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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...

19 Oct
Dying Young From Heart Disease: Where You Live in the U.S. Matters

Dying Young From Heart Disease: Where You Live in the U.S. Matters

People who live in disadvantaged parts of the United States are nearly twice as likely to die young from heart disease as folks in the wealthiest locales, a new study reports.

In other words, your zip code can tell you as much or more about your heart health risk as your...

18 Oct
How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by Conservatorships

How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by Conservatorships

Pop singer Britney Spears was at the height of her fame in 2008 when, through a series of arcane legal maneuverings, her father gained conservatorship over her and took control of her personal and financial affairs.

Spears' plight and the #FreeBritney movement has shone ...

15 Oct
Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

All international travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to enter the United States beginning Nov. 8, an official at the White House told The New York Times.

The announcement came on the heels of news on Wednesday that ...

15 Oct
State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A shot at winning $1 million did nothing to budge the number of people who got the COVID-19 jab.

According to

15 Oct
Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

Children who spent more time in nature during pandemic lockdowns suffered fewer behavioral and emotional problems, British researchers say.

The investigators also found that children in wealthier families tended to increase their connection to nature during the pandemic ...

14 Oct
Big Worry for Folks Heading to Hospital: Who'll Care for My Pet?

Big Worry for Folks Heading to Hospital: Who'll Care for My Pet?

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Dr. Tiffany Braley works with patients who have experienced strokes and other serious health conditions, treating them at the Michigan hospital where she works as they begin their recovery.

Braley noticed the...

08 Oct
Study Confirms Rise in Child Abuse During COVID Pandemic

Study Confirms Rise in Child Abuse During COVID Pandemic

FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News)-- Physical abuse of school-aged kids tripled during the early months of the pandemic when widespread stay-at-home orders were in effect, a new study finds.

Exactly what triggered the surge is not fully understood, but other studies h...

05 Oct
Many Americans May Quit, Change Jobs Due to Pandemic Stress: Survey

Many Americans May Quit, Change Jobs Due to Pandemic Stress: Survey

The pressures of the pandemic have dramatically altered the American workplace, and now a new survey shows that many folks who have struggled with low salaries, long hours and lack of opportunity plan to change jobs.

More than 40% of workers said they plan to make the sw...

05 Oct
First Year of Pandemic Saw Depression Rates Triple

First Year of Pandemic Saw Depression Rates Triple

Depression rates rose three-fold among U.S. adults during the first year of the COVID pandemic, new research shows.

Surveys of more than 6,500 adults found that about 33% have had more intense symptoms of depression this year, compared to 28% in the pandemic's early mont...

05 Oct
'Income Inequality' Could Be Dragging Down Math Skills in U.S. Kids

'Income Inequality' Could Be Dragging Down Math Skills in U.S. Kids

The United States has the highest income gap in the developed world, and it's affecting how kids do in school, new research suggests.

A new study reports that 10-year-olds' scores on standardized math tests were lower on average between 1992 and 2019 in states with highe...

04 Oct
Racial Disparities Persist With Childhood Cancers

Racial Disparities Persist With Childhood Cancers

Black kids and Hispanic kids with cancer fare worse than their white counterparts, a large, nationwide study finds.

"This study suggests that improving health insurance coverage and access to care for children, especially those with low [socioeconomic status], may reduce...

23 Sep
EPA to Sharply Limit Refrigerant Production in New Climate Rule

EPA to Sharply Limit Refrigerant Production in New Climate Rule

In a move to combat global warming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Thursday that it will restrict U.S. production and use of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% over the next 15 years.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are potent greenhouse gases often used in re...

22 Sep
18 Million Americans Can't Pay for Needed Meds

18 Million Americans Can't Pay for Needed Meds

As many as 18 million Americans can't afford their prescribed medications, a new nationwide poll finds.

That's 7% of the adult population in the United States. But when it comes to households making less than $24,000 per year, the percentage jumps to 19%, the West Health...

21 Sep
Common Form of Liver Cancer on the Rise in Rural America

Common Form of Liver Cancer on the Rise in Rural America

Liver cancer is on the rise in rural America, but on a downswing in cities, new research shows.

