All posts by HealthCast

  • Using a Hair Removal Gel or Cream? Here’s How to Do It Safely

    When hair sprouts where you don’t want it, you can always shave, but other ways to remove unwanted body hair can last longer. The downside: Chemical hair removers can cause burning, itching or redness. “Hair removal creams,...

    • Posted September 19, 2021
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  • Tips to Helping Your Teen Get Enough Zzzzzs

    It’s no wonder many teens are pooped out. “The obligations of school, work, family and friends make it hard for teenagers to get sufficient sleep to perform their best,” said Dr. Raman Malhotra, president of the American...

    • Posted September 18, 2021
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  • FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine booster shot for all Americans aged 65 or older, as well as for those deemed to be at high...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Still Offer Good Protection Against Severe COVID: Study

    With a special advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting Friday to decide on the need for COVID vaccine booster shots, new data shows Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines maintaining strong levels of protection against...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

    Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests. It’s not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem. It’s just that losing...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Pfizer Recalls All Lots of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Due to Potential Carcinogen

    Pfizer is expanding the recall of its anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline), the company announced Friday. The nationwide recall of all Chantix 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets was prompted because they may contain levels of a nitrosamine,...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • AHA News: Fitness Didn’t Keep Him From Heart Problems or COVID-19, But It Did Help Him Recover

    FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — About a month into the COVID-19 pandemic, LeCount Holmes saw on television that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was within a mile of his house for a big announcement....

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

    In kids and teens, symptoms of long COVID rarely last more than 12 weeks, a new international study reports. The researchers also found that exposure to the highly contagious Delta variant did not result in more serious...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisors will meet Friday to consider whether it is safe and effective for Americans to receive a third “booster” dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA posted the materials it intends...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Health Highlights: Sept. 17, 2021

    Here are some of HealthDay’s top stories for Friday, Sept. 17: FDA advisory panel meets on need for COVID-19 booster shots. Presented with evidence seemingly pro and con, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Child Obesity Rose Sharply During Pandemic

    Childhood obesity was a worrisome issue before the pandemic, and now it’s alarmingly worse, new data shows. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found a “profound increase in weight gain for kids” that is...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Drug Might Stop Heart Trouble Linked to Sickle Cell Anemia

    Treating sickle cell anemia with the drug hydroxyurea may also reverse related heart abnormalities, a new study suggests. Heart issues are common among people with sickle cell disease. Among them are enlargement of the heart and an...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Millions Who Joined Medicaid During Health Emergency Could Soon Lose Coverage

    When the COVID-19 public health emergency ends, a new crisis in insurance coverage in the United States may begin. Fifteen million Americans who enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic could lose their coverage when the emergency declaration...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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  • Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

    Health officials are bracing for a viral double whammy this fall and winter. “This year, we expect influenza and COVID-19 to circulate at the same time,” said Dr. Jonathan Grein, director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai in...

    • Posted September 17, 2021
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