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Mar27Preventing Repeat Heart Attack, Stroke More Important Than Ever: AHA

Preventing Repeat Heart Attack, Stroke More Important Than Ever: AHA

With the new coronavirus severely straining the U.S. health care system, experts are calling on heart attack and stroke survivors to take extra steps to reduce their risk of a repeat event. The American Heart Association (AHA) said current information suggests that elderly people with heart disease or high blood pressure are more likely to […]

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Mar27Multiple Measures of Social Distancing Required to Slow Coronavirus: Study

Multiple Measures of Social Distancing Required to Slow Coronavirus: Study

It takes multiple measures of social distancing to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, a study from Singapore concludes. That finding is based on a computer model of a simulated setting in Singapore. Coronavirus cases are on the rise there, but as of March 23, schools remained open and workplace distancing was only recommended, […]

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Mar27Legal Pot Products Too Potent for Chronic Pain

Legal Pot Products Too Potent for Chronic Pain

Most legal medical marijuana — more than 90% — is stronger than what doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, a new study finds. “We know that high-potency products should not have a place in the medical realm because of the high risk of developing cannabis-use disorders, which are related to exposure to high THC-content products,” […]

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Mar27Cough, Fever, Fatigue? Head to CDC’s Online Coronavirus Symptom Checker

Cough, Fever, Fatigue? Head to CDC’s Online Coronavirus Symptom Checker

You went jogging and developed a cough. You did some yard work and now you’re wheezing. Maybe your throat is scratchy. Your first thought is: Do I have COVID-19? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a new coronavirus self-checker on its website that might ease your mind and steer you toward […]

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Mar27Three Countries Have Kept Coronavirus in Check; Here’s How They Did It

Three Countries Have Kept Coronavirus in Check; Here’s How They Did It

Vietnam. South Korea. Taiwan. All three countries are placed uncomfortably close to China, the initial epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic that’s now swept across the world. But they also have one other thing in common: They’ve each managed to contain their COVID-19 infections, preventing the new coronavirus from reaching epidemic proportions within their borders. How […]

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Mar27U.S. Leads the World With Most Coronavirus Cases, House to Pass $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

U.S. Leads the World With Most Coronavirus Cases, House to Pass $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

(HealthDay News) — The United States passed China as the country with the most coronavirus cases in the world late Thursday, as the U.S. House appeared poised to pass a $2 trillion stimulus package to bolster America’s sagging economy. The unprecedented legislation would send $1,200 checks to many Americans, create a $367 billion loan program […]

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Mar27Health Highlights: March 27, 2020

Health Highlights: March 27, 2020

U.S. Autism Diagnoses Rise, Racial Gap Closes Ethanol Producers Want FDA Permission to Make Alcohol for Hand Sanitizer VA Health System Swamped by Coronavirus Patients

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Mar27Could Stroke Drug Help COVID-19 Patients Avoid Ventilators?

Could Stroke Drug Help COVID-19 Patients Avoid Ventilators?

For people very sick with COVID-19, access to a mechanical ventilator can mean life or death. Trouble is, they’re in short supply in the United Sates and around the world. Now, research suggests that a widely used clot-busting stroke drug might help COVID-19 patients who can’t access a ventilator or who fail to improve even […]

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Mar26Shelter Animals Need Your Help During the Pandemic

Shelter Animals Need Your Help During the Pandemic

Fostering a shelter animal during the coronavirus pandemic could benefit both of you, an animal welfare group says. “Shelters are swamped in the best of times, and with more and more staff in every sector of American life self-quarantining and falling ill, animals already abandoned and without homes are going to be increasingly vulnerable,” said […]

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Mar26An Expert’s Guide to Fact-Checking Coronavirus Info Online

An Expert’s Guide to Fact-Checking Coronavirus Info Online

With bogus information about the new coronavirus spreading fast online, how can you separate fact from fiction? A communications expert at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg said identifying reliable and useful sources of information is key. Here’s her advice: “Be skeptical of social media posts about the COVID-19 virus, even those that have the superficial look […]

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