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Sure-Fire Solutions for Managing Lockdown Temper Tantrums
Sunday, May 24, 2020
SUNDAY, May 24, 2020 -- After weeks of confinement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, kids, teens and grownups alike are probably getting on one another's nerves big time by now. So what's the secret to defusing bouts of pouting, screaming and...
Remdesivir Will Not Be Enough to Curb COVID-19, Study Finds
Saturday, May 23, 2020
SATURDAY, May 23, 2020 -- There have been high hopes that the antiviral drug remdesivir might be an answer to the pandemic of COVID-19. But a major, new study finds the drug on its own won't be enough to significantly curb cases and deaths. The...
Outdoor Swimming Pools Not a COVID-19 Risk: Expert
Saturday, May 23, 2020
SATURDAY, May 23, 2020 -- Swimming pools in many parts of the United States may reopen soon, and Americans can take comfort in knowing that taking a dip should pose little risk of coronavirus infection. However, there could be risks at indoor pool...
How to Cope With Your Grief During Coronavirus Pandemic
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- Grief is touching the lives of countless Americans as the COVID-19 death toll mounts. The death of a family member or close friend can be among the most difficult things you'll have to deal with, so the American...
Coronavirus Can Infect, Inflame the Thyroid
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- An Italian teenager may be the first known case of a painful thyroid infection caused by the new coronavirus, doctors report. A research team from Pisa, in northern Italy, said the 18-year-old woman's thyroid became sore an...
Chinese COVID Vaccine Promising in Early Trial in People
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- Another COVID-19 vaccine candidate has achieved good early results, a research team in China reported Friday. The experimental vaccine produced important signs of immune response in a small group of adults, a sign that it...
More Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Won't Help, May Harm COVID-19 Patients
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- A drug supported and even taken by President Donald Trump as a potential weapon against the new coronavirus simply doesn't seem to work, another major study finds. In fact, hydroxychloroquine, as well as a related medicine,...
AHA News: How to Accurately Measure Blood Pressure at Home
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- High blood pressure is one of the top risk factors for heart attack and stroke. It's also common among people who develop severe symptoms of COVID-19. So, with more people at home practicin...
AHA News: A Nutritious Side Dish to Grill This Memorial Day
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- The coronavirus has put a damper on Memorial Day outings, but you can still kick off barbecue season with healthy grilled fruit kebabs. Skewers filled with pineapple, strawberry, banana and...
COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: Study
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- New research reveals that COVID-19 attacks the lungs in a far different manner from the flu. Unlike most respiratory diseases, significant impacts on blood vessels were seen in the lungs of seven COVID-19 patients. The lung...
Strokes Are Deadlier When They Hit COVID-19 Patients
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- COVID-19 hasn't increased the risk for stroke, but when a stroke occurs it's more likely to be fatal, a new study finds. According to researchers, less than 1% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 suffer a stroke. But they...
U.S. Earmarks $1.2 Billion for New Vaccine Deal as Coronavirus Deaths Near 95,000
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it would provide up to $1.2 billion to the drug company AstraZeneca to develop a potential coronavirus vaccine from a lab in Oxford, U.K. The fourth, and...
Face Masks Can Help Prevent Viral Spread, but They Aren't Perfect: Study
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- Face coverings may reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the effectiveness of seven types of face coverings -- including medical-grade and homemade masks -- when people breathe...
During the Pandemic, How Safe Is the Great American Summer Vacation?
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- Memorial Day is fast approaching, summer travel plans have mostly been wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are climbing the walls. Is there any way you can get out of your house and have a little bit of fun, withou...
Pandemic Has Overburdened Parents Stressed Out: Poll
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- If there's such a thing as a "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic, it's a constant state of stress. And it's particularly intense for many parents who are keeping house, working from home, and trying to keep their...
Mental Health is Big Issue For Police Officers Around The World: Study
Friday, May 22, 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 -- Mental health problems and substance abuse are common among cops, and more needs to be done to address those issues, researchers say. Previous studies have suggested that first responders have a higher risk of mental health...
Health Highlights: May 22, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Coronavirus Not Spread Easily From Contaminated Surfaces: CDC The new coronavirus spreads swiftly between people but is not easily caught...
If Prescribed Opioids for Pain, Ask Lots of Questions: FDA
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- If your doctor prescribes opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for you, there are a number of questions you should ask, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises. Opioids can be used...
Your Sleep Habits May Worsen Your Asthma
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Getting too little or too much sleep may worsen asthma in adults, a new study finds. Researchers asked nearly 1,400 adults, 20 and older, with self-reported asthma about their sleep habits. About one-quarter said they...
AHA News: As COVID-19 Stalls Vacation, Achieve Travel's Health Benefits at Home
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Since marrying in 2002, Doug Behan and Lise Deguire have gone on safari in Tanzania, watched the sunset over the Santorini caldera in the Greek Islands and walked through the ruins of Mac...
