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27 Feb

How Many American Adults Are Obese?

The latest obesity numbers from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

25 Feb

The Latest Trends In Marijuana Use

More baby boomers are smoking marijuana. Women, too.

Teen Moms at High Risk for Depression, Anxiety

Teen Moms at High Risk for Depression, Anxiety

As if being a teen mom isn't hard enough, two-thirds of young mothers are grappling with at least one mental health issue, researchers say.

And close to 40% of mothers under 21 years of age have more than one issue, including depression, anxiety and hyperactivity, according to the research team from McMaster Children's Hospital in...

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  • February 28, 2020
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More Evidence Tying Vitamin E Acetate to Vapers' Lung Disease

More Evidence Tying Vitamin E Acetate to Vapers' Lung Disease

Researchers have found more evidence from animal studies linking vitamin E acetate in vaping liquids to deadly lung damage in people who use electronic cigarettes.

Vitamin E acetate is sometimes used in vaping liquids with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Since August, there have been more than 2,800 U.S. cases of EV...

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  • February 28, 2020
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Research Finds Contagious Staph in Lupus-Related Skin Rashes

Research Finds Contagious Staph in Lupus-Related Skin Rashes

Skin rashes in people with lupus may have high levels of disease-causing bacteria that can spread to other people, according to a new study.

Researchers found that half of rashes in patients with lupus had abnormally high levels of Staphylococcus aureus (or staph), a common bacteria associated with skin infections.

Tha...

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  • February 28, 2020
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China Study Puts Coronavirus Death Rate at 1.4%; Real Number May Be Lower

China Study Puts Coronavirus Death Rate at 1.4%; Real Number May Be Lower

The latest tally of almost 1,100 cases of COVID-19 infection from 30 Chinese provinces shows a fatality rate of 1.4% during the early phase of the outbreak.

That's much higher than the rate seen with the seasonal flu, where only about 0.1% of cases end in death. But it's far below the mortality rate of recent coronavirus outbr...

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  • February 28, 2020
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Med Schools  More Diverse Now, But Study Finds Minorities Still Mistreated

Med Schools More Diverse Now, But Study Finds Minorities Still Mistreated

Race, gender and sexual orientation are tied to mistreatment of medical school students by faculty, physicians and fellow students, according to a new report.

For the study, Yale University researchers analyzed more than 27,500 surveys of students at 140 accredited medical schools in the United States.

The researchers found t...

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  • February 28, 2020
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Weight-Loss Surgery Works, No Matter How Long Patient Was Obese

Weight-Loss Surgery Works, No Matter How Long Patient Was Obese

Weight-loss surgery is as effective for people who became obese before age 20 as for older patients, new research shows.

For the study, researchers from the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, analyzed data from just over 4,000 obese adults. Half had undergone weight-loss surgery, half did not. They were divided into three groups base...

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  • February 28, 2020
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At High Risk for Heart Disease? Strict Blood Pressure Control Should Help

At High Risk for Heart Disease? Strict Blood Pressure Control Should Help

If you're at high risk for heart disease, lowering your blood pressure below the standard target level may help extend your life, a new study suggests.

Specifically, a systolic blood pressure target of less than 120 mm Hg -- rather than the standard 140 mm Hg -- could give someone an extra six months to three years of life, depending o...

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  • February 28, 2020
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For Black Americans, Exercise Brings Real Boost to Life After Cancer

For Black Americans, Exercise Brings Real Boost to Life After Cancer

Regular exercise can benefit black cancer survivors' physical and mental health, but most don't get the recommended amount of activity, a new study says.

Cancer survivors should get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

For most cancers, black pati...

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  • February 28, 2020
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Doctors' Ratings Tank When Patients Are Kept Waiting: Study

Doctors' Ratings Tank When Patients Are Kept Waiting: Study

Tick-tock: A long delay in the waiting room annoys some patients so much that they give their doctors lower ratings, a new study finds.

"Waiting to see the doctor is not like waiting in line for a fun ride at Disney World," said senior author Dr. Oren Gottfried, a professor of neurosurgery at Duke University School of Medicine in Durha...

