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Joel Ernst, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the division of experimental medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco. Santosha Vardhana, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and attending physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. Nicolas Vabret, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Medline
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By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As most of America prepares for the Nov. 1 return of standard time, 63% want one fixed, year-round time, a new survey finds. “Evidence of the negative impacts of seasonal time changes continue to accumulate, and there is real momentum behind the push
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Oct. 22, 2020 — Being sick with COVID-19 for more than four weeks, so-called “long COVID,” affects older people, women and those with a wide range of symptoms in the first week of their illness most, British researchers report. About 5% of those with COVID-19 will have symptoms for eight weeks or more, according to
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By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Hispanic mothers-to-be in the southern United States are almost twice as likely to have COVID-19 as non-Hispanic women, a new study finds. The researchers also found that those with government health insurance were more likely to test positive for the coronavirus than women
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By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Here’s good news for public health officials who’ve been hammering home the need to wear face masks: Your messages have been getting through. A new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows that more Americans than ever are donning face masks to protect against COVID-19 infection. More
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“We shouldn’t be lulled into complacency that this is only an old person disease,” Fauci said. The best way to achieve herd immunity is through a vaccine, he said. Otherwise, a large number of people will die by simply allowing everyone to become infected with the coronavirus. A “profound degree” of herd immunity won’t likely
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By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More than half of all Americans have been personally affected by COVID-19 at this point in the pandemic, according to a new HealthDay-Harris Poll survey. The national survey was conducted by The Harris Poll between Oct. 8 and 12. It found that 55%
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Abraar Karan, MD, internal medicine and global health doctor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dolores Albarracin, PhD, professor of psychology, business, and medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Sara Heimerl, senior director of matchmaking, Selective Search, Chicago. Rachel DeAlto, chief dating expert, Match Lisa Bonos, dating and relationships writer, The Washington Post Style Section,
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By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Low levels of thyroid hormone during pregnancy may contribute to the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the child, new research suggests. The study found that children born to mothers with low thyroid hormone levels during the first trimester of pregnancy had
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By Cara Roberts Murez HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — One of the reasons women may be less vulnerable to COVID-19 is because they’re more likely to adhere to social distancing policies, a new survey suggests. A survey conducted in eight countries in March and April found substantial gender differences both in
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By Cara Roberts Murez HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Scientists knew that dangerous T-cells lived in the pancreases of people with type 1 diabetes, but a new study shows they also take up residence in the pancreases of healthy individuals. Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California used
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SOURCES: Waridibo Allison, MD, PhD, assistant professor of infectious disease, UT Health San Antonio. American Journal of Preventive Medicine: “Recent hepatitis C testing patterns among baby boomers.” CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for Health Professionals,” “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public,” “Hepatitis C: Testing Baby Boomers Saves Lives,” “People Born 1945 –
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Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin linked to the opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal crimes as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws,
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Ot. 21, 2020 — Dutch researchers have found what might be a set of previously unknown large salivary glands in the space where the nasal cavity meets the throat, the New York Times reported Monday. If confirmed, these glands could be the first of their kind discovered in about 300 years. Modern anatomy books show
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By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Citing fears over violence and chaos, more than 100,000 Californians have bought guns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study estimates. Researchers said the findings add to evidence that the U.S. pandemic has sparked firearm “panic-buying.” Early on, federal figures showed
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By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Measures enacted to slow the spread of the new coronavirus also appeared to reduce hospitalizations for asthma, a new study finds. Researchers compared weekly data on hospitalizations at 272 hospitals in Japan in the first five months of 2020 to the same period
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Ron Hooks, executive director of West Coast Care in Santa Monica, CA, spends his days driving a utility vehicle up and down the beach. More than half of the city’s homeless residents sleep there. Hooks stops and talks to as many of them as he can. Better known as Pastor Ron, he tells each unsheltered
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Oct. 20, 2020 — British scientists are infecting healthy volunteers with the coronavirus, in hopes of speeding up vaccine development, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Led by scientists at Imperial College London, people in this challenge trial will be guaranteed treatment if they become ill. The United States says human challenge trials might be too
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By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — New parents preparing a bottle for their baby should know the infant may ingest unwanted microplastics along with the nourishing formula, a new study warns. High levels of microplastic particles are released from baby bottles during formula preparation, researchers discovered during lab testing.
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By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A recently approved rheumatoid arthritis medication appears to be an effective second-line therapy when biologic treatments start to fail, a new clinical trial reports. Arthritis sufferers treated with upadacitinib had a significantly greater reduction in their symptoms and disease activity than people treated
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By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Parents are usually pleased when their newborn seems big and strong, but new research suggests that large babies may be at higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation later in life. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is the most common heart rhythm disorder,
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