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08 Feb

Living a Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Your Risk of Long COVID in Half, New Study Suggests

Researchers identify 6 healthy lifestyle habits that may help you cut your risk of long COVID. Regular exercise and adequate sleep are just two of them.

07 Feb

Vitamin D May Lower the Risk of Diabetes in Millions of Adults, Study Finds

Adults with prediabetes who took vitamin D supplements had lower odds of progressing to type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

06 Feb

Breast MRI Superior Method for Detecting Cancer in Women with Dense Breasts and Negative Mammogram, Study Finds

Researchers compare 4 common supplemental breast cancer tests and find breast MRI is the most effective at detecting cancer in women with dense breasts.

How Are Toxins Like Lead, Arsenic Getting Into Baby Foods?

How Are Toxins Like Lead, Arsenic Getting Into Baby Foods?

Parents in the United States may assume baby food is free of impurities, but a recent research review highlights the much different reality: Most foods made for babies and toddlers have some amount of toxic heavy metals.

The contaminants include metals, such as lead and arsenic, that can harm brain development, and contribute to learning a...

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There's Been a Big Decline in the Rate of Americans Hit by Disability

There's Been a Big Decline in the Rate of Americans Hit by Disability

A new study delivers some great news to older Americans, something many likely already realize in their daily lives.

The prevalence of disabilities among seniors is down sharply from what it was just a decade before, researchers say.

Fewer older adults have limitations in the activities that are an important part of daily life, fro...

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  • February 8, 2023
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AHA News: Lifelong Runner and Newlywed Gets Pacemaker to Power Her Heart

AHA News: Lifelong Runner and Newlywed Gets Pacemaker to Power Her Heart

After their Hawaii honeymoon, newlyweds Jackie Ng-Osorio and her husband, Kane, set a goal of training together for the Honolulu Marathon.

The race went well. Afterward, Ng-Osorio, who was 26 at the time, eased back into shorter daily runs. But she noticed her heart rate stayed high well after running.

She went to her doctor. A tread...

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China's Surge in COVID Cases Has Produced No New Variants: Study

China's Surge in COVID Cases Has Produced No New Variants: Study

Amidst the recent COVID-19 outbreak in China, scientists are saying it appears no new variants developed.

“Given the impact that variants have had on the course of the pandemic, it was important to investigate whether any new ones emerged following the recent changes to China’s COVID-19 prevention and control policies,” said lead au...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 8, 2023
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Big Changes Are Coming to U.S. Health Care as Pandemic Emergencies Expire

Big Changes Are Coming to U.S. Health Care as Pandemic Emergencies Expire

Americans received unprecedented access to health care during the pandemic, including hassle-free public insurance and free tests, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.

Now, they need to prepare for most of that to unwind, experts say.

“Essentially, Congress and the administration moved to a model of universal health coverage for C...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 8, 2023
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Surge in Severe Strep Cases in Kids Was Really a Return to Normal: CDC

Surge in Severe Strep Cases in Kids Was Really a Return to Normal: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) – While a health alert warned doctors late last year about rising cases of severe strep in children, U.S. officials now say those numbers were actually a return to normal.

“Based on preliminary 2022 data, iGAS [invasive group A streptococcal] infections in children have returned to levels simila...

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Americans Getting More Comfortable Talking Over Mental Health With Doctors

Americans Getting More Comfortable Talking Over Mental Health With Doctors

Primary care doctors are no longer just in the physical health business: Americans are increasingly turning to them for mental health care, too, a new study finds.

Looking at Americans' primary care visits between 2006 and 2018, researchers found a 50% increase in the proportion of visits that addressed mental health concerns. That figure ...

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  • February 8, 2023
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Tying the Knot Could Keep High Blood Sugar at Bay

Tying the Knot Could Keep High Blood Sugar at Bay

Getting hitched could help middle-aged and older folks get a better handle on their blood sugar, a new study reports.

People living with a spouse appeared to be better able to maintain lower blood sugar levels than single folks, according to the findings.

This benefit held regardless of the state of their relationship, the researcher...

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Long COVID Risk May Be Especially High for Cancer Patients

Long COVID Risk May Be Especially High for Cancer Patients

Many cancer patients who are infected with COVID-19 are left with lingering symptoms.

A new study, published Feb. 7 in eLife, found that more than half of cancer patients develop long COVID, and women were especially at risk.

