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Surgery May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

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For people with sleep apnea who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, new research finds that a combination of surgical techniques may bring relief.

Study Backs Use of Saliva COVID-19 Test

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A COVID-19 saliva test developed by researchers at Yale University appeared to perform at least as well as nasal swabs in a study of hospital patients, a finding that may help encourage more frequent use of self-collected samples.

Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes?

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A new report details the case of a 19-year-old German with asymptomatic COVID-19 infection who ended up hospitalized with a new case of insulin-dependent diabetes.

Parents Can Stop Pandemic Cyberbullying

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Those who said their parents were “almost never” loving were at least six times more likely to engage in high levels of cyberbullying than those who said their parents were “almost always” loving.

WebMD Poll: More Acceptance of COVID Vaccine

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A new poll from WebMD finds that acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine is gradually growing, with 54.6% of readers saying they would get one in the first year. That number increased slightly from a WebMD poll released in July,

Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby

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Though the patient didn’t have the typical respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19, she did have a fever and diarrhea, suggesting possible viral infection. Before going to the hospital, she didn’t know she had the coronavirus.

Study Confirms It’s Possible to Catch COVID Twice

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The special thing about this case is that each time the patient was hospitalized, doctors sequenced the genome of the virus that infected him. It was slightly different from one infection to the next, suggesting that the virus had mutated – or changed — in the 4 months between his infections.

Pandemic Drove Spike in Panic Attacks

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New research found that between mid-March and early May of this year, there were 375,000 more Google searches for anxiety or panic attacks than would normally be expected.

In-Person Pregnancy Checks Won’t Raise COVID Risk

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There was no meaningful association between in-person visits and coronavirus infection among the women, according to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital study published Aug. 14  in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study Finds Rise in Domestic Violence During COVID

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Data from a major Massachusetts hospital found a significant year-over-year jump in intimate partner violence cases among patients — nearly all women — who sought emergency care during the COVID-19 pandemic’s first few weeks.

Parents Turn to ‘Pods’ for School During Pandemic

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“Podding” is garnering increased attention given the uncertainty of the upcoming school year. Many districts have opted out of in-person learning, or are offering a choice of virtual or in-school instruction as people grow increasingly concerned about health risks at schools.

Climate Change Means Senior Health Could Suffer

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Atmospheric changes that precede storms increase the risk that older people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could develop breathing problems serious enough to send them to the hospital.

‘The Year Has Been Sort of Canceled’

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A lost chance to say goodbye to an aged parent, a promising romance that fizzles when a pair can’t meet in person, a career that stalls when a prized job vanishes, a dwindling shot at parenthood when an infertility clinic suspends all in vitro fertilization treatments — these are the casualties of our lives on pause during the coronavirus pandemic.

Colleges Weigh How Best to Test for COVID

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Experts say that testing for COVID-19 — frequently and with fast results — will be needed to prevent widespread transmission of the disease among college students who are on campus this fall.

Pandemic Could Complicate Hurricane Season

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The average hurricane season has about 12 named storms, but up to 20 storms are being predicted this season, according to Marshall Shepherd, director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia.

New Study Shows Kids Are COVID Spreaders, Too

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Coronavirus testing performed in Chicago in March and April shows that children and teens tend to have as much virus in their nasal passages as adults, according to a research letter published online July 30 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Yet Another Study Finds Vaccines Are Safe

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Vaccine hesitancy among Americans has been highlighted as a potential problem in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some experts concerned that too many folks simply won’t get a coronavirus vaccine even if one proves safe and effective.

Concussion Ups Odds for Many Brain Conditions

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The study of more than 186,000 Canadians found that those who suffered a concussion were more likely to develop any of several conditions, including: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); depression or anxiety; Parkinson’s disease; or dementia.

Blood Test Might Spot Cancer Years Earlier

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More research is needed to confirm the test’s accuracy. But these initial results “offer hope,” said researcher Kun Zhang, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego.

Another COVID Mystery: Why Some Fall Ill Twice

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Experts are puzzling over cases where people have had COVID-19 twice. There’s been no comprehensive study of cases like this, and no one knows yet whether reinfection is possible, especially so soon after someone has recovered.

Coffee: Good for You or Not?

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The news is good for coffee lovers: Caffeinated coffee does not appear to raise any disease risks, and is instead linked to lower odds of various diseases

Smallpox Vaccine Has Lessons for COVID Vaccine

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In this study, researchers reconstructed and analyzed the genomes of smallpox virus fragments recovered from vaccination kits used during the Civil War era. They were able to do this without damaging the artifacts.

Immunotherapy Safe for Cancer Patients with COVID

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Researchers have been wary, because many COVID-19 complications result from an overactive immune response that leads to increased production of proteins called cytokines that can cause issues such as respiratory failure.

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.