COVID-19 deaths in NYC 'comparable' to 1918-1919 flu pandemic, study shows
Deaths from COVID-19 in New York City during the first two months of the outbreak were " remarkably comparable " to those seen in the city at the height of the 1918-1919 flu pandemic, a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lung cancer deaths in U.S. fall by up to 6% annually, analysis finds
Deaths from non-small cell lung cancer in the United States declined by at least 3% a year on average between 2006 and 2016, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two-thirds of people on heart transplant lists survive at least a year, study finds
More than two-thirds of people on waiting lists for heart transplants survive for at least one year until a donor organ becomes available, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Cardiology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Yoga helps half of adults with anxiety, but therapy is more effective
Yoga is an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Psychiatry said, though researchers say therapy proved to be effective for more people. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: Obesity increases risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 patients
Adults with severe obesity are more than three times as likely to be hospitalized with severe COVID-19 than those who maintain a healthy weight, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal PNAS. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. nursing homes saw 15% spike in COVID-19 cases in July, report finds
The U.S. saw a spike in COVID-19 infections in nursing homes during a one-week period in July, with more than 8,600 new cases, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Health Care Association. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Vaping increases COVID-19 risk among teens, young adults, study finds
Teens and young adults who vape are up to seven times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than peers who don't use e-cigarettes, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of Adolescent Health. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: Rumors, conspiracy theories made up 82% of early online COVID-19 posts
Nearly 82% of online reports on COVID-19 posted by news sites and global health organizations, as well as on social media platforms, between late December and early April were described as rumors or conspiracy theories. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Nearly half of consumers don't understand whole grain labels on foods, study finds
Up to half of U.S. consumers are confused by the labeling on food products such as cereal, bread and crackers, causing them to make fewer healthy choices, a study published by Public Health Nutrition found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thunderstorms linked to more than 3,000 ER visits a year in seniors with asthma, COPD
Thunderstorms were associated with an additional 50,000 emergency room visits for older adults with asthma and COPD in the United States between 1999 and 2012, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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New Mexico man in his 20s dies of septicemic plague
A New Mexico man in his 20s has died from septicemic plague, health authorities say. It is the first human plague death in New Mexico this year and the second case this year in the state. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One-third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 require ICU care, CDC says
Roughly one in three children hospitalized with COVID-19 across the country have required treatment in the intensive care unit, according to figures released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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18% of Americans lack access to high-quality, healthy food, study finds
The percentage of adults who lacking access to healthy food has more than doubled in the United States over the past 20 years -- to 18% from 9% -- an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open revealed. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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New gonorrhea test identifies patients who will respond to oral antibiotic
A new test for gonorrhea can determine whether those infected will respond successfully to the inexpensive oral antibiotic ciprofloxacin, according to a study published Friday by Clinical Infectious Diseases. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Heart attack death rate doubled during COVID-19 pandemic, study says
People who have a severe heart attack are more than twice as likely to die during the COVID-19 pandemic than they would have been in 2018-19, before the disease impacted the United States, a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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20% of U.S. women drink early in pregnancy, CDC analysis says
Up to 20% of pregnant women in the United States drink during their first trimester and more than 10% admit to binge drinking during that time, according to data released Thursday by the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients as contagious as those with symptoms, study finds
People with confirmed COVID-19 who don't have symptoms of the disease are as contagious as those with symptoms and may need to be isolated to prevent spread of the virus, a JAMA Internal Medicine study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: U.S. healthcare costs nearly double of other wealthy countries
Americans spend roughly twice as much annually on healthcare as those living in seven other high-income countries, according to an analysis published Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Topical minoxidil reverses hair loss caused by radiation for brain, head, neck cancers
Treatment with topical minoxidil helps restore hair loss caused by radiation treatment for brain tumors and other head and neck cancers, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Dermatology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Cheap, fast breast cancer test 100% accurate, study finds
Researchers have developed a rapid and affordable test for breast cancer designed for use in developing regions, where patients often face long wait times for a diagnosis, negatively impacting their prognosis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Depression, violence risk higher in men with 'harmful masculinities,' study finds
Men with more " harmful " attitudes about masculinity -- including views on violence and homophobia -- are more likely to engage in bullying and sexual harassment and have depression and suicidal thoughts, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Google promotes wearing a mask in new Doodle
Google is urging users to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic in a new Doodle. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common cold could boost COVID-19 immunity, study finds
The common cold might help produce immunity against COVID-19, even in people who have not been infected with the new coronavirus, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal Science. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rare nervous system condition outbreak expected in 2020, CDC warns
This is expected to be another " outbreak year " for the rare but serious neurologic condition acute flaccid myelitis, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PPE shortages, little guidance plague home health workers during pandemic
