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SOURCES: UpToDate: “Overview of pulmonary function testing in adults.” National Institutes of Health: “Usefulness of harmonica playing to improve outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” Catawba Valley Health System: “Top 5 COPD Myths Debunked in Favor of Better Breathing.” COPD Foundation: “Breathing through Music: COPD360o Harmonicas for Health™.” Cleveland Clinic: “Pursed Lip Breathing.”
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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Women who have COVID-19 during childbirth are more likely to face complications than moms-to-be without the coronavirus, researchers say. Fortunately, the absolute risk for complications for any one woman is very low (less than 1%). But the relative risks for problems — such as clotting and early labor
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Among Biden’s key climate nominees are U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-NM, as secretary of the interior and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as secretary of energy. Biden has already announced several nominees to key health agencies, including Xavier Becerra, attorney general of California since 2017, as secretary of health and human services, and Rachel Levine,
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TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Delicious but deadly: Eating fried food is tied to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. The risk rises with each additional 4-ounce serving per week, a research team in China found. For the study, the investigators analyzed 19 previously published studies. They
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SOURCES: Journal of Clinical Oncology: “Elevated Biomarkers of Inflammation Are Associated With Reduced Survival Among Breast Cancer Patients.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: “Inflammatory Biomarkers and Breast Cancer Risk: A Systematic Review of the Evidence and Future Potential for Intervention Research.” Current Pharmaceutical Design: “Inflammation Fuels Tumor Progress and Metastasis.” Cynthia Lynch,
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Overall, Brinkworth’s team found, low-carb diets were winning at the six-month mark: People on those plans had lost, on average, about 7.5 pounds more than those on comparison diets, and their triglycerides (a type of blood fat) were lower. In trials that looked at diabetes remission, 57% of people on low-carb plans had gone into
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TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A spritz instead of a shot to ward off COVID-19? Researchers report that a nasal spray vaccine against the new coronavirus shows promise in animal testing. Rodents that were given two doses of the vaccine had antibody and T-cell responses that were strong enough to suppress SARS-CoV-2, the
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By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Do you you keep 6 feet apart from others to help stop coronavirus spread? New research shows that the wealthier you were at the start of the pandemic, the more likely it is you’ll maintain social distance. The new study looked at social
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This post appears as part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three WebMD team members as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their journeys here. By Laura J. Downey Whew! I made it past my birthday week. People told me that calories don’t count on your birthday,
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SOURCES: Kate Zerbi, MS patient, Denver. Lauri Frenkel, founder, A Pet’s Purpose, Madison, GA. American Kennel Club: “Everything You Need to Know About Emotional Support Animals,” “Service Dogs 101 — Everything You Need to Know.” U.S. Department of Transportation: “Traveling by Air with Service Animals.” Humane Society: “Travel safely with your pet by car, airplane,
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SOURCES: National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Definition of MS,” “Disease Modifying Therapies for MS,” “MS the Disease,” “Types of MS.” Neurology: “Effect of comorbidity on mortality in multiple sclerosis.” Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, professor of neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo; director, Jacobs MS Center for Treatment and Research, Buffalo, NY. Julie
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By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The COVID-19 pandemic significantly shortened life expectancy in the United States, especially among Black people and Hispanics, a new study says. With more than 336,000 COVID-19 deaths nationwide last year, researchers decided to examine the pandemic’s impact on life expectancy. The projection: Due to
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SOURCES: Barbara Giesser, MD, neurologist, MS specialist, Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, CA. Gabriel Pardo, MD, director, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, Oklahoma City. National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Adherence.”  Multiple Sclerosis Trust (U.K.): “When Can You Safely Stop Taking Disease Modifying Drugs?” Journal of Neurology,
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SOURCES: American Cancer Society: “Can I Lower My Risk of Breast Cancer Progressing or Coming Back?” “Study Finds Antioxidants Risky During Breast Cancer Chemotherapy.” Anita Johnson, MD, breast cancer program director, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Atlanta. Kelly Rashid, RD, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Breastcancer.org: “Dietary Supplements,” “Suggestions for Using Supplements,” “Vitamin D.” Tara Scott, MD,
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This post appears as part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three WebMD team members as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their journeys here. By Mark Spoor Things got real this week, my friends. When I started my renewal of fitness vows, it was the middle
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FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Now that federal guidelines have expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include people over 65 and those of all ages with underlying health conditions, drug stores say they are ready, willing and able to start giving the shots. There’s just one slight glitch: supply. But with two vaccines already
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“Women can’t make an informed choice if they’re not given all of the choices,” Guthrie said. It’s important for patients to feel connected to their providers, said Susan Brown, senior director of health information and publications for Susan G. Komen. If someone feels like she wants to consider going flat and is not getting support
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By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic don’t believe that racism is associated with poorer health, a nationwide poll shows. The ongoing poll of more than 4,000 lower- and middle-income Americans focuses on communities of color. “It really struck us that — despite
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SOURCES: Zhaoping Li, MD, chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Cancer Research UK: “Weight loss.” American Cancer Society: “Loss of Appetite.” Oncotarget: “Melatonin as a potential anticarcinogen for non-small-cell lung cancer.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Melatonin: What You Need to Know.” Oncology Letters: “Effects
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Julie Parsonnet, MD, professor of epidemiology and population health, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Marc Lipsitch, DPhil, professor of epidemiology and director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston. Paul Meyer, CEO, Commons Project Foundation, New York City. Perry Flint, spokesperson, International Air Transport Association. Schengen Visa Info News:
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A lung cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But you’re far from alone. There’s a community of people who know exactly what you’re going through. “People write and say that until they found my blog, they just didn’t have any hope. Part of that comes from the fact that I’ve lived so long,” says
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