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05 Mar

Concussions Linked To Long-Term Sleep Disorders

Concussions and more serious traumatic brain injuries appear to increase the risk of sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep movement disorders and more, researchers say.

04 Mar

Pot May Not Be The Best Medicine For Migraine

People who use marijuana to treat chronic migraine may suffer rebound headaches

03 Mar

Skipping Mammograms Increases The Risk Of Breast Cancer Death

Skipping even one scheduled mammography screening before a breast cancer diagnosis impacts the chances of survival, researchers say

With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 5, 2021

With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

Americans love to have choices, and now there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States.

But infectious disease experts say that all three protect strongly against severe COVID-19, so there is only one criteria to use in deciding which vaccine is the best.

"There is a single best vaccine. It's the one that's a... Full Page

It's Too Soon to Lift COVID Restrictions: Fauci

Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters March 5, 2021

It's Too Soon to Lift COVID Restrictions: Fauci

FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Coronavirus restrictions should not be lifted until the daily toll of new U.S. cases falls below 10,000, "and maybe even considerably less than that," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.

The last time the United States saw that low a number was almost a year ago. The daily case count hasn't falle... Full Page

AHA News: Why Did Yankees Manager Get a Pacemaker, and How Does It Work?

American Heart Association News March 5, 2021

AHA News: Why Did Yankees Manager Get a Pacemaker, and How Does It Work?

With each beat of your heart, the muscle squeezes, feeding blood to the rest of your body. The squeeze is triggered by an electrical impulse.

Sometimes, though, a glitch slows that impulse. This can cause lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone felt those symptoms. Doctors traced them... Full Page

When Facebook, Twitter Flag Posts as 'Unverified,' Readers Listen

Robert Preidt March 5, 2021

When Facebook, Twitter Flag Posts as 'Unverified,' Readers Listen

Readers pay attention when social media sites label an article as "unverified" or "suspicious," a new study suggests.

But how an article is presented -- including author credentials and writing style -- doesn't affect readers' views about its credibility.

The findings show that big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter have a r... Full Page

Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures

Robert Preidt March 5, 2021

Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures

Seizures of illegal drugs fell sharply in the United States during early COVID-19 lockdowns, but spiked once stay-at-home orders eased.

Researchers studied seizures of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in five locations between March 2019 (a year before the pandemic began in the United States) through September 2020,... Full Page

Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Prompts FDA Warning

Robert Preidt March 5, 2021

Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Prompts FDA Warning

You might decide your frizzy locks aren't so bad after all, given a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that most hair straightening/smoothing products release formaldehyde gas, a human carcinogen.

Being exposed to formaldehyde for longer periods of time and at higher concentrations increases the health risks, according... Full Page

More Data Suggests New Coronavirus Variants Weaken Vaccines, Treatments

Robert Preidt March 4, 2021

More Data Suggests New Coronavirus Variants Weaken Vaccines, Treatments

There's new evidence that fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are more resistant to antibody treatments and vaccines.

Researchers assessed variants first identified in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Brazil and found that they can evade antibodies that work well against the original version of the coronavir... Full Page

Moderna COVID Vaccine Can Sometimes Trigger Delayed Skin Reactions

Steven Reinberg March 4, 2021

Moderna COVID Vaccine Can Sometimes Trigger Delayed Skin Reactions

Some people given the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may develop a reaction at the injection site that can first appear more than a week after they get the shot, research shows.

A minority of patients may experience a large, red, sometimes raised, itchy or painful skin reaction, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in... Full Page

American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2021

American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- While strokes strike many Americans, a new study shows the risk is particularly high among American Indians.

Researchers already knew that American Indians had the highest risk of atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat ("arrhythmia") that can increase the risk of ... Full Page

COVID Leaves Most Pro Athletes With No Lasting Heart Damage: Study

Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2021

COVID Leaves Most Pro Athletes With No Lasting Heart Damage: Study

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In some reassuring news for professional athletes, a new study finds very few develop inflammatory heart disease after being infected with COVID-19, and most can safely return to play.