Blood Test Might Predict Worsening MS
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- A new blood test might help doctors predict whether someone's multiple sclerosis may soon get worse. The test looks for a substance called neurofilament light chain. It's a nerve protein that can be detected when nerve...
AHA News: After Diabetes, Stroke and Heart Attack, She's Learning to 'Fight Smart'
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Hyvelle Ferguson-Davis was reviewing paperwork at her office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when the headache started. It grew stronger and stronger and her eyes blurred, making it difficul...
Keeping Kids Slim, Fit During Lockdown Isn't Easy: Here Are Some Tips
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Lots of TV time, no PE classes, and a fridge full of food: It's a recipe for weight gain for kids under "stay at home" rules. But there are ways parents can help them stay healthy, says registered dietitian Audrey...
Extra Pounds Could Bring More Painful Joints
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Carrying excess pounds can be painful, literally. A new study finds that being overweight or obese ups the risk of pain in people with musculoskeletal disorders. "Pain, osteoarthritis and weight share a complicated...
COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy, Especially If Mom Is Obese
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Some pregnant women with COVID-19 do become severely ill, and the risk may be elevated for those who were obese or had conditions like asthma before pregnancy, a new study suggests. As with all things COVID-19, researcher...
More Opioids Doesn't Mean Less Chronic Pain: Study
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Boosting doses of opioid pain medicines doesn't appear to benefit patients with chronic pain, researchers report. "What we found was that the pain relief the provider and the patient are going for really isn't there when...
Lockdown Got You Feeling Low? Yoga May Help
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Many people under stay-at-home orders have turned to online yoga as a way to manage the stress. And a new research review suggests they're onto something. The review, of 19 clinical trials, focused on the benefits of yoga...
Combining Remdesivir With Other Meds Could Boost COVID-Fighting Power
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- A combination drug therapy for COVID-19 aims to both prevent the virus from spreading inside the human body as well as quelling the immune system havoc that the germ wreaks. A U.S. federally funded clinical trial is...
Lost Pregnancies, Diabetes May Be Linked
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- The more pregnancies losses a woman has, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on nearly 25,000 Danish women who were born between 1957 and 1997 and diagnosed with...
Earlier Lockdowns Would Have Saved Thousands of American Lives, Model Shows
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Nearly 36,000 American lives would have been spared if strict social distancing measures had been enacted across the country just one week earlier than they were, new estimates suggest. And if those measures had been...
WHO Predicts COVID-19 Will Take Heavy Toll in Africa
Thursday, May 21, 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 -- Without quick action, the new coronavirus could sicken up to a quarter-billion people in Africa during the pandemic's first year and claim 190,000 lives, a new modeling forecast suggests. Up to 5.5 million people could...
Health Highlights: May 21, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Test All Newborns of Mothers With Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19: CDC All babies born to women with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should be...
Keto Diet Might Change Your Gut in More Ways Than One
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 -- The now-trendy keto diet is said to turn fat into fuel. But a new, small study says it may also change the vast array of microbes residing in your gut (the microbiome). That could be a good thing, as those changes may...
Multiple Sclerosis Ups Odds for Heart Trouble, Stroke
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 -- Multiple sclerosis can cause weakness, pain, fatigue and vision problems. The disease also appears to increase the odds of heart disease and stroke, new research suggests. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a central nervous...
Cats, Dogs and Snakebite: One Pet Has an Advantage
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 -- One reason why cats have nine lives has emerged from an Australian study. Cats are twice as likely as dogs to survive the bite of a poisonous snake, according to an international team of researchers. The reason: Cats'...
Heart Attack Cases at ERs Fall by Half – Are COVID Fears to Blame?
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 -- U.S. emergency rooms are seeing about half as many heart attack patients as usual -- and researchers suspect the new coronavirus is the reason why. It's not that fewer people are having heart attacks, doctors say. Rather...
Experimental Vaccines Shield Monkeys From Coronavirus
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 -- Two new studies offer hope for an effective coronavirus vaccine -- and for the notion that prior infection also confers immunity. Both studies were conducted in rhesus macaque monkeys, so testing in humans is required fo...
Good News for Menopausal Women Who Take Hops
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 -- Women who take hop-based supplements to relieve symptoms of menopause needn't fear that they will interact with other drugs, a new study suggests. Hops are the flowers of hop plants and they give beer its bitter taste....
AHA News: Cooking More at Home? Diverse Food Cultures Can Expand Heart-Healthy Menu
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- For many in the United States, dinner means a large portion of meat and two sides, usually a starch and a vegetable. Think steak, potatoes and peas, or chicken, carrots and rice. "That's...
Lasting Spikes in Blood Pressure While Exercising Could Be Unhealthy Sign
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 -- Middle-aged men and women who develop high blood pressure while performing even moderate exercise may be at higher risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. "The way our blood pressure changes during and after...