LGBTQ Adults Often Miss Out on Cholesterol Meds
Of the 12% of respondents who identified as LGB, less than 21% were taking statins for primary prevention, compared with nearly 44% of non-LGB adults. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Panel Votes on Who Should Get COVID Vaccines First
An influential government committee has recommended that healthcare workers and people who reside in long-term care facilities get the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Training May Speed Smell's Return After COVID
Smell training involves sniffing at least four different odors twice a day every day for several months. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Almost Half in U.S. Fear Surprise Medical Bills
Those fears aren't unfounded. Among those with private health insurance, 68% have received unexpected medical bills and 33% couldn't pay them on time, while 23% said they haven't paid them yet. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Controversial Trump COVID Adviser Scott Atlas Resigns
Atlas had challenged the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community and criticized stronger efforts. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Domestic Violence: Technology Abuse
Abusers can turn technology against victims to monitor, threaten, harass and hurt them, but there are resources and laws designed to help. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID in Kids: The Most Telling Symptoms
Among thousands of kids tested for COVID-19, an upset stomach, loss of taste/smell, fever and headache were symptoms most predictive of positive test results, a Canadian study found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Injury a Possible Sign of Domestic Violence
The findings underscore the need to screen women who receive fractures to their ulna for possible intimate partner violence, researchers said. That includes those who say they were injured in a fall. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Casts Doubt on Plasma as COVID Treatment
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of people who'd survived the disease might help boost outcomes. But new study findings, along with disappointing results from prior trials, suggest that those initial hopes may have been unfounded. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leaders Urge Caution as COVID Surges in Nursing Homes
Coronavirus cases in the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes have reached a record high, leaving operators struggling to protect staff and residents. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: COVID Vaccine May Cause Side Effects
Americans who get a shot shouldn't be surprised if they feel under the weather for a few days afterwards, expert say. Vaccines work to fight disease by producing an immune response within the body. And sometimes that means flu-like symptoms, such as aches, headache and fever. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tips on Living With Migraine
Three people share their experiences with the chronic condition and what they've learned about finding treatments that really help. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer's: Study
Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer's more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety symptoms, a preliminary study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?
Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pills, a large new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds for Diabetes
Overweight women who eat a Mediterranean-like diet may reduce their odds of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%, compared with women who don't, a new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Junk Food, Alcohol Often Star in Hit Movies
If there was an Oscar for "most unhealthy food in a leading role," many of America's most popular movies would be serious contenders. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vegan Diets Tied to Higher Bone Fracture Risk
Vegans face a 43% higher risk for bone fractures than meat eaters, a large British study warns. The researchers also identified a notably higher risk for hip fractures among those who eat fish but no meat (pescatarians), and among vegetarians who swear off both meat and fish, but do consume dairy and/or eggs. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 in 3 Parents Say Holiday Gathering Worth COVID Risk
In a new nationwide poll of 1,443 parents, about one in three said the benefits of gathering with families for the holidays outweighed the risk of spreading the virus. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young Americans Lonely, Depressed During Pandemic
Loneliness, anxiety, depression and substance use have increased sharply among young American adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey shows. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Hidden' Prostate Cancer Usually Means Good Outcome
Negative biopsies among early-stage prostate cancer patients who've chosen active surveillance are associated with a low risk of disease progression, but they aren't a sign that their cancer has completely vanished, a new study indicates. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Authorizes Arthritis Drug Combo for COVID-19
The combination is meant for patients who need supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO Says No to Remdesivir as COVID-19 Treatment
In the new assessment, the WHO panel of experts analyzed data from four international randomized trials that assessed several treatments for COVID-19 and included more than 7,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Losing Your Hair Because of Pandemic Stress?
If you do have hair loss, it's a good idea to have a doctor check for a thyroid issue or anemia. If stress is the cause, hair loss supplements and time can help. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer Seeks COVID Vaccine OK As Roll Out Planned
If the committee approves Pfizer’s vaccine, distribution could begin within 24 hours. The Pfizer vaccine has already been manufactured under a $1.95 billion contract with the government. And some states have already made plans for how to distribute the vaccine. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thanksgiving Guide: Finding Antibiotic-Free Turkeys
Of the 15 brands evaluated, eight got the green light, four a caution light, and three brands a red light, based on information about antibiotic use in the turkeys found on the companies' websites. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Are COVID Cases Increasing So Fast Right Now?
