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)
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COVID-19 may spread through feces of those infected, analysis finds
More than one of every 10 people with COVID-19 develop diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and these symptoms may be a key driver of disease spread, an analysis published Thursday by JAMA Network Open says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Climate might help predict COVID-19 spread, study says
SARS-CoV-2 behaves like a " seasonal " virus that spreads more rapidly in cooler temperatures and drier, less humid climates, according to an analysis published Thursday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Muscular disorder treatment might provide basis for COVID-19 vaccine, researchers say
University of Florida researchers on Wednesday announced plans to repurpose a gene therapy approach used to treat rare neuromuscular diseases for a potential vaccine against COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Racial disparities in deaths among premature babies narrowing, study finds
Racial disparities in the care received by babies born prematurely and their mothers might be narrowing and generating improvements in overall survival, a study published by JAMA Network Open says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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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)
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Elevated systolic blood pressure increases heart disease risk, study finds
Slight increases in systolic blood pressure, even in the normal range, increase a person's risk for heart attack or stroke, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA Cardiology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Migraine with aura tied to increased risk for heart disease in women
Women 45 years old and older who suffer migraines with aura might be at increased risk for heart disease, an analysis published Tuesday by JAMA says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Analysis: COVID-19 might have started in Wuhan in August, not November
The COVID-19 outbreak might have started in Wuhan, China, in August 2019 -- at least three months earlier than previously thought -- according to an analysis conducted by researchers at Harvard University. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Steroid-sparing therapies reduce fistula risk by 60% in young people with Crohn's, study finds
Steroid-sparing treatments can prevent young people with Crohn's disease from developing perianal fistulas, a serious complication associated with the condition, according to a study published by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Household cats can catch COVID-19 from humans, CDC reports
Cats can catch the new coronavirus from humans, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whether or not pets can pass the virus on to humans remains unknown. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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At least 7 coronavirus strains circulating in Northern California, study finds
At least seven strains of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, have been circulating in California since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, an analysis published by the journal Science says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Blood pressure drugs extend life in elderly, even the most frail, study shows
Adults 65 and older can extend their lives by taking blood pressure medications as prescribed, according to a study published Monday in the journal Hypertension. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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New Combo therapy, nanoparticle delivery system show promise for pancreatic cancer
A new multi-drug combination therapy for pancreatic cancer is inching toward clinical trials in humans. The drug compound, called SapC-DOPS, combines chemotherapy with targeted therapy and can kill cancer cells. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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British researchers find no benefit for hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19
Hydroxychloroquine offers " no beneficial effect " in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, researchers at the University of Oxford In England announced Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Physical activity can predict heart disease risk in elderly, study shows
Assessing how much elderly people exercise may help determine their risk for heart disease, a study published Friday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality and Outcomes has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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E-cigs may help adults quit smoking, but boost teen risk for starting
Flavored e-cigarettes may help adults quit smoking, but they may make teenagers more inclined to start, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Poor sleep may increase risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis, study finds
Regularly sleeping poorly may increase a person's risk for heart disease, a study has found. The connection may be that fragmented sleep increases inflammation in the body, which in turn raises risk for atherosclerosis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Authors retract journal studies on hydroxychloroquine use for COVID-19
The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine announced Thursday that the authors of published studies on use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 have retracted their findings. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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20% of hospital ER visits are for people older than 60, CDC analysis finds
One in five visits to hospital emergency rooms in the United States involve seniors 60 years and older -- and 7 percent of patients in hospital ERs come from nursing homes -- according to new CDC data. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Long-term birth control use nearly 3 times higher in states that expanded Medicaid
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act increased access to more effective birth control methods for women beneficiaries, according to a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Depression, anxiety up 3-fold since start of COVID-19 pandemic, surveys find
The number of Americans suffering from mental health disorders like anxiety and depression have more than tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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COVID-19 pandemic causes 42% drop in ER visits nationwide, CDC reports
Visits to hospital emergency rooms across the country have dropped by more than 40 percent so far in 2020, compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Wednesday by the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Cancer risk for non-daily smokers 4 times higher than non-smokers, study finds
Occasional smokers are nearly four times as likely to die from smoking-related cancers as non-smokers, a study published Wednesday has found. Daily smokers are nearly five times as likely to die, researchers said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Obese children 3 times more likely to need a ventilator with COVID-19, study finds
Children age 2 or older who met the criteria for obesity were three times more likely to require a ventilator to treat their COVID-19 than those who had a healthy weight. Severe illness remains rare in kids. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Aggressive testing, social distancing limits COVID-19 at U.S. military base, CDC reports
