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25 Feb

Irregular Sleep Patterns Tied To Bad Moods and Depression

Variable wake-up and sleep times can increase a person's risk of depression symptoms over time, researchers say.

24 Feb

Heart Health and Brain Power Linked in Preschoolers

4-to-6-year-old children with higher heart-lung fitness perform better on intellectual tests, researchers say

22 Feb

Pregnant People at Higher Risk of COVID: Study

COVID-19 infection rates in pregnant patients are 70% higher than in similarly aged adults, researchers say. The risk is even greater in communities of color

As Climate Change Lengthens Allergy Season, Pollen Travels Farther

As Climate Change Lengthens Allergy Season, Pollen Travels Farther

If you suffer the itchy, sneezy, wheezy consequences of seasonal allergies, you're probably painfully aware that pollen season is starting earlier and lasting longer than ever.

It's an upshot of climate change, and new research from Germany offers an explanation for this extended sneezin' season: Pollen is on the move, with early blooming ...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Masks Vital to Stopping COVID at Gyms, Studies Show

Masks Vital to Stopping COVID at Gyms, Studies Show

If you think you can safely exercise without your mask in a gym during the pandemic, two new government reports show you are mistaken.

Coronavirus outbreaks at fitness centers in Chicago and Honolulu last summer were likely the result of exercisers and instructors not wearing masks, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Alzheimer's May Strike Women and Men in Different Ways

Alzheimer's May Strike Women and Men in Different Ways

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The ravages of Alzheimer's may strike later in women than men, but once it takes hold women tend to deteriorate far faster than men, according to a new study.

Something known as cognitive reserve helps the aging brain function better for longer, and researchers report that wome...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Mediterranean Diet Could Keep Aging Brains Sharp

Mediterranean Diet Could Keep Aging Brains Sharp

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Helping your brain stay sharp with age may be as simple as changing up the food on your plate at dinnertime, a new study suggests.

The study focused on the healthy "Mediterranean" diet, a regimen reliant on olive oil, beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, with chick...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Why Is Liver Cancer More Lethal for Black Patients?

Why Is Liver Cancer More Lethal for Black Patients?

THURSDAY, Feb 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Black people with hepatitis C develop liver cancer sooner than people in other racial groups and the cancer is often more aggressive, but current screening guidelines may not be broad enough to catch these cases early, according to a new study.

Why? Despite often being more adva...

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  • February 25, 2021
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AHA News: Why Experts Say a Good Mood Can Lead to Good Health

AHA News: Why Experts Say a Good Mood Can Lead to Good Health

It doesn't take a scientist to understand that laughter feels good, while anger feels awful.

But it does take one to explain why one of these feelings can boost the immune system, while the other can wear it down, damage the heart and increase the risk for dementia.

Simply put: "Mood can influence your health," said Dr. Erin Michos, ...

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  • February 25, 2021
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COVID Cases, Deaths Plummet in Nursing Homes After Vaccine Rollout

COVID Cases, Deaths Plummet in Nursing Homes After Vaccine Rollout

In a hopeful turnaround during a long pandemic, U.S. nursing homes that were once the epicenter of coronavirus infections are now seeing both cases and deaths fall steeply as the country's vaccination rollout starts to take hold.

From late December to early February, new cases among U.S. nursing home residents fell by more than 80 per...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • February 25, 2021
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History of Mental Illness Tied to Earlier Onset of Alzheimer's Disease

History of Mental Illness Tied to Earlier Onset of Alzheimer's Disease

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People with Alzheimer's disease often have a history of depression or anxiety, which might mean an earlier emergence of memory and thinking problems, a preliminary study suggests.

Researchers found that of 1,500 Alzheimer's patients at their center, 43% had a history of depress...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Mental Illness Not a Factor in Most Mass Shootings

Mental Illness Not a Factor in Most Mass Shootings

Contrary to what many believe, a new study finds that mental illness isn't a factor in most mass shootings or other types of mass murder.

"The findings from this potentially definitive study suggest that emphasis on serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or psychotic mood disorders, as a risk factor for mass shootings is given undue...

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  • February 25, 2021
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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Could Affect Women's Hearts Long Term

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Could Affect Women's Hearts Long Term

Pregnancy-related high blood pressure can lead to long-term heart risks, new research shows.