If it seems to you like the number of new cases of COVID-19 is speeding up, you’re right. In only 6 days last week, we leapt from 10 million to 11 million cases, and the daily count of new cases has increased 77% from the average 2 weeks ago. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Restaurants Scramble Amid Cold, COVID Surge
But infectious disease experts are skeptical that dining out can be made safe during a winter COVID-19 surge without either ruining the experience for patrons or undermining the economics for the business owner. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IVF Won't Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study
Previous studies suggested that women who used this assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF to get pregnant may be at risk for ovarian cancer and non-malignant borderline tumors (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data Shows Oxford COVID Vaccine Safe, Effective
A COVID-19 vaccine under development at Oxford University in England appears safe and triggers an immune response in older adults, researchers report. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID in Pregnancy Won't Affect Outcomes: Study
In fact, 95% of these women have good outcomes, and just 3% of their babies test positive for COVID-19, researchers say. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Much Does Wearing a Mask Protect You?
Yes, you should still wear a mask, despite the findings of a new study out of Denmark that tested whether paper surgical face masks protect the people who wear them. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Urges Americans to Forgo Thanksgiving Travel
With cases already climbing at alarming rates, CDC officials said they were concerned that the holidays may further drive up cases and deaths, particularly for older family members. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Unrelenting' COVID Pushes U.S. Deaths Past 250,000
During the last 4 weeks, the number of deaths has jumped by 42%, according to an NBC News analysis. In early October, the weekly average was about 821 deaths per day, which increased to 1,167 deaths per day last week. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Leads Wealthy Nations in Pregnancy-Related Deaths
In 2018, the U.S. maternal mortality rate stood at 17 for every 100,000 births -- more than double the rate of most other countries. Those figures capture deaths during pregnancy and within 42 days of the end of pregnancy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What the Pandemic Did to Workouts
By June, just over 60% of those surveyed said they were meeting World Health Organization's guidelines for weekly exercise, representing a nearly 8% jump from pre-pandemic routines. Investigators also found a more than 11% jump in the number of people who were actually exceeding that threshold. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Ablation Rx the Best First Choice for A-Fib?
A-fib patients who underwent ablation were half as likely to have an arrhythmia episode in the following year compared to patients on medication. And they were 61% less likely to have an episode that caused symptoms. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Supplements Boost Your Immunity This Winter?
With COVID-19 cases on the rise and cold and flu season well underway, people are seeking ways to boost their disease defenses. Can a supplement give you an extra edge against illness? (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poll: Many Will Attend Large Indoor Holiday Events
And while many plan to take precautions -- such as social distancing and asking those with COVID-19 symptoms not to attend holiday gatherings -- one-third of respondents said they won't ask guests to wear masks. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Restful Sleep Could Help Ward Off Heart Failure
Researchers found that of over 400,000 adults, those with the healthiest sleep patterns were 42% less likely to develop heart failure over 10 years, versus people with the least healthy habits. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Confidence Drops in Prescription-Strength Fish Oil
"Given the current uncertain state of knowledge, neither patients nor physicians can be confident that omega-3 fatty acids have any health benefits ," (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Polypill' May Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Risk By 40%
The "polypill" containing three generic blood pressure medications and a statin dramatically reduced the risk of heart-related illness in people with no prior history of heart problems, according to clinical trial results. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Warming Planet Ups Risk of Deadly Tick-Borne Fever
When temperatures rise, the brown dog tick, which carries the bacteria causing the disease, is more than twice as likely to shift its feeding preference from dogs to humans, say researchers from the University of California, Davis (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Homeless Shelters Grapple With COVID Safety as Cold Creeps In
During the pandemic, shelters are having to change the way they do things to prevent the virus from spreading among the vulnerable homeless population. Now, as winter weather moves in, there’s less room at the shelters for those in need — threatening to leave many, literally, out in the cold. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Annual Report Highlights Dangerous Toys
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has released its 35th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report that highlights hazardous children’s toys. Among this year’s most dangerous items are a toolset with small parts, a toy with high noise levels, and high-powered magnets. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is the Pandemic Harming Kids' Mental Health?
Since last April, hospital emergency rooms across the United States have seen a sustained surge in visits related to the mental health of school-aged kids, a new report reveals. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Finds Blacks, Asians More Vulnerable to COVID
Black and Asian people in the United States and the United Kingdom have significantly higher odds of COVID-19 infection compared to white people, a large research review finds. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fish Oil, Vitamin D Supplements Won't Prevent A-Fib
Millions of people take a fish oil or vitamin D supplement in hopes of warding off a host of ills. But a new study finds the nutrients won't shield against the common and potential heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shutdowns Back as States Face COVID 'Breaking Point'
With the coronavirus setting new records on a daily basis, more restrictions such as statewide face mask mandates are being imposed in states across the country. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID Restrictions Return to Michigan, Other States
With the coronavirus setting new records on a daily basis, more restrictions such as statewide face mask mandates are being imposed in states across the country. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Restrictions Return As COVID Surges Across the U.S.
With the coronavirus setting new records on a daily basis, more restrictions such as statewide face mask mandates are being imposed in states across the country. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news