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15 Oct

Is a Really Bad Flu Season Coming?

The U.S. could be facing severe flu outbreaks as COVID safety measures are relaxed, according to a new study.

14 Oct

Nearly Half of Breast Cancer Patients Use Pot, New Survey Finds

Nearly half of breast cancer patients use pot to relieve symptoms and many don't tell their doctors, according to researchers.

13 Oct

60% Of Americans May Delay or Skip Flu Shot, Survey Finds

Despite COVID-19 and warnings that this flu season could be severe, many adults say they may delay or skip the flu shot, according to a new survey

Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

October 16, 2021

Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

Parents of teen drivers can play a crucial role in making their children safe drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association says.

Millions of U.S. teens are learning to drive at an especially challenging time as risky and dangerous driving has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the association noted.

"Teen drivers are more ... Full Page

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter October 15, 2021

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Friday recommended that the agency grant emergency use of booster shots of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.

The FDA is expected to make a decision within days that will help guide the 15 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson v... Full Page

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster October 15, 2021

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 the United States would reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated tr... Full Page

AHA News: Carrying a Tune Could Lead to Better Health

American Heart Association News October 15, 2021

AHA News: Carrying a Tune Could Lead to Better Health

Not everyone can sing like a nightingale. When some of us try to carry a tune, we sound like Bob Dylan imitating Elmer Fudd.

Still, no matter the sound, experts say we should limber up our larynxes more often. According to a growing body of research, bursting into song is good for both your body and your brain.

"Singing a song that w... Full Page

AHA News: Cyclist Mandy Marquardt Doesn't Let Diabetes Slow Her Down

American Heart Association News October 15, 2021

AHA News: Cyclist Mandy Marquardt Doesn't Let Diabetes Slow Her Down

Mandy Marquardt spends her days training and racing furiously around a velodrome. She's a track sprint cyclist, and by age 16, she already was winning medals in junior events when a routine checkup revealed high blood glucose.

Follow-up tests discovered Type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis prompted her doctor to proclaim her cycling future would... Full Page

State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter October 15, 2021

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 Full Page

Biden Administration to Invest $100 Million to Ease Health Worker Shortage

Robert Preidt and Robin Foster October 15, 2021

Biden Administration to Invest $100 Million to Ease Health Worker Shortage

The National Health Service Corps will receive $100 million to help tackle the U.S. health care worker shortage, the White House announced Thursday.

That's a five-fold increase in funding from previous years for a program that helps find primary care doctors for communities that struggle to recruit and keep them, according to the U.S. Depa... Full Page

Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Sepsis

Robert Preidt and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters October 15, 2021

Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Sepsis

Former President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized after developing sepsis that was triggered by a urological infection.

Sepsis occurs when the body has an extreme response to an infection, and it can be life-threatening. Infections that can trigger sepsis most often start in the lung, urinary tract, skin or gastrointestinal tract. Withou... Full Page

Lyme Disease Often Spotted at Later Stage in Black Patients

Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter October 15, 2021

Lyme Disease Often Spotted at Later Stage in Black Patients

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The tell-tale sign of Lyme disease is its bulls-eye rash, but that might be harder to spot in Black people, who are often diagnosed with more advanced disease than white people are, new research suggests.

The first sign of Lyme disease looks different on darker skin, and these di... Full Page

Despite Pressures of Pandemic, U.S. Nursing School Enrollment Climbs

Robert Preidt and Robin Foster October 15, 2021

Despite Pressures of Pandemic, U.S. Nursing School Enrollment Climbs

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even as large numbers of U.S. nurses leave their jobs due to the stress of the pandemic, there's been a big uptick in applications to nursing schools, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing says.

Enrollment in bachelor's, master's and doctoral nursing programs increased 5.... Full Page

Americans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed Foods

Robert Preidt October 15, 2021

Americans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed Foods

Americans' increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods is putting their health at risk, researchers warn.

Ultra-processed foods are ready-to-eat or heat, include additives, and contain little, if any, whole foods. They include frozen pizza, soda, fast food, sweets, salty snacks, canned soup and most breakfast cereals.

Previous r... Full Page

Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

Robert Preidt October 15, 2021

Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

In some heartening news on the vaccine front, two-thirds of American parents of children ages 5 to 11 plan to get their youngsters vaccinated when COVID-19 shots are approved for that age group, a new survey shows.

"While we're encouraged to see that a majority of parents intend to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 once they are el... Full Page

Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective Against COVID Variants

Robert Preidt October 15, 2021

Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective Against COVID Variants

The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines protect against a number of coronavirus variants, including highly contagious Delta, another study confirms.

The findings come as breakthrough infections in vaccinated people raise questions about the vaccines' ability to protect against emerging variants.

The shots do "induce high levels of anti... Full Page

Horseback Riding Carries Big Risk for Serious Injury: Study

Robert Preidt October 15, 2021

Horseback Riding Carries Big Risk for Serious Injury: Study

Days in the saddle can be risky, with horseback riding a potentially deadly activity, according to a new study.

"Hospital admission risk from horseback riding is higher than football, auto and motorcycle racing, and skiing," the study authors noted. Chest injuries are most common among riders, but head and neck injuries are the deadliest.<... Full Page

Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

Robert Preidt October 15, 2021

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 more than those from poorer families.

The new study included 37... Full Page

Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

Robert Preidt October 15, 2021

Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

Adult staff in schools are more likely than students to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often used and improve the chances of survival, a new study finds.

AEDs are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to try and restart the heart. If appropriate action isn't taken immediately, card... Full Page

FDA Panel Supports Moderna Booster Shot for Older Adults, People at High Risk

Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters October 14, 2021

FDA Panel Supports Moderna Booster Shot for Older Adults, People at High Risk

Mirroring a similar recommendation issued last month for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, an expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended a half-dose booster shot of the Moderna vaccine be given to certain recipients six months after their second shot.

Panelists recommended that everyone aged 65 or old... Full Page

Former FDA Chief Robert Califf a Contender to Head Agency Again

Robert Preidt October 14, 2021

Former FDA Chief Robert Califf a Contender to Head Agency Again

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf is under strong consideration by the White House to once again lead the agency.

The FDA hasn't had a permanent head for more than eight months and is being overseen by acting commissioner Janet Woodcock. Under federal law, President Joe Biden has until mid-November to pick... Full Page

'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter October 14, 2021

'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Despite hints of promise from early research, a new clinical trial finds no evidence that kids with autism benefit from nasal sprays containing the "love" hormone oxytocin.

Researchers called the findings disappointing.

But they said the study also offers important inform... Full Page

Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter October 14, 2021

Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

It could be a bad flu season this year — and for a couple of years to come — in places in the United States where COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and masking have been lifted, researchers warn.

These sorts of measures caused flu cases to decline by more than 60% within the first 10 weeks after COVID-19 lockdowns were imple... Full Page

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