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Can the New Coronavirus Be Stopped?

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 15:50

Some experts believe the number of coronavirus cases worldwide is much higher than official estimates, while others warn it will get worse before it gets better.

Why Vaping Emergencies May Be Missed

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 15:17

The vaping illness known as EVALI (electronic cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury) has so far killed nearly 60 people in the United States. More than 2,600 have been hospitalized.

Could a Common Diuretic Med Help Ease Autism Symptoms?

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 15:13

If replicated in future trials, the drug treatment might be a breakthrough, since current treatments for autism in preschool kids are mainly behavioral -- therapies such as using play and activities with parents to improve a child's language, social and thinking skills.

Psychedelic Drug Eases Cancer Patients' Distress Long Term

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:59

Researchers found that of 15 patients who'd received a one-time treatment with psilocybin, most were still showing "clinically significant" improvements in anxiety and depression four years later.

Schizophrenia Meds Safe Long-Term, Study Finds

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:46

The average life expectancy of people with schizophrenia is 10 to 20 years less than in the general population. There has long been concern that one reason is long-term use of antipsychotic drugs to ease symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations.

Scientists Hope New Tech Aids Coronavirus Vaccine

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:15

Early trials in people suggest that such a vaccine can stimulate an immune response very well. But it has never been tried during an outbreak.

Americans Toss Out Nearly a Third of Food at Home

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:11

Nationwide, the cost of wasted food could total $240 billion a year. Divided by the nearly 128.6 million households in the United States, that works out to about $1,866 for the average household.

Genes May Show Players at Risk for Brain Trouble

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:13

Among soccer players who headed the ball the most, those with the gene mutation called the apolipoprotein E epsilon4 (APOE e4) allele did four times worse on memory tests than those who head the ball the least, the researchers found.

Poverty Could Drive Up Youth Suicide Risk

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:07

Children and teens in U.S. counties where 20% or more of the population lives below the federal poverty level were 37% more likely to die by suicide than those in counties with the lowest poverty concentration.

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 08:56

The helicopter crashed just before 10 a.m. into a hillside near Calabasas, Calif., about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Even Female Bosses Face Sexual Harrassment: Study

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 16:04

Researchers examined workplace sexual harassment in the United States, Japan and Sweden. They found that female supervisors experienced between 30% and 100% more sexual harassment than other women employees.

CDC Confirms Second U.S. Coronavirus Case

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 14:51

The patient is a woman in her 60s. She had symptoms a few days after returning to the U.S. from a trip to Wuhan, China, on Jan. 13. She was not sick while traveling.

Washington Monitors Coronavirus Patient’s Contacts

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 14:38

The CDC confirmed the Washington state resident's diagnosis Tuesday. By Wednesday, state public health officials had identified 16 close contacts. By late Thursday, the total was 43, said Kathy Lofy, MD, the state health officer for the Washington State Department of Health.

Faulty Immune System May Lead to Lung Cancer

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 14:02

An immune system that's not functioning normally may lead to lung cancer in patients who don't smoke, a new study suggests.

Many Critical Workers in U.S. Short on Sleep

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 13:58

Their analysis of data from more than 150,000 employed adults between 2010 and 2018 also found that the rate of inadequate sleep (7 hours or less) rose from about 31% to nearly 36% during that  time.

Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm Births

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 13:35

The trial, which was run in six lower-income countries, found that giving first-time mothers a daily low-dose aspirin reduced their risk of preterm birth by 11%.

4 New Advances for Treating Skin and Body Issues

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 13:12

In dermatology, advances in technology have the potential to simplify some of the most complicated treatments.

How Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Skin Cancer

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:58

Artificial intelligence (AI) is ramping up how dermatologists diagnose skin conditions, even serious cancers like melanoma.

Baby Microbiome: Nurturing Your Baby's Healthy Bacteria

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:35

The trillions of bacteria that inhabit your gut and other bodily regions can have a critical impact on your overall health. The same holds true for babies, new research shows.

Pet Apps From First Aid to Fitness

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:41

Whether you have one pet or a menagerie, keeping track of their current medications, vaccination due dates, and other health information is, well, no walk in the park.