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COVID-19 May Strike More Cats Than Believed

WebMD - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 15:36

New research suggests that COVID-19 may be more common in cats than previously thought.

Wildfires, COVID a Double Whammy to Lung Health

WebMD - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 15:24

Wildfire smoke can irritate the lungs and harm the immune system, putting people at an increased risk of COVID infection.

Florida Teen Dies from Brain-Eating Amoeba

WebMD - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:40

The parents of a 13-year-old boy in Florida who died from brain-eating amoeba want to warn others about the risk of the waterborne infection.

Early RA Treatment May Thwart Heart Disease

WebMD - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 19:01

Starting drug treatment early in rheumatoid arthritis patients may reduce their risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Cost Puts HIV-Preventing PrEP Out of Reach for Many

WebMD - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 18:39

The daily drug regimen known as PrEP is a nearly foolproof way to prevent HIV infection. But a new study suggests that many high-risk Americans may be giving the medication a pass because of cost.

Untreated High Blood Pressure a Growing Problem

WebMD - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 18:34

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is becoming more common among Americans, putting them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study shows.

What We’ve Learned About Treating COVID

WebMD - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 16:18

Doctors say that trial and error over the last 6 months has helped accumulate the scientific evidence of what works and what doesn’t in the treatment of COVID-19.

More Using Pot When Depressed -- But Does it Help?

WebMD - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 12:42

Folks struggling with depression are much more likely to turn to marijuana to ease their symptoms these days, and that's not necessarily a good thing, researchers report.

Child Hospitalization Rates Similar With COVID, Flu

WebMD - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 09:34

While adults face raised odds for hospitalization with COVID-19, a new study shows that the risk for kids infected with SARS-CoV-2 is about equal to that seen with the flu.

Report: Trump Downplayed COVID Threat

WebMD - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 18:34

President Trump said in early February that the new coronavirus was deadlier than the flu and that it could travel through the air, according to a new book from journalist Bob Woodard. In recorded interviews, he said in March that he wanted to downplay the threat so it wouldn't cause a panic.

Over Half a Million U.S. Kids Infected With COVID

WebMD - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 17:53

More than 500,000 U.S. children had been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of early September, with a sizable uptick seen in recent weeks, a new report reveals.

Are Masks a Kind of Vaccine Against COVID-19?

WebMD - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 17:48

New research suggests face masks may act as a crude vaccine of sorts. The theory -- and it remains largely a theory -- is that by filtering out airborne coronavirus droplets and thereby lowering the dose of SARS-CoV-2 a person inhales, infections have much less chance of producing symptoms.

Drinking Raises Blood Pressure Risk With Diabetes

WebMD - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 17:42

It's probably a good idea to skip that second glass of wine if you have diabetes, because new research suggests that having more than one drink daily raises your risk of high blood pressure.

Sturgis Bike Rally: Superspreading Event or Not?

WebMD - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 12:23

A new study says that the recent bike rally in Sturgis is linked to 260,000 cases of COVID, but South Dakota officials don't agree.

Surgery May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

WebMD - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 20:38

For people with sleep apnea who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, new research finds that a combination of surgical techniques may bring relief.

Why Do Black Men Fare Worse With Prostate Cancer?

WebMD - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 15:19

Education, income and insurance may be fueling racial disparities in U.S. prostate cancer deaths -- disparities that have black patients dying at higher rates than whites.

Can Plexiglass Stop COVID?

WebMD - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 15:07

Despite the recommendations for plexiglass barriers and their widespread use, research on how well they work to slow the spread of COVID-19 is lacking, experts say.

Kids Can Have COVID And Antibodies at Same Time

WebMD - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 12:06

The new coronavirus and antibodies that fight it can be in children's bodies at the same time, surprised researchers have found.

Permanent Nerve Damage for Some COVID-19 Survivors

WebMD - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 10:57

Placing a hospitalized COVID-19 patient in a face down position to ease breathing -- or "proning" -- has steadily gained traction as a pandemic lifesaver. But a small new study warns that it may lead to permanent nerve damage.

Trial Tests MMR Vaccine to Help Prevent COVID-19

WebMD - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:50

A new clinical trial will try to determine whether the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can protect health care workers from being infected with COVID-19.

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