Universal COVID-19 testing in nursing homes may limit transmission, study finds
Universal testing of residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities is " critical " to identifying asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 and curbing virus transmission, according to an analysis published by JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV might cause 1 in 5 cases of prostate cancer, analysis says
Just over 20 percent of men with prostate cancer tested positive for the human papilloma viruses, or HPV. The researchers suggest the virus might cause the cancer in some men. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beta blockers may increase heart failure risk in women, study finds
Women who take beta blockers for high blood pressure are at nearly 5 percent higher risk for heart failure than men, even if they have no history of heart disease, according to a study published Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diet heavy on plant-based protein reduces heart disease death risk, study says
A high-protein diet that relies heavily on plant-based sources can reduce a person's risk for death from heart disease by 10 percent, a study published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC data highlight racial disparities in spread, scope of COVID-19 pandemic
More than 34 percent of all Hispanic and Latin Americans who died from COVID-19 across the United States were younger than 65, an analysis released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: Michigan Medicaid expansion reduced number of residents in 'poor' health
Medicaid expansion under the Healthy Michigan Plan has improved overall health among residents of poorer communities and people of color, according to the findings of a survey published by JAMA Network Open (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protein in 'good cholesterol' might reduce dementia risk, study finds
Older adults with higher levels of a specific protein in their blood have better cognitive function and might be at lower risk for dementia than those with lower levels, according to a study published on Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Remdesivir cuts COVID-19 death risk by 62%, drugmaker says
The antiviral drug remdesivir has demonstrated that it can lower the risk of death in COVID-19 patients, U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences reported in new data Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO chief pleads for solidarity after Trump pulls U.S. from health body
The U.N. body's chief pleaded through tears for international unity in the face of the coronavirus, stating the WHO will launch an independent panel to investigate its response to the pandemic. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Serious COVID-19 might cause brain damage, study finds
Up to one in four people infected with the new coronavirus experience brain damage, including inflammation and stroke, according to the findings of a small study published Wednesday by the journal Brain. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New flu tracking system limited by lack of data from poorer communities, study finds
A new system intended to monitor flu outbreaks performs well, but lacks data about communities that are most vulnerable should winter also bring a second wave of COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sugary drinks increase metabolic syndrome risk, study says
Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages increases a person's risk for metabolic syndrome by up to 20 percent, according to an analysis published by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many COVID-19 hot spots affect areas around state borders, experts say
Many COVID-19 hotspots across the country are in areas along state borders because different governments have taken different approaches to contain spread of the new coronavirus, according to the U.S. COVID Atlas. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: News media, influencers can double efficacy of COVID-19 prevention messages
People who saw educational messages on social media about the importance of hand-washing and social distancing in preventing the spread of COVID-19 were up to twice as likely to engage in these practices, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older people with COVID-19 who call 911 don't have 'classic' symptoms, study finds
Many COVID-19 patients who call for emergency care don't experience the classic symptoms associated with the disease, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia risk 90% higher in older adults with dual sensory impairment, study finds
Older adults with both hearing and visual impairment have a nearly 90 percent higher risk for developing dementia, according to a study in the journal Alzheimer's& Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment& Disease Monitoring. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

25% of racial minorities report COVID-19 discrimination, survey finds
One in four minority Americans in the United States face discrimination over fears they have been infected with the new coronavirus, according to the findings of a survey released Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins cut heart attack, stroke risk even in older adults, study says
Older adults can reduce their risk for a fatal heart attack or stroke by 20 percent by taking a statin. Those over age 75 who were newly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs were 25 percent less likely to die. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Memory immune' responses as child could help fight flu later, researchers say
The first case of flu a person experiences as a child might impact the ability to fight off other strains of the virus later in life, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regeneron to launch Phase 3 trials of antibody 'cocktail' for COVID-19
Drugmaker Regeneron announced plans Monday to begin Phase 3 clinical trials of a " double antibody cocktail " for use as a possible treatment for COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prescriptions for two malaria drugs more than doubled early in COVID-19 outbreak, CDC says
Prescriptions for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine rose 159 percent and 86 percent, respectively, across the United States in February and March -- the early days on the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a CDC analysis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicaid expansion increases earlier cancer detection by 15%, study finds
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act increased the likelihood of earlier cancer detection among low-income Americans by 15 percent, a study published Monday by the journal Cancer has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fathers 15% more likely to get diet, exercise counseling than childless men, study finds
Fathers are more likely to be referred for diet or exercise counseling because they are overweight than childless men, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

20% of smoking-related cancer survivors continue to smoke, study finds
Nearly 20 percent of survivors of smoking-related cancers continue the habit even after recovery. Among survivors of all types of cancer, more than half -- 56 percent -- remained active smokers. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