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer and the fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It's rising at an annual rate of ne...

15 Sep
Turning 65 Brings Big Health Care Cost Savings, Study Finds

Turning 65 Brings Big Health Care Cost Savings, Study Finds

When Americans are eligible for Medicare at age 65, they see a significant drop in their out-of-pocket medical costs.

Lowering the eligibility age would save even more, especially for people with the highest out-of-pocket costs, according to a

13 Sep
Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Helped Americans' Blood Pressure

Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Helped Americans' Blood Pressure

With the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, fewer Americans are uninsured and more are getting their blood pressure and blood sugar under control, a new study finds.

The gains are especially strong among Black and Hispanic patients, according to Boston University res...

13 Sep
COVAX Cuts Global COVID Vaccine Supply Estimates By a Quarter

COVAX Cuts Global COVID Vaccine Supply Estimates By a Quarter

Fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than expected will be available through the global COVAX program, affecting many less-affluent nations waiting on these doses.

The United Nations forecast last week that it would have about 25% fewer vaccines to distribute through COVAX this ...

10 Sep
Black Americans, Mexican Americans Develop Diabetes Earlier in Life

Black Americans, Mexican Americans Develop Diabetes Earlier in Life

Black Americans and Mexican Americans typically develop type 2 diabetes up to seven years earlier than their white counterparts, a new study finds.

In all, more than 25% of adults in the two groups reported being diagnosed with diabetes before age 40, and 20% didn't know...

09 Sep
More Affordable Housing, Healthier Hearts?

More Affordable Housing, Healthier Hearts?

One of the keys to good health could be in the hands of those who decide zoning policies for their communities.

Inclusionary zoning policies that provide for affordable housing were associated with lower rates of heart disease for those who benefited from these dwelling...

31 Aug
Pandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screening in Older, Low-Income Women

Pandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screening in Older, Low-Income Women

Many parts of the United States saw a significant drop in breast cancer screening of older low-income women during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.

The analysis of data from 32 community health centers that serve low-income people found that breast cancer scree...

30 Aug
Leaving Work to Care for Special Needs Child Takes Big Financial Toll

Leaving Work to Care for Special Needs Child Takes Big Financial Toll

Having a special needs child can mean medical emergencies and doctors' visits where parents have to take time off from work, and now a new study shows that can bring a bit financial hit to a family.

Researchers analyzed U.S. government data from more than 14,000 families...

23 Aug
Little Change in Number of Uninsured in  Pandemic's First Year

Little Change in Number of Uninsured in  Pandemic's First Year

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the economy and jobs, it didn't result in fewer Americans having health insurance.

The number of 18- to 64-year-olds in the United States without health insurance held steady at 11% between March 2019 and April 2021, ac...

20 Aug
Student Debt to Be Erased for Many With Severe Disabilities, Low Incomes

Student Debt to Be Erased for Many With Severe Disabilities, Low Incomes

More than $5.8 billion in student loan debt will be erased for over 300,000 Americans who have severe disabilities and low incomes, the Biden administration said Thursday.

"We've heard loud and clear from borrowers with disabilities and advocates about the need for this ...

20 Aug
American Dental Association Pushes for Dental Coverage Under Medicaid

American Dental Association Pushes for Dental Coverage Under Medicaid

Dental care should be a required part of Medicaid coverage for adults in every state, the American Dental Association and nearly 130 other organizations urge in a letter to Congress.

The groups called on lawmakers to support and advance a bill called the Medicaid Dental ...

17 Aug
Race-Based Disparities in Americans' Health Haven't Improved: Study

Race-Based Disparities in Americans' Health Haven't Improved: Study

In a paradoxical finding, new research reveals that more Americans of color have access to health insurance now than they did 20 years ago, but their perceptions of their health status have not improved at all.

The study, published Aug. 17 in the Journal of the Amer...

13 Aug
Odds for an Eating Disorder May Vary by Income

Odds for an Eating Disorder May Vary by Income

Young Americans from low-income homes are more likely than those whose families are better off to be unhappy with the way they look and to have an eating disorder, a new study finds.

