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What to Know About the Genetic 'Junk' That Makes Us Human

WebMD - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 15:41

Although much of our DNA has no obvious function, scientists are discovering that some of these “junk” segments may be key to our humanity.

A New Era in Hope and Health Equity: Malaria Vaccinations

WebMD - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 15:33

The recent malaria vaccine approval is a major step forward in the global fight for health equity but also showcases that socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals are at higher risk for virtually all diseases due to lower access and prioritization.

How My Cleft Palate Prepared Me for Life on Wall Street

WebMD - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 15:29

Many would consider being born with a cleft lip and palate a setback that could have negative implications throughout one’s whole life, but Dave Liu disagrees.

Americans Move Less Than They Did 2 Centuries Ago

WebMD - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 14:54

U.S. adults have decreased daily physical activity by almost a half hour compared with activity levels in the early 1800s.

U.S. Adolescents' Daily Screen Time Doubled During Pandemic

WebMD - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:41

A new report reveals recreational screen time among U.S. teens doubled from before the pandemic to nearly eight hours per day during the pandemic.

Justices Seem Receptive to Bid to Stop Texas Abortion Law

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 19:08

During 3 hours of oral arguments on Monday, a seeming majority of Supreme Court justices appeared receptive to blocking a Texas law that essentially outlaws abortion after 6 weeks.

What It’s Like to Live with Lyme Disease

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 18:23

WebMD sat down with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to find out a little bit more about his journey and what he recommends to anyone with Lyme Disease.

How to Choose the Right Weight-Loss Surgery

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 16:36

In a situation where you may have tried all other alternatives to losing weight, surgery might be your best bet. But which is it going to be?

Moon Phases May Affect Sleep Differently in Men and Women

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 15:50

Nightly shifts in the moon’s brightness and placement in the sky may play a modest role in how well we sleep -- or not.

End-of-Life Care Specialists Get Creative During COVID-19

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 14:52

Experts report on the success of their program at UCLA to honor and remember people who died in the hospital from COVID-19.

Liar, Liar:  Chronic Fibbers Are Rare, Study Reveals

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 14:38

Amid the flurry of "fake news" and misinformation, it turns out there are very few chronic liars. See more from a new study.

A Faster, Cheaper Test to Gauge the Risk of Premature Delivery?

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 14:29

Researchers have developed a two-minute test to accurately detect vaginal bacteria associated with preterm birth.

COVID Death Toll Tops 5 Million Worldwide

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 14:08

Johns Hopkins University data shows the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 5 million, and 740,000 lives lost in the United States is the most of any nation.

FDA Delays Decision on Moderna COVID Vaccine for Younger Teens

WebMD - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 13:59

The FDA has delayed this decision for 12- to 17-year-olds until at least January.

FDA Authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids

WebMD - Fri, 10/29/2021 - 16:32

Friday’s FDA authorization of the shots triggers the shipment of millions of doses to pediatricians, family practice doctors, children’s hospitals, community health centers, and pharmacies.

Deadline Looms for Unvaccinated Air Force Personnel

WebMD - Fri, 10/29/2021 - 16:22

Air Force personnel face disciplinary action if they don't get vaccinated, while a judge in Washington, D.C., blocked the White House from enforcing some mandates and a judge in New York upheld the city's vaccine requirements.

Trick, Treat, and Travel Tips for Safe Holidays

WebMD - Fri, 10/29/2021 - 16:02

From trick-or-treating to holiday travel and gathering with friends and family, there are suggestions to make the holidays as safe as possible.

The Theranos Trial: What You Should Know

WebMD - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 15:38

Federal prosecutors have charged Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, Theranos’s president and chief operating officer, with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Moving Past Theranos: What Is Possible With Blood Analysis?

WebMD - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 15:29

While the company failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionize the industry, some testing has been slowly moving away from labs and into clinics.

The Little-Known Heart Attack Killing Young Women

WebMD - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 14:22

Some young women have experienced spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD, a potentially deadly tear that forms in a blood vessel in the heart.