All posts by HealthCast

  • Loss of Smell More Common in COVID-19 Than Thought

    Loss of smell is common in COVID-19, but fewer people say they have this symptom than objective tests reveal, a new study finds. In fact, about 77% of COVID-19 patients who were directly measured had smell loss,...

    • Posted October 27, 2020
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  • Psoriasis Meds Don’t Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

    Researchers in the United Kingdom have reassuring news for people with psoriasis based on the first analysis of a global registry of COVID-19 patients who also have the skin disease. Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with...

    • Posted October 27, 2020
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  • Diet Drinks Don’t Do Your Heart Any Favors

    Replacing sugary drinks with diet versions may not be any healthier for the heart, a large, new study suggests. French researchers found that people who regularly drank artificially sweetened beverages had a higher risk of heart disease...

    • Posted October 27, 2020
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  • Lockdowns Can Widen Kids’ Waistlines – Here’s How to Curb That

    Stuck at home, bored. Fiddling with their phone or playing video games. Munching on snack foods to while away the time. School-age children gaining excess pounds could be one lasting health problem caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,...

    • Posted October 27, 2020
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  • Trial of Antibody Drug for COVID-19 Stopped for Lack of Effectivenes

    Testing of Eli Lilly’s antibody drug for hospitalized COVID-19 patients has been halted because the treatment doesn’t help them recover from their infection. Two weeks ago, enrollment in the study was paused because of a possible safety...

    • Posted October 27, 2020
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  • Health Highlights: Oct. 27, 2020

    Nurses at High Risk for COVID-19: CDC New Guidelines Issued to Manage Increase in Opioid Use During Pregnancy Five Pence Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19 AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson Resume U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Trials CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak

    • Posted October 27, 2020
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  • Kidney Trouble Greatly Raises Odds for Fatal COVID-19

    COVID-19 patients who have kidney disease or whose kidneys are damaged by the virus have a much higher risk of dying from the illness, a new study suggests. Researchers who studied 372 patients admitted to four intensive...

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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  • MRIs Might Be Safe for Patients With Implanted Heart Devices

    For years, people with implanted heart devices have been told they can’t undergo MRI scans. But a new study adds to evidence that, with certain measures in place, the procedure is safe. The study focused on patients...

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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  • More Evidence Masks Slow COVID’s Spread

    Here’s more proof that masking up reduces transmission of COVID-19: A new Massachusetts study found that wearing face coverings resulted in a decrease in coronavirus cases among health care workers as infections were increasing in the surrounding...

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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  • Dangerous COVID-19 Syndrome First Seen in Kids Also Strikes Adults

    When the new coronavirus pandemic first began, respiratory distress immediately became the hallmark of severe COVID-19 illness. News reports focused on the inability to breathe, low oxygen saturation levels and the alarming need for ventilators. But six...

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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  • Fading Sense of Smell Could Signal Higher Death Risk in Older Adults

    If you’re a senior who can’t smell onions, smoke, chocolate or natural gas, it’s time to see your doctor. Seniors who lose their sense of smell — which doctors call olfactory dysfunction — have higher odds of...

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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  • Social Media ‘Kid Influencers’ Are Promoting Junk Foods

    Is your kid suddenly clamoring for a fast food meal or a sugary cereal you’ve never even heard of? He or she may have seen the product featured on a favorite “kid influencer” video. In a new...

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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  • Hospitals Straining Under Weight of Surging COVID Case Counts

    As the United States witnessed record-breaking daily coronavirus case counts over the weekend, public health experts warned that hospitals may soon reach a breaking point. More than 41,000 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across the country, a 40...

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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  • Health Highlights: Oct. 26, 2020

    Five Pence Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19 AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson Resume U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Trials CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak

    • Posted October 26, 2020
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