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HealthDay Now: ACP Meeting on Health Wearables and Privacy

Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, president of the American College of Physicians and an internist in rural Georgia, spoke to HealthDay's Mabel Jong about the ACP's focus on privacy concerns at their annual meeting

25 Jan

More Kids Suffering Eye Injuries From Hand Sanitizers

And a significant number are undergoing surgery for severe eye lesions, researchers say

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Worried About Omicron? Expert Offers Tips on Going Out Safely

As the Omicron variant rages across the United States, an expert outlines how to reduce your risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

Be cautious when it comes to social activities and consider the amount of risk you're willing to accept in order to get together with others, said Dr. Michael Lin, an infectious disease specialist and associate professor at Rush University Medical Center in ...

New Worry: 'Flurona,' When COVID Meets the Flu

It's a COVID phenomenon that had, until now, gone relatively unnoticed: You can be infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.

Thanks to the internet, it even has a name -- "flurona." And it will likely happen much more often this particular winter, as the flu season kicks into gear and the highly contagious

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  • Members of Biden’s Transition Team Call for New COVID Plan

    Former members of President Joe Biden’s transition team are calling for a new long-term strategy that envisions a world in which humans learn to live with the new coronavirus.

    Six former advisers published three opinion articles Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association detailing wha...

    Why It's a Bad Idea to Try to Get COVID

    COVID-19 infection isn’t a game, and you shouldn’t try to get it on purpose -- not even the supposedly "mild" Omicron variant of the virus.

    It's a high-risk strategy for yourself, for public health and the economy, medical experts agreed.

    “You’d be crazy to try to get infected with this,” said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Havey Institute for Global Health a...

    N95 Masks: A Must-Have With Omicron, But Fakes Abound

    You're watching the Omicron variant race around the world and think it might be time to upgrade your mask to a gold-standard N95 or K-N95 model. A quick search on Google should find you one, right?

    Not so fast, experts say.

    According to Anne Miller, executive director of the nonprofit group Project N95, the masks that offer the most protection are indeed the N95 and the K-N95 -- bot...

    Flavored Vapes Still in Stores Despite Federal Ban

    Kid-friendly flavored e-cigarettes are still widely available online and in stores, despite a federal judge's ruling that should have pulled the products off store shelves by early September, a new report shows.

    The judge's ruling follows on U.S. Food and Drug Administration action that is nearly two years old.

    Citing risks to vulnerable children, the FDA first announced in January...

    Early Strain of COVID-19 Spread Fast Because First Symptom Was Cough: Study

    The COVID virus strain circulating in the United States during the pandemic's first wave spread so fast because it most often started with a cough, according to a new study.

    It's likely that people with that strain -- D614G -- coughed and spread the virus before they were laid low by fever, the most common second symptom of infection, researchers explained.

    "Studying the likely orde...

    How Long Do Lockdowns Keep People at Home?

    Lockdowns keep people home for a few weeks, but they lose their luster after a few months, claims a new study that comes as many countries consider a return to lockdowns to slow the renewed spread of COVID-19.

    The findings could be used by policymakers when deciding whether to impose lockdowns, the research...

    Formaldehyde in the Workplace Tied to Later Brain Issues

    Long-term workplace exposure to formaldehyde may prompt thinking and memory problems later in life, new research suggests.

    Formaldehyde is a gas used in making wood and chemical products and plastics.

    "We know that exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to certain cancers, and our results sugge...

    City Living Is Hotter With Urban 'Heat Penalty'

    Summer can sizzle in the city, but a new report finds urban living is getting hotter than ever before.

    The research shows that city dwellers may be suffering from what scientists call an urban ...

    Biden Administration to Tackle Lead in Drinking Water

    In an effort to further lower lead levels in drinking water, the Biden administration on Thursday announced $2.9 billion in infrastructure bill funds for lead pipe removal and tighter lead limits.

    The new, tougher limits to be imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are expected to be finalized by 2024 and would require the replacement of remaining lead drinking water pipes a...

    CDC Panel Advises That Other Vaccines Be Preferred Over J&J Shot

    Following continued reports of a rare but life-threatening clotting condition linked to the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna shots be the preferred choices for Americans.

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice...

