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Fatal opioid overdoses were up in 2019, reaching a record high of 70,980 deaths. That’s worrisome because the pandemic threatens to make matters worse. But a new American Medical Association study reports that prescriptions of opioid drugs decreased 37% in 2019, the sixth year in a row. That…

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• We wear masks because we do not want to contribute to the spread of COVID 19. The purpose of a facemask is primarily to prevent transmission of virus to others.

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There are some interesting research developments in the field of diabetes, potentially leading to the development of treatment, future prevention and cure for the disease.

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You may have heard that there is a virus going around. There’s also been a lot of information, misinformation, disinformation and rumor surrounding it as well.

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Parents of kids under age 5 often schedule their child’s annual checkup for around their birthday. That practice may influence who gets the annual flu shot. Researchers found that kids whose birthdays fall between September and December — when flu shots first become available — had higher ra…

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Zinc isn’t just an ingredient in the lozenges you might take when you feel a cold coming on. It’s also crucial to communication among the neurons — or nerve cells — in your brain, whether those neurons are helping you remember what lozenges to buy or eavesdrop on a conversation in the next p…

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For more than a decade, tobacco companies have been compelled to sponsor antismoking advertising campaigns. New research suggests the effort hasn’t quite caught fire.

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Roughly 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. has a recent prescription for a pain medicine, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Six percent of those prescriptions are for opioids.

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In addition to the search for an effective treatment for acute COVID-19 infection, other avenues to combat the virus include monoclonal antibodies and challenge trials of candidate vaccines.

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Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States is an unpaid caregiver for an adult with health or other functional problems, up from 1 in 6 in 2015. Almost one-quarter of these caregivers are caring for more than one person.

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Women tend to live longer than men after a major illness, and the reason may be differences in how they seek treatment.

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Most people who should be getting annual lung cancer screenings, specifically current and former smokers, aren’t, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials recommend annual screenings for current smokers or those who quit in the past 15 years and who have a his…

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In the 1978 NBA championship finals between the Washington Bullets and the Seattle Supersonics, Bullets’ coach Dick Motta, having been asked about his team’s frame of mind when their prospects of winning the series seemed dim, replied, “The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

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Inside the human body, bacteria, viruses and other microbial pathogens can live for days, weeks, maybe months — or less. Their existence is usually measured by how quickly our immune system can get rid of them.

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Most family members and unpaid caregivers looking after older adults say they feel listened to when talking with the adults’ health care providers. But a new survey highlights two areas where they say they could use more help.

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New data culled from 677,000 temperatures taken and recorded from 1860 to the early 2000s suggests humans are getting colder. That is, our collective “healthy” temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit appears to be dropping.

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The World Health Organization has issued a list of urgent global health challenges that must be addressed in this decade. They are, in no particular order:

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According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Americans ages 65 to 69 take an average of 15 prescriptions per year; those ages 80 to 84 have 18 prescriptions. That’s in addition to the uncounted over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements and more that people may be t…

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The idea of living near a park is generally attractive. Who wouldn’t want close access to a bit of green, open space? But if you’re in the market for moving closer to a park, take a moment to consider this variable: shape.

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Among the most common ways of getting to work each morning, riding a motorcycle is the most likely to result in a traffic fatality. Motorcycles are 29 times more deadly per passenger-mile than cars, according to Ian Savage, who studies the economics and safety of transportation at Northweste…

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It’s long been known that sleep deprivation adversely affects cognitive function; we just don’t seem to think as well or as effectively when we don’t get enough rest. But new research out of Michigan State University suggests the ill effects of too little sleep impact mental functioning in o…

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When adult children begin taking care of aging parents, conflict is common and often inevitable as new relationships, dynamics and realities emerge. Autonomy is often a central tension in caregiving, especially at the end of life. A study out of the University of Missouri suggests having dif…

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Private insurance claims for mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, have increased 108% since 2007, according to a new report. Major depressive disorder was the most common reason for a filed claim. Much of the increase was due to more claims by those aged 22 and younger…

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Private insurance claims for mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, have increased 108% since 2007, according to a new report. Major depressive disorder was the most common reason for a filed claim. Much of the increase was due to more claims by those aged 22 and younger…

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Rural areas -- not cities, as in the past -- are the major contributor to the global rise in body mass index and the related obesity epidemic, reports STAT. A new study by the international NCD Risk Factor Collaboration looked at data from more than 112 million adults in 200 countries. They …

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A new study published in JAMA found that one-third of cancer patients have used alternative therapies. Most popular were herbal supplements, followed by visits to a chiropractor or osteopath.

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A new study published in JAMA found that one-third of cancer patients have used alternative therapies. Most popular were herbal supplements, followed by visits to a chiropractor or osteopath.

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Cancer deaths overall in the United States dropped more than 25% between 1991 and 2016, but the good news is not uniform and there is room for improvement. Nearly a third of all cancer deaths are due to cigarette smoking, but while tobacco use is in decline, some populations remain at a high…

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Electronic cigarettes contain a number of chemicals known to be harmful, most notably nicotine, heavy metals and compounds such as diacetyl, a flavorant linked to serious lung disease.

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Another major study, this one involving more than 650,000 Danish children, has found no link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Multiple past studies have also proven no association, and public health experts consider the matter settled science.

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