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How Safe Is it to Use A Public Bathroom?

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 15:49

With dirty door handles, heavily trafficked toilet bowls and proximity to strangers, how can you protect yourself from COVID-19 in a public bathroom?

Stroke Appears 8 Times More Likely With COVID Than With Flu

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 15:18

Among more than 1,900 patients with COVID-19, 1.6% suffered a stroke, versus 0.2% of nearly 1,500 patients seriously ill with flu, researchers found.

6 At-Home Fitness Fixes

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:51

Even if you are home all day, you still can get a full workout. Try these at-home fitness fixes.

Scientists Find Source of COVID Clots

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:43

One marker, called thrombomodulin, was linked with survival among all patients. Measuring thrombomodulin might help doctors better treat patients, the researchers say.

Fireworks Take the Backyard as Public Shows Cancel

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 13:31

The American Pyrotechnics Association, which represents the fireworks industry, says overall sales are breaking records.

Getting Out for Better Health

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 13:28

Exercising and socializing linked to better health as people age.

As Cases Jump, Are We Better Prepared for COVID?

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:12

There are record numbers of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., with several states in the South and West driving the resurgence. Texas has closed its bars, California has closed its restaurants in some counties, and some beaches in Florida are closed.

Biases Mean Men Dubbed 'Brilliant' More Often Than Women

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:38

These stereotyped views are a result of implicit bias that people don't admit when asked directly, the researchers noted.

MS Patients Turn to Marijuana, Other Alternative Treatments

WebMD - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:34

A majority of just over 1,000 respondents said they used some type of alternative therapy, including marijuana, vitamins, herbs and minerals, plus mind-body therapies like exercise, mindfulness, massage and various diets.

Air Travel a Puzzle in Age of Coronavirus

WebMD - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 17:15

United and American airlines, along with Southwest and Delta, require all passengers to wear cloth face masks or any high-tech masks while on the plane. American goes further by saying passengers must bring their own face masks and must comply with airport rules about wearing a mask.

15 Expert Tips for Applying a Self-Tanner

WebMD - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 16:54

For those who love the look of bronzed skin but want to avoid the health risks of sun exposure, see our expert tips on using self-tanners.

Summer Foot Care

WebMD - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 16:17

Keep your feet looking and feeling their best with these tips.

An HIV Drug You Only Take Twice a Year?

WebMD - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:19

A single injection of the experimental drug, called lenacapavir, was able to lower blood levels of HIV in a small group of patients. And it was capable of maintaining active levels in the blood for more than six months.

Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain Are Soaring: Are They Safe?

WebMD - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:14

Experts worry that muscle relaxants may not help much and could cause troubling side effects, especially in older patients.

COVID-19 Blood Test Might Predict Who Will Need a Ventilator

WebMD - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:43

This finding could lead to a scoring system that would flag at-risk patients for closer monitoring and to personalized treatments

Trauma of Racism Fuels High Blood Pressure Among Black Americans: Study

WebMD - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:40

Black Americans who endure life-altering instances of discrimination are a third to a half more likely to develop high blood pressure than those who haven't been similarly traumatized, researchers report in the July 1 issue of the journal Hypertension.

Amid Pandemic, Too Many Americans Are Hesitating to Call 911

WebMD - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 18:37

Fear of getting COVID-19 at hospitals and not wanting to burden health care facilities with non-COVID-19 issues might account for these findings

FBI: Beware of Scammers Selling Fake COVID-19 Antibody Tests

WebMD - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 16:58

The FBI said fraudsters are also trying to get people's personal information as well as personal health information

Mask Up! Don't Let Down Your Guard Against COVID-19

WebMD - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 16:57

Face masks or other face coverings are especially important because research shows that people become contagious before they start having symptoms or feeling ill.

Sleeping In on Weekends Won't Erase Your 'Sleep Debt'

WebMD - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 16:32

Only 18% of severely sleep-deprived men and women were able to bank enough sleep to make up for chronic weekday sleep deficiencies.

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