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CDC Panel Votes on Who Should Get COVID Vaccines First

WebMD - 4 hours 24 min ago

An influential government committee has recommended that healthcare workers and people who reside in long-term care facilities get the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available.

Training May Speed Smell's Return After COVID

WebMD - 7 hours 52 min ago

Smell training involves sniffing at least four different odors twice a day every day for several months.

Almost Half in U.S. Fear Surprise Medical Bills

WebMD - 7 hours 59 min ago

Those fears aren't unfounded. Among those with private health insurance, 68% have received unexpected medical bills and 33% couldn't pay them on time, while 23% said they haven't paid them yet.

Controversial Trump COVID Adviser Scott Atlas Resigns

WebMD - 13 hours 10 min ago

Atlas had challenged the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community and criticized stronger efforts.

The New Domestic Violence: Technology Abuse

WebMD - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 17:39

Abusers can turn technology against victims to monitor, threaten, harass and hurt them, but there are resources and laws designed to help.

COVID in Kids: The Most Telling Symptoms

WebMD - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 14:29

Among thousands of kids tested for COVID-19, an upset stomach, loss of taste/smell, fever and headache were symptoms most predictive of positive test results, a Canadian study found.

This Injury a Possible Sign of Domestic Violence

WebMD - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 13:12

The findings underscore the need to screen women who receive fractures to their ulna for possible intimate partner violence, researchers said. That includes those who say they were injured in a fall.

Study Casts Doubt on Plasma as COVID Treatment

WebMD - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:14

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of people who'd survived the disease might help boost outcomes. But new study findings, along with disappointing results from prior trials, suggest that those initial hopes may have been unfounded.

Leaders Urge Caution as COVID Surges in Nursing Homes

WebMD - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:00

Coronavirus cases in the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes have reached a record high, leaving operators struggling to protect staff and residents.

Experts: COVID Vaccine May Cause Side Effects

WebMD - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 09:38

Americans who get a shot shouldn't be surprised if they feel under the weather for a few days afterwards, expert say. Vaccines work to fight disease by producing an immune response within the body. And sometimes that means flu-like symptoms, such as aches, headache and fever.

Tips on Living With Migraine

WebMD - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 14:49

Three people share their experiences with the chronic condition and what they've learned about finding treatments that really help.

Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer's: Study

WebMD - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 14:13

Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer's more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety symptoms, a preliminary study suggests.

Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

WebMD - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 14:06

Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pills, a large new study suggests.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds for Diabetes

WebMD - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 14:00

Overweight women who eat a Mediterranean-like diet may reduce their odds of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%, compared with women who don't, a new study suggests.

Junk Food, Alcohol Often Star in Hit Movies

WebMD - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 18:04

If there was an Oscar for "most unhealthy food in a leading role," many of America's most popular movies would be serious contenders.

Vegan Diets Tied to Higher Bone Fracture Risk

WebMD - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 17:23

Vegans face a 43% higher risk for bone fractures than meat eaters, a large British study warns. The researchers also identified a notably higher risk for hip fractures among those who eat fish but no meat (pescatarians), and among vegetarians who swear off both meat and fish, but do consume dairy and/or eggs.

1 in 3 Parents Say Holiday Gathering Worth COVID Risk

WebMD - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 17:11

In a new nationwide poll of 1,443 parents, about one in three said the benefits of gathering with families for the holidays outweighed the risk of spreading the virus.

Young Americans Lonely, Depressed During Pandemic

WebMD - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 16:33

Loneliness, anxiety, depression and substance use have increased sharply among young American adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey shows.

'Hidden' Prostate Cancer Usually Means Good Outcome

WebMD - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 15:09

Negative biopsies among early-stage prostate cancer patients who've chosen active surveillance are associated with a low risk of disease progression, but they aren't a sign that their cancer has completely vanished, a new study indicates.

FDA Authorizes Arthritis Drug Combo for COVID-19

WebMD - Fri, 11/20/2020 - 15:39

The combination is meant for patients who need supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation.