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05 Jul

Biggest Weight Gains Now Seen in Young Adults

The U.S. obesity epidemic is not slowing down and adults in their 20s and 30s are helping drive the problem, researchers find.

01 Jul

Injuries from Fireworks on the Rise

The number of Americans injured by fireworks jumped 25% over the past 15 years.

30 Jun

What’s the Best Time for Pregnant Women to Get COVID Vaccines?

Researchers compare maternal and fetal antibody responses to different COVID-19 vaccines.

High Heat, Heavy Smog a Deadly Combo: Study

High Heat, Heavy Smog a Deadly Combo: Study

Heat coupled with smog can be a particularly lethal mix, especially for older adults, a new study finds.

Unfortunately, both hot temperatures and air pollution are going to increase as the planet warms, and so will deaths, researchers report.

"We are experiencing more and more frequent wildfires, which cause pollution, and wildfires ...

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  • July 5, 2022
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COVID Vaccine Saves Lives Regardless of Body Weight

COVID Vaccine Saves Lives Regardless of Body Weight

COVID vaccination is highly protective against severe disease in people of all body weights, new British research finds.

The study of over 9 million adults found that those who'd received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were strongly protected against hospitalization or death from the disease. And the effectiveness was just as great for ob...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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COVID Was a Leading Cause of Death for 2020, 2021

COVID Was a Leading Cause of Death for 2020, 2021

COVID-19 has officially joined heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of death in the United States for two years in a row.

The virus was the third-leading cause of death for the period between when the pandemic began in March 2020 and October 2021, according to an analysis of national death certificate data by researchers at the U.S...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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AHA News: Fuzzy and Full of Nutrients, Peaches Are a Summertime Staple

AHA News: Fuzzy and Full of Nutrients, Peaches Are a Summertime Staple

Typically in season from July to September, peaches are a staple of summertime salads, meals and desserts. They're also a popular choice for nutritionists, who say their sweet taste makes it easier for people to add them to their diet.

"They're in season for a fairly short time, so enjoy them as a fruit choice when locally grown peaches ar...

  • By American Heart Association News HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking Support

Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking Support

Diane Kondyra knows a lot about the hidden dangers of diabetes.

Both she and her husband have been diagnosed with the blood sugar disease, and her husband suffered one of its devastating complications in 2018 when he developed a staph infection that cost him part of his leg. Uncontrolled diabetes can restrict blood flow to the legs, m...

  • Serena McNiff HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ice Cream

Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ice Cream

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked a recent Listeria outbreak to ice cream made by Florida-based Big Olaf Creamery.

One person has died in the outbreak involving 10 states, while 22 have been hospitalized.

The agency said that health officials interviewed 17 of those those who got sick and 14 reported eat...

  • By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • July 5, 2022
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Biggest Weight Gain Now Comes Early in Adulthood

Biggest Weight Gain Now Comes Early in Adulthood

The obesity epidemic isn't slowing down anytime soon, and new research delivers even worse news: Most American adults have not only gained more weight, but they gained most of it earlier in life.

The statistics were grim: More than half of Americans in the representative sample had gained 5% or more body weight during a 10-year period. Mor...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic Health

Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic Health

Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and new research warns the trend is only getting worse.

Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease.

"While we know that cardiometabolic health among Americans is a si...

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high sco...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

Doctor burnout and suicide are a growing concern, a new study finds.

“We often overlook the physical health of our health care workers, but poor health can lead to difficulty performing tasks at work, which then leads to job stress and mental health issues,” said corresponding author Dr. Kristen Kim, a resident in psychiatry at UC San ...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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Scientists Track the Microbiomes of Stray & Pet Dogs Around the World

Scientists Track the Microbiomes of Stray & Pet Dogs Around the World

Whether they're household pets in South Africa, strays in India or living in rural Laos, dogs have similar microbes colonizing their digestive tracts.

That's the key takeaway from a new study that built upon existing research into the canine microbiome — the collection of bacteria that live inside dogs' guts.

Researchers noted tha...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

Vitamin D, the "Sunshine Vitamin," boosts the immune system and helps prevent cancer, among other health benefits, but a significant number of Black and Hispanic teens have low levels of this nutrient, according to a new study.

"This paper calls attention to the need to raise awareness among clinicians regarding social determinants of heal...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 5, 2022
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Recent Monkeypox Symptoms Differ From Those of Prior Outbreaks

Recent Monkeypox Symptoms Differ From Those of Prior Outbreaks

The symptoms of patients with monkeypox in the United Kingdom differ from those in previous outbreaks of the virus, a new study shows.

It said there have been fewer reports of fever and tiredness while reports of skin lesions in the genital and anal areas have been more common.

Location of the lesions suggests transmission during int...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 4, 2022
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Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer's disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women.

“This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's that is specific to women,” said co-senior study author Lindsay Farrer, chief of...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 4, 2022
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U.S. Maternal Deaths Spiked Upwards During Pandemic

U.S. Maternal Deaths Spiked Upwards During Pandemic

Death rates for U.S. pregnant women or those who had just delivered jumped sharply during the first year of the pandemic, new research shows.

While U.S. death rates increased overall by 16% in 2020, for pregnant and early postpartum women it was officially even higher, at 18%, according to U.S. National Center for Health Statistics data.<...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 4, 2022
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Pollutants in Soil Can Harm Your Heart

Pollutants in Soil Can Harm Your Heart

While it's more widely known that polluted air can harm human health, another danger may be lurking at your feet.

New research shows that soil, too, can contain contaminants that can impact health. These include pesticides and heavy metals.

In this study, scientists focused on the impact of contaminated soil on the cardiovascular sy...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 4, 2022
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Loved One With Alzheimer's? Make This July 4 'Dementia Friendly'

Loved One With Alzheimer's? Make This July 4 'Dementia Friendly'

A holiday filled with loud noises can be upsetting for people who have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, but it's possible to create a Fourth of July celebration that works for everyone.

"Being proactive, prepared and adaptable are the best ways caregivers can create a dementia-friendly Fourth of July for their loved ones," said Jen...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 3, 2022
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Protect Your Hearing This July 4th

Protect Your Hearing This July 4th

While fireworks may be bright and beautiful, they're also noisy.

And a single loud blast or explosion that lasts less than a second can cause immediate and permanent hearing loss, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) warns.

"The Fourth of July, perhaps more than any other holiday, is associated with loud noise," s...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 2, 2022
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Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids

Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids

Hinting at a future alternative to opioid painkillers, scientists have developed a tiny implant designed to ease post-surgery pain and then dissolve once the job is done.

So far, the research has been limited to lab animals, and it will be several years before the technology could be ready for human testing.

But the hope is to eventu...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 1, 2022
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U.S.-Wide Abortion Ban Could Cause Big Uptick in Deaths to Moms

U.S.-Wide Abortion Ban Could Cause Big Uptick in Deaths to Moms

If a national abortion ban follows a Supreme Court ruling overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. maternal deaths would likely increase by 24%, new research suggests.

That assessment, based on newly released 2020 data, is a 14% increase over an earlier estimate based on 2017 data.

Pregnant Black women would fa...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 1, 2022
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