University of Minnesota researchers examined 2010-18 data from Project EAT, a long-runn...

11 Aug
Did Obamacare Expand Access to Insurance for Minorities? In Some U.S. States, Hardly at All

Did Obamacare Expand Access to Insurance for Minorities? In Some U.S. States, Hardly at All

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reduced the ranks of uninsured Americans, but a recent study shows that many U.S. states did little to close racial gaps in health coverage.

Researchers found that in the two years after the ACA came into force, some U.S. states showed large...

06 Aug
Where You Live Could Predict Your Survival After Heart Attack

Where You Live Could Predict Your Survival After Heart Attack

There are many factors that affect your longevity after experiencing a heart attack. And now, new research finds that your neighborhood could play a key role in your long-term survival.

The researchers found that patients in poorer neighborhoods had a lower chance of sur...

04 Aug
WHO Slams COVID-19 Booster Shots in Wealthy Nations

WHO Slams COVID-19 Booster Shots in Wealthy Nations

Wealthy nations shouldn't be giving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to their citizens while poor nations struggle to get first doses of vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

The U.N. health organization called for a moratorium on booster shots unti...

30 Jul
Deaths From Alzheimer's Far More Common in Rural America

Deaths From Alzheimer's Far More Common in Rural America

Death rates from Alzheimer's disease are particularly high in the rural United States, a preliminary study finds, highlighting a need for health care resources in traditionally under-served areas.

Researchers discovered that over the past two decades, rural areas in the ...

29 Jul
More Than Half of Americans Plagued by Back, Leg Pain

More Than Half of Americans Plagued by Back, Leg Pain

There's much Americans may disagree on, but many share one thing in common: chronic pain.

More than half of U.S. adults suffer from pain, with backs and legs the most common sources, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Nati...

29 Jul
Testosterone's Ties to Success May Be a Myth

Testosterone's Ties to Success May Be a Myth

Higher levels of testosterone don't give men or women an edge in life, claims a new study that challenges a common belief.

"There's a widespread belief that a person's testosterone can affect where th...

26 Jul
Patients of Color Less Likely to Get Specialist Care Than White Patients

Patients of Color Less Likely to Get Specialist Care Than White Patients

People of color are consistently less likely to see medical specialists than white patients are, a new U.S. study finds, highlighting yet another disparity in the nation's health care system.

Researchers found that compared with their white counterparts, Black Americans,...

23 Jul
Money Can Buy Americans Longer Life: Study

Money Can Buy Americans Longer Life: Study

Money may not buy happiness but new research suggests it may at least help Americans live longer.

"Our results suggest that building wealth is important for health at the individual level, even after accounting for where one starts out in life," said Greg Miller, a facul...

22 Jul
Pandemic Changed Grocery Shopping for Rich and Poor

Pandemic Changed Grocery Shopping for Rich and Poor

Changes in Americans' grocery shopping habits during the pandemic made pre-existing gaps in access to food even worse, researchers report.

While many wealthier people switched to online ordering and did more stocking up, most low-income people still had to shop in-perso...

19 Jul
Many Hit Hard by Pandemic Now Swamped by Medical Debt

Many Hit Hard by Pandemic Now Swamped by Medical Debt

The coronavirus pandemic has left plenty of Americans saddled with medical bills they can't pay, a new survey reveals.

More than 50% of those who were infected with COVID-19 or who lost income due to the pandemic are now struggling with medical debt, according to resear...

15 Jul
Extreme Heat Hits Poorer Neighborhoods Harder

Extreme Heat Hits Poorer Neighborhoods Harder

Extreme heat strikes poor and minority neighborhoods in U.S. cities harder than those that are wealthier and mainly white, a new study finds.

"The distribution of excess urban heat varies within cities, and as a result, communities do not share a city's extreme heat burd...

14 Jul
Americans With Diabetes Were Hit Hard by COVID Pandemic

Americans With Diabetes Were Hit Hard by COVID Pandemic

As many as two of every five Americans who've died from COVID-19 were suffering from diabetes, making the chronic disease one of the highest-risk conditions during the pandemic, an expert says.

