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Need Better Sleep? Get a Partner

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Happy couples apparently make good bedfellows. New research says that when happy couples sleep together, they tend to have more — and less disrupted — rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

Is It Safe to Go Out to Eat?

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When you’re going out to eat, the CDC suggests that you ahead, not only for reservations, but to confirm that COVID-19 safety measures are being followed.

C. diff. Infections Double Death Risk

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Hospitalized patients infected with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) face more than twice the risk of dying than hospitalized patients without the infection, a Dutch study shows.

People With HIV Still Live Shorter, Sicker Lives

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HIV may not be the death sentence it was 20 or 30 years ago, but people who are HIV-positive still face much shorter lives than other adults — even if they’re treated with medications that make the virus undetectable.

Masks and Summer Heat: Expert Tips

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COVID-19 continues to spread even in the humid heat of summer, so it’s important to keep wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to prevent transmission.

How to Cope When COVID Steals Loving Touch, Hugs

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Understanding the reason why we can’t hug and touch those we love during this pandemic is one thing. Dealing with the effects of that are still proving very difficult for many. Some say we’re having “skin hunger.” Others refer to it as hug deprivation or touch starvation.

COVID-19 Can Start With Neurological Symptoms

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In fact, headaches, dizziness, strokes, weakness, decreased alertness or other neurological symptoms can appear before the more commonly known symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus (known as SARS-COV-2), the researchers said.

Math Myths: Are Boys Really Better at Math?

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Are boys innately better at math and science? That question has generated debate for decades, and new research looking at the brains of children while they do math may help answer the question.

Prediabetes 101

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Prediabetes is a condition that happens when your blood sugar levels are above normal but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.  Learn more about it and what you can do to avoid it.

5 Ways to Control What You Can

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During a crisis, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Left unrecognized or ignored, anxiety and stress can have negative consequences on your physical, emotional, and mental health. Try these five strategies to manage your feelings.

9 Killer Kebab Tips

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Kebab has come to mean any food cooked on a skewer over hot coals. See tips for getting kebabs right.

Preventing Eczema in Babies With Dry Skin

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In babies, eczema usually shows up as an itchy, red patch on the cheeks, chin, or scalp and the front of arms and legs. If you see these signs, doctors recommend the “soak and seal” method.

DIY Hair Color Like a Pro

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Thinking of dying your own hair? The pros say it’s possible to have salon-quality results at home if you stick to some guidelines.

COVID-19 Cases Drop in Warm Weather, But Not Much

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In search of an answer, researchers at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., studied the effects of temperature, precipitation and sunlight (UV index) on the number of COVID-19 cases across the United States during the spring.

COVID Rates Lower Than Thought for Pregnant Women

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The new study included 770 hospital patients who hadn’t previously been diagnosed with coronavirus infection. Of those, 30 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those who tested positive, 22 had no symptoms — meaning the rate of positive tests among asymptomatic women was 2.9%.

Pandemic Has Cut Global Carbon Emissions

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It’s not just your imagination — with everyone avoiding travel, the air is cleaner these days. Daily global carbon emissions fell by about one-sixth during the coronavirus pandemic.