All posts by HealthCast

  • The Skinny on Wrinkle-Free Skin

    Wrinkles may be a natural part of getting older, but you can slow your skin’s aging with changes to your lifestyle and environment, a skin expert says. “Daily activities, such as protecting your skin from the sun...

    • Posted March 7, 2021
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  • Snow Shoveling, Slips on Ice Bring Cold Weather Dangers

    Clearing away snow can be hazardous to your health, experts warn. Shoveling snow causes 100 deaths a year in the United States, and injuries due to improper use of snowblowers are common. “Cold weather will cause the...

    • Posted March 6, 2021
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  • How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone

    Giving homeless COVID-19 patients a free hotel room for their quarantine and recovery pays huge health dividends for the entire community, according to a new study out of San Francisco. Only 4% of homeless folks transferred from...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a ‘Best’ Shot?

    Americans love to have choices, and now there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States. But infectious disease experts say that all three protect strongly against severe COVID-19, so there is only one...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • It’s Too Soon to Lift COVID Restrictions: Fauci

    (Healthday News) — Coronavirus restrictions should not be lifted until the daily toll of new U.S. cases falls below 10,000, “and maybe even considerably less than that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday. The last time the United...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • Health Highlights: March 5, 2021

    Anti-Parasite Drug Won’t Help Against Mild COVID-19: Study A drug called ivermectin that’s typically used to treat parasitic worms and has been viewed as a potential COVID-19 treatment does not shorten the recovery of patients with mild...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • AHA News: Why Did Yankees Manager Get a Pacemaker, and How Does It Work?

    FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — With each beat of your heart, the muscle squeezes, feeding blood to the rest of your body. The squeeze is triggered by an electrical impulse. Sometimes, though, a...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • When Facebook, Twitter Flag Posts as ‘Unverified,’ Readers Listen

    Readers pay attention when social media sites label an article as “unverified” or “suspicious,” a new study suggests. But how an article is presented — including author credentials and writing style — doesn’t affect readers’ views about...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures

    Seizures of illegal drugs fell sharply in the United States during early COVID-19 lockdowns, but spiked once stay-at-home orders eased. Researchers studied seizures of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in five locations between March 2019 (a...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Prompts FDA Warning

    You might decide your frizzy locks aren’t so bad after all, given a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that most hair straightening/smoothing products release formaldehyde gas, a human carcinogen. Being exposed to formaldehyde...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • Big Paychecks Pay Off in Self-Confidence, Study Finds

    Can money buy you happiness? Maybe not, but a new study suggests it’s linked to greater feelings of confidence and pride. Researchers analyzed five past studies that included a survey of more than 1.6 million people in...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • Opioid Use (and Overuse) for Knee Arthritis Takes Big Financial Toll

    Opioids and arthritic knees are a costly mix, new research claims. “These data offer new evidence of the magnitude of the societal burden generated by opioid use and misuse, and could be used to educate health care...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • A Vaccine Against UTIs? New Mouse Study Brings Shot Closer

    Many women suffer through countless urinary tract infections (UTIs), but a new study in mice offers hope that a vaccine could one day bring their nightmares to an end. “Although several vaccines against UTIs have been investigated...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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  • Reassuring News for Women Taking Epilepsy Meds While Pregnant

    Toddlers whose mothers took certain epilepsy drugs during pregnancy are unlikely to have development delays, researchers say. The study may help clear up lingering doubts about use of the drugs by moms-to-be. Controlling seizures is crucial, of...

    • Posted March 5, 2021
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