    CDC Vaccine Panel to Again Weigh Safety of J&J COVID Shot

    Following continued reports of a rare but life-threatening clotting condition linked to the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, a federal advisory panel will meet Thursday to once again weigh the safety of the shot.

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which makes vaccine recommenda...

    Carbon Monoxide From Generators Can Be Silent Killer After Disasters

    The deadly tornadoes that devastated communities in multiple states this past weekend have destroyed many homes and left others without power.

    But if people turn to generators to manage in the aftermath, they should use caution, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.

    Portable generators can expose users to increased risk of

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  • Report Finds World Ill-Prepared for Next Pandemic

    The world isn't ready to prevent or deal with another pandemic because many nations aren't taking the necessary steps to prepare for what is likely an inevitable future scenario, a new report shows.

    The Global Health Security (GHS) index -- an assessment of preparedness for various health emergencies and problems -- is produced by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Economist Impact and the Jo...

    Omicron May Overcome Prior COVID Infection

    People who've already had COVID-19 have a higher risk of reinfection with the Omicron coronavirus variant than with earlier variants, new research shows.

    The South African scientists who reported the findings believe that vaccination will have the power to stop severe illness, however.

    Speaking at a World Health Organization briefing, study team member Anne von Gottberg, of the ...

    Vials Found in Lab Contained Vaccine, not Smallpox Virus: CDC

    There was no smallpox virus in frozen vials recently discovered at a vaccine research facility in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    Instead of the variola virus that causes smallpox, lab tests showed that the vials contained vaccinia, the virus used in smallpox vaccine, according to the agency.

    On Nov. 15, federal officials were alerted...

    Vials With Smallpox Labels Found at Vaccine Lab in Pennsylvania: CDC

    Several frozen vials that were labeled "smallpox" have been discovered in a vaccine research facility in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    There is no indication that anyone was exposed to what was in the vials, the agency noted.

    The vials were found by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research...

    CDC Investigating Case of Monkeypox in Traveler From Nigeria

    A case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned to the United States from Nigeria is being investigated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Maryland Department of Health.

    The infected person is currently in isolation in Maryland.

    Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, and then...

    9-Year-Old Becomes 10th Casualty of Astroworld's Crowd Surge

    A young boy who was injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston has become the 10th person to die from a huge crowd surge at the event.

    Ezra Blount, 9, was trampled at the festival and had been placed in a medically induced coma in an attempt to deal with severe brain, liver and kidney trauma, attorneys for his family said last week, CBS News reported.

    "The Blount family ...

    WHO, CDC Warn of Measles Threat After 22 Million Infants Miss Shots During Pandemic

    The world faces an increased risk of a measles outbreak because 22 million infants did not get their measles shots last year due to the pandemic, the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday.

    They said that 3 million fewer infants were vaccinated against measles in 2020 than in 2019, and just 70% of infants received both doses of the t...

    White House Sets Jan. 4 Deadline for Large, Private U.S. Companies to Mandate Vaccines

    Large U.S. companies have until Jan. 4, 2022 to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration said Thursday.

    Unvaccinated workers must undergo weekly testing under the plan that applies to businesses with 100 or more employees and will cover 84 million private sector workers, the New York Times reported.

    President Joe Biden first announced th...

    One Attitude Keeps Many From COVID Vaccine, Study Shows

    Why do some people refuse to get vaccinated or wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19? The biggest driver of that decision is a belief that the virus poses no threat to them, a new international study suggests.

    The researchers said their findings could help guide efforts to fight future pandemics.

    The investigators examined responses from more than 200,000 people in 51 countri...

    Is Sheltering Under an Overpass Safe When Tornadoes Strike?

    You're driving down the highway when a tornado warning is issued over your car radio. Is it safe to follow widespread advice and seek shelter under an overpass?

    While the U.S. National Weather Service warns that the wind from a tornado can accelerate as it flows under the overpass, creating a wind tunnel effect, a new study found differently.

    "In our research, there is no one findin...

    Walmart Recalls Room Spray for Rare Bacteria That Sickened 4, Killing 2

    Walmart has recalled an aromatic room spray sold nationwide after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified the presence of a "rare and dangerous" bacteria in the spray that's linked to four illnesses, including two deaths.

