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Aug8What Parents Need to Know About Teens and Concussions

What Parents Need to Know About Teens and Concussions

Concussion symptoms aren’t always evident, so parents of student-athletes need to know the signs and seek a diagnosis if their teen gets hurt, experts say. Only those closest to a teen may be able to identify the sometimes subtle changes in mood and emotion stemming from a concussion, said Dr. Rory Tucker, a sports medicine […]

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Aug7Beware of Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

Beware of Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

The American Association of Poison Control Centers has issued a warning on hand sanitizers that contain methanol (methyl alcohol). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already warned that some hand sanitizers are contaminated with methanol. Methanol is very toxic and can make you “blind drunk” because of its ability to damage the optic nerve, […]

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Aug7What Athletes Should Know About COVID-19, Heart Damage and Working Out

What Athletes Should Know About COVID-19, Heart Damage and Working Out

With evidence mounting that COVID-19 can damage the heart, experts urge people to take precautions when doing vigorous exercise. Up to 30% of patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection have signs of cardiac injury, according to Dr. Sunal Makadia, health director of sports cardiology at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore. The prevalence of heart damage in milder […]

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Aug7Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

Researchers say a new test can tell which patients with gonorrhea will benefit from treatment with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin. The low-cost drug has been out of use amid concern that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea was becoming resistant to it. In this study, 106 patients identified as having a gonorrhea strain called wild-type gyrA serine […]

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Aug7Model Shows 300,000 American Deaths by December if More Don’t Wear Face Masks

Model Shows 300,000 American Deaths by December if More Don’t Wear Face Masks

As the U.S. coronavirus case count neared 5 million on Thursday, a new model predicted that nearly 300,000 Americans could die of COVID-19 by December if more people don’t wear masks or practice better social distancing. Researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on Thursday issued a forecast of […]

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Aug7Health Highlights: Aug. 7, 2020

Health Highlights: Aug. 7, 2020

U.S. Cancels Blanket Warning for International Travel Over 300,000 Americans Could Die From Coronavirus This Year: Report Ohio Governor DeWine Tests Positive for Coronavirus Johnson & Johnson Makes $1 Billion Vaccine Deal

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Aug7Men’s Genital Bacteria Help Predict Partners’ Risk for Vaginal Infection: Study

Men’s Genital Bacteria Help Predict Partners’ Risk for Vaginal Infection: Study

The makeup of bacteria that colonize a man’s penis can help predict the risk of a serious and hard-to-treat vaginal infection in his female partner, new research suggests. Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, can lead to problems in pregnancy and make a woman more vulnerable to several sexually transmitted diseases. More than 20% of […]

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Aug6Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here’s Some Guidance on Doing It Safely

Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here’s Some Guidance on Doing It Safely

If you’re thinking about letting your child resume sports while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, a leading pediatricians’ group says there are a few things you should consider. To help families make informed decisions, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released guidance based on the most current research. “We recommend that parents talk […]

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Aug6Many Older Adults Can’t Connect With Telehealth: Study

Many Older Adults Can’t Connect With Telehealth: Study

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled big increases in video visits between patients and doctors, but older Americans haven’t easily taken to the trend, a new study finds. More than one-third of those over 65 face difficulties seeing their doctor via telemedicine — especially older men in remote or rural areas who are poor, have disabilities […]

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Aug6Many Older Americans Getting Cancer Screens They Don’t Need: Study

Many Older Americans Getting Cancer Screens They Don’t Need: Study

Contrary to recommendations set by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, many Americans are getting screened for cancer even when old age or poor health would likely render such screenings risky and pointless, new research finds. The task force notes that screening always entails some degree of risk, and cancer treatment can be harsh. So […]

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