Limited spread of COVID-19 at a U.S. military base shows public health measures -- screening, testing, quarantining, social distancing and contact tracing -- offer some protection, the CDC said Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Education tool fails to influence expecting mothers' delivery decisions, study finds
Efforts to encourage women with a history of cesarean section, or C-section, to opt for vaginal birth at the time of delivery are going high-tech, but based on the findings of a new study improvements are needed. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Risk for drug abuse higher in older lesbian, gay, bisexual adults, study finds
Middle-aged and older adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are more than twice as likely to abuse prescription tranquilizers and opioid pain medications compared to their heterosexual peers, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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At least 3 feet of social distancing likely reduces COVID-19 spread, study confirms
Staying at least 1 meter -- just over 3 feet -- from other people, as well as wearing face coverings and eye protection, is the best way to prevent spread of COVID-19, according to a Lancet analysis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Gaming leads to less exercise, poor eating among college men, study finds
Playing video games may lead college-aged men to exercise less and have poorer eating habits, a study presented Monday during the American Society of Nutrition's virtual conference has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Insulin co-pays nearly flat as prices rise over last decade, analysis finds
Insulin prices nearly tripled between 2006 and 2017, an analysis published by JAMA Internal Medicine has found. Even with these increases, out-of-pocket costs for those with health insurance coverage remained flat. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Pod-based vaping products more addictive than other e-cigarettes, study finds
Pod-based e-cigarettes may be more addictive than other tobacco products, according to an analysis published Monday showing that JUUL and other pods deliver nearly 60 percent more nicotine than regular cigarettes. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Undergoing surgery with COVID-19 can lead to serious lung complications, study says
More than half of those who undergo surgery with COVID-19 develop lung complications like pneumonia and serious breathing problems, according to a study published Friday by the journal The Lancet. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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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)
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High number of patients with severe COVID-19 develop deep vein thrombosis
A high number of patients with severe COVID-19 develop deep vein thrombosis, or dangerous blood clots that can migrate to the lungs, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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33% of medication errors missed by electronic health records systems, study finds
Hospital electronic health records systems miss up to one-third of dangerous drug interactions and other errors in medication administration, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Leukemia drug nilotinib safe, shows promise against Alzheimer's disease
The leukemia drug nilotinib, which shows promise in reducing the effects of Alzheimer's disease, is safe and has minimal side effects when used at low doses, according to a small clinical trial published Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Leukemia drug nilotinib safe, shows promise against Alzheimer's disease in trial
The leukemia drug nilotinib, which shows promise in reducing the effects of Alzheimer's disease, is safe and has minimal side effects when used at low doses, according to a small clinical trial published Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Great Plains Indian reservations report 17% spike in COVID-19 cases
American Indian tribal reservations in the Great Plains region of the United States have seen a 17 percent uptick in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past week, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ring might help detect COVID-19 outbreaks in healthcare workers, public
Researchers at Florida Atlantic University this week announced plans to begin studying a new device that might help spot future outbreaks of COVID-19 and other infections among healthcare workers and the public. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Half of Italian healthcare workers experienced PTSD during COVID-19 outbreak
Nearly half of all front-line healthcare workers treating patients with COVID-19 in Italy have experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder during the outbreak there. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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High diabetes rates put Native Americans at greater risk for heart disease, AHA says
Native Americans and Alaska Natives are up to three times more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to a statement from the American Heart Association published Thursday by the journal Circulation. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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40% of COVID-19 patients may be asymptomatic as disease progresses
Up to 40 percent of patients with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic, according to a small analysis published Wednesday, but they may still be contagious -- albeit, for less time than those with more serious disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Poverty, lower education levels may double heart attack risk, study shows
Lower socioeconomic status doubles a person's risk for a heart attack and the likelihood of dying from heart disease earlier in life, according to analysis published Wednesday in JAMA Cardiology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Few in U.S. with private insurance receive opioid overdose follow-up treatment
Fewer than 20 percent of people with private healthcare insurance who suffered a non-fatal opioid overdose ultimately receive abuse or addiction treatment, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Use of high-THC cannabis doubles risk for anxiety disorders, study finds
Users of marijuana and other cannabis products with high levels of THC are four times more likely to abuse the drug and nearly twice as likely to develop anxiety disorders, according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Workplace wellness programs don't improve overall staff health, study finds
Workplace wellness programs designed to encourage employees to engage in activities and monitor their health might have negligible benefits, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia gene might increase risk for serious COVID-19, study says
A genetic mutation linked to dementia might increase a person's risk for serious illness from COVID-19, a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Gerontology said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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LGBTQ teens 5 times more likely to be bullied before suicide, study finds
More than one in five LGBTQ teens who die by suicide suffered bullying because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA Pediatrics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
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Risk for MS 30% higher for those living in cities, study finds
City-dwellers are nearly 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, than those living in more rural areas, a study presented at the European Academy of Neurology Virtual Congress has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news