    The retailer sold about 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens' Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different s...

    Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Hits Long Island, N.Y.

    Health officials say they are trying to track down the source of 10 reported cases of Legionnaires' disease within a one-mile radius in a Long Island, N.Y., neighborhood.

    The patients range in age from 35 to 96. As of Saturday, one had died, two remained hospitalized and seven had been released from the hospital, CBS News reported.

    Legionnaires is a rare form of pneumonia c...

    Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

    In some heartening news on the vaccine front, two-thirds of American parents of children ages 5 to 11 plan to get their youngsters vaccinated when COVID-19 shots are approved for that age group, a new survey shows.

    "While we're encouraged to see that a majority of parents intend to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 once they are eligible, there is clearly more work to be done to h...

    Pandemic Saw Rise in Kids Swallowing Magnets, Tiny Batteries

    More kids swallowed small magnets and batteries in 2020 compared to previous years -- a worrisome surge that dovetailed with pandemic stay-at-home orders.

    An analysis of data from more than 100 U.S. hospitals found that the number of kids 17 and younger who were treated for swallowing foreign objects remained about the same from 2017 to 2021, but there was a large jump in incidents involv...

    Going Cordless With Window Blinds Could Save Your Child's Life

    Blinds and window coverings might seem harmless, but their cords can be deadly for young children and infants.

    The best way to keep children from becoming entangled in these cords is to replace your blinds with cordless versions, advises the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

    "Children have strangled to death on the cords of window blinds, shades, draperies and other window...

    Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

    A record increase was seen in the number of murders in the United States in 2020, in the biggest one-year jump reported since federal officials began tracking homicides in 1960.

    Figures showed 4,901 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019. A total of roughly 21,500 people were killed last year, according to data from 16,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. While the number...

    Delay in Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Cost Lives: Study

    A specimen cup full of bloody urine.

    Decaying feet that sport blackened, rotting toes -- some already amputated.

    A pale boy with dark circles under his eyes, drawing breath through an oxygen mask.

    Around 179,000 deaths in the United States might have been prevented over the past decade if smokers had been forced to confront such images every time they reached for a pack of cig...

    DNA Sensor Can Spot When COVID Is Contagious

    A new DNA sensor can detect viruses and tell if they are infectious or not in minutes, a new study finds.

    The sensor was developed by using DNA technology, and does not require the need to pretreat test samples. Researchers demonstrated this technique with the human adenovirus (which causes colds and flu) and the virus that causes COVID-19.

    "The infectivity status is very important ...

    Booster Dose of J&J COVID Vaccine Increases Immunity

    Getting another shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substantially increased its protection, the company announced Tuesday.

    According to the results of a new clinical trial, two doses of the vaccine boosts immunity to 94% from the 74% offered by a single dose, the company said in a statement.

    "Our single-shot vaccine generates strong immune responses and long-lasting immun...

    How Effective Is Your Homemade Mask?

    If you're making your own face mask to protect against COVID-19, three layers of cotton towel fabric are best, researchers from India report.

    That recommendation comes after testing how best to block cough droplets moving at different rates, from mild to severe.

    "Our results show cotton, towel-based fabrics were most effective among the considered fabrics and must be stitched togeth...

    Why Aren't COVID Vaccines Getting to People Globally?

    The highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 has highlighted a fear shared by infectious disease experts worldwide: That increasingly dangerous mutations will continue to crop up until most people around the globe are vaccinated.

    "There are going to be more variants and they may eventually be variants of concern or variants that pose problems for the vaccine," said Dr. Amesh Adalja...

    Pet Dogs Can Alert Owners to Epileptic Seizures

    Sit. Fetch. Stay.

    Detect seizure.

    Yes, you read that correctly.

    While many dogs are adept at following basic instructions such as "sit" and "roll over" with some practice and the promise of a treat, new research shows dogs can detect seizures by scent up to an hour before they occur, potentially saving their human's life.

    An estimated 3.4 million Americans have epilepsy,...

    Stop Use of Ivermectin for COVID-19: AMA, Pharmacist Groups

    The prescribing, dispensing and use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials must end immediately, the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists say.

    The drug has U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to treat people with infections caused by internal and external parasites, but is not...

