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Doctors Wary of Rushed COVID Vaccine

WebMD - Mon, 09/28/2020 - 13:35

Only 17% of doctors say they will get a COVID-19 vaccine if it is authorized before all clinical trials have been completed, according to results of a Medscape poll.

Brain-Eating Amoeba in Texas City's Tap Water

WebMD - Mon, 09/28/2020 - 12:10

Lake Jackson issued a "do not use water order" and requested an emergency declaration from the state.

Report: Trump Picks Amy Coney Barrett for Court

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 20:00

Amy Coney Barrett, 48, a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago since 2017, is President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, according to the New York Times.

Is Key Safety Data at Risk in Race for COVID Vaccine?

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 18:35

Public health experts worry that ending a COVID vaccine trial early and giving it swift approval under an Emergency Use Authorization could compromise the collection of further safety data.

FDA Warns of Danger From 'Benadryl Challenge'

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:56

The new internet dare, broadcast widely on teen-friendly TikTok, urges kids to overdose on the over-the-counter antihistamine Benadryl to achieve a hallucinatory state.

Even If Hips, Legs Slims Down, Belly Fat a Danger

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:49

Even if other areas of the body are in good shape, once fat starts to accumulate in the belly region, the risk of dying an early death goes up.

America's COVID Pandemic Is Now Skewing Younger

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:41

From June through August, people in their 20s accounted for more than 20% of all COVID infections in the United States, CDC researchers found.

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 7 Million

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:35

It was less than a month ago that the United States reached 6 million cases. It took over three months for the country to record its first million cases.

Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Odds for Severe COVID

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:28

Patients who were vitamin D-sufficient -- a blood level of at least 30 nanograms per milliliter -- had a significantly lower risk for serious complications from COVID-19, including losing consciousness, low blood oxygen levels and death.

Could Wildfires Have Long-Term Health Effects?

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:19

When people breathe wildfire smoke, the short-term health effects can range from eye and nasal irritation and coughing to worsening asthma, heart attacks, and strokes. Scientists aren’t sure yet of the long-term effects, but there are some early clues.

Ingredients Make 'Smart' Supplements Not-So-Smart

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:19

A review of so-called "smart drug" nutritional supplements found a handful that were packed with foreign pharmaceuticals not approved in the United States, often in potentially dangerous combinations and dosages.

Accuracy of COVID-19 Antibody Tests Varies Widely

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:14

There was a wide range of accuracy among the tests. Specificity -- the ability to correctly identify those without the disease -- ranged from 82% to 100%

Symptoms or No, COVID Patients Have Same Viral Load

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 17:05

Fifty-four percent of patients without symptoms tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, as did 64% of those with mild symptoms. There was no significant difference in the viral load between the two groups, the researchers said.

Is Shock Therapy Returning for Bipolar Disorder?

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 16:32

Investigators found that among bipolar patients who fail to respond to standard treatments, ECT can be a lifesaver, preventing out-of-control mood swings and dramatically lowering suicide risk.

Severe COVID Clues: Autoantibodies, Gene Mutations

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 16:05

New research from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions suggests that some people have antibodies that are misguided, called autoantibodies, that attack the immune system instead of attacking the virus that causes COVID-19

Trump OKs Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada

WebMD - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 11:27

The announcement clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border to save money. The effort is strongly opposed by drugmakers and the Canadian government.

Most N95 Masks From China Don't Meet US Standards

WebMD - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:40

ECRI quality assurance researchers tested nearly 200 N95-style masks, reflecting 15 different manufacturer models purchased by some of the largest health systems in the United States.

After COVID, When Can Young Athletes Resume Play?

WebMD - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:24

Young athletes who've had moderate COVID-19 symptoms should be symptom-free for 14 days and get their doctor's OK before returning to practices or games, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.

9 in 10 Americans Not Yet Exposed to COVID

WebMD - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 15:02

The head of the CDC said some states are seeing infection rates of 15% to 20% while others are seeing a less than 1% infection rate, CBS News reported.

No Trick: Halloween Must be Different During COVID

WebMD - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:57

Trick-or-treating may seem safer than some group activities that have been discouraged during the coronavirus outbreak. But many medical experts suggest that it offers more risks than some parents may realize.