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July 30, 2021 — Infection from COVID-19 may have a substantial negative effect on intelligence, according to a new large-scale study from the United Kingdom, findings that are consistent with reports of “brain fog” among long-haul COVID-19 patients. Researchers analyzed data from 81,337 people who took the Great British Intelligence Test in 2020. Of those,
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July 30, 2021 — Since the conception of anti-cancer drugs, they have been produced from plants, animals, and microorganisms. But these biological sources for the drugs often easily break down before reaching their targets. To stop that deterioration, and to prevent side effects, scientists have searched for more effective way to deliver and release anti-cancer
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By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Opioid overdose-related visits to U.S. emergency departments rose by nearly one-third during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. That’s the key finding in a new analysis of data from 25 emergency departments in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “COVID-19, and the
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If you’re LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or nonbinary, or queer — your gender and sexuality can affect your mental health and wellness. There are external things that might affect you more than a straight, cisgender person (someone whose biological sex aligns with their gender identity). In general, LGBTQ people can be at a
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Many people with psoriasis notice that their condition improves  after spending some time in the sun. Light therapy, also called phototherapy, takes the concept a step further by using medical equipment to regularly and precisely expose affected skin to a small amount of UVB rays. Whether you have this treatment in a dermatologist’s office or
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July 29, 2021 — Odalis Santos Mena, a 23-year-old social media influencer, athlete, bodybuilder, and fitness competitor, recently died of cardiac arrest while seeking treatment for underarm sweating. The condition, called underarm hyperhidrosis, was being treated at a “wellness center” in Mexico. Mena was to have a miraDry treatment, which, while expensive, is a known
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THURSDAY, July 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Higher levels of testosterone don’t give men or women an edge in life, claims a new study that challenges a common belief. “There’s a widespread belief that a person’s testosterone can affect where they end up in life. Our results suggest that, despite a lot of mythology surrounding
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July 28, 2021 – Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine continues to show strong protection against serious illness and hospitalization after 6 months, but overall protection against the virus appears to wane after a half a year, according to a new study. The July 28, 2021, pre-print report of the study, which has not been peer-reviewed, suggests a
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Getting diagnosed with depression brings up different emotions for different people. After your doctor or mental health provider gives you the news, it’s a good idea to reach out for support from family, friends, or others in your community. They may be able to help you process what you’re feeling. “For some people there’s relief.
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SOURCES: Annie Miller, behavioral sleep medicine therapist, DC Metro Sleep and Psychotherapy. Mayo Clinic: “Insomnia treatment: Cognitive behavioral therapy instead of sleeping pills.” Kaur, H; Spurling, B; Bollu, P. Chronic Insomnia, StatPearls Publishing, 2021.   Sleep Foundation: “Light Therapy for Insomnia Sufferers,” “Sleep Hygiene,” “Light and Sleep,” “Mental Health and Sleep.” Stanford Health Care: “Stimulus
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Just about everyone has trouble sleeping from time to time. Think about the times in your life when, no matter what you tried — warm milk, mellow music, counting sheep –you couldn’t get to sleep. Now, imagine this happening at least three times a week for 3 months or more. That’s chronic insomnia. For the
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By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Two long used types of blood pressure drugs are equally effective, but the less popular one seems to have fewer side effects, according to a large “real-world” study. The two classes of medication are both recommended as “first-line” treatments for high blood pressure:
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July 27, 2021 — American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympics finals in the team competition on Tuesday and said she was dealing with mental health issues. After the U.S. women won the silver medal, finishing second to the Russian Olympic Committee team, Biles said she was withdrawing to “focus on my well
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By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Eight in 10 American adults who haven’t received a COVID-19 shot say they are unlikely to get one, a new survey shows. The results mean “that there will be more preventable cases, more preventable hospitalizations and more preventable deaths,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious
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Gabrielle Manus’s son dealt with puzzling symptoms for about 7 years before his doctor diagnosed him with narcolepsy at age 15. Prior to this, he would fall asleep in class, doze off in the car, and take frequent naps despite getting enough rest at night. “We got him tested, and he went from academic probation
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July 26, 2021 — For years, men who have sex with men have faced extra restrictions if they tried to donate blood. The latest FDA guidance requires a 3-month sexual abstinence period before donating for all men who have sex with men. That applies even to men married to other men or two men in
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