    Large-Scale Pandemics Aren't as Rare as You Think: Study

    Major pandemics aren't all that rare and they're likely to occur more often in the future, a new study claims.

    "The most important takeaway is that large pandemics like COVID-19 and the Spanish flu are relatively likely," study co-author William Pan said in a news release from Duke University, where he is an associate professor of global environmental health.

    That points to the need...

    Salmonella Illness in 17 States Tied to Salami, Prosciutto

    Two salmonella outbreaks that appear related to salami and other Italian-style meats have sickened at least 36 people in 17 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Twelve people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

    Because some people recover from salmonella without medical care and aren't tested, the CDC suspects the true number of...

    Stop Using Ivermectin Veterinary Drug to Treat COVID, FDA Urges

    Taking a drug meant for horses and cattle to prevent or treat COVID-19 is dangerous and could be fatal, the U.S Food and Drug Administration warns.

    The agency has received multiple reports of people who have been hospitalized after "self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses," the agency said in a consumer update.

    Ivermectin, which is not an anti-viral drug, is generally us...

    Common Pesticide to Be Banned Over Links to  Problems in Children

    The Biden Administration said Wednesday that a widely used pesticide will be banned because it's been linked to neurological damage in children.

    The new rule to block the use of chlorpyrifos on food will take effect in six months, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

    "Today [the] EPA is taking an overdue step to protect public health," EPA head Michael Regan said in an agency ...

    Gun Sales in Homes With Teens Rose During Pandemic

    U.S. gun sales increased early in the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of those firearms ended up in homes with teens, researchers say.

    "This finding is concerning because we know that the single biggest risk factor for adolescent firearm injuries is access to an unsecured firearm," said study co-author Dr. Patrick Carter. He is co-director of the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at the...

    Portable Generators Recalled After Handle Amputates Fingers

    Reports of amputated and crushed fingers have prompted the recall of thousands of portable generators made by Generac.

    The recall involves more than 321,000 gas-powered Generac and DR 6500 watt and 8000 watt portable generators in the United States, and more than 4,500 of the generators in Canada.

    An unlocked handle can trap users' fingers against the generator frame when the genera...

    Biden Reverses Trump Policy Limiting U.S. Nursing Home Fines

    The Biden administration has reversed a Trump policy that limited the size of fines that U.S. nursing homes could be slapped with for violating safety standards.

    The Trump policy was adopted in 2017 and prevented the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from hitting a nursing home with a fine for each day it didn't comply with federal standards.

    That reduced many pe...

    McCormick Recalls Seasonings Over Salmonella Risk

    McCormick & Co. on Wednesday announced the recall of several of its popular seasonings because of potential salmonella contamination.

    Included in the recall are McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culina...

    Worried About Delta-Linked 'Breakthrough' Infections? Experts Explain the Risks

    Even if they're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, certain people may need to take extra precautions to prevent "breakthrough" infections with the highly transmissible Delta variant, experts say.

    The Delta variant is causing most of the new COVID cases in the United States, and older people and those with immune-compromising conditions may be at greater risk than others, say researchers....

    Regulators Pressure AirBnB, Vrbo After Another Child Dies in Elevator Accident

    The death of another child between a residential elevator's inner and outer doors had prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to call on Airbnb and other vacation rental ...

    'Superbug' Fungus Spreads Among Vulnerable in Two U.S. Cities

    An untreatable "superbug" fungus is spreading in a Washington, D.C., nursing home and two Dallas-area hospitals, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    There were 101 candida auris cases at the nursing home and 22 cases at the hospitals from January to April, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which did not identify the f...

    Monkeypox Case Confirmed in U.S. Resident, Threat of Spread Is Low

    A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in an American who had recently traveled to Nigeria, U.S. health officials reported. Officials believe the threat of the virus spreading to others is low.

    Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that's in the same family of viruses as smallpox, but causes a milder infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prev...

    It's BBQ Season, Prime Time for Grill Fires

    If you're not careful, your grilling season could go up in flames, an expert warns.

    Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to about 5,700 residential barbecue fires, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration. Those fires result in thousands of emergency department visits and $37 million in damages a year.

    "The best way to prevent damages and i...

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