Category: Health & Fitness

Wait Times Increase for COVID-19 Test Results

Cara Christ, MD, director, Arizona Department of Health Services. Carole Jean Smith, retired pharmacist, Davie, FL. Kelly Smith Aceituno, spokesperson, LabCorp. Kimberly Gorode, spokesperson, Quest Diagnostics. Healthvana website: FAQs. Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Baltimore. News release, Sonora Quest Laboratories: ”Sonora Quest Collaborates with State and Healthcare Leaders […]

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As Cases Surge, No Clear Answers on School Reopening

The New York Times: “Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count” Ritu Malhotra, Queens, NY. American Academy of Pediatrics: “COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry.” NPR: “Top Pediatrician Says States Shouldn’t Force Schools To Reopen If Virus Is Surging.” Dan Cooper, MD, professor of pediatrics, University of California, Irvine. Journal of Pediatrics: […]

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Delirium Can Strike Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Inflammation, lack of oxygen may play a part For one, Goldstein pointed out that all 10 of the patients who experienced delirium also had pulmonary infections. Still, in the context of COVID-19, he said delirium might be caused by “decreased blood oxygen, direct infection [and/or] drugs, among any number of other potential causes.” As to […]

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Antivirals Tied to Heart Issue in COVID Patients

FRIDAY, July 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Older, critically ill COVID-19 patients who are given a combination of two common antiretroviral drugs can experience a drastic slowing of their heart rate, French researchers report. In their study of 41 patients treated with lopinavir and ritonavir twice daily for 10 days, 22% developed a slow heart […]

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Hip Replacement May Also Ease Back Pain

By Serena McNiff HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — If you have a bad hip and lower back pain, a new study suggests that hip replacement surgery may solve both issues at once. Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City focused on 500 patients who underwent hip replacement […]

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Study: Sterilize N95 Masks With a Microwave

July 9, 2020 — As one of the best lines of defense against coronavirus, N95 masks are vital for health care workers treating infected patients. Though the masks are supposed to be used one time, the rising need and ongoing shortages have led hospitals to try mask sterilization techniques such as hydrogen peroxide vaporization, UV […]

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‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ Has Risen During Pandemic

The symptoms do mimic a heart attack, said Dr. James Januzzi, a trustee with the American College of Cardiology and a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. But as tests are done, he said, the true cause grows clearer. For one, Januzzi explained, stress cardiomyopathy looks different from a heart attack on electrocardiogram, which […]

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Record Numbers as U.S. Tops 3 Million COVID Cases

July 9, 2020 — The U.S. reported 60,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, marking yet another single-day record, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The total tally of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is just under 3 million, including more than 131,000 deaths. Several states contributed to the high daily total. Texas reported more […]

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Can Probiotics Help Ease Depression?

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Probiotic supplements might help ease depression symptoms in some people, a new research review suggests. Researchers found that across seven small clinical trials, various probiotics seemed to improve symptoms in patients with clinical depression — at least in the short term. The studies build on a growing research […]

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Air Conditioning May Be Spreading COVID

Edward Nardell, MD, professor of environmental health and immunology, and infectious diseases at  T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Shelly Miller, PhD, a professor of mechanical engineering, The University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, PhD, a professor in the energy studies building laboratory at Oregon State […]

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Court: Employers Can Refuse Birth Control Coverage

July 8, 2020 — More than 70,000 U.S. women could be left without cost-free birth control after the Supreme Court upheld a Trump administration policy change that permits some employers to refuse to provide contraceptive coverage on religious or moral grounds. Lower courts had previously blocked the administration’s changes to a requirement in the Affordable […]

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Two Lysol Products Can Kill Coronavirus: EPA

July 8, 2020 — The EPA said laboratory tests found that Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist destroy the virus two minutes after contact, CNN reported. The agency says there are 420 disinfectant products that are effective against “harder-to-kill” viruses than the new coronavirus, but the two Lysol are products are the […]

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As REM Sleep Declines, Life Span Suffers

TUESDAY, July 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Deep sleep is essential for good health, and too little of it may shorten your life, a new study suggests. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is when dreams occur and the body repairs itself from the ravages of the day. For every 5% reduction in REM sleep, mortality […]

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As REM Sleep Declines, Life Span Suffers

TUESDAY, July 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Deep sleep is essential for good health, and too little of it may shorten your life, a new study suggests. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is when dreams occur and the body repairs itself from the ravages of the day. For every 5% reduction in REM sleep, mortality […]

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Studies Track Super-Spreading of COVID-19

By Kathleen Doheny July 7, 2020—In Georgia, some summer camps have closed down after at least 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at two YMCA camp locations. Researchers tracking college students who went to densely packed spring break destinations have linked those trips with an increase in cases two weeks after the students returned to campus. […]

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Studies Track Super-Spreading of COVID-19

By Kathleen Doheny July 7, 2020—In Georgia, some summer camps have closed down after at least 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at two YMCA camp locations. Researchers tracking college students who went to densely packed spring break destinations have linked those trips with an increase in cases two weeks after the students returned to campus. […]

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Black Patients Fare Worse After Angioplasty

MONDAY, July 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Even after undergoing the artery-clearing procedure angioplasty, Black patients with heart disease are more likely than whites to suffer a heart attack or die within the next several years. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of 10 clinical trials: On balance, both Black and Hispanic patients fared […]

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Back-to-School Vaccines Your Kids Need

As kids head back to school it’s an ideal time to follow up on their vaccinations. Stan Spinner, MD, chief medical officer and vice president at Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care, explains which shots are due for children in the school years. For All Ages Spinner urges parents of school-age children to […]

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Case Confirmed in Florida

July 6, 2020 — A case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in the Tampa area, according to the Florida Department of Health. It said a person in Hillsborough County contracted Naegleria fowleri, a single-cell amoeba that attacks brain tissue and is usually fatal, CBS News reported. Naegleria fowleri is contacted when contaminated water enters […]

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Pregnancy Discharge: Color and Texture Changes

All sorts of weird, wonderful, and sometimes surprising changes take place in your body during pregnancy. Your breasts swell, your veins enlarge, your feet lengthen, and your skin takes on that “pregnancy glow.” You might come across another unexpected pregnancy change if you happen to peer into your underwear. Every woman has discharge, whether she’s […]

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Managing RA Pain for Better Sleep

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.” Journal of Clinical Medicine : “Sleep quality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and associations with pain, disability, disease duration, and activity.” Arthritis Foundation: “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sleep,” “5 Ways to Make Your Bed Joint-Friendly,” “Sleep Tips for Arthritis.” Open Access […]

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