Many Metrics to Measure COVID-19, Which Are Best?

Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; chief strategy officer for population health, University of Washington, Seattle. Amesh Adalja, MD, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, Baltimore. NPR: “Joe Biden: For The Next 3 Months, All Americans Should Wear A Mask

COVID Hits Minorities Hardest in Nursing Homes, Too

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Minority residents of U.S. nursing homes and assisted living communities have been especially hard hit in the coronavirus pandemic, two University of Rochester studies show. The first found that nursing homes with higher percentages of racial and ethnic minority residents reported two to

Potential COVID Drug May Raise Heart Risk: Study

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin is being investigated as a COVID-19 treatment, but a new study warns it could increase the risk of heart problems. Researchers analyzed data from millions of patients (average age: 36) in the United

Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Parents of kids with food allergies probably won’t be surprised to hear that Halloween is an especially risky time for their youngsters. A new study found that serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) triggered by peanuts jumped 85% when kids

90,000 Young U.S. Adults May Get Cancer This Year

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 90,000 Americans between 15 and 39 years of age will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 9,200 will die, a new report projects. One hematologist who deals with younger cancer patients said the shock of a diagnosis at this

Another Rapid COVID-19 Test Shows Promise

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Yet another rapid COVID-19 test has proven its mettle in spotting infection with the new coronavirus, this time in a British study. The lab-in-a-cartridge testing device — which can be performed at bedside, doesn’t require a laboratory, and can be performed in cartridges

We’ll Know Soon if COVID Vaccine Works

Sept. 18, 2020 — Moderna says it should know by sometime in November whether its coronavirus vaccine is effective, its CEO said Thursday. Stephane Bancel also told CNBC that the company — the first drug firm to conduct human clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. — could

Many Need Follow-Up Colonoscopy and Don’t Know it

By Robert Preidt               HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans at high risk for colon cancer don’t know how often they need to have a screening colonoscopy, researchers say.         The report follows the recent death of

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies from Pancreatic Cancer

Sept. 18, 2020 — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazing jurist and the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday. She was 87. The cause of death was metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from the court. “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,”

Sore Jaws, Cracked Teeth COVID Collateral Damage

Sept. 18, 2020 — Stella Acosta is one of those patients a dentist loves. Even with a busy schedule, she never missed her every-3-month dental cleaning, a schedule she and her dentist decided was best to prevent problems. But that was before the pandemic. “I was due to go in

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