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What Changing Death Rates Tell Us About COVID-19

WebMD - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:37

The truth is that the bouncing ball of mortality projections has more to do with the inconsistent quality of the data from medical surveillance around the world.

Study: Face Shields Not a Good Mask Substitute

WebMD - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 15:14

The shields, which sit away from the face and have gaps at the bottom and sides, would allow many more droplets to escape if the wearer coughed or sneezed.

Dear Commissioner Hahn: Tell the Truth or Resign

WebMD - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:11

Eric Topol,  MD, editor-in-chief of Medscape, writes an open letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, expressing concerns about the FDA's leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.

Most Americans Wear Masks, But Myths Linger: Poll

WebMD - Mon, 08/31/2020 - 15:45

About nine in 10 Americans said they are knowledgeable about mask-wearing and that they sometimes, often or always wear a mask when they leave their home and are unable to social distance, the online poll shows.

New Quick COVID Test May Boost Screening Efforts

WebMD - Mon, 08/31/2020 - 14:52

Everyone who tests positive should then receive a confirmatory PCR test -- a slower, more complex and more accurate type of molecular scan that looks for the genetic material of the new coronavirus.

Remote Monitoring May Help Control High Blood Pressure

WebMD - Mon, 08/31/2020 - 14:48

Doctors already recommend that people with high blood pressure use a home monitor to track their numbers. But research suggests that home readings, alone, only make a small difference in getting the condition under control.

FDA: COVID Vaccine Could Be Given Before Tests End

WebMD - Mon, 08/31/2020 - 14:37

Emergency use authorization or approval for a COVID-19 vaccine before Phase 3 clinical trials are complete could be considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administratio

FDA Expands Use of Remdesivir for COVID-19 Treatment

WebMD - Mon, 08/31/2020 - 13:32

The Federal Drug Administration has broadened its emergency use authorization for the anti-viral drug remdesivir to include all hospitalized coronavirus patients, not just those who are so ill they require ventilators or oxygen therapy.

'Black Panther' Star Boseman Dies of Cancer at 43

WebMD - Sat, 08/29/2020 - 10:54

Boseman, who also starred as Jackie Robinson in '42,' died of colon cancer.

With COVID Vax in Works, 20% Don't Believe in Shots

WebMD - Fri, 08/28/2020 - 16:21

Misinformed vaccine beliefs drive opposition to public vaccine policies even more than politics, education, religion or other factors, researchers say.

COVID Unlikely to Be Transmitted by Breast Milk

WebMD - Fri, 08/28/2020 - 13:53

No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential risk remain.

Feds: Nursing Home Staff Must Get COVID Tests

WebMD - Fri, 08/28/2020 - 13:49

There have been more than 70,000 deaths in U.S. nursing homes, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

FDA Warning Issued About Hand Sanitizer Packaging

WebMD - Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:48

The FDA says many alcohol-based hand sanitizers are packaged in containers that look like food items or drinks and could cause injury or death if ingested.

Will Telehealth Remain After COVID? Should It?

WebMD - Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:44

The global market for telehealth is projected to grow from $25.4 billion this year to $55.6 billion by 2025.

Salmonella in Peaches Has Sickened 78 in 12 States

WebMD - Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:02

Several companies have recalled Prima Wawona peaches or food made with them, including Aldi, Food Lion, Hannaford, Kroger, and affiliated retailers Target, Walmart and Wegmans.

Some Vegetarian Diets Are Much Healthier Than Others

WebMD - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 17:55

Diets focused on healthier plant-based foods were associated with normal blood pressure, blood lipids and blood sugar.

FDA Approves New Rapid Coronavirus Test

WebMD - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 17:51

Made by Abbott Laboratories, the 15-minute test will sell for $5, giving it an edge over similar tests that need to be popped into a small machine, the Associated Press reported.

What Is More Deadly in the U.S.: Hot Weather or Cold?

WebMD - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 17:48

A new U.S. study finds that cold weather is responsible for most temperature-related deaths in Illinois.

Fewer Severe Asthma Attacks In Kids During COVID

WebMD - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 17:42

In a new study, doctors there noted the drops were significant: the hospital and its care network witnessed a 60% decrease in daily asthma health care visits and an 83% decrease in steroid prescriptions.

Maine Summer Camps Found, Isolated COVID Cases

WebMD - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 17:37

The actions prevented COVID transmission to more than 1,000 other campers and staff who attended the four camps for well over a month between June and August, CNN reported.

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