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Jun13Cataracts: Common, and Easy to Treat

Cataracts: Common, and Easy to Treat

Many aging Americans can have their vision dimmed by cataracts, but the good news is that they’re easily treated, one expert says. By age 80, half of Americans either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove them, according to Dr. Waid Blackstone, an ophthalmologist at University of Alabama at Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic […]

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Jun12More Than a Snore? Recognize the Signs of Sleep Apnea

More Than a Snore? Recognize the Signs of Sleep Apnea

Does your bed partner claim that you snore? If so, don’t just tune him or her out. It may mean you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Untreated sleep apnea — which causes repeated breathing interruptions during sleep — can lead to serious health problems, so the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) wants you to […]

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Jun11Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

The suicide attempt rate has leapt by as much as half among teenage girls during the coronavirus pandemic, a new government study shows. Emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls between the ages of 12 and 17 increased by 26% during summer 2020 and by 50% during winter 2021, compared with the same […]

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Jun11AHA News: Video Gaming Helps Heart Defect Survivor Connect With Others in the LGBTQ Community and Beyond

AHA News: Video Gaming Helps Heart Defect Survivor Connect With Others in the LGBTQ Community and Beyond

FRIDAY, June 11, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — Mike Lane’s heart journey began as a newborn – when his skin turned blue. He was 2 days old when a cardiologist realized the reason. He was born with several congenital heart defects, including a missing ventricular septum, a narrowing of the pulmonary artery called stenosis, […]

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Jun11Obesity Could Raise Odds for ‘Long-Haul’ COVID Symptoms

Obesity Could Raise Odds for ‘Long-Haul’ COVID Symptoms

If you’re obese, you’re far more likely to have long-lasting health issues if you get COVID-19 and survive, a new study warns. You are more likely than patients who aren’t obese to be hospitalized. You’re more likely wind up in the intensive care unit, need to be put on a ventilator and suffer from long-haul […]

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Jun11Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic. Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who’ve gotten the jab need booster shots to maintain their protection? It’s an important question, […]

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Jun11Expiration Dates on Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Extended

Expiration Dates on Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Extended

U.S. regulators have extended the expiration date on millions of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine doses by six weeks, the company announced Thursday. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration review concluded the shots remain safe and effective for at least 4 1/2 months, J&J said in a statement. In February, the FDA first authorized the […]

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Jun11Health Highlights: June 11, 2021

Health Highlights: June 11, 2021

CDC Calls Emergency Meeting on Heart Inflammation Link to COVID Vaccines An emergency meeting will be held June 18 to discuss rare reports of heart inflammation in people who’ve received the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The agency said it’s identified 226 reports so far […]

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Jun11There Is No ‘Healthy Obesity,’ Study Finds

There Is No ‘Healthy Obesity,’ Study Finds

There is no such thing as healthy obesity, a Scottish study reports. A normal metabolic profile doesn’t mean an obese person is actually healthy, because he or she still has an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory illness, University of Glasgow researchers explained. “The term ‘metabolically healthy obesity’ should be avoided in […]

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Jun11It’s a Myth That Promiscuous Women Have Low Self-Esteem

It’s a Myth That Promiscuous Women Have Low Self-Esteem

The old double standard lives on. A new study finds that many people still believe — incorrectly — that women who engage in casual sex have low self-esteem. And they don’t think the same is true of men. “We were surprised that this stereotype was so widely held,” said study first author Jaimie Arona Krems, […]

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