All posts by HealthCast

  • Could Chronic Sinusitis Affect Brain Health?

    As if the headaches and stuffy nose aren’t bad enough, chronic sinus trouble often leaves patients foggy-headed and depressed. Now, new research suggests one possible reason why: Sinusitis may trigger changes in brain activity. “Chronic sinusitis is...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • Workers’ Deaths From Paint Stripping Chemicals Are on the Rise

    A deadly chemical in paint strippers continues to kill workers despite its known dangers, a new study finds. The chemical methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane (DCM), is a solvent found in paint strippers, cleaners, degreasers, adhesives...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • ‘Nerve Zap’ Pain Treatment Could Cut Need for Opioids After Surgeries

    An emerging technology could zap your post-op pain away — little or no opioids needed. The technique is called percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation. It involves inserting a small wire next to a nerve and using a stimulator...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • Have Allergies? See If You’re at Risk for Severe COVID Vaccine Reaction

    Only certain people with high-risk allergy histories need to consult an allergist before they get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to new research. Investigators have updated their prior guidelines after analyzing data from more than 65,000 people who...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • Eviction Bans Helped Stop COVID’s Spread in Cities: Study

    Eviction bans during the COVID-19 pandemic reduced infection rates not only in people who avoided displacement but also in their communities, according to a new study. “When it comes to a transmissible disease like COVID-19, no neighborhood...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • Brain Injuries Raise Long-Term Risk of Stroke

    People who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a significantly higher risk for stroke for years afterward, U.K. researchers say. Previous studies have linked brain injury with a long-term risk of neurological diseases including dementia, Parkinson’s...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • How Gum Disease Could Raise Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

    Keep flossing: A study just out suggests gum disease can increase your odds for severe COVID-19. Previous research showed that it’s blood vessels, rather than airways, that are affected initially in COVID lung disease. Now, new research...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • Little Progress in Boosting Numbers of Black American Doctors

    The percentage of U.S. doctors who are Black has barely risen in the past 120 years, and there’s still a wide pay gap between white and Black physicians, a new study finds. The analysis of U.S. Census...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • Health Highlights, April 21, 2021

    Too Little Sleep May Increase Dementia Risk: Study People who get too little sleep in middle age may have an increased risk of dementia when they’re older, according to a new study. Researchers tracked nearly 8,000 people...

    • Posted April 21, 2021
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  • Breast Cancer Over 70: How Much Treatment Is Enough?

    Many women older than 70 can safely receive fewer treatments for early-stage breast cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers found that adding lymph node removal or radiation to women’s treatment did not seem to cut their risk...

    • Posted April 20, 2021
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  • AHA News: Pandemic-Fueled Drug Abuse Threatens Hearts, Lives

    TUESDAY, April 20, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — On a recent day in his Denver Health emergency room, Dr. Eric Lavonas hit another tragic trifecta. “In a nine-hour shift, I took care of somebody with chest...

    • Posted April 20, 2021
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  • AHA News: After Two Heart Valve Surgeries, a Mental Toll

    TUESDAY, April 20, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — After Ivan Hernandez was born with a defective mitral valve, doctors warned his parents he could face heart failure at any age. Yet Hernandez grew up without incident....

    • Posted April 20, 2021
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  • Every American Adult Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

    As of Monday, every American aged 16 or older in all 50 states is now open to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, meeting President Joe Biden’s promise to deliver vaccines to all adults by April 19. “If you’re...

    • Posted April 20, 2021
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  • Health Highlights, April 20, 2021

    Low Risk of COVID-19 Surface Transmission: CDC There’s a low risk of surface transmission of the new coronavirus and continuously disinfecting surfaces may do more harm than good, according to updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

    • Posted April 20, 2021
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