90% of COVID-19 patients recover sense of smell, taste within 4 weeks, study finds
Nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 patients who lose their sense of smell or taste or both after becoming infected will see these symptoms begin to resolve within a few weeks. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

63% of Americans locked down early in COVID-19 outbreak, reducing disease spread
Americans opting to stay at home even before their local officials imposed social distancing restrictions likely stemmed the spread of COVID-19 in many parts of the country, according to an analysis in the Lancet. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quest for COVID-19 vaccines: Where they stand
As the worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus continues to rise, scientists across the globe are racing to find a vaccine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Official COVID-19 count may underestimate deaths by 28 percent
Official counts of COVID-19 cases in the United States may underestimate deaths by as much as 28 percent, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Discrimination increases hypertension risk by 49 percent in black Americans, study finds
Facing racial discrimination increases risk for high blood pressure among black Americans, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal Hypertension. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study finds differences in heart failure trends between former East, West Germany
Germany, divided in the aftermath of World War II, became a unified country again in 1990, but differences in heart health among those in the eastern and western parts of the country remain 30 years later. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 outbreak will 'get worse before it gets better,' experts say
The COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. will continue to " get worse before it gets better, " but the situation might improve as clinicians gain better understanding of how to treat the virus until there's a vaccine or cure. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk for depression doubled in kids born to mothers with the condition
Children born to mothers who suffered from depression during or after pregnancy are nearly twice as likely as others to develop the mental health disorder later in life. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quest for COVID-19 vaccines: Where they stand
As the worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus continues to rise, scientists across the globe are racing to find a vaccine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low, moderate alcohol consumption may improve cognitive function, study finds
Low to moderate alcohol consumption may actually improve memory and cognitive function, according to a study published Monday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China approves COVID-19 vaccine for military use as it enters clinical trials
Chinese officials announced Monday that they have approved a new COVID-19 vaccine for immediate use by military personnel. The vaccine, called Ad5-nCoV, is currently being evaluated in clinical trials. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Penicillin allergy increases risk for use of less-effective antibiotics, study finds
People allergic to penicillin are nearly twice as likely to receive a less-effective antibiotic with more side effects when hospitalized than those who are not allergic to the drug. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Repeated head impacts, brain injury increase risk for depression, study finds
Head injuries experienced while young may increase a person's risk for depression and dementia decades later, according to a study published Friday by the journal Neurology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Incidence of thyroid cancer has doubled globally, analysis finds
The number of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer has more than doubled worldwide since 1990, fueled by a rise in cases in Asia. The United States accounts for 10 percent of cases worldwide. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'COVID toes' might be from lack of physical activity, not coronavirus symptom
" COVID toes " might not be a symptom of coronavirus infection, but instead the result of lifestyle changes during lockdown, two small studies published Thursday by JAMA Dermatology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant women might be at higher risk for severe COVID-19, CDC says
Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 are more likely to require hospitalization and require ventilator support than other women, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 outbreaks in South 'significant,' may be less deadly, CDC says
Ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas are " significant, " but the younger average age of patients with confirmed cases in these states might mean the " consequences " will be less severe. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Accuracy of COVID-19 antibody tests depends on timing, analysis finds
Antibody testing might help determine whether people have had COVID-19, but its effectiveness depends on when the test happens, according to an analysis published Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Complications following colonoscopy more likely in older adults
Just under 4 percent of adults who undergo their first colonoscopy experience complications after the procedure, according to a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Summer might kill coronavirus, but only if people stay outside, researchers say
A gradual reopening that gets people outdoors where the new coronavirus is less likely to survive is key to successful containing the COVID-19 outbreak, experts said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2.3M Americans purchase prescription drugs from foreign sources, study finds
Fewer than 2 percent of Americans purchase prescription medications from sources outside of the United States, despite recent reports of rising drug prices, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia risk doubled in adults with inflammatory bowel disease, study finds
Adults with inflammatory bowel disease are more than twice as likely to develop dementia than those without IBD, a study published Tuesday in the journal Gut found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Less than half a population needs COVID-19 infection for herd immunity, study says
Less than half of the population would need to immune to COVID-19 to develop " herd immunity " to the virus, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the journal Science. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

37% of U.S. adults have dangerous metabolic syndrome, analysis finds
As many as 37 percent of all American adults have metabolic syndrome, placing them at increased risk for heart disease and other health problems, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorado traffic deaths up 75 per year since pot legalization, study says
Traffic fatalities have increased in Colorado since the state legalized the use of recreational marijuana, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gilead Sciences to start clinical trials of inhaled remdesivir for COVID-19
Gilead Sciences plans to start clinical trials for an inhaled version of the antiviral remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19, company officials said Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news