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Apr16Booster Shots a Likely Reality for COVID-Vaccinated Americans

Booster Shots a Likely Reality for COVID-Vaccinated Americans

Vaccinated Americans will probably need booster shots to guard against emerging coronavirus variants in the future, a White House adviser and Pfizer’s CEO said Thursday. The United States is already planning for future booster shots, Dr. David Kessler, chief science officer for the pandemic response, said during a House subcommittee hearing on the country’s vaccination […]

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Apr16Health Highlights, April 16, 2021

Health Highlights, April 16, 2021

Europe Surpasses 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths The COVID-19 death toll in Europe has surpassed 1 million, and it’s seeing about 1.6 million new cases each week, a top World Health Organization official said Thursday. Dr. Hans Kluge’s comments were meant to emphasize the need for Europe to maintain social distancing and speed up vaccinations as […]

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Apr16Did CBD Oil for Seizures Push a 2-Year-Old Boy Into Puberty?

Did CBD Oil for Seizures Push a 2-Year-Old Boy Into Puberty?

CBD oil used to curb seizures in a 2-year-old with epilepsy may be linked to the boy developing signs of a very early puberty, a British case study reports. The incident is outlined in the April 15 issue of the journal BMJ Case Reports. Doctors reported that since birth the boy had experienced about 20 […]

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Apr161 in 50 COVID Patients in ICU Will Develop a Stroke

1 in 50 COVID Patients in ICU Will Develop a Stroke

Among COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs), 2% suffer a stroke, a new study finds. Of the two types of stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain, was linked to a higher risk of death than ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot in the brain. Data on […]

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Apr16Know the Signs of Rare Blood Clot Linked With J & J Vaccine

Know the Signs of Rare Blood Clot Linked With J & J Vaccine

While U.S. federal government experts probe potential risks of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, what do you need to know if you have had the one-dose COVID shot or hope to get it? Experts at the American Heart Association (AHA) describe what to look out for. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and […]

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Apr16U.S. Marines Study Finds Getting COVID Won’t Protect Young People From Reinfection

U.S. Marines Study Finds Getting COVID Won’t Protect Young People From Reinfection

Young adults, take note: A new study finds that even if you have suffered a bout of COVID-19, it is not a guarantee against a second infection. Researchers said the results show that even those young people who’ve been struck by the new coronavirus still need to be vaccinated against it. The study was conducted […]

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Apr16Pregnancy Raises the Risk for Kidney Stones

Pregnancy Raises the Risk for Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can happen to anyone, but now a new study confirms that being pregnant may increase your risk of developing them. Previous research has suggested that a number of pregnancy-related changes in the body can contribute to kidney stone formation, but this study is the first to provide evidence of that link, according to […]

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Apr16Cycling During Dialysis? It Might Help Patients

Cycling During Dialysis? It Might Help Patients

Dialysis is time-consuming, making it hard for kidney failure patients to keep fit. But cycling during treatment sessions could boost patients’ heart health and cut medical costs, new research shows. Dialysis can lead to long-term scarring of the heart, which can eventually lead to heart failure, so British researchers decided to find out if exercise […]

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Apr16It’s a Scream: Human Brains Alert to Positive Shrieks

It’s a Scream: Human Brains Alert to Positive Shrieks

Screams have different meanings, and you’re likely to respond quicker to screams of joy than to those of anger or fear, a new study suggests. Previous research has largely focused on screams triggered by alarm or fear. In this study, a team from the University of Zurich in Switzerland examined the meaning behind different human […]

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Apr15Even Before COVID, Many More People Died Early in U.S. Versus Europe

Even Before COVID, Many More People Died Early in U.S. Versus Europe

Americans were living shorter lives and dying at a significantly higher rate than the citizens of wealthy European countries even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, a new study reports. The United States suffered more than 400,000 excess deaths in 2017 alone, pre-COVID, compared to the combined populations of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, England and Wales, […]

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