during pandemics, and history is repeating itself with the COVID-19 scourge, researchers say. Fewer babies have been born in much of Europe and the United States. Earlier in the pandemic, U.S....

'9/20/2021 12:09:45 PM'

Health Highlights: Sept. 20, 2021

Here are some of HealthDay's top stories for Monday, Sept. 20: Lower dose of Pfizer vaccine works in kids as young as 5: The pharmaceutical giant announced Monday that a dose that is one-third the strength of adult doses triggered a robust immune...

'9/20/2021 12:09:39 PM'

Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 -- Hospitalized opioid addicts die at a rate similar to people who have a heart attack after leaving the hospital. Nearly 8% of patients addicted to opioids died within 12 months of hospital discharge, according to...