“Although cancer patients fall into a higher COVID-19 risk group there is limited data on PASC in ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 8, 2023
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Flu Shot Could Be a Lifesaver for Folks With Chronic Ills

Flu Shot Could Be a Lifesaver for Folks With Chronic Ills

The U.S. flu season is expected to extend into spring, and experts say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

Last year’s flu season was mild, but this season has already seen triple the number of flu-related deaths in the United States.

“Even a minor respiratory virus can be hard on someone with lung disease, and the flu is espec...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 8, 2023
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For Baby's Sake, Moms-to-Be Need the Whooping Cough Vaccine: CDC

For Baby's Sake, Moms-to-Be Need the Whooping Cough Vaccine: CDC

Pregnant women can help protect their newborns from whooping cough by getting a Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked cases of infant whooping cough between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2019.

The researchers found a link between reduced rates of whooping cough ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 8, 2023
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Hispanic, Black Americans on Dialysis Face Higher Risks for Dangerous Infections

Hispanic, Black Americans on Dialysis Face Higher Risks for Dangerous Infections

Kidney disease patients on dialysis are 100 times more likely to contract a dangerous blood infection than people not receiving the treatment -- and that risk is borne primarily by Hispanic and Black Americans, U.S. government health officials say.

Hispanic patients are 40% more likely than white patients to develop a staph bloodstream inf...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 7, 2023
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Golf Is Healthy Exercise for Seniors, Study Confirms

Golf Is Healthy Exercise for Seniors, Study Confirms

Want to stay healthy well into your golden years? Grab a bag of clubs and hit the green, new research suggests.

Golfing beat walking or even Nordic walking (a full-body workout that consists of walking using specialized poles) when it came to improving several key measures of heart health in the small study.

“The results of this st...

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Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Odds for Long COVID in Half

Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Odds for Long COVID in Half

People who get COVID-19 are at risk for long-term health consequences, but a healthy lifestyle may protect against long COVID, a new study suggests.

Women who maintained six healthy habits -- a healthy weight, didn't smoke, exercised regularly, slept and ate well, and drank alcohol in moderation -- cut their risk of long COVID by about 50%...

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  • February 7, 2023
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AHA News: Improving Heart Health at Midlife and Beyond Could Lower Future Risk of Stroke, Dementia

AHA News: Improving Heart Health at Midlife and Beyond Could Lower Future Risk of Stroke, Dementia

Good heart health promotes better brain health and can help reduce the risk for stroke and dementia. But is it ever too late to make a difference? New research suggests the answer is "no."

The study, to be presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Dallas, found that improving heart health i...

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  • February 7, 2023
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Vitamin D Could Be Weapon Against Type 2 Diabetes

Vitamin D Could Be Weapon Against Type 2 Diabetes

Vitamin D supplements are typically used to guard against bone loss and fractures, but new research offers up another possibility: For folks with pre-diabetes, they may help lower the chances of a full diabetes diagnosis.

Across three clinical trials, investigators found that vitamin D supplements were modestly effective in curbing the ris...

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  • February 7, 2023
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More Than 400 Snacks, Sandwiches Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

More Than 400 Snacks, Sandwiches Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) – A variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, snacks and yogurt made by the company Fresh Ideation Food Group have been recalled because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

All of the products have a “Fresh Creative Cuisine” label or an identifier on the bottom of the label w...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 7, 2023
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Advent of Electric Cars Is Already Improving Health

Advent of Electric Cars Is Already Improving Health

Electric cars are still in the minority on America's roads, yet researchers are already seeing health benefits from reduced tailpipe pollution.

In a new California study, neighborhoods with the most all-electric cars -- called zero-emission vehicles -- saw a decline in asthma-related emergency room visits. Researchers believe this was a r...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 7, 2023
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Kisspeptin: Is Injected Hormone the Remedy for Flagging Libido?

Kisspeptin: Is Injected Hormone the Remedy for Flagging Libido?

If you are one of the millions of people distressed by low libido, help may be on the way in the form of a new hormone shot.

Two new British studies suggest that injections of the hormone kisspeptin could boost sexual desire in men and women. When folks with low sexual desire received kisspeptin shots, areas of their brains charged wi...

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 7, 2023
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Shark Bites Are Declining Worldwide

Shark Bites Are Declining Worldwide

It's a little safer to get into the water: Unprovoked shark attacks dropped to a 10-year low worldwide in 2022, shark watchers say.

A total of 57 unprovoked bites occurred in 2022, tying with 2020 for the fewest number of reported incidents during the last 10 years, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 7, 2023
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