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20 Sep

Losing Weight or Gaining Muscle… Which Improves Heart Health More?

Losing weight appears to do more for your heart health than gaining muscle, researchers say.

17 Sep

HPV Infection Linked to Preterm Birth, Study Finds

Pregnant women with certain strains of the human papillomavirus are at increased risk of preterm delivery, researchers say.

16 Sep

Vaping Increases Eating Disorder Risk Among Students, Study Finds.

College students who use e-cigarettes are at increased risk of developing an eating disorder, researchers say.

U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

Steven Reinberg September 20, 2021

U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

Starting in November, the United States plans to lift travel restrictions on people coming from overseas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This move by the Biden administration will open the United States to relatives separated from families as well as business travelers. The restrictions, involving many European countries, China... Full Page

Telemedicine Gets High Marks for Follow-Ups After Surgery

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter September 20, 2021

Telemedicine Gets High Marks for Follow-Ups After Surgery

After routine surgery, a "virtual" follow-up visit might be just as good as a traditional office appointment, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that surgery patients who had video follow-up appointments were just as satisfied with their care as those who made a trip to the office. And they appreciated the convenience of skipping the ... Full Page

HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter September 20, 2021

HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts. Most of the time, the immune system clears the infection. But some st... Full Page

AHA News: Clot-Removing Procedure Appears Safe for Pregnant Stroke Patients

American Heart Association News September 20, 2021

AHA News: Clot-Removing Procedure Appears Safe for Pregnant Stroke Patients

Physically removing a blood clot in the brain is a safe and effective treatment for pregnant women having a stroke, a new study suggests.

Stroke during pregnancy remains rare, but the risk increases during pregnancy and for up to 12 weeks after giving birth, or postpartum.

The most common type is ischemic stroke, where a clot blocks ... Full Page

Lower Dose of Pfizer COVID Vaccine Works Well in Young Children, Company Says

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter September 20, 2021

Lower Dose of Pfizer COVID Vaccine Works Well in Young Children, Company Says

A smaller dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine safely triggers a strong immune response in children as young as 5, the company announced Monday morning.

"Over the past nine months, hundreds of millions of people ages 12 and older from around the world have received our COVID-19 vaccine. We are eager to extend the protection afforded by th... Full Page

Delta Variant Now Fueling 99% of U.S. COVID Cases

Cara Murez September 20, 2021

Delta Variant Now Fueling 99% of U.S. COVID Cases

If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States right now, it's almost certainly caused by the Delta variant.

The highly transmissible variant, which caused crippling surges in India and Britain this past spring and fueled case spikes in the United States this summer, is now responsible for over 99% of all cases tracked in this... Full Page

Review of Booster Shots for Moderna, J&J Vaccines Just Weeks Away: Fauci

Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter September 20, 2021

Review of Booster Shots for Moderna, J&J Vaccines Just Weeks Away: Fauci

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) – If Americans who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines are dismayed by the lack of information on booster shots for them, their wait should end soon.

Data on booster shots for those vaccines is only a few weeks away from a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ... Full Page

Study Spots People at High Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID

Steven Reinberg September 20, 2021

Study Spots People at High Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID

A study of millions of people vaccinated against COVID-19 has identified those at greatest risk of hospitalization and death after breakthrough infection.

The most vulnerable are those who are immunosuppressed from chemotherapy, a recent bone marrow or solid organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS. Also at risk are people with neurological disorde... Full Page

Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Steven Reinberg September 20, 2021

Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Hospitalized opioid addicts die at a rate similar to people who have a heart attack after leaving the hospital.

Nearly 8% of patients addicted to opioids died within 12 months of hospital discharge, according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

"We need systems that can address comprehensive needs of peopl... Full Page

When Cardiac Arrest Strikes, Survival Odds Are Better at Airports

Steven Reinberg September 20, 2021

When Cardiac Arrest Strikes, Survival Odds Are Better at Airports

If you have a cardiac arrest, your odds of survival are best in an airport or airplane, a new study finds.

That's because automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available and so are people ready to help, researchers explained.

"Our findings emphasize that cardiac arrest in travelers is survivable and that early resuscit... Full Page

Kids in Marching Bands Under Threat From Heat Illness

Steven Reinberg September 20, 2021

Kids in Marching Bands Under Threat From Heat Illness

It's not just athletes on the field who suffer when outdoor temperatures get too high. Members of college and high school marching bands are at increased risk of heat-related illness, too, researchers warn.

"They go out there, and they often wear these really heavy wool uniforms," said lead author Andrew Grundstein of the University of Geo... Full Page

Depression During Menopause: How to Spot It and Treat It

Cara Murez September 20, 2021

Depression During Menopause: How to Spot It and Treat It

Emotional changes in the run-up to menopause can sometimes lead to depression.

It can be important to see a doctor to help determine whether you're just feeling stressed or "blue" -- or whether you might have clinical or major depression, a condition associated with a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Changing hormones during perimeno... Full Page

Using a Hair Removal Gel or Cream? Here's How to Do It Safely

September 19, 2021

Using a Hair Removal Gel or Cream? Here's How to Do It Safely

When hair sprouts where you don't want it, you can always shave, but other ways to remove unwanted body hair can last longer.

The downside: Chemical hair removers can cause burning, itching or redness.

"Hair removal creams, lotions and gels are quick and easy to use, but they can sometimes irritate the skin," dermatologist Dr. Andre... Full Page

FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter September 17, 2021

FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine booster shot for all Americans aged 65 or older, as well as for those deemed to be at high risk for severe illness.

According to The New York Times, that vote came after a near unanimous decision (16 to 2... Full Page

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Still Offer Good Protection Against Severe COVID: Study

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter September 17, 2021

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Still Offer Good Protection Against Severe COVID: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- With a special advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting Friday to decide on the need for COVID vaccine booster shots, new data shows Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines maintaining strong levels of protection against severe illness.

The data tracked the c... Full Page

What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter September 17, 2021

What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests.

It's not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem. It's just that losing fat offered bigger heart benefits.

"We a... Full Page

Pfizer Recalls All Lots of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Due to Potential Carcinogen

Steven Reinberg September 17, 2021

Pfizer Recalls All Lots of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Due to Potential Carcinogen

Pfizer is expanding the recall of its anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline), the company announced Friday.

The nationwide recall of all Chantix 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets was prompted because they may contain levels of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, that are at or above levels approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

... Full Page

Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

Steven Reinberg September 17, 2021

Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

In kids and teens, symptoms of long COVID rarely last more than 12 weeks, a new international study reports.

The researchers also found that exposure to the highly contagious Delta variant did not result in more serious disease in children compared to earlier variants, and that most cases of COVID-19 were asymptomatic or mild.

Despit... Full Page

AHA News: Fitness Didn't Keep Him From Heart Problems or COVID-19, But It Did Help Him Recover

American Heart Association News September 17, 2021

AHA News: Fitness Didn't Keep Him From Heart Problems or COVID-19, But It Did Help Him Recover

About a month into the COVID-19 pandemic, LeCount Holmes saw on television that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was within a mile of his house for a big announcement.

Because Prince George's County was one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus, a former regional hospital was being reopened earlier than planned to provide treatment to anoth... Full Page

FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

Cara Murez September 17, 2021

FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisors will meet Friday to consider whether it is safe and effective for Americans to receive a third "booster" dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA posted the materials it intends to use in the review on Wednesday. The advisory panel will review a variety of evidence, including new da... Full Page

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