New York City home healthcare workers interviewed during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in March and April said they " felt invisible " and " were forced to make difficult trade-offs in their work and personal lives. " (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: Obesity puts older African-Americans at higher risk for severe COVID-19
Elevated body mass index, a measure that identifies people who are overweight or obese, raises the risk for severe COVID-19 and admission to intensive care units among African-Americans, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Australian study suggests children less likely to spread COVID-19 than adults
Children at schools and day-care centers with strong COVID-19 infection prevention controls in place have low levels of virus transmission, according to a study published Monday by The Lancet Child& Adolescent Health. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Testing, tracing needed to prevent COVID-19 spread at schools, study finds
Effective testing and contact tracing is essential for schools and day-care centers to safely reopen during COVID-19 pandemic, a study published Monday by The Lancet Child& Adolescent Health found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Racial disparities in death rates widen in U.S. rural areas, study says
Racial disparities in death rates are " widening " in rural areas of the United States, an indication of the growing burden of chronic disease among racial and ethnic minorities in these areas. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abused, neglected children show increased signs of biological aging, study shows
Children who have been abused or exposed to violence while young age faster than those who haven't experienced these traumas, according to a study published Monday by the journal Psychological Bulletin. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 risk 3 times higher for front-line health workers as than public, study finds
Front-line healthcare workers in the United States and Britain were more than three times as likely to report a positive COVID-19 test during the first few weeks of the pandemic, an analysis published by The Lancet said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: 44% of attendees at Georgia overnight camp test positive for COVID-19
Nearly half of the children and staff at an overnight camp held in Georgia in June tested positive for COVID-19, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Post-op delirium in seniors causes longer hospital stays, higher costs
Older adults who develop delirium or brain dysfunction after surgery spend more time in the hospital and are less likely to be discharged home, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Testing every two days, masks, distancing may limit COVID-19 spread at colleges
Colleges across the United States can safely reopen in the fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic if they test students every two days using a rapid, inexpensive kit that is at least 70% accurate, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: 93K Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year
More than 93,000 Americans die annually from alcohol-related causes -- 255 per day -- according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds
Ninety percent or more of people undergoing total knee or hip replacement in 2017 received a prescription for an opioid pain reliever within 60 days of their surgery, up from 82% three years earlier. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young kids, adults may have same amount of coronavirus in upper airways, study finds
Young children with mild or moderate COVID-19 might have the same or higher amounts of virus in their upper respiratory tracts as older children and adults, a study published Thursday by JAMA Pediatrics found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: 65% of early COVID-19 cases globally linked to Italy, China, Iran travel
Almost two-thirds of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside China during early stages of the pandemic occurr among people who had traveled to Italy, China or Iran or to their close contacts, an analysis in The Lancet found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

School closures reduced COVID-19 cases, deaths up to 60%, study finds
Closing schools across the United States in March reduced the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths by as much as 60% in some areas, a study published Wednesday by JAMA found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Study: Virus sparked worldwide mask-wearing, but not much in U.S.
The use of face-coverings increased as much as 100-fold worldwide in March in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic -- though far less in the United States -- a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 outbreaks worse at nursing homes with more complaints, study finds
Nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks had nearly 1.5 times as many substantiated complaints during the last three years as those without confirmed infections, an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: Many parents worry children will catch COVID-19 at school
More than 40% of parents worry their children will catch COVID-19 at school and pass the virus on to other family members if classes resume this fall, a survey released by Nationwide Children's Hospital found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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New blood test 96% accurate at spotting Alzheimer's disease, study finds
A blood test designed to measure levels of a specific protein in the human body is 96% accurate in identifying people with Alzheimer's disease instead of other forms of dementia, a study published by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CBD a safe treatment for cannabis use disorders, study finds
People with cannabis use disorders can safely use cannabidiol, or CBD, at daily doses of 400 or 800 milligrams to reduce their reliance on the drug, a study published Tuesday by The Lancet Psychiatry found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

School lunch program changes improved diets of participating children, study says
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has improved the " dietary quality " of schoolchildren participating in the National School Lunch Program, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Alcohol abuse increases death risk after hospitalization for arrhythmia, study says
Younger adults who abuse alcohol are nearly 75% more likely to die after being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat that those who consume healthy amounts or none at all, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 27, 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 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Post-menopausal women don't need 2nd test for osteoporosis, study finds
Multiple bone density tests don't improve physicians' ability to determine the risk for osteoporosis-related hip, spine, forearm and shoulder fractures in postmenopausal women, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Three-quarters of adults with COVID-19 have heart damage after recovery
Seventy-eight percent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 showed evidence of heart damage caused by the disease weeks after they have recovered, according to a study published Monday by JAMA Cardiology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mild COVID-19 symptoms can last up to 3 weeks, CDC says
More than one-third of people with mild COVID-19 continue to experience symptoms for up to three weeks after receiving a diagnosis, according to figures released Friday by the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news