All posts by HealthCast

  • White House Lists Countries Getting First Batch of Extra COVID Vaccines

    An initial 25 million doses of coronavirus vaccines will be sent out this month to a “wide range of countries” in Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Africa, along with the Palestinian territories, war-ravaged Gaza and...

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • Health Highlights: June 4, 2021

    Infant Deaths Trigger Recall of Fisher-Price Soothers, Gliders Hundreds of thousands of Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders sold in the United States and Canada have been recalled after four U.S....

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • Targeted Radiotherapy Might Help Men Battling Advanced Prostate Cancer

    Patients with advanced prostate cancers may have newfound hope: Researchers identified a new potential treatment for men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, which has no cure. Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer means the disease continues to spread despite...

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • Drug Lynparza Could Help Fight Some Early-Stage Breast Cancers

    A twice-daily pill can dramatically reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in women who are genetically prone to the disease, researchers report. The pill — olaparib (Lynparza) — works by blocking a natural enzyme called PARP...

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • Your Puppy Is Born Ready to Interact With You: Study

    If it seems like your dog knows exactly what you’re saying, that’s because dogs are born ready to communicate with people, according to a new study. The research, published June 3 in the journal Current Biology, suggests...

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • Other Health Woes Common When Meth Addiction Strikes

    Methamphetamine users are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems as well as other substance use disorders, new research shows. Meth is an illegal and highly addictive stimulant drug that can harm organs such as...

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • ER Visits for Heart Attacks Rebounded After Pandemic Decline

    Emergency care for heart attacks and strokes rebounded in Northern California after initially plummeting in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say. That’s good news, suggesting that public health campaigns urging people to seek care...

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • A Fruitful Approach to Preventing Diabetes

    Want to lower your risk of diabetes? Eat plenty of fruit. An Australian study suggests that two servings a day could lower the odds of developing type 2 diabetes by 36%. “A healthy diet and lifestyle, which...

    • Posted June 4, 2021
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  • After Editor-in-Chief’s Resignation, JAMA Journals Outline Steps to Address Racism

    Reacting to recent controversy, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced Thursday a series of steps it will take to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the medical society and its network of 12 influential journals. Dr. Howard...

    • Posted June 3, 2021
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  • ‘Early Birds’ May Have Extra Buffer Against Depression

    Could getting out of bed just one hour earlier every day lower your risk for depression? Yes, claims new research that found an earlier start to the day was tied to a 23% lower risk of developing...

    • Posted June 3, 2021
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  • Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy May Help Parkinson’s Patients Long Term

    Parkinson’s disease patients can get symptom relief with deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy that lasts over the long term, a new study shows. Over 15 years, patients who received DBS, which requires surgical implantation, had significant improvement...

    • Posted June 3, 2021
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  • Will Pandemic Produce a Summer Baby Boom?

    America, get ready for a baby boom. That’s the likelihood anyway, according to a new forecast that suggests a drop in pregnancy and birth rates seen during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic is about to...

    • Posted June 3, 2021
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  • Average COVID Hospital Bill for U.S. Seniors Nearly $22,000

    The cost of COVID-19 hospitalizations averaged nearly $22,000 for older Americans in 2020 — and much more for those who became critically ill, a new government study finds. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

    • Posted June 3, 2021
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  • Strokes Hitting COVID Patients Are More Severe: Study

    COVID-19 patients are at increased risk for severe strokes, according to a new study that also found that the overall risk of stroke is higher in younger patients. Researchers analyzed data from 432 COVID-19 patients in 17...

    • Posted June 3, 2021
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