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08 Mar

New Treatments Help Restore Smell Loss Caused By Covid-19

Experts at Baylor College of Medicine find success using essential oils and spices to restore sense of smell lost due to COVID-19

05 Mar

Concussions Linked To Long-Term Sleep Disorders

Concussions and more serious traumatic brain injuries appear to increase the risk of sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep movement disorders and more, researchers say.

04 Mar

Pot May Not Be The Best Medicine For Migraine

People who use marijuana to treat chronic migraine may suffer rebound headaches

Obesity a Big Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19, Study Confirms

Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter March 8, 2021

Obesity a Big Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19, Study Confirms

MONDAY, March 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Yet another study confirms what doctors have long known: Being obese greatly raises the odds that if you contract COVID-19, your case could be a severe one.

The study, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports calls for obese Americans to m... Full Page

Device Used for Thousands of Years Eases Major Cause of Female Urinary Problems

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter March 8, 2021

Device Used for Thousands of Years Eases Major Cause of Female Urinary Problems

MONDAY, March 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many women with pelvic organ prolapse may get lasting relief from a treatment that's been around for a few thousand years, a new study suggests.

With pelvic organ prolapse (POP), weakened muscles and supporting tissue in the pelvis allow one or more organs -- including the uterus... Full Page

Global Warming Could Make Survival in Tropics Impossible: Study

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter March 8, 2021

Global Warming Could Make Survival in Tropics Impossible: Study

MONDAY, March 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Limiting global warming to targets proposed in the Paris Agreement could keep tropical regions from reaching temperatures that are beyond human tolerability, a new study projects.

Researchers estimate that if countries are able to cap warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-indu... Full Page

AHA News: COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Is Hitting Young Adults

American Heart Association News March 8, 2021

AHA News: COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Is Hitting Young Adults

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, mental health professionals are growing more alarmed about a parallel mental health crisis brewing for young adults.

The burden of ongoing social, school and work restrictions, experts fear, is leading to a deterioration in the mental states of young adults who are increasingly worried about forfeiting pr... Full Page

Guidance for Vaccinated Americans is on the Way

Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters March 8, 2021

Guidance for Vaccinated Americans is on the Way

MONDAY, March 8, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Much needed guidance on how vaccinated Americans should navigate social distancing restrictions is expected from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.

"Those guidelines are coming out from the CDC really imminently," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on the CBS pr... Full Page

Could a Drug Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Those at Risk?

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter March 8, 2021

Could a Drug Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Those at Risk?

MONDAY, March 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Just two weeks of treatment with an experimental drug can delay the onset of type 1 diabetes by several years, researchers report.

The drug, called teplizumab, is already under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on earlier evidence of its effectiveness.

I... Full Page

Lots of Belly Fat at Menopause Could Boost Heart Risks

Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter March 8, 2021

Lots of Belly Fat at Menopause Could Boost Heart Risks

MONDAY, March 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you are approaching menopause and you have some extra belly fat, new research suggests you might want to shed some inches now.

Women who carry weight around their midsection during menopause may be more likely to develop heart disease even if their overall weight remains the s... Full Page

Even 1 Dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID Vaccines Offer Good Protection for People Over 80

Robert Preidt March 8, 2021

Even 1 Dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID Vaccines Offer Good Protection for People Over 80

Just one dose of the Pfizer or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization for COVID patients in their 80s with preexisting health conditions, a preliminary study shows.

The findings are from AvonCAP, an ongoing surveillance project funded by Pfizer Inc. It gathers detailed information from two National He... Full Page

Had Sinus Surgery? Better Skip Nasal Swab COVID Test

Robert Preidt March 8, 2021

Had Sinus Surgery? Better Skip Nasal Swab COVID Test

If you've had major sinus or skull base surgery, you should talk with your ear, nose and throat doctor before getting a COVID-19 nasal swab test, researchers advise.

It's also crucial for health workers performing swab testing to ask whether the patient has had extensive sinus or skull base surgery, said Dr. Philip Chen, an associate profe... Full Page

Pandemic Stress Has More Americans Grinding Their Teeth

Robert Preidt March 8, 2021

Pandemic Stress Has More Americans Grinding Their Teeth

Lockdowns have you stressed? The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that more people are grinding their teeth as they try to cope with the pressures of the pandemic.

