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Race Doesn't Impact COVID Survival Rate in Hospital

WebMD - 1 hour 46 min ago

Survival rates among Black and Hispanic patients were at least as good as those for white patients after the researchers controlled for age, sex, income levels and pre-existing conditions, according to the study.

Alcohol-Linked Deaths Spike in Rural America

WebMD - 1 hour 52 min ago

Deaths related to alcohol use in those regions rose 43% between 2006 and 2018, health officials reported.

Risky Ink: Tattoos May Lead to Body's Overheating

WebMD - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 17:08

The study found that tattooed skin on arms "has reduced sweat rates, and thus potential heat loss capacity, during [whole-body heating], compared to adjacent skin without tattoos."

Bald to Bold, Lockdown Locks Embrace All Styles

WebMD - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 17:01

One way to measure the passage of time during the pandemic: our hair. It never stops growing. And people can’t seem to resist playing with it.

Trump, Biden Face Off in Chaotic First Debate

WebMD - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 16:05

During the 90-minute debate, the candidates sparred over the COVID-19 response and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Pets Helped People Cope During Pandemic: Study

WebMD - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 13:24

More than 90% said their pet helped them cope emotionally with the lockdown and 96% said their pet helped keep them fit and active.

Was FDA Lax in Approving Opioids Too Easily?

WebMD - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 13:16

For at least two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been approving new formulations of prescription opioids without requiring drug manufacturers to gather important information on safety and effectiveness, a new study claims.

Positive Coronavirus Tests Shut Down Two NFL Teams

WebMD - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:32

The Vikings hosted the Titans this past Sunday in Minneapolis but, as of Tuesday morning, had no positive test results for anyone on their club, NBC News reported.

NYC Will Fine People Who Don't Wear Masks

WebMD - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:58

People in New York City who aren't wearing a mask will first be offered one.

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Shows Promise for Elderly

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 18:14

If the antibody responses seen in the study translate into protection against the infection, the results could mean the elderly -- the population that has been hardest hit by COVID -- could receive strong protection from the shot.

Closer Look: Trump, Biden Plans on Health Care

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:35

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have greatly different plans for improving Americans' health care and for tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

End Ban on Cornea Donations from Gay Men: Study

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:08

A corneal transplant can cure some forms of blindness and visual impairment. The United States bans men from donating if they have had gay sex in the past five years; Canada has a 12-month restriction.

Pandemic Has More Americans Turning to Alcohol

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 15:24

Overall, there was a 14% jump in drinking frequency this past spring among U.S. adults over 30 when compared to last year at the same time, researchers found. Among women, drinking frequency went up 17%.

Do Fasting Diets Work? Study Finds Little Benefit

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 15:20

In a new clinical trial, researchers found that one type of intermittent fasting did help overweight and obese adults drop a couple of pounds over 12 weeks. But they fared no better than a comparison group who ate whenever they wanted.

Study Confirms Minorities at Higher Odds of COVID

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:23

Between Feb. 8 and July 22, more than 254,000 people were tested and more than 16,000 were positive for COVID-19. Among Black patients, 10% tested positive as did 11% of Hispanics and 4% of white patients.

Lockdown Could Worsen Hearing Woes for Seniors

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:14

Older adults who use hearing aids may be using them less, because they think there's no one to interact with. This can reduce sound input to the brain and lead to auditory deprivation.

Women Get Worse Care for Heart Attack

WebMD - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:07

Women aged 18 to 55 are less likely to receive the tests and aggressive treatment that men routinely receive, and are more likely to die in the hospital, the researchers added.

Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well

WebMD - Mon, 09/28/2020 - 17:12

These newborns generally do well in the six to eight weeks after birth, but more are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) if their mothers had COVID-19 in the two weeks before delivery.

33% of Parents Won't Get Flu Shots for Their Kids

WebMD - Mon, 09/28/2020 - 15:14

Parents who didn't take their children for a flu shot last year are least likely to do so this year (less than a third), while parents who took their child for a flu shot last year were most likely to do so again (96%), according to the survey.

Privacy Concerns Hindering Digital Contact Tracing

WebMD - Mon, 09/28/2020 - 15:06

To try to make that easier, countries and states are turning digital. Smartphone apps allow anyone, whether they have COVID or just worry they’ve been exposed, to detail their movements leading up to infection or exposure.