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New Drug Combo Boosts Survival Against Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-20 21:22

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A targeted therapy triples the length of time that the cancer remains in check when compared with the current gold standard.

Does Vitamin B6 Need a Warning Label?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-20 20:49

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Vitamin B6, widely promoted and taken as a supplement, should carry a warning label about possible nerve problems, according to the CEO of a large contract research lab in Northern California.

I Got a ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-20 18:25

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I was miserable for five days, am fully recovered a month later and have learned even more about what we do and don’t know about covid now.

COVID-Detecting Dogs Pilot First Airport Program

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-20 18:24

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These good girls are very good at what they do, which is detecting the scent of COVID-19 in human breath.

Survey: 2/3 of Critical Care Nurses Consider Quitting Due to COVID-19

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-20 18:14

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The pandemic is taking even more of a toll on nurses than many realize. In a new survey, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses found that out of 6,000 critical care nurses surveyed, 66% have considered leaving their jobs because of the pandemic.

Pfizer Says COVID Vaccine Is Safe, Effective for Kids 5-11

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-20 18:13

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In a clinical trial that included more than 2,200 children, Pfizer says two doses of the vaccines given 3 weeks apart generated a high level of neutralizing antibodies.

Alabama’s Deaths Outpace Births for First Time in History

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-20 17:33

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For the first time in Alabama’s known history, the state’s deaths have outpaced its births -- a bleak consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trial Into Antioxidant for Parkinson's Disease Yields Disappointing Results

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-17 21:36

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The research team found no significant difference in the rate of disease progression for those given the metabolite inosine for two years compared to the placebo group.

Millions Could Soon Lose Medicaid Coverage Started During the Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-17 21:19

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If you enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic, you could lose your coverage when the emergency declaration ends.

Child Obesity Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-17 20:41

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Children aged 6 to 11 had the most significant increases in rates of obesity, the AP reported.

How To Be Careful of ‘Miracle’ Weight Loss Promises

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-17 20:23

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Here’s a primer on how to spot some concerning claims and make the right choices for your health, fitness, and wallet.

Use-By, Sell-By, Best-By: Food Dating Labels Explained

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-17 18:06

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A new guide from PIRG Consumer Watchdog explains food dating labels, like “Use-By” and “Sell-By,” and says better public knowledge could prevent over half a million tons of food waste.

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-16 22:02


The study authors adds, most adults in the U.S. have had access to vaccines since the spring, so these hospital stays could likely have been avoided.

In 16 States, 35% or More Residents Now Obese

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-16 21:55

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This number reported by the CDC has nearly doubled since 2018.

U.S. Gymnasts Testify About Sexual Abuse by Larry Nassar

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-16 20:39

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Four medal-winning U.S. gymnasts shared their stories on Wednesday of being sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

How Black Women Have Fought the HIV Epidemic for Decades

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-16 18:08

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The Black women members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) are far from the first to bring their expertise to the HIV epidemic, as Daniel Royles, PhD, an assistant professor of history at Florida International University, learned when he started working on a history of AIDS activism in Philadelphia.

Re-Aligned U.S. HIV Panel Works to Rebuild Community Bridges

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-16 17:45

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In August, when Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine swore in eight new members to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), the U.S.’s most influential policy sounding board of people living with HIV, their clinicians, drug makers, and public health leaders, she was presiding over the largest group of HIV advisers since former President Donald Trump fired the entire membership in June 2017.

As Opioid Deaths Climb, Human Trials Begin for Vaccine

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-15 21:34


The effort comes as the CDC reported that opioid deaths hit another record in 2020.

How Plant-Based 'Meat' May Help You and Save the Environment

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-15 19:37

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The explosion in the plant-based food market has many advocates hoping the plethora of new products will be part of a food revolution that aims to improve our health and save our planet.

Having a Cousin or Grandparent With Colon Cancer Raises Your Risk

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-15 16:16

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A new study finds if you have a second- or third-degree relative who had colon cancer at an early age, your odds of having the disease substantially increases.

WHO: Africa Will Get 30% of COVID Vaccines It Needs by February

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-15 16:00

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Low vaccination rates in Africa are reported as richer countries like the U.S. begin giving booster shots.

Your Diet Could Cut Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-14 20:58

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A new study suggests a diet full of fruits and vegetables may help lower your risk of COVID-19 than those with unhealthy diets.

Want to See What COVID Strain You Have? The Government Says No

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-14 16:08

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The country is dotted with labs that sequence the genomes of COVID-19 cases, and the CDC tracks those results. But federal rules say those results are not allowed to make their way back to patients or doctors.

9/11 First Responders Face Higher Cancer Risk 20 Years Later

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-13 19:39

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Compared with firefighters from other major U.S. cities, researchers found those exposed to the 9/11 disaster had higher risks of both prostate and thyroid cancers.

Fatal Opioid ODs Keep Rising in Black Americans

Permalink - Posted on 2021-09-13 17:01

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Racial inequities in U.S. health care and social services -- as well as the spread of the powerful opioid fentanyl -- are a likely reasons for the continued increase in OD deaths among Black Americans.