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In COVID Battle, Omicron May Outrun Delta, Experts Say
12/3/2021
The genetic changes found in the new Omicron variant show that it could be passed more easily from person to person than Delta, according to the latest threat assessment from the United Kingdom’s Health Security Agency
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Gene Found in Amish Helps Protect Their Hearts
12/3/2021
A new study suggests Amish have a rare gene variant that may help lower "bad" cholesterol and protect against heart disease.
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Costs Block Prescription Access for Millions: Study
12/3/2021
More adults with private insurance than those on Medicare couldn’t afford their drugs pre-pandemic; the poor and patients with multiple chronic conditions also went without.
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Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age
12/3/2021
Researchers hope this new information could help improve efforts to prevent hearing loss.
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Breast Cancer: Test Reveals Who Can Skip Chemo After Surgery
12/3/2021
For decades, chemotherapy has been used after breast cancer surgery when the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
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First Malaria Vaccine a Major Milestone Despite Hurdles Ahead
12/2/2021
The four-dose vaccine, advanced by landmark COVID-19 prevention efforts, is an achievement that scientists have been painstakingly working toward for decades.
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South Africa COVID-19 Cases Almost Double in 24 Hours
12/2/2021
South Africa’s COVID-19 cases almost doubled within 24 hours, jumping from a reported 4,300 new cases on Tuesday to 8,500 new daily cases on Wednesday.
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New HIV and AIDS Strategy Calls Racism a Public Health Crisis
12/2/2021
Promising to take “aggressive action” to end HIV in the U.S., President Joe Biden on Worlds Aids Day on Wednesday announced a 3-year roadmap to help reduce new HIV transmissions in the U.S. by 90% by 2030. And he did so by being the first U.S. president to link systemic racism and other discrimination directly to the prolonged HIV epidemic.
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Vaping Can Trigger Gene Changes in Cells
12/2/2021
A new study warns that vaping triggers the same gene regulation changes that smoking does, so it may raise the risk of cancer and other serious diseases.
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Pfizer or Moderna: Which COVID Vaccine Is Better?
12/2/2021
While both vaccines were highly effective in preventing infection, hospitalization and death, data reveals one delivers better results.
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Rapid COVID-19 Tests Will Soon Be Covered by Insurance
12/2/2021
President Joe Biden's plan for fighting COVID-19 this winter involves efforts to boost testing and vaccinations and a federal government keeping a wary eye on Omicron.
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World AIDS Day: Progress Seen, but Inequities Persist
12/1/2021
Officials say new infections have declined among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade, but Black and Hispanic counterparts did not see that advance.
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Vaping May Raise Risk for Impotence
12/1/2021
Researchers find that vaping may more than double the risk for erectile dysfunction.
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First Omicron Variant Case Identified in U.S.
12/1/2021
The news vindicates officials who said it was only a matter of time before the coronavirus variant was confirmed in the United States.
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Supreme Court Receptive to Case That Could Overturn Roe v Wade
12/1/2021
The justices heard from lawyers arguing for and against a 2018 Mississippi law that, with few exceptions, bans abortion after 15 weeks, claiming that a fetus is viable outside the womb at that age.
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Majority of Patients Prefer In-Person Visits to Telehealth: Survey
12/1/2021
The majority of Americans are willing to do video visits with their doctors for non-emergency care but prefer in-person visits, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open.
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Nation's First Overdose Prevention Centers Open in NYC
12/1/2021
The centers provide people a place to bring their drugs and use them under the supervision of trained staff members who will provide clean needles, prevent overdoses and offer connections to addiction services.
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Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue
11/30/2021
Nearly half of the post-COVID patients studied showed symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.
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Fauci: Omicron ‘Very Different From Other Variants’
11/30/2021
Fauci, speaking at a White House COVID-19 briefing, said there’s a “very unusual constellation of changes” across the COVID-19 genome that indicates it is unlike any variant we have seen so far.
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Pandemic Lockdowns, Cleaner Air Tied to Fewer Heart Attacks
11/30/2021
When skies were blue and air pollution was reduced during stay-at-home lockdowns at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were fewer severe heart attacks in the United States, a new study suggests.
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Wearable Fitness Trackers Could Detect COVID Before You Do
11/30/2021
Scientists designed an algorithm that detected four out of five infections in a new study.
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Moderna Warns of ‘Material Drop’ in Vaccine Efficacy Against Omicron
11/30/2021
The Moderna CEO says existing COVID-19 vaccines will likely be less effective against the new Omicron variant.
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Postpartum Depression Can Harm Women's Finances
11/30/2021
Difficulties include trouble meeting medical costs, having utilities shut off, inability to pay bills and even eviction and homelessness.
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Pfizer Plans to Seek Booster Approval for 16- and 17-Year-Olds
11/30/2021
Pfizer and BioNTech plan to apply for FDA authorization this week for a booster COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds.
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A Pandemic Page-Turner
11/30/2021
Talking about dread diseases might not be your idea of fun holiday conversation, but Lydia Kang, MD, co-author of Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases, thinks it should be.
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