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Should You Wear Contacts During The Covid-19 Crisis?

Important advice on how to prevent coronavirus infection through your eyes.

New Therapy For Treatment-Resistant Depression

Stronger magnetic brain stimulation helps 90% of participants find relief from depression symptoms, study finds.

Keeping Kids Active During The Coronavirus Pandemic.

Avoiding potential hot spots like the playground.

08 Apr
Newborns With COVID-19 May Suffer Only Mild Symptoms, Study Says

Newborns With COVID-19 May Suffer Only Mild Symptoms, Study Says

Newborns with COVID-19 may get by with only mild infection symptoms, a small, new study suggests.

Researchers at Wuhan University in China identified four newborns with the COVID-19 coronavirus. All were born to mothers with COVID-19 and delivered by cesarean section...

08 Apr
Are Steroids Really the Answer for Arthritic Knees?

Are Steroids Really the Answer for Arthritic Knees?

Folks with knee arthritis will get more out of physical therapy than a cortisone shot, a new clinical trial argues.

People with osteoarthritis of the knee had less pain and disability after one year of physical therapy than others who received as many as three inject...

08 Apr
FDA OKs Generic Asthma Inhaler in Face of Coronavirus-Related Shortages

FDA OKs Generic Asthma Inhaler in Face of Coronavirus-Related Shortages

The first generic albuterol inhaler in the United States was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to inhaler shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The inhalers are widely used by people with asthma, but it's become more dif...

08 Apr
Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature  Birth: Study

Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature Birth: Study

The makeup of bacteria in an expectant mother's vagina may help identify which women are most at risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests.

It also found that pregnant women who deliver early are more likely to have a diverse community of vaginal bacteria....

08 Apr
Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or Dad

Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or Dad

All hugs are not created equal -- and babies as young as 4 months are proof.

Heart rates in infants less than a year old slowed more during a hug than a hold. And the hug had a greater effect when it came from Mom or Dad rather than from a stranger, according to a st...

08 Apr
Many Americans Will Grieve Parents, Grandparents Lost to Coronavirus

Many Americans Will Grieve Parents, Grandparents Lost to Coronavirus

As deaths from coronavirus continue to mount, researchers are calling attention to another toll of the pandemic: the many people left behind to grieve, in a time of social isolation.

Losing a loved one is a traumatic event at any time. But experts say the ongoing cri...

08 Apr
U.S. Suicide Rate Climbed 35% in Two Decades

U.S. Suicide Rate Climbed 35% in Two Decades

The U.S. suicide rate has jumped 35% in the past two decades, health officials reported Wednesday.

From 1999 to 2018, the suicide rate rose from 10.5 to 14 per 100,000, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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08 Apr
In Nonsmokers, COPD May Up Lung Cancer Risk

In Nonsmokers, COPD May Up Lung Cancer Risk

Nonsmokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a greater risk for lung cancer, a new study indicates.

In fact, their risk is similar to that of smokers without chronic lung disease, researchers found.

COPD includes respiratory conditions ...

08 Apr
Black Americans Appear Most Vulnerable as U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 13,000

Black Americans Appear Most Vulnerable as U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Near 13,000

As the U.S. coronavirus death toll neared 13,000 on Wednesday, federal health officials were considering new guidelines that would make it easier for those who have been exposed to the virus to return to work if they show no symptoms.

Troubling statistics also emerge...

08 Apr
China's Controls May Have Headed Off 700,000 COVID-19 Cases: Study

China's Controls May Have Headed Off 700,000 COVID-19 Cases: Study

Extensive controls imposed early in China's coronavirus outbreak may have prevented hundreds of thousands of infections, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed the movements of people out of Wuhan (where the virus was first detected), the types and timing of cont...

08 Apr
Touching Your Face Is a Coronavirus Danger: Tips to Help You Stop

Touching Your Face Is a Coronavirus Danger: Tips to Help You Stop

You've been told over and over not to touch your face during the coronavirus pandemic, but that's easier said than done.

Most people touch their face up to 23 times an hour and don't even realize they're doing it, a psychologist says.

"Typically, we'll do...

08 Apr
Family Ties Help Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Flourish

Family Ties Help Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Flourish

Type 1 diabetes is a challenging, time-intensive disease that often strikes children, and new research suggests that strong family support helps improve the well-being of young adults with the condition.

The study found that young adults (under 30) with type 1 diab...

08 Apr
School Closures Could Be Adding to Kids' Waistlines

School Closures Could Be Adding to Kids' Waistlines

One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic could be long-lasting: U.S. school closures may worsen the child obesity crisis, experts warn.

Previous research has shown that kids tend to gain weight when they're out of school during the summer -- especially Hispanic an...

08 Apr
More COVID-19 Tests Arrive, But Bottlenecks Persist

More COVID-19 Tests Arrive, But Bottlenecks Persist

U.S. pathology labs are now awash in COVID-19 tests, with more than two dozen rapid tests on the market thanks to expedited approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, infectious disease experts say.

Despite this, laboratories are still struggling with shortag...

07 Apr
How to Ease Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Through the Pandemic

How to Ease Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Through the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is throwing Americans' daily lives into disarray, and such disruptions are especially hard on people with Alzheimer's disease.

Changes in daily routines can trigger anxiety, confusion, agitation and/or discomfort for people with Alzheimer's, ...

07 Apr
Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: Study

Heavy Drinking Into Old Age Ups Health Risks: Study

Long-term heavy drinking may lead to significant weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, British researchers warn.

They analyzed data from more than 4,800 U.K. civil servants who were 34 to 56 years old when the study began in t...

07 Apr
Boris Johnson in 'Good Spirits,' Has Not Needed Ventilator

Boris Johnson in 'Good Spirits,' Has Not Needed Ventilator

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in "good spirits" despite being moved on Sunday to an intensive care unit in St. Thomas' Hospital in London, after his condition deteriorated after infection with the novel coronavirus.

As reported early Tuesday by USA ...

07 Apr
U.S. Study Finds COVID-19 Seldom Severe in Kids

U.S. Study Finds COVID-19 Seldom Severe in Kids

Mirroring findings from a similar study in China, the first comprehensive tally of coronavirus infection in American children shows it's much less likely to cause severe illness.

Children under the age of 18 are far less likely to even be diagnosed with COVID-19 than...

07 Apr
Magnetic Brain 'Zap' Shows Promise Against Severe Depression

Magnetic Brain 'Zap' Shows Promise Against Severe Depression

Intensifying a standard form of brain stimulation may bring relief to people with hard-to-treat depression, a preliminary study suggests.

The study involved just 21 patients, but the treatment sent 90% into remission within a few days. That's a success rate that ...

07 Apr
Ride-Sharing Services Tied to Rise in Car Crashes

Ride-Sharing Services Tied to Rise in Car Crashes

Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to get around town and get home after a night of bar-hopping, but crashes involving cars and pedestrians haven't decreased, a new study finds.

These ride-hailing or ride-sharing services have made 11 billion trips in the United Sta...

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