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  • February 28, 2020
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AHA News: Could Sunshine Lower Blood Pressure? Study Offers Enlightenment

AHA News: Could Sunshine Lower Blood Pressure? Study Offers Enlightenment

Exposure to sunshine is linked to lower blood pressure, says a new study that included hundreds of thousands of patients at dialysis clinics across the United States. But don't use this news as an excuse to book a beach vacation just yet.

For the new study, appearing Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, resea...

Whistleblower Complaint Filed, California Case Spurs Changes in CDC Coronavirus Testing Efforts

Whistleblower Complaint Filed, California Case Spurs Changes in CDC Coronavirus Testing Efforts

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Just how prepared the United States is to quell an outbreak of coronavirus on American soil came into question on Thursday, as federal officials broadened guidelines for testing and a whistleblower complaint was filed by a high-ranking U.S. health official.

The complaint claimed some federal h...

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  • February 28, 2020
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Coronavirus Strikes Men, Older People the Hardest

Coronavirus Strikes Men, Older People the Hardest

The coronavirus is on the cusp of becoming a global pandemic and experts say that, if it does, older people and men could be most at risk for serious illness and death.

Men have died from coronavirus at nearly twice the rate as women, and the virus has been shown to sicken and kill older folks at a greater rate than young people, accor...

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  • February 28, 2020
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It's Not Medical Outcomes That Drive Patients' Hospital Reviews

It's Not Medical Outcomes That Drive Patients' Hospital Reviews

Rave online reviews about a hospital stay may not mean much about the actual medical care there, if a new study is any indication.

Researchers found that across U.S. hospitals, patient-satisfaction scores were more dependent on "hospitality" factors -- like friendly nurses, quiet rooms and good food -- than ...

Imaging Scans May Lead to Shorter TB Treatment

Imaging Scans May Lead to Shorter TB Treatment

A new monitoring approach could help improve treatment of patients with tuberculosis (TB), researchers say.

TB is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. Treatment involves multiple pills or injection drugs daily for at least six months. Successful treatment depends on the medications reaching pockets of TB bacteria in ...

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  • February 27, 2020
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Japan Closes Schools to Help Stem Coronavirus Spread

Japan Closes Schools to Help Stem Coronavirus Spread

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News, Japan) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for all schools to close for about a month while officials try to contain a coronavirus outbreak spreading through that country.

"It is of extreme importance to prevent one patient cluster to create another cluster, so as to contain the outb...

  • Noriko Kiuchi, Tokyo Bureau
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  • February 27, 2020
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Scientists Spot Early Markers of Coronavirus in Lungs of Patients

Scientists Spot Early Markers of Coronavirus in Lungs of Patients

U.S. researchers report they have spotted early, subtle signs in the lungs that point to coronavirus infection.

This could help doctors diagnose patients in the early stages of the disease, when it may not be obvious on lung scans, according to the Mount Sinai Health System doctors.

They say they're the first U.S. experts to ...

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  • February 27, 2020
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Healthy Heart in Your 20s,  Healthier Brain Decades Later

Healthy Heart in Your 20s, Healthier Brain Decades Later

A healthier heart in early adulthood could mean fewer thinking and memory problems later in life, a new study suggests.

"These results indicate that people need to pay close attention to their health even in their early 20s," said study author Dr. Farzaneh Sorond, of Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago.

Soro...

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  • February 27, 2020
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Blood Flow in Heart Differs in Men and Women

Blood Flow in Heart Differs in Men and Women

How your blood flows through your heart may depend on whether you are a man or a woman, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers used a sophisticated imaging technique called 4D flow MRI to examine blood flow and to assess how it influences cardiac performance.

Scans of the heart's main pumping chamber, the left vent...

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  • February 27, 2020
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AHA News: What Heart Patients Should Know About Coronavirus

AHA News: What Heart Patients Should Know About Coronavirus

The coronavirus should have everyone's attention by now, health experts say. And people with heart disease have extra reasons to be alert.

COVID-19, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, has sickened tens of thousands of people and killed hundreds around the globe. On Tuesday, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director o...

Trump Taps Pence to Head Coronavirus Response, As 1st U.S. Case of 'Unknown Origin' Spotted

Trump Taps Pence to Head Coronavirus Response, As 1st U.S. Case of 'Unknown Origin' Spotted

Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. response to a potential global pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday evening.

The move came amid growing political pressure on his administration to take a more energized response to the coronavirus, which has infected more than 82,000 people in 37 ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 27, 2020
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