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Frontline Champions: Essential Workers

WebMD - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 06:49

WebMD presents the CDC Foundation the Frontline Champions Health Heroes award on behalf of essential workers nationwide.

Trailblazer: Amy Denet Deal

WebMD - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 06:49

Amy Denet Deal receives WebMD's Health Heroes 2021 Trailblazer award.

Pot Use as a Teen, Less Success as an Adult?

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 17:47

A new study of twins looks at teenage pot use and a kid's future chances of landing a good job with a large salary.

Coronavirus Likely Originated in Animals: WHO Report

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 17:27

The draft study all but dismissed a speculative theory that the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, the AP reported.

CDC Director Warns of ‘Impending Doom’ as Cases Rise

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 17:20

The U.S. surpassed 30 million COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The 7-day average is hovering between 60,000 and 70,000 cases -- a 10% increase -- and deaths are up about 3%, to 1,000 per day.

Birx: Most COVID Deaths Could Have Been Avoided

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 17:11

Birx said that although many of the first 100,000 deaths in the initial COVID-19 wave were likely inevitable, the deaths from the later waves could have been reduced if the U.S. had implemented lockdown measures sooner and taken safety protocols more seriously throughout 2020.

How Posture Changes as You Get Older

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 17:07

Have you noticed that your spine isn’t as straight as it used to be? Our postures can start to change as we get older. Find out why and what you can do to prevent a hunched back as you age.

FAQ: What to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 16:55

As more adults across the country get vaccinated against COVID-19, researchers are turning their attention to studying the vaccine in children and teens. Trials are now underway in the U.S. in children as young as 6 months.

Gum Disease Linked to High Blood Pressure

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 12:46

A new study finds that severe gum disease may make an otherwise healthy person significantly more likely to develop high blood pressure.

Many Kids With Mental Health Issues Go Untreated

WebMD - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 11:41

New research warn over half of high-risk children in the U.S. don't get health services critical to their mental, emotional and physical well-being.

What to Know About Suicide Rates in Older Adults

WebMD - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 14:46

Older adults, especially men, have a much higher death rate than other groups. One in 4 seniors who attempt to kill themselves will die, compared to 1 in 200 youths.

Things People With AFib Wish You Knew

WebMD - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 13:23

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is when your heart beats too fast, too slow, or erratically. Here’s what some people with AFib want you to know.

Actor Rita Wilson Reflects on Surviving Cancer, COVID

WebMD - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 12:24

Actor Rita Wilson expresses gratitude and takes nothing for granted as she reflects on surviving breast cancer and COVID-19.

A Stressed Brain Linked to 'Broken Heart' Syndrome

WebMD - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 11:31

The brain may play a role in so-called broken heart syndrome, a new study suggests. Formally known as Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), it's a temporary -- but potentially deadly -- heart condition brought on by stressful situations and emotions.

Zombie Genes Spur Brain Cells to Grow After Death

WebMD - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 11:20

When people die some cells in their brains go on for hours, even getting more active and growing to gargantuan proportions, new research shows.

Your Mask Might Also Shield You From Allergies

WebMD - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 11:11

Here's a silver lining to having to strap a mask across your face when you go out in public: That mask may also help guard against severe spring allergies, an expert says.

Peloton Spurs High-Tech, High-Dollar Home Fitness Trend

WebMD - Thu, 03/25/2021 - 17:06

These expensive machines use high-tech home equipment, interactive video screens and trackers, trainers, and the enthusiasm found in group classes. They’re generally expensive and involve a subscription service. But lower-priced versions are sprouting up

Take 10 With Jeffrey Wright

WebMD - Thu, 03/25/2021 - 15:18

Actor and activist Jeffrey Wright talks about helping frontline workers when coronavirus hit, his art and activism, and more.

Even a Little Coffee in Pregnancy May Impact Newborn's Weight

WebMD - Thu, 03/25/2021 - 15:08

As little as half a cup of coffee each day might be enough to stunt the growth and birth weight of a baby in the womb, a new study claims.

Senate Confirms First Openly Transgender U.S. Official

WebMD - Thu, 03/25/2021 - 14:48

The vote Wednesday was 52-48 and the result was mostly along party lines. Only two Republicans -- Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine -- voted with all Democrats in supporting Levine, the Associated Press reported.