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Can a Parkinson's Drug Treat Macular Degeneration?

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 15:33

More than 15% of Americans over age 70 have AMD, and 10% to 15% of those cases go on to develop the more severe wet macular degeneration, which can cause swift and complete vision loss.

Coronavirus and Apartments: What’s the Risk?

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 15:03

The best advice for apartment and condo dwellers is what you already know: Wear a mask, wash your hands often, and keep your distance from others in highly trafficked common areas in your building.

Lack of Antigen Tests Has U.S. ‘Blind to Pandemic’

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 11:46

A KHN review found more than 20 states either don’t count or have incomplete data on the use of COVID-19 antigen tests, leaving the public in the dark about the true scope of the pandemic.

Some Psoriasis Meds May Also Help Prevent Heart Disease

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:33

Chronic inflammation in people with psoriasis is associated with the development of plaque in heart arteries, which increases the risk of coronary artery disease. In biologic therapy, patients receive protein-based infusions to reduce inflammation.

Half of Pediatricians Dismiss Anti-Vaccine Families

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:26

When doctors dismiss families for refusing vaccines, parents are sometimes swayed, the survey revealed. In fact, 18% often or always change their minds, while another 48% sometimes do.

Many MS Patients Struggle With Finances, Forgo Treatments

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:21

More than one-third (35%) of the patients reported not sticking to their medication or medical imaging routines due to the cost. Thirteen percent said they didn't get recommended imaging tests.

COVID Safety During the Upcoming Holidays

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:06

Holiday travel used to be as easy as jumping on a plane or packing up the family car. But with U.S. cases of COVID-19 closing in on 7 million people and 200,000 deaths, it’s no longer that simple.

Statins Going Generic Saved Medicare Billions

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:50

Statins are the most popular type of cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States, prescribed to more than 35 million people.

Doctors Should Watch for Punctured Lungs in COVID Patients

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:45

Before the pandemic, this problem was typically seen in very tall young men or older patients with severe lung disease. But some British researchers noticed that several patients with COVID-19 developed the condition and decided to investigate.

Could COVID-19 Someday Become Seasonal, Like Flu?

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:40

The scenario depends on many unknowns, and assumes the new coronavirus will bend to weather factors

Even Exercise May Not Ease Pandemic-Linked Stress

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:35

Those who said their physical activity levels had declined in the first two weeks after stay-at-home orders were issued reported higher levels of stress and anxiety, a finding that the researchers expected.

Is Arthritis Pain Relief as Close as Your Spice Rack?

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:32

Researchers found that an extract of the spice turmeric worked better than a placebo in easing pain from knee arthritis over three months.

Southern Hemisphere Has Fewer Flu Cases Amid COVID

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:53

Face masks and other measures used to curb the coronavirus' spread have helped drive a lower-than-normal influenza rate in the Southern Hemisphere.

NIH and FDA Examine Serious Side Effect That Surfaced in COVID Vaccine Trial

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:37

Regulators in the United Kingdom allowed the AstraZeneca vaccine trial to resume, but U.S. regulators continue to investigate.

Loneliness Spikes In Older Adults During Pandemic

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 15:38

More than half said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others, which is more than double the 27% who reported the same feeling in a 2018 poll.

COVID-19 Takes Heavy Toll on Kidneys

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 15:33

The study authors warned that doctors should prepare for a significant rise in chronic kidney disease cases due to the pandemic.

No Canadian COVID Deaths for First Time in 6 Months

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 12:11

As of Saturday, there had been 137,676 COVID-19 cases and 9,214 deaths from the illness in Canada, according to Johns Hopkins University.

COVID May Have Been in LA Earlier Than Believed

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:24

There may have been cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles as early as last December, months before the first known U.S. cases were identified, a new study claims.

Blood Pressure Meds Can Affect COVID-19 Care

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:18

People with high blood pressure tend to fare worse when infected with COVID-19, and the chronic condition can complicate their treatment in unexpected ways, new research shows.

Suicide Rate Keeps Rising Among Young Americans

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 16:04

Suicides among children and young people aged 10 to 24 rose 57% from 2007 to 2018, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.