About 40% of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States were among diabetics, ...

13 Jul
Get COVID-19 Vaccines to Poor Nations Instead of Making Booster Shots: WHO

Get COVID-19 Vaccines to Poor Nations Instead of Making Booster Shots: WHO

COVID-19 vaccine makers such as Pfizer should focus on getting shots to poor countries instead of trying to persuade wealthy nations to give their citizens booster shots, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said at a press briefing held Monday.

Despite a lack of e...

09 Jul
Even Before Pandemic, One-Third of U.S. Adults Went Without Dental Care

Even Before Pandemic, One-Third of U.S. Adults Went Without Dental Care

Millions of American adults haven't seen a dentist in at least a year, a new U.S. government health survey reveals.

In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic made dental visits difficult, a third of adults under 65 hadn't had a dental exam or cleaning in the past 12 month...

08 Jul
Missing Teeth, Higher Odds for Dementia?

Missing Teeth, Higher Odds for Dementia?

Brushing and flossing is good not only for your teeth: It might also benefit your brain, a new study suggests.

The findings showed that tooth loss is tied to an increased risk of dementia, though getting dentures may help reduce that risk.

For the study, New York U...

07 Jul
State Lotteries Don't Boost COVID Vaccination Numbers: Study

State Lotteries Don't Boost COVID Vaccination Numbers: Study

Lotteries that pay cash and prizes to Americans who get vaccinated sound like a sure-fire recipe for success, but a new study finds they don't actually boost vaccination rates.

After media reports suggested that Ohio's "Vax-a-Million" lottery increased vaccination rates,...

02 Jul
Gap in Breast Cancer Survival for Black, White Patients Shrinks, But Not by Enough

Gap in Breast Cancer Survival for Black, White Patients Shrinks, But Not by Enough

Racial disparities in breast cancer survival have narrowed in recent years, but Black women with the disease still have double the death rate of white women.

That's according to a study that tracked breast cancer trends in Florida between 1990 and 2015. Overall, deaths f...

01 Jul
Wealth & Health: How Big Financial Changes Affect Your Heart

Wealth & Health: How Big Financial Changes Affect Your Heart

The state of your finances may affect more than your pocketbook.

So claims new research that suggests a loss of wealth is associated with an increased risk of heart problems, while a boost in finances is associated with a lower risk.

"Low wealth is a risk fact...

30 Jun
Women's Cancer Screenings Plummeted During Pandemic

Women's Cancer Screenings Plummeted During Pandemic

Breast and cervical cancer screenings dropped sharply among low-income minority women during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

That could lead to delayed cancer diagnoses, health consequences and an increase in existing disp...

29 Jun
Pandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working Moms to Leave Jobs

Pandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working Moms to Leave Jobs

When child care centers were forced to close in the pandemic's early months, hundreds of thousands of American working mothers lost their jobs, new research shows.

The study is just the latest illustration of the toll the pandemic has taken on working women in the United...

29 Jun
Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

Hospitalized patients with diabetes who hadn't been taking their medication had more severe cases of COVID-19, a new study shows.

"Our results highlight the importance of assessing, monitoring and controlling blood glucose [sugar] in hospitalized COVID-19 patients from ...

28 Jun
Most Cases of Dementia in U.S. Seniors Go Undiagnosed: Study

Most Cases of Dementia in U.S. Seniors Go Undiagnosed: Study

Most Americans with dementia are undiagnosed, which shows how important it is to screen and assess seniors for the disease, researchers say.

Their new analysis of data from a nationwide survey of about 6 million Americans aged 65 and older revealed that 91% of people wit...

25 Jun
Hawaii to Ease COVID Rules for Fully Vaccinated Tourists

Hawaii to Ease COVID Rules for Fully Vaccinated Tourists

Hawaii will drop COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules for fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. mainland in two weeks, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday.

When the restrictions are lifted on July 8, visitors using the quarantine exemption will have to upload their vac...

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