All posts by HealthCast

  • Breathing Other People’s Smoke Can Raise Your Odds for Heart Failure

    Exposure to secondhand smoke may up your odds for heart failure, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed nationwide survey data from more than 11,000 nonsmokers (average age: 48) who were followed from 1988 to 1994. Nearly 1...

    • Posted May 5, 2021
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  • ‘Prediabetes’ Raises Odds for Heart Attack, Stroke

    Prediabetes — where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes — is not something you should dismiss. It significantly increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other...

    • Posted May 5, 2021
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  • Volunteer Firefighters Have High Levels of Potentially Toxic Chemicals

    Volunteer firefighters have higher levels of so-called “forever chemicals” in their bodies than the general population does, a new study finds. It also found that levels of these potentially toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in volunteer...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • Eating Issues Common in People With Autism, and Girls Are More Susceptible

    While it’s well established that autism and certain eating issues go hand in hand, does gender also play a role? Apparently it does, according to Swedish researchers who set out to better understand whether being male or...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • Wildfires Are Changing the Seasonal Air Quality of the U.S. West

    Increasing numbers of wildfires are making poor air quality more common throughout the Western United States, according to a new study. The findings suggest that many cities may soon have trouble meeting air quality standards, said lead...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • Freezing Tumors Could Be New Treatment for Low-Risk Breast Cancers

    A first-of-its-kind study suggests that slow-growing breast cancers can be treated with a highly targeted tumor-freezing technique, eliminating the need for invasive surgery. Testing to date suggests that the technique is effective among women over 60 diagnosed...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • How the Pandemic Changed Breast Cancer Care

    As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, breast cancer experts realized space in operating rooms and hospitals could become scarce. That meant rethinking standard care, to provide the best way to treat patients under these suddenly restricted conditions. One...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • FDA Plans to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 and Up

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to expand emergency use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine by next week so that children as young as 12 can be immunized. After Pfizer’s trial in adolescents showed its vaccine worked...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • You Got Your COVID Shot: What to Do With That Vaccine Card

    More than 147 million Americans have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and they all have the same question: What do I do with this immunization card they just handed me? Whatever you do,...

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

    U.K. to Ease Lockdown Measures by June 21 Social distancing rules in the U.K. could be lifted by June 21, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday. The number of new daily infections has fallen to below 2,000...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • Not Just About Antibodies: Why mRNA COVID Vaccines May Shield From Variants

    Two widely used COVID-19 vaccines — Pfizer and Moderna — will likely remain powerfully protective against developing serious illness even if coronavirus variants somehow manage to infect vaccinated patients, new research suggests. Both vaccines are based on...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • Who’s Most Likely to Join a Clinical Trial?

    Cancer patients most likely to sign up for clinical trials during their treatment include people of color, those with higher incomes and those who are younger, a new study finds. “This study informs our understanding of who...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • Giving Birth During the Pandemic? Facts You Need to Know

    Giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic presents its own challenges, but the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) wants to reassure pregnant women that they need not panic. Instead, they “should be comforted to know that the hospital...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • Many Americans Wrong About Sun’s Skin Cancer Dangers: Poll

    You might think everybody knows how to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays, but a new survey reveals that one-third of Americans lack a basic understanding of sun safety and skin cancer. That’s the surprising takeaway...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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