In fact, of nearly 800 professional athletes who had tested positive, less than 1% were barre... Full Page

AHA News: Bypass Surgery Turned Doctor From Couch Potato Into Mountain Climber

American Heart Association News March 4, 2021

AHA News: Bypass Surgery Turned Doctor From Couch Potato Into Mountain Climber

Because of the lack of oxygen at such lofty altitudes, Dr. Akil Taherbhai needed four hours to climb the last mile to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

Savoring the sense of triumph as he finally reached the summit, the family physician who is known as Dr. Taher to his patients in Gadsden, Alaba... Full Page

U.S. Hispanics at High Heart Disease Risk and Many Go Untreated: Report

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2021

U.S. Hispanics at High Heart Disease Risk and Many Go Untreated: Report

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even after suffering a stroke, many Hispanic Americans still have uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions that raise their risk of a repeat one, a new study finds.

The study involved 404 Hispanic adults with a history of stroke or "mini-stroke," which is ... Full Page

Catnip Might Be Your Next Mosquito Repellent

March 4, 2021

Catnip Might Be Your Next Mosquito Repellent

A common herb that makes your favorite feline high may hold the key to a mosquito-free summer in your backyard.

Researchers say catnip is as effective as synthetic insect repellents, including DEET, and they report why this common member of the mint family drives bugs positively buggy.

The active ingredient in catnip -- nepetalacton... Full Page

COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report

Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters March 4, 2021

COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (Healthday News) -- In a finding that suggests overweight people should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines, a new report released Thursday shows the risk of death from coronavirus infection is about 10 times higher in countries where most of the population is overweight.

The World Obesity Federation report fo... Full Page

She Barely Survived a Severe Form of COVID-19 Hitting Kids

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter March 4, 2021

She Barely Survived a Severe Form of COVID-19 Hitting Kids

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Like many people this past year, teenager Tyona Montgomery began experiencing a sore throat and a loss of sense of smell and taste in November that suggested she might have COVID-19.

A positive test confirmed it, but she quickly felt better.

Then, just two weeks later, n... Full Page

Add Sleep Woes to Long-Term Effects of Concussions

Robert Preidt March 4, 2021

Add Sleep Woes to Long-Term Effects of Concussions

Concussions can increase the long-term risk of a wide range of sleep disorders, a new study indicates.

Researchers looked at more than 98,700 U.S. veterans diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the same number of veterans with no history of TBI. The brain injuries ranged from mild TBI (concussion) to severe.

None of the p... Full Page

Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women

Robert Preidt March 4, 2021

Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women

Who is more likely to relapse after opioid addiction treatment — women or men?

A new study that followed 1,100 recovering opioid users reveals that their risks are different.

The researchers followed the men and women for one year after treatment at more than 100 substance-use treatment facilities across the United States. During t... Full Page

Is Your Teen Unmotivated at School? That Might Change

Robert Preidt March 4, 2021

Is Your Teen Unmotivated at School? That Might Change

If your teen seems disinterested in school, new research suggests there's a good chance that things will get better over time.

"Our results point to a more hopeful picture for students who start out with lower levels of motivation," said study senior author Kui Xie, a professor of educational studies at Ohio State University in ColumbusFull Page

Women With Type 1 Diabetes May Have Fewer Childbearing Years: Study

Robert Preidt March 4, 2021

Women With Type 1 Diabetes May Have Fewer Childbearing Years: Study

Women with type 1 diabetes may have a shorter length of time to conceive and bear children compared to those without the disease, new research suggests.

The hormone insulin plays an important part in regulating female reproductive function, and people with type 1 diabetes don't make enough insulin on their own. But little was known about h... Full Page

Could Taking a Swing at Golf Help Parkinson's Patients?

March 3, 2021

Could Taking a Swing at Golf Help Parkinson's Patients?

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- For helping Parkinson's patients improve their balance and mobility, golf may beat the martial art exercise tai chi, a new, small study reveals.

"Exercise is well-known to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease," said study author Dr. Anne-Marie Wills, noting it helps to im... Full Page

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