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Experts: COVID Vaccine May Cause Side Effects

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Americans who get a shot shouldn’t be surprised if they feel under the weather for a few days afterwards, expert say. Vaccines work to fight disease by producing an immune response within the body. And sometimes that means flu-like symptoms, such as aches, headache and fever.

Why Are COVID Cases Increasing So Fast Right Now?

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The number of new cases of COVID-19 is accelerating dramatically – now topping the 13 million mark. In less than 3 weeks in November, we leapt from 10 million to 13 million cases, and we hit a record high 199,000 daily cases this week.

Restaurants Scramble Amid Cold, COVID Surge

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But infectious disease experts are skeptical that dining out can be made safe during a winter COVID-19 surge without either ruining the experience for patrons or undermining the economics for the business owner.

What the Pandemic Did to Workouts

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By June, just over 60% of those surveyed said they were meeting World Health Organization’s guidelines for weekly exercise, representing a nearly 8% jump from pre-pandemic routines. Investigators also found a more than 11% jump in the number of people who were actually exceeding that threshold.

Measles Deaths Grow by Half

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The World Health Organization on Thursday released new statistics that show 869,770 cases of measles, one of the most contagious diseases known to science, around the world in 2019, the highest number since 1996. Increases were reported in all regions.

Can You Safely Host Holiday Events During COVID-19?

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After months of separation from friends and family due to COVID-19, many people hope to reconnect over such holidays as Christmas and Hanukkah. But health experts continue to encourage people to practice safe behaviors and avoid situations that could expose them or their loved ones to the virus.

Got A-fib? It Could Heighten COVID Risks

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Investigators found that those who suffered an a-fib episode during their stay had a substantially worse prognosis — being more likely to develop heart or kidney complications, or to die.

Alex Trebek Dies After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

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Trebek was the host of Jeopardy! since its debut in 1984, and he appeared in nearly 8,000 episodes. The show, in which facts are revealed and contestants provide the matching question,  phrased in a specific way, became a cultural touchstone.

Your Corneas May Be Safe From COVID: Study

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Although viruses such as herpes simplex can infect the cornea and Zika has been found in corneal tissue and tears, this does not appear to be the case with COVID-19, according to researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

COVID May Cause Tinnitus

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Tinnitus, a common hearing problem, may be worsened by COVID-19 or possibly even triggered by the new coronavirus, new research indicates.

Depression Has Strong Ties to Stroke, Study Finds

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Compared to participants with no depressive symptoms, those with scores of one to three had a 39% increased stroke risk. Those with scores of more than four had a 54% higher risk, after the researchers accounted for demographic factors.

Is It a Cold, the Flu, Allergies, or COVID-19?

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Respiratory illnesses can share  so many of the same symptoms — a fever, chills, coughing, tiredness, a sore throat, body aches, a headache, and a stuffed nose — so it’s not easy to tell the difference.

Construction Workers at High Risk for COVID

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Their greater vulnerability is probably because construction work continued throughout the pandemic, even during stay-at-home orders and other community-wide public health measures, the study authors suggested.

Lies Spread on Social Media Hamper Vaccinations

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Every 1 point increase in the effort to discredit vaccines is linked to an average 2% drop in annual vaccine coverage around the world, and a 15% increase in negative tweets about vaccination, researchers found.

Is Your Teen Ready to Drive?

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Research suggests that young drivers with poor working memory — a type of cognitive skill — are significantly more likely to have a car accident.

Psoriasis Meds Don't Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19

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Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with drugs that suppress the immune system. This analysis of the international PsoProtect registry found that more than 90% of psoriasis patients survive infection with the new coronavirus.

Searching for Clues to COVID-19 Immunity

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Getting more specific answers about how the immune system responds to the virus that causes COVID-19, including whether recovery is likely permanent, is crucial not only to those who have recovered. These answers can help inform vaccine makers to make the most effective vaccines as well.

Who's At Risk For 'Long COVID?'

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About 5% of those with COVID-19 will have symptoms for eight weeks or more, according to the preprint analysis of data, CNN reported Wednesday.

One Big Reason Women May Be Less Prone to COVID-19

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A survey conducted in eight countries in March and April found substantial gender differences both in numbers of people who considered COVID-19 to be a serious health crisis and who agreed with public policies to help fight the pandemic.

UK Begins Controversial Coronavirus Challenge Trial

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The United States says human challenge trials might be too risky or unnecessary. But for the British, the payoff could push vaccine development ahead by three months, which could save hundreds of thousands of lives, the Post reported.

Curbing COVID Had Benefit for Asthma Patients

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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 were first recorded during week seven of 2020. Further analysis found a significant decrease in the average number of asthma hospitalizations during weeks nine to 22 of this year compared to 2017-19.

Pot Users Need More Anesthesia, Painkillers: Study

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The results jibe with earlier studies indicating that marijuana users might need more anesthesia initially to put them under, said lead author Dr. Ian Holmen, a resident anesthesiologist with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

COVID-19 ICU Patients Have High Risk of Clots

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The odds of a clot are highest for the most critically ill patients. Analysis of 66 studies found that 23% of COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) developed a blood clot in the leg, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Voting During COVID Pandemic: How to Do It Safely

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Record numbers of people have already cast ballots, whether by mail or through in-person early voting. The United States Elections Project says more than 4 million people have already voted, compared to just 75,000 at the same time in 2016.

Benefit of the Common Cold? It May Prevent COVID

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This could mean that anyone who’s ever been infected by a common cold coronavirus — nearly everyone — may have some amount of immunity to COVID-19, according to infectious disease experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y.

