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Prenatal Pot Use Impacts Kid's Future Mental Health

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 17:15

Children exposed to pot in the womb were more likely to experience internalizing disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well as externalizing disorders such as lashing out at others or ADHD, researchers found.

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Protect Aging Brains

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 17:09

New research suggests that people taking the drug appear to have significantly slower declines in thinking and memory as they age.

Blood Test May Show Who Is at Risk of Severe COVID

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 17:06

The blood marker is called "red cell distribution width" (RDW) -- basically, the greater the variance in the size of red blood cells, the poorer a patient's prognosis, the study authors explained.

Colleges’ Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:26

In a draft study, researchers correlated cellphone data showing students’ back-to-campus movements and county infection rates to quantify how the coronavirus spread as colleges and universities reopened for the fall semester.

Singing Without a Face Mask Can Spread COVID-19

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:25

If you sing indoors without a face mask, you run the risk of spreading COVID-19 through tiny airborne particles known as aerosols.

Could Zinc Help Fight COVID-19?

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:20

Researchers from Spain reporting at a European coronavirus conference found that hospitalized COVID-19 patients with low blood levels of zinc tended to fare worse than those with healthier levels.

Resuming Sex After Heart Attack May Help Recovery

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:18

Research out of Israel finds that resuming a normal sex life in the months after a heart attack may actually boost survival.

Resuming Sex After Heart Attack May Help Recovery

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:18

Research out of Israel finds that resuming a normal sex life in the months after a heart attack may actually boost survival.

COVID Hits Minorities Hardest in Nursing Homes, Too

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:24

A study found that nursing homes with higher percentages of racial and ethnic minority residents reported two to four times more new COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to others for the week of May 25.

Many Metrics to Measure COVID-19, Which Are Best?

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:05

The metrics used to track the coronavirus pandemic typically include daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Analyzing these metrics separately can show how much community spread there is or whether hospital capacity is being reached.

Trial Holds Promise for Weekly Insulin for Type 2

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 15:06

Now, new research offers some hope for those insulin avoiders -- a once-a-week insulin injection may someday replace daily shots.

Homemade Masks Do a Great Job Blocking COVID-19

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 13:40

The team tested breathability and droplet-blocking of 11 common household fabrics. The fabrics ranged from new and used garments, quilted cloths, bedsheets and dishcloths.

COVID Death Toll Hits 200,000 in the U.S.

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 13:11

Just over 6 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the United States has reached a grim milestone: the novel coronavirus death toll has climbed to a staggering 200,000.

Black Doctors' Group Creates Panel to Vet Vaccine

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 12:36

The National Medical Association, an association of black doctors, is creating its own independent task force to review decisions about potential COVID-19 vaccines.

Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 17:27

A new study found that serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) triggered by peanuts jumped 85% when kids were trick or treating.

Potential COVID Drug May Raise Heart Risk: Study

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 17:23

The widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin is being investigated as a COVID-19 treatment, but a new study warns it could increase the risk of heart problems.

Too Much or Too Little Sleep Bad for Your Brain

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 17:04

Too little sleep was defined as four or fewer hours a night, while too much was deemed 10 or more hours a night. The ideal amount? Seven hours a night.

EPA Adds to List of Coronavirus-Fighting Cleaners

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 15:09

Original Pine-Sol was proven effective against the coronavirus after 10 minutes, the EPA says. It joins other Clorox-brand products as well as several from Lysol on the EPA-approved list.

Global Life Expectancy Likely to Drop Due to COVID

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 14:58

Using a computer model, the researchers concluded that infection rates of only 2% could cause a drop in life expectancy in countries where average life expectancy is high (about 80 years).

Glass-Topped Tables Injure Thousands Each Year

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 14:41

Investigators found that half of their patients experienced injuries to their deep organs, upper torso, abdomen or joint cavities and required surgery. About 8% died within a month of injury. Most of the injuries were suffered by children younger than age 7 or adults in their early 20s.