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  • Half of American Adults Have Now Gotten at Least One COVID Vaccine Shot

    Half of all Americans aged 18 or older have now gotten at least one shot in the arm of a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday. The agency said that almost...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Many Employees Have Mixed Feelings as Offices Reopen

    Bye-bye Zoom meetings: As America begins to emerge from the pandemic, many companies are welcoming employees back into physical work spaces. But Taylor Villanueva, an entrepreneurship specialist at the Girl Scouts of Orange County, counts herself among...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer’s Return

    Most people know obesity can lead to diabetes or heart disease, but excess weight can play a role in cancer, too, researchers say. A new study found that breast cancer survivors who are overweight have a statistically...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Is It Allergies or COVID? Expert Shows How to Tell the Difference

    Seasonal allergies are striking this year at the worst possible time, with the United States in the midst of a fourth wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve got an itchy nose and watery eyes. Or maybe...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Health Highlights, April 19, 2021

    Oregonians Rebel as State Considers ‘Indefinite Extension’ of Pandemic Rules An indefinite extension on wearing masks and social distancing in all businesses is being considered by the administrator of Oregon’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health. Michael...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Common MS Meds Might Be Less Effective in Black Patients

    Black people experience more severe courses of multiple sclerosis (MS), and now new research suggests that drugs commonly used to treat this disease may not work as well or for as long in these folks. “I was...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • L.A.’s Oil Wells Could Be Harming Citizens’ Health

    The respiratory health risks among people who live near oil wells in Los Angeles are similar to the risks from daily exposure to secondhand smoke or living near a freeway, researchers say. In a new study, they...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Pandemic Stress Keeps Many From Exercising

    Exercise can provide a much-needed mental health boost during the COVID-19 pandemic. But stress and anxiety may hold you back, new research suggests. According to a survey by researchers at McMaster University in Canada, some people may...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Unexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth ‘Not a Good Thing’

    Children who have a sudden lowering of their resting heart rate as they move into young adulthood may be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, researchers report. For their new study, they assessed data...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Hormone Treatments May Raise Blood Pressure in Transgender People

    Monitoring blood pressure is important for transgender people, according to new research, which found changes in systolic blood pressure after the start of gender-affirming hormone therapy. Transgender men and transgender women have a higher burden of heart...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Job Losses Hit Americans Hard in Pandemic, Report Confirms

    American families that suffered job losses during the pandemic are struggling to pay their bills and afford food, and many have turned to government help, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,700 adults who...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Live Near a ‘Superfund’ Site? Your Life Span Might Be Shorter

    Living near a Superfund hazardous waste site may shorten your life, new research suggests. There are thousands of Superfund sites across the United States and they include manufacturing facilities, processing plants, landfills and mines where hazardous waste...

    • Posted April 19, 2021
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  • Warmer Climate, More Pollen, Worse Allergies: How to Fight Back

    Climate change has made North America’s pollen season longer and more severe, but there are ways to reduce your allergy misery, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). The best way to deal...

    • Posted April 18, 2021
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  • Strike Out Kids’ Overuse Injuries This Baseball Season

    Young baseball players are at risk for overuse injuries, but there are ways to play it safe and prevent such problems, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. “Overhead athletes, such as baseball players, place significant...

    • Posted April 17, 2021
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