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Oct27Loss of Smell More Common in COVID-19 Than Thought

Loss of Smell More Common in COVID-19 Than Thought

Loss of smell is common in COVID-19, but fewer people say they have this symptom than objective tests reveal, a new study finds. In fact, about 77% of COVID-19 patients who were directly measured had smell loss, but only 44% said they did, researchers found. Direct measures of smell involve having patients smell and report […]

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Oct27Psoriasis Meds Don’t Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

Psoriasis Meds Don’t Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

Researchers in the United Kingdom have reassuring news for people with psoriasis based on the first analysis of a global registry of COVID-19 patients who also have the skin disease. Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with drugs that suppress the immune system. This analysis of the international PsoProtect registry found that more than 90% […]

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Oct27Diet Drinks Don’t Do Your Heart Any Favors

Diet Drinks Don’t Do Your Heart Any Favors

Replacing sugary drinks with diet versions may not be any healthier for the heart, a large, new study suggests. French researchers found that people who regularly drank artificially sweetened beverages had a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, versus people who avoided those beverages. In fact, they were no less likely to develop cardiovascular […]

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Oct27Lockdowns Can Widen Kids’ Waistlines – Here’s How to Curb That

Lockdowns Can Widen Kids’ Waistlines – Here’s How to Curb That

Stuck at home, bored. Fiddling with their phone or playing video games. Munching on snack foods to while away the time. School-age children gaining excess pounds could be one lasting health problem caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with pediatricians and public health experts warning about a potentially dramatic increase in childhood obesity. “I think it […]

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Oct27Trial of Antibody Drug for COVID-19 Stopped for Lack of Effectivenes

Trial of Antibody Drug for COVID-19 Stopped for Lack of Effectivenes

Testing of Eli Lilly’s antibody drug for hospitalized COVID-19 patients has been halted because the treatment doesn’t help them recover from their infection. Two weeks ago, enrollment in the study was paused because of a possible safety issue, the Associated Press reported. But the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which sponsored the […]

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Oct27Health Highlights: Oct. 27, 2020

Health Highlights: Oct. 27, 2020

Nurses at High Risk for COVID-19: CDC New Guidelines Issued to Manage Increase in Opioid Use During Pregnancy Five Pence Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19 AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson Resume U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Trials CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak

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Oct26Kidney Trouble Greatly Raises Odds for Fatal COVID-19

Kidney Trouble Greatly Raises Odds for Fatal COVID-19

COVID-19 patients who have kidney disease or whose kidneys are damaged by the virus have a much higher risk of dying from the illness, a new study suggests. Researchers who studied 372 patients admitted to four intensive care units (ICUs) in the United Kingdom found that even those who had less severe kidney disease to […]

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Oct26MRIs Might Be Safe for Patients With Implanted Heart Devices

MRIs Might Be Safe for Patients With Implanted Heart Devices

For years, people with implanted heart devices have been told they can’t undergo MRI scans. But a new study adds to evidence that, with certain measures in place, the procedure is safe. The study focused on patients with older pacemakers and implantable defibrillators that were not designed to be more compatible with MRI scanners. The […]

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Oct26More Evidence Masks Slow COVID’s Spread

More Evidence Masks Slow COVID’s Spread

Here’s more proof that masking up reduces transmission of COVID-19: A new Massachusetts study found that wearing face coverings resulted in a decrease in coronavirus cases among health care workers as infections were increasing in the surrounding community. “We found clear benefits to universal masking for preventing infectious spread within the work environment,” researcher Dr. […]

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Oct26Dangerous COVID-19 Syndrome First Seen in Kids Also Strikes Adults

Dangerous COVID-19 Syndrome First Seen in Kids Also Strikes Adults

When the new coronavirus pandemic first began, respiratory distress immediately became the hallmark of severe COVID-19 illness. News reports focused on the inability to breathe, low oxygen saturation levels and the alarming need for ventilators. But six months later, experts are becoming increasingly concerned about a very different COVID-19 phenomenon, one that spares the lungs […]

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