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May14Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Many people drank more to cope with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it placed on daily life, and now a new study suggests that all of this drinking is causing a serious spike in alcohol-related diseases. “Incidence of hospitalizations for alcohol-related gastrointestinal (GI) and liver disease increased quite dramatically since the […]

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May14AHA News: Orthopedic Surgeon Becomes Patient After Stroke at 48

AHA News: Orthopedic Surgeon Becomes Patient After Stroke at 48

FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — As usual, Dr. Mike Knapic’s workday was packed. By early afternoon, the orthopedic surgeon had completed three total knee replacements and was headed into surgery to repair a broken collarbone. Throughout the day, he’d felt a strange sensation. Every 10 minutes or so, he’d slur his […]

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May14With New Mask Guidance Comes the Challenge of Following It

With New Mask Guidance Comes the Challenge of Following It

While millions of Americans rejoiced in the news on Thursday that the fully vaccinated can now skip masks in most indoor and outdoor settings, some worried that it will be nearly impossible to distinguish those who have gotten their shots from those who have not. “I think the challenge is that it’s impossible to determine […]

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May14Health Highlights: May 14, 2021

Health Highlights: May 14, 2021

Many Hispanic Americans Want to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, But Haven’t Some of the lowest U.S. COVID-19 vaccination rates are among Hispanics, but not because they don’t want the vaccine, according to a new survey, the New York Times reported Thursday. Rather, the low vaccination rates are the result of misinformation about cost and access, worries […]

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May14Vaping Ups Teens’ Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

Vaping Ups Teens’ Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

Though some think that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, Canadian research suggests it could raise the risk of developing asthma or having asthma attacks for teens and adults. “Emerging research really suggests that vaping may actually worsen preexisting health conditions such as asthma,” said study author Teresa To, senior scientist in […]

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May14Depression Even More Common With Heart Failure Than Cancer

Depression Even More Common With Heart Failure Than Cancer

People with heart failure are 20% more likely than those with cancer to develop depression within five years of their diagnosis, a new study finds. Nearly 1 in 4 patients with heart failure are depressed or anxious, according to the German researchers. “The treatment of mental illnesses in cancer patients — psycho-oncology — is long-established, […]

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May14Can Some Movies Change Your Life? Maybe, Study Finds

Can Some Movies Change Your Life? Maybe, Study Finds

(HealthDay News) – A good movie can be more than mere entertainment: It can also help you feel more prepared to tackle life’s challenges and be a better person, a new study suggests. This may be why folks sometimes choose films with difficult subjects or those that make them sad, researchers say. “Meaningful movies actually […]

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May14Dialysis Patients Have Weaker Response to COVID Vaccine: Study

Dialysis Patients Have Weaker Response to COVID Vaccine: Study

A single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine isn’t enough to develop adequate antibodies in kidney dialysis patients, Canadian researchers report. “We advise that the second dose of the [Pfizer] vaccine be administered to patients receiving hemodialysis at the recommended 3-week time interval and that rigorous SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention and control measures be continued in hemodialysis […]

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May14Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic kept young kids indoors, their time spent watching TV and other screens rose dramatically. That’s the finding of a new study that investigated the screen time of kindergarteners from low-income families in Ohio. The researchers found that their use of television, video, movies, short clips, and apps or games on any […]

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May14Two Out of Three California Prison Inmates Said Yes to COVID Vaccine

Two Out of Three California Prison Inmates Said Yes to COVID Vaccine

Sixty-seven percent of inmates in California prisons who were offered a COVID-19 vaccine have accepted at least one dose, a Stanford University study found. “This is one of the largest state prison systems in the country, and if it can achieve high vaccination coverage among its incarcerated population, then the federal and other state prisons […]

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