Compared to those with normal blood pressure during pregnancy, women who developed blood pressure disorders such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension had significant differences in heart structure and function a decade after giving birth.

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  • February 25, 2021
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Modern Medicine Unwraps Mystery of Ancient Mummy's Death

Modern Medicine Unwraps Mystery of Ancient Mummy's Death

Modern technology has unraveled an ancient mystery about the death of an Egyptian king.

Computed tomography (CT) scans of the mummified remains of Pharaoh Seqenenre Taa II, the Brave, revealed new details about his head injuries not previously found in examinations since his mummy was discovered in the 1880s. Those examinations, includ...

Pandemic Is Adding to Teachers' Stress, and Quit Rates

Pandemic Is Adding to Teachers' Stress, and Quit Rates

Stress is the No. 1 reason U.S. teachers left the profession before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll reveals.

Nearly 1,000 former public school teachers were polled in December. Three-quarters said their job was often or always stressful during their final year in the classroom.

Stress was nearly twice as common as poor p...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Very Low COVID Infection Rate Among Dental Hygienists: Study

Very Low COVID Infection Rate Among Dental Hygienists: Study

Dental hygienists have a low rate of COVID-19, even though their jobs are considered high-risk, a new study says.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared hygienists at high risk for COVID-19, so researchers decided to investigate.

They analyzed survey data collected in October from nearly 4,800 dental h...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Dogs and Kids Are 'In Sync,' Study Shows

Dogs and Kids Are 'In Sync,' Study Shows

It is an image as heartwarming as any: Young children giggling as the family dog climbs all over them and licks their faces. But new research suggests the bond may be more than playful.

"The great news is that this study suggests dogs are paying a lot of attention to the kids that they live with," said study author Monique Udell, an animal...

Pandemic Putting Added Strain on Parents of Kids With Cancer

Pandemic Putting Added Strain on Parents of Kids With Cancer

A cancer diagnosis for your child is devastating enough, but new research shows the coronavirus pandemic has made the battle even harder for many families.

"Parents and caregivers of children who have cancer are already under tremendous stress," said study author Kyle Walsh, an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at Duke ...

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  • February 25, 2021
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Could Americans Get to COVID Herd Immunity by Late Spring?

Could Americans Get to COVID Herd Immunity by Late Spring?

Hungry for good news on the pandemic? One epidemiologist believes Americans might reach herd immunity to the new coronavirus as soon as late spring.

That's the view held by Suzanne Judd, a professor with the school of public health at the University of Alabama (UA) at Birmingham. To come to that conclusion, she reviewed recent research and...

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 24, 2021
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Switch to Plant-Based Diet Could Protect Older Women's Brains

Switch to Plant-Based Diet Could Protect Older Women's Brains

If you want to protect yourself against dementia, heart disease and cancer, you might want to get your protein from nuts instead of juicy red steaks.

New research shows that older women who ate the most plant protein were 21% less likely to suffer a dementia-related death and 12% less likely to die from heart disease, compared with women w...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 24, 2021
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COVID in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for 'Preemie' Delivery

COVID in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for 'Preemie' Delivery

In this pandemic era, moms-to-be understandably worry about the risks COVID-19 might pose to their baby. A new study offers some answers.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth. But they don't have an increased risk of stillbirth or baby death soon after birth, researchers found.

"The finding that CO...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 24, 2021
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'Night Owls' Perform Worse at Work, Study Finds

'Night Owls' Perform Worse at Work, Study Finds

"Early to bed, early to rise" may be good advice for your career. New research finds that, compared to night owls, folks with earlier bedtimes perform better at work and are less plagued by disabilities that lead to early retirement.

Overall, "night owls" were twice as likely as "early birds" to underperform at work, the new study found. F...

Pharmacies Will Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Pharmacies Will Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Need a COVID-19 vaccine? Your neighborhood pharmacy may soon have one on hand.

Pharmacies across the United States are joining the coronavirus vaccination effort, as part of the Biden administration's push to reach herd immunity as quickly as possible in this country.

Federal officials plan to ship 2 million doses a week to more than...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 24, 2021
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