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HealthDay Now: Equity in Cancer Care

As the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) concluded its annual meeting, Dr. Lori Pierce, president of ASCO and a cancer radiation specialist at the University of Michigan, shared why equity was the chosen theme for this years meeting.

Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

The number of teens identifying as nonheterosexual increased by more than 41% from 2015 to 2019, researchers say.

Many Cosmetics Sold In The U.S. and Canada Contain Toxic Chemicals, New Study Finds.

Nearly half of 200 cosmetics tested contained PFAS, a class of chemicals linked to serious health conditions, researchers say.

17 Jun
Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Do No Harm to Male Fertility: Study

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Do No Harm to Male Fertility: Study

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines pose no threat to male fertility, a finding experts hope will prompt more men to get vaccinated.

Researchers noted that the original clinical trials of the two mRNA vaccines didn't assess how they might affect fertility.

"Vacci...

17 Jun
Pot Use May Change the Teenage Brain, MRIs Show

Pot Use May Change the Teenage Brain, MRIs Show

Smoking pot appears to affect teens' brain development, altering it in ways that could diminish their reasoning, decision-making and memory skills as they age, a new study reports.

Brain scans of about 800 teenagers found that those who started smoking pot tended to have...

17 Jun
Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

The coronavirus pandemic has had an unexpected side effect -- a wave of bad reactions to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Vapors from the products can cause headache, nausea and dizziness, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which advises consumers to use ...

17 Jun
U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Challenge to Affordable Care Act

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Challenge to Affordable Care Act

The landmark Affordable Care Act, which has expanded health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans, has withstood a third challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 7-2 decision, a majority of justices ruled on Thursday that plaintiffs involved in the case did...

17 Jun
Red Cross Warns of Severe Blood Shortage

Red Cross Warns of Severe Blood Shortage

There's a severe blood shortage in the United States due to a recent surge in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries, the American Red Cross says.

The Red Cross is appealing to Americans to roll up their sleeves and donate blood immediately.

"Our te...

17 Jun
How Healthy Are the New Plant-Based 'Fake Meats'?

How Healthy Are the New Plant-Based 'Fake Meats'?

More and more Americans are seeking out healthier, greener and more ethical alternatives to meat, but are plant-based alternatives like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat truly nutritious substitutes?

The answer is yes, according to new research funded by the U.S. Nat...

17 Jun
AHA News: Preterm Babies May Have Higher Stroke Risk as Young Adults

AHA News: Preterm Babies May Have Higher Stroke Risk as Young Adults

Babies born prematurely may have significantly higher risk of stroke as young adults – and the earlier the birth, the greater the risk, suggests an extensive new study.

Although people born prematurely have been shown to have higher risk of high blood pressure and oth...

17 Jun
Animal Study Offers Hope for a Better Herpes Treatment

Animal Study Offers Hope for a Better Herpes Treatment

Aiming to deliver a one-two punch to the herpes virus, animal research on an experimental drug found it tackled active infections and reduced or eliminated the risk of future outbreaks.

Existing treatments, such as Zovirax, Valtrex or Famvir, are o...

17 Jun
$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With Insurance

$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With Insurance

Having a baby is expensive. The cost of diapers, a crib, a car seat and all the other infant necessities can really add up, and now a new study shows that having a child comes with its own hefty hospital price tag for many U.S. families.

About one in six families in the ...

17 Jun
Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death

Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death

People living with HIV have to take powerful drug cocktails to keep their disease in check, but a new study finds they also need to worry about a doubled risk of sudden cardiac death.

Unlike a heart attack caused by a blocked heart artery, sudden cardiac death can happen...

17 Jun
Less Than 1% of People Who've Had Severe COVID Get Re-Infected

Less Than 1% of People Who've Had Severe COVID Get Re-Infected

People who have had severe COVID-19 and worry about going through another bout of it can relax: New research finds that less than 1% of people who've had a severe coronavirus infection get re-infected.

For the study, University of Missouri researchers analyzed data from...

17 Jun
Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

The U.S. fast-food industry has boosted spending on ads targeting kids, especially Black and Hispanic youth, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants and found that annual spending hi...

17 Jun
How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?

How Secure Is Your Health or Fitness App?

Your health and fitness apps may have privacy issues that put your personal information at risk, researchers warn.

"This analysis found serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices in mHealth [mobile health] apps. Clinicians should be aware of these a...

16 Jun
What Works Best to Ease Migraines?

What Works Best to Ease Migraines?

A new research review offers good news for migraine sufferers: There are more pain-relieving options than ever.

In an analysis of over 100 published studies, researchers found that several drug classes showed good evidence they ease the pain of a migraine-in-progress.

16 Jun
For Losing Weight, Calorie Counting Tops Fasting Diets

For Losing Weight, Calorie Counting Tops Fasting Diets

Intermittent fasting diets are all the rage, but new clinical trial results indicate they don't work any better than simple calorie cutting.

People who simply cut their daily calories by 25% lost the most weight and fat tissue in three weeks of dieting, compared with two...

16 Jun
Mold a Big Threat to People With COPD

Mold a Big Threat to People With COPD

Exposure to mold both in and out of the home may worsen breathlessness and other symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests.

More than 16 million Americans have COPD, according to the American Lung Association. COPD is an umbrella ter...

16 Jun
Treating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: Study

Treating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: Study

When depression strikes teachers, they can suffer mightily, but a new study suggests their students' ability to learn might also be harmed.

Researchers found a correlation between teachers' depressive symptoms and math skills in early learners enrolled in Head Start prog...

16 Jun
AHA News: At 27, She Collapsed in the Shower From a Stroke

AHA News: At 27, She Collapsed in the Shower From a Stroke

Veronica Cardello hopped in the shower on a Tuesday morning, her thoughts drifting to the full slate of meetings awaiting her at work. Picking up her shampoo bottle, it slipped through her fingers.

"Every time I went to grab for it, I just dropped it," said Veronica, who...

16 Jun
U.S. ​COVID Death Toll Tops 600,000

U.S. ​COVID Death Toll Tops 600,000

The U.S. coronavirus death toll topped 600,000 on Wednesday, even as the country's vaccination campaign is finally curbing the spread of COVID-19.

"We've made enormous progress in the United States. Much of the country is returning to normal, and our economic growth...

16 Jun
Even Good Weather Didn't Lift Lockdown Blues: Study

Even Good Weather Didn't Lift Lockdown Blues: Study

In normal times, a sunny day can lift your mood while a stormy one can darken it, but new British research shows that weather had little effect on people's spirits during the pandemic.

"We know that lockdown restrictions, and the resulting impact on social life and the e...

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