Women Get Worse Care for Heart Attack

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Women aged 18 to 55 are less likely to receive the tests and aggressive treatment that men routinely receive, and are more likely to die in the hospital, the researchers added.

Older adults who drink tea are less likely to be depressed

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Depression:  


Depression is the leading cause of disability. Researchers are discovering new things about depression every day.

A new study examines the link between drinking tea and lower rates of depression in older Chinese adults, revealing the characteristics of tea drinkers.

How long does molly stay in your system?

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Addiction:  


The exact length of time that molly, or MDMA, stays in a person’s system depends on several factors, including how much of the drug they have taken. Learn more here.

 

 

Eye exercises: Some tips and techniques

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Your Eyes:  

Some people believe that certain eye exercises can help improve vision or treat eye conditions. There are a number of eye exercises a person can try. Read about them here.

Supplement may help burn fat long after exercise

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

Taking an appetite suppressant produced by gut bacteria may help increase the value of moderate exercise for weight loss, according to a new study.

New SARS-like virus may be spreading outside China

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Cold and Flu:  


Keypads are full of germs. The "enter" button is the worst, because everyone needs to press "enter".  Learn more on how to protect yourself during cold and flu season.

Reports of a novel virus spreading to countries in East and Southeast Asia have put local authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) on alert.

Does turmeric have anticancer properties?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

People have discussed the potential health benefits of turmeric for thousands of years. A recent review assesses the evidence for its use against cancer.

What factors influence a person’s height?

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Genes determine around 80% of a person’s height, but environmental factors can also affect it. This article looks at how people can increase their height during development.

What types of eye doctors are there?

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Your Eyes:  

There are three main types of eye care doctor. In this article, find out about their different roles, as well as the differences in training and levels of expertise.

Full liquid diet: Everything you need to know

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

A doctor may recommend a full liquid diet for a short time for people with certain medical conditions. Learn more about what to eat and avoid on the full liquid diet here.

Demisexuality: What to know

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Sexual Health:  

 

People who identify as demisexual only experience sexual attraction to another person if they feel a strong emotional bond or connection with them first. Learn more here.

Exercises and remedies for Baker’s cysts

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Arthritis:


Arthritis is a pain.  Staying informed is not a cure, but it is a start.

A Baker’s cyst is a sac of fluid that forms behind the knee. Here, learn about exercises and remedies that can help with prevention and treatment.

Depression during period: Everything you need to know

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Depression:  


Depression is the leading cause of disability. Researchers are discovering new things about depression every day.

Depression is a common symptom before and during a period. Find out why hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can contribute to depression and learn what to do.

What to know about oscillopsia

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Your Eyes:  

Oscillopsia is the sensation that the surrounding environment is constantly in motion when it is not. Oscillopsia is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. Read more here.

Blocked tear duct: What to know

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Your Eyes:  

When tear ducts become blocked, tears build up. These irritate the eyes, increasing the risk of infection and causing painful swelling. Read more about blocked tear ducts here.

What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

People with anorexia tend to severely restrict their food intake, while those with bulimia go through periods of overeating followed by unhealthful behaviors to ‘purge.’ Learn more here.

Flu vaccines may shrink tumors and boost cancer treatment

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Cold and Flu:  


Keypads are full of germs. The "enter" button is the worst, because everyone needs to press "enter".  Learn more on how to protect yourself during cold and flu season.

According to recent experiments in mouse models, a flu shot may effectively shrink cancer tumors and boost the effectiveness of immunotherapy.

Cardiomyopathy: What to know

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Heart Health:  


Cardiomyopathy is a disease that involves a weakened heart muscle. The condition makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. Read more here.

What to know about alcohol and depression

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Headache & Migraines:  

Alcohol is a depressant and can amplify or trigger depression symptoms in some people. Learn more about the links between depression and alcohol in this article.

What is water brash?

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Digestion:  


Did you know that 60 percent of adults will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a twelve month period and 20 to 30 percent will have weekly symptoms. It is important to know causes and treatment options if and when required.

People with gastroesophageal reflux disease may experience a symptom called water brash. Read more about the causes and treatment of water brash here.

Does smoking cause depression?

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Depression:  


Depression is the leading cause of disability. Researchers are discovering new things about depression every day.

Can smoking lead to depression? A new study examines the link between smoking tobacco and the incidence of depression among students.

Anxiety and loss of appetite: What is the link?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

While some people with anxiety tend to overeat, others have little or no appetite. Learn more about the link between anxiety and appetite loss here.

What to know about brain atrophy

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Stroke:    

Brain atrophy can refer to a loss of brain cells or a loss in the number of connections between these cells. In this article, learn about the symptoms of brain atrophy, as well as some causes and treatments.

What are the types of depression?

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Stress and Anxiety:  


There are several different types of depression, which is a common mental health condition. Learn about their symptoms and who is at risk in this article.

What to know about a swollen scrotum

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Sexual Health:  

 

There are several potential causes of swelling in the scrotum. This article outlines some of these causes, their symptoms, and their associated treatment options.

Treatment options for IBS

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Constipation:


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. Learn about the treatments and remedies here.

Are pesticides in food harmful?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

Some people may be worried about the effect of pesticides in their food. Read this article to learn about how pesticides can affect health.

Could hydration levels influence cognitive function?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

A new study found a link between inadequate hydration and poorer cognitive functioning, especially in memory and attention tasks — but only in older women.

Masturbation and penis size: What’s the link?

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Sexual Health:  

 

Penis size can be a concern for some people. There are many myths about masturbation, and among these is the idea that masturbation can make a person’s penis bigger or smaller. Read more here.