All posts by HealthCast

  • Biases Mean Men Dubbed ‘Brilliant’ More Often Than Women

    When it comes to intelligence, men are more likely to be bestowed with the lofty attribute than women, a new study finds. These stereotyped views are a result of implicit bias that people don’t admit when asked...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • Fireworks Are Bad News for Your Lungs

    A new threat has been added to the risks posed by fireworks — they can release toxic metals that can damage your lungs. These metals give fireworks their colors, according to researchers who found harmful levels of...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • MS Patients Turn to Marijuana, Other Alternative Treatments

    Despite the existence of conventional medications to manage multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, a majority of patients also rely on alternative therapies, including vitamins, exercise and marijuana, a new survey suggests. For the study, researchers at Oregon Health...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • Scientists Find Source of COVID Clots

    COVID-19 is linked to potentially fatal blood clots. Researchers now believe they’ve found out how they occur, which potentially could lead to better treatment. “While many forms of illness can generate blood clots, the endothelial cells that...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • Pandemic Means More Backyard Fireworks This Year — And More Danger

    With communities across the United States canceling Fourth of July celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, backyard fireworks are likely to be more popular than ever. And that has many health experts worried. They fear injuries will...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • Could Threshold for COVID-19 Herd Immunity Be Lower Than Thought?

    Could young people going out and partying be the key to limiting the spread of COVID-19? Possibly, as a new mathematical model argues that herd immunity might be achieved with fewer people becoming immune through infection than...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • New U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 50,000 as More States Slow Reopening Plans

    The daily tally of new U.S. coronavirus cases passed 50,000 on Wednesday, as more reopening plans across the country were slowed amid fears of spiking infections. A glimmer of hope emerged on the economic front when unemployment...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • Health Highlights: July 2, 2020

    Promising Results for Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine in Early Testing: Pfizer U.S. Grab of Only COVID-19 Treatment Outrages Health Experts

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • No Good Evidence on Accuracy of Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Study

    Do you wonder if you’ve been exposed to the new coronavirus in the recent past? Good luck finding out for sure: A new review finds there’s little good evidence of the accuracy of blood antibody tests for...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • Americans Started Staying Put Early in the Pandemic, and That May Have Saved Lives

    Americans began to travel less before states started to issue stay-at-home orders, and that may have curbed coronavirus case numbers, a new study suggests. “Our results strongly support the conclusion that social distancing played a crucial role...

    • Posted July 2, 2020
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  • A Safer 4th Is One Without Backyard Fireworks

    If you plan to celebrate Independence Day, you might want to reconsider setting off fireworks, Prevent Blindness suggests. There are other, safer ways to mark the United States of America’s birthday, according to the nonprofit eye health...

    • Posted July 1, 2020
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  • Trauma of Racism Fuels High Blood Pressure Among Black Americans: Study

    Cardiologist Dr. Willie Lawrence remains haunted by the memory of police shooting his best friend during a 1966 race riot in Cleveland. “I saw my best friend shot in the back and the leg by police. I...

    • Posted July 1, 2020
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  • COVID-19 Blood Test Might Predict Who Will Need a Ventilator

    A blood test may predict which COVID-19 patients are likely to need a ventilator. This finding could lead to a scoring system that would flag at-risk patients for closer monitoring and to personalized treatments. It may also...

    • Posted July 1, 2020
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  • What’s the Best DIY Face Mask Against COVID-19?

    Almost overnight, the pandemic has turned cotton masks into an American wardrobe staple. But a coughing simulation shows that not all cotton masks are equal as a defense against COVID-19. “We focused primarily on nonmedical-grade masks that...

    • Posted July 1, 2020
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