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Oct. 18, 2021 — The “nudge” theory of economics influences everything from organ donation to 401(k) plans, when automatic participation is the default option and we must actively choose to opt out. And then there’s the reverse, having to opt in to “accepting cookies” on every website we visit. “Leaning in” is the workplace version
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Oct. 18, 2021 — Problems with walking are common and bothersome to people with Parkinson’s disease, but a new study of over 4,000 people with Parkinson’s and mobility problems found seven “workarounds” that can help. “Compensation strategies are ‘tricks’ that persons with [Parkinson’s] use to overcome their walking difficulties,” say investigators Anouk Tosserams, MD, and
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Oct. 18, 2021 — Brian Martin Sr. has struggled with weight loss off and on most of his life. He says that struggle kicked into high gear 3 years ago when he needed a hip replacement. His doctor told the 64-year-old from Woodstock, MD, the good news was the hip replacement was the solution to
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“We’re only talking about this because in June, Britney Spears had the opportunity to speak to the public and the court directly,” Harris told HealthDay Now. “That transparency and accountability is vital in an institution like guardianship.” Most Americans who wind up in a guardianship are suffering from medical problems that could impair their decision-making
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By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A shot at winning $1 million did nothing to budge the number of people who got the COVID-19 jab. According to a new study, lotteries in 19 states designed to encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 did not alter the rate of
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Oct. 15, 2021 — Machine learning has come a long way in the quarter-century since a computer nicknamed Deep Blue shocked the world by beating chess champion Garry Kasparov. Today, when our smartphones have far more computing power than Deep Blue, scientists have trained their sights on even bigger opponents, including potentially fatal illnesses like
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The internet is chock full of recommendations of what to add or remove from your diet to stave off cancer. Eat broccoli. Drink green tea. Cut sugar. Don’t overcook your food. But how often do these claims hold water? Are there really superfoods that can prevent cancer or bad foods that can cause or worsen
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By Robert Preidt and Robin FosterHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The National Health Service Corps will receive $100 million to help tackle the U.S. health care worker shortage, the White House announced Thursday. That’s a five-fold increase in funding from previous years for a program that helps find primary care doctors
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Oct. 14, 2021 — A panel of experts that advises the FDA on vaccine decisions voted unanimously Thursday to approve booster doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. The 19 members of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted to authorize a 50-milligram dose — half the dose used in the primary series of
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Oct. 14, 2021 — Almost 100 million Americans were unvaccinated in July 2021, a number that is now is down 34% to about 66 million, President Joe Biden said Thursday. These numbers and others are evidence that federal efforts announced this summer, including vaccine requirements, are working, he said “We’re making important progress … but
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By Robert Preidt and Robin FosterHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Drug overdose deaths in the United States hit a new record for the 12-month period ending March 2021, new government data shows. A record high 96,779 drug overdose deaths occurred between March 2020 and March 2021, representing a 29.6% rise, new
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Oct. 14, 2021 — Even as the fourth wave of COVID-19 cases trends downward, one aspect of the pandemic remains strong: differing opinions on the value of COVID-19 immunization and vaccine mandates across the U.S. Strong feelings around vaccination are nothing new. Claims that link the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism and
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Oct. 14, 2021 — Henrietta Lacks, the Black woman whose cells were infamously taken without her knowledge for scientific research, was honored this week by the World Heath Organization as her family continues the fight to protect her legacy. Lacks’s cells, commonly known as “HeLa,” are the only known human cells that continue to stay
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Reviewed by Jennifer Martin, PhD It’s 3:17 am, and you’re awake. Your bedroom is a cool 65° F, and inky black thanks to your blackout blinds. You haven’t touched caffeine since 10 am. You meditated before bed. And if you count one more stupid lamb, you’re going to scream. You’ve done everything right. Why can’t
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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Maple Island Inc. announced Friday that it has recalled three lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal because of elevated levels of arsenic in the products. A sample from the three lots, which were sold only at Walmart, tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, according
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By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Urban dwellers around the globe are sweating through three times as many “extreme heat” days as their counterparts did in the 1980s, a new study suggests. The study is the latest to chart humans’ growing exposure to dangerously high temperatures. Experts said it looked
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By Robert Preidt and Robin FosterHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced its first authorization of an electronic cigarette. The permission to sell was granted to R.J. Reynolds for three of its Vuse tobacco-flavored vaping products. “Today’s authorizations are an important step toward ensuring
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By Oliver Douglas, as told to Kara Mayer Robinson Daily life with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is something I’ve gotten used to over the years. I don’t really consider it a life-threatening or life-changing illness, just a chronic condition that I manage with a few strategies. I avoid triggers, make healthy lifestyle choices, and treat
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Oct. 12, 2021 — The effects of climate change span the globe and have reached an overwhelming majority of people on Earth in the form of coastal flooding, wildfires, and other climate-related events, new findings suggest. Using a special computer program to analyze the sizeable amount of data on climate change, researchers report that about
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