An ADA Health Policy Institute survey of dentists found that 70% of respondents said they've seen an increase in the number of patients with teeth grinding and clenchi... Full Page

New First Look at the Tiniest Babies' Lungs

Robert Preidt March 8, 2021

New First Look at the Tiniest Babies' Lungs

Researchers who recorded the most detailed images ever made of newborns' lungs as they took their first breaths say the breakthrough could improve treatment of breathing problems in babies.

"Respiratory problems are the most common reason we need to treat babies in intensive care," said researcher David Tingay of Murdoch Children's Researc... Full Page

Most Older Americans Need Hearing Checks, But Many Aren't Getting Them

Robert Preidt March 8, 2021

Most Older Americans Need Hearing Checks, But Many Aren't Getting Them

Even though research has shown that at least 50% of older adults suffer some degree of hearing loss, a new study finds that most aren't getting their hearing checked.

A national survey of more than 2,000 adults, aged 50 to 80, found that 80% said their primary care doctor hadn't asked about their hearing in the past two years. Nearly as ma... Full Page

No Sense of Smell After COVID? Therapies Can Help Bring It Back

Robert Preidt March 8, 2021

No Sense of Smell After COVID? Therapies Can Help Bring It Back

So, you had COVID-19 a few months back and you still can't smell that first steaming cup of coffee in the morning. Is there anything you can do to hasten the return of that vital sense?

Experts say there is, including "physical therapy" for your nose.

"In most cases, smell loss is temporary, but it can take months or even years to re... Full Page

Wildfire Smoke Is Especially Toxic to Lungs, Study Shows

Robert Preidt March 8, 2021

Wildfire Smoke Is Especially Toxic to Lungs, Study Shows

Fine particles in wildfire smoke pose a far greater threat to the lungs than similar particles in vehicle exhaust and other types of air pollution, researchers report.

These fine particles -- called PM2.5 -- have a diameter about 1/20th the size of a human hair and can get into the respiratory tract, enter the bloodstream and damage key or... Full Page

The Skinny on Wrinkle-Free Skin

March 7, 2021

The Skinny on Wrinkle-Free Skin

Wrinkles may be a natural part of getting older, but you can slow your skin's aging with changes to your lifestyle and environment, a skin expert says.

"Daily activities, such as protecting your skin from the sun and eating healthy foods, can go a long way in preventing your skin from aging more quickly than it should," dermatologist Dr. M... Full Page

Snow Shoveling, Slips on Ice Bring Cold Weather Dangers

March 6, 2021

Snow Shoveling, Slips on Ice Bring Cold Weather Dangers

Clearing away snow can be hazardous to your health, experts warn.

Shoveling snow causes 100 deaths a year in the United States, and injuries due to improper use of snowblowers are common.

"Cold weather will cause the body to constrict blood vessels to maintain warmth, which can then raise blood pressure and the risk for heart attack... Full Page

How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 5, 2021

How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone

Giving homeless COVID-19 patients a free hotel room for their quarantine and recovery pays huge health dividends for the entire community, according to a new study out of San Francisco.

Only 4% of homeless folks transferred from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to a participating hotel wound up back in the hospital with worsened C... Full Page

With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter March 5, 2021

With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

Americans love to have choices, and now there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States.

But infectious disease experts say that all three protect strongly against severe COVID-19, so there is only one criteria to use in deciding which vaccine is the best.

"There is a single best vaccine. It's the one that's a... Full Page

It's Too Soon to Lift COVID Restrictions: Fauci

Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters March 5, 2021

It's Too Soon to Lift COVID Restrictions: Fauci

FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Coronavirus restrictions should not be lifted until the daily toll of new U.S. cases falls below 10,000, "and maybe even considerably less than that," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.

The last time the United States saw that low a number was almost a year ago. The daily case count hasn't falle... Full Page

AHA News: Why Did Yankees Manager Get a Pacemaker, and How Does It Work?

American Heart Association News March 5, 2021

AHA News: Why Did Yankees Manager Get a Pacemaker, and How Does It Work?

With each beat of your heart, the muscle squeezes, feeding blood to the rest of your body. The squeeze is triggered by an electrical impulse.

Sometimes, though, a glitch slows that impulse. This can cause lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone felt those symptoms. Doctors traced them... Full Page

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