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Young Adults Have Low Vaccination Rate, CDC Says

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 20:29

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While demand for COVID-19 vaccinations is slumping, the national vaccination program is still racking up statistical victories. The country is now averaging fewer than 300 COVID-related deaths a day


Coffee Could Perk Up Your Liver

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 19:43

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Researchers report that coffee of all kinds may reduce your risk for chronic liver disease.


Marijuana Use Tied to Higher Odds for Thoughts of Suicide

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 19:39

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A new study finds young adults who use marijuana appear to have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide.


Apple Making Strides in Health Record Sharing

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 19:10

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The number of institutions using Apple’s EHR download feature is growing fast; company announces it will start sending other doctors’ records and wearable data to physicians in their EHRs.


Inventor Says His New Straw Will Cure Hiccups

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 15:16

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Inventor says his new straw will prevent hiccups.


VA to Offer Gender Affirmation Surgeries to Transgender Vets

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 23:57

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The Veterans Administration will offer gender affirmation surgery to transgender veterans.


Heartburn Drug & Cancer: Does the Link Hold?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 21:29

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The study co-authors asked the journal to retract their paper after discovering a problem in the method they used to measure the NDMA levels, a probable cancer-causing substance, in the heartburn drug Zantac.


Survey Highlights Unequal U.S. Health Care System

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 20:53

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59% of U.S. adults say the health care system discriminates at least “somewhat,” negatively affecting trust. About one in every eight adults (12%) say they have been discriminated against by a U.S. health care facility or office.


Help Avoid COVID, Injury as Kids Return to Sports

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 20:15

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The American Academy of Pediatrics in updated its guidance on returning to sports and physical activity after the pandemic.


Your Blood Pressure Meds May Protect Your Memory

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 17:23

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A new study suggests older adults who use certain blood pressure drugs may retain more of their memory skills as they age.


Screen All Kids for Heart Problems, Pediatricians' Group Says

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 17:15

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends heart screenings for kids whether or not they play sports.


Imported Dog Develops Rabies, Investigation Launched

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 17:14

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At least 12 people were exposed to the dog, which was among 33 dogs and one cat that arrived from Azerbaijan at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.


5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-21 16:43

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The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health lists 5 things doctors and patients should question in tests for kids with behavioral or developmental disorders.


'MIND' Diet May Help Preserve Brain in People With MS

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-18 19:45

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New research suggests the 'MIND' Diet -- a diet designed to boost brain health -- appears to benefit people with MS.


Fish Oil Supplements May Help Fight Depression

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-18 17:30

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Fish oil supplements are often taken for heart health, but a new study finds they may also help fight depression.


Hospitals: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-18 16:40

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New research finds there would be 10% fewer deaths among Black patients if they could get the same level of hospital care as white people.


Race, Health Care, Pandemic: Hope in a Year of Challenges

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-18 16:21

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With another pandemic-era Juneteenth this weekend, the holiday’s message – of freedom, perseverance and hope -- is even more poignant. It is also an opportunity to remember the people who are on the frontlines trying to enact change and hear their stories of how the past year has changed them and their view of the world.


Group Wants FDA Leaders Ousted Over Alzheimer's Drug Approval

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 23:09

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A consumer advocacy group is calling for the removal of three top FDA officials, saying the agency's approval of the Alzheimer's drug aducanumab (Aduhelm) was "reckless."


United Wants to Charge You for ER Visits It Disagrees With

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 18:30

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Both United and Anthem want patients to pay for ED visits that are retroactively deemed to be unnecessary; ACEP suit against Anthem may be crucial


How Healthy Are the New Plant-Based 'Fake Meats'?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 17:50

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Researchers found imitation meats like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat can be higher in salt, but they're still healthier for you than real meats.


Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 16:26

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Autopsies of those with HIV found scarring of the heart muscle -- called fibrosis -- which may explain why sudden cardiac death is more likely.


Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 15:16

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The court rejected a challenge from GOP-led states to scuttle the Affordable Care Act.


How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-17 15:03

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Researchers have a warning for those who use health and fitness apps -- your privacy and personal information may be at risk.


Top Runner Blames Burrito for Positive Steroid Test

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-16 22:21

Shelby Houlihan, one of America’s top runners, says eating a pork burrito probably caused a positive steroid test that resulted in her being banned from competing in the U.S. Olympic trials.


What Works Best to Ease Migraines?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-16 21:20

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There's no single answer, but there are many new treatment options. Finding the right one may take some trial-and-error — so persistence is key.