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Just a Few Hours of Weekly Exercise Cuts Cancer Risk, Study Finds

More than 46,000 cancer cases could be prevented annually if Americans got 5 hours of moderate exercise per week, researchers say.

Heartburn Drugs May Improve Gum Disease, Study Finds

Patients who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn have healthier gums, researchers say.

More Middle-Aged Women Diagnosed with Broken Heart Syndrome, Study Finds

Broken heart syndrome is on the rise, especially in women 50 and older, researchers say.

20 Oct
FDA Approves Moderna, J&J Booster Shots, Backs Mix n' Match Vaccines

FDA Approves Moderna, J&J Booster Shots, Backs Mix n' Match Vaccines

Millions of Americans who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines will be eligible for booster shots in the near future -- and they'll be able choose any coronavirus vaccine for their extra dose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday...

20 Oct
Even With Mild COVID, Obesity May Mean Worse Symptoms

Even With Mild COVID, Obesity May Mean Worse Symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people have a tougher time fighting COVID-19, even if they have a milder form of the virus, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at more than 500 patients who tested positive for COVID but didn't requ...

20 Oct
Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers may think electronic cigarettes will help them quit, but a new study finds no evidence that's the case.

Researchers found that among Americans who'd recently quit smoking, those who were using e-ciga...

20 Oct
Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

With all of the fear, grief and isolation the pandemic has brought, it would stand to reason that there would be a big jump in the number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

But that doesn't seem to be the case, accordin...

20 Oct
AHA News: Spaceflight Caused DNA to Leak Out of Astronauts' Cell Powerhouse

AHA News: Spaceflight Caused DNA to Leak Out of Astronauts' Cell Powerhouse

Scientists already knew radiation exposure and a lack of gravity stress the bodies of astronauts. But new research may offer a better idea of what's driving some of that. It's a clue that could help them measure the physical impact of space travel to detect problems earlier.

20 Oct
White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

The White House on Wednesday unveiled a national plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds that is designed to make getting shots as easy and comfortable as possible for both kids and their parents.

Rather than mass vaccination sites, the Biden adminis...

20 Oct
Cigarette Sales Jumped During Pandemic

Cigarette Sales Jumped During Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As COVID-19 has surged throughout the United States for the past year and a half, some may have picked up an old bad habit or started a new one.

How do researchers know this? They discovered that cigarette s...

20 Oct
Doctors Report That Kidney Grown in Pig Worked in a Human

Doctors Report That Kidney Grown in Pig Worked in a Human

A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig functioned normally after being attached to a human patient during a groundbreaking procedure performed by U.S. doctors.

If the technique proves generally successful it could revolutionize organ transplant, greatly expanding ...

20 Oct
Flu Cases Already Up 23% This Season: Walgreens

Flu Cases Already Up 23% This Season: Walgreens

Flu activity in the United States is 23% higher so far this season than in 2020, sales of flu medications at Walgreens suggest.

The significant increase shown by the company's analysis of its own data reflects the historically low levels of flu last year as people stayed...

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20 Oct
A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder.

"Asthma is one the most prevalent diseases affecting children in the United Sta...

20 Oct
New Device Might Spot 'Lazy Eye' in Kids Earlier

New Device Might Spot 'Lazy Eye' in Kids Earlier

The answer to helping kids with "lazy eye" before it's too late could be a hand-held screening device, a new study suggests.

Amblyopia can't be treated with glasses or contact lenses after a child's vision reaches maturity, and without treatment, it can lead to poor scho...

20 Oct
Many Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During Pandemic

Many Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During Pandemic

It is a fear that millions of parents have been harboring since the pandemic began: Will their children fall behind in school due to disruptions caused by lockdowns, closings and social distancing?

A new U.S. poll finds that fear is widespread, with just over half of mor...

20 Oct
U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

The number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating what a leading medical association terms a "mental health tsunami."

That's the key takeaway from a nationwide survey of psychologists by the American P...

20 Oct
'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

Researchers have created a six-stage process to help families of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) deal with the disorder.

"This framework is family-centered, focused on breaking down the barriers that families face from before diagnosis to pr...

20 Oct
Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients' mental well-being, a new study finds.

Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there's "not a lot of information out there about how exactly these ty...

19 Oct
Most Kids Newly Diagnosed With ADHD Aren't Getting Best Care

Most Kids Newly Diagnosed With ADHD Aren't Getting Best Care

Preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rarely receive the gold-standard treatment recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for their condition, a new study reports.

The AAP recommends a behavioral therapy technique called "paren...

19 Oct
FDA Eases Access to Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

FDA Eases Access to Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids could soon bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss, under a landmark proposal announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The proposal would create a category of hearing aids that could be...

19 Oct
U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

Fear, grief, uncertainty and isolation during the pandemic have triggered a national state of emergency in the mental health of America's youth, leading child health care groups warned Tuesday.

Youngsters already faced significant mental health challenges, and the pandem...

19 Oct
AHA News: A Heart Patient as a Child, He's Now a Resident Caring for Heart Patients

AHA News: A Heart Patient as a Child, He's Now a Resident Caring for Heart Patients

A month after Lynn Otaguro and Mark Lum brought their new baby, Matt, home from the hospital, they noticed he was fussy and exhausted after breastfeeding.

Matt wasn't gaining enough weight or growing like other babies his age. At his first checkup, the pediatrician thoug...

19 Oct
FDA Expected to Allow Mix n' Match COVID Vaccines

FDA Expected to Allow Mix n' Match COVID Vaccines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to announce Wednesday that people can mix and match their COVID vaccines and booster shots, a move that would give health officials more flexibility as they try to immunize as many Americans as possible.

The FDA wouldn't recomm...

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