All posts by HealthCast

  • 1 in 3 Neighborhoods in Major U.S. Cities Is a ‘Pharmacy Desert’

    One-third of neighborhoods in the 30 largest U.S. cities are “pharmacy deserts,” and this is much more common in Black and Hispanic communities, a new study finds. What’s a ‘pharmacy desert’? In general, in a neighborhood where...

    • Posted May 4, 2021
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  • HealthDay Now: The Rural Doctor Shortage

    As the American College of Physicians kicked off its annual meeting, HealthDay Now's Mabel Jong spoke to Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, president of the ACP and an internist in a rural community in Georgia. Dr. Fincher discussed the...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • Many Older Americans Aren’t Telling Their Doctors They Use Pot

    Aging potheads are now past 50 and still puffing away, but new research shows that many don’t disclose this to their doctors. Folks who use marijuana for medical reasons are more likely to tell their doctors about...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • Pandemic Has Greatly Diminished Services for Kids, Adults With Autism

    When the coronavirus pandemic hit, a number of services that people count on were put on hold — unfortunately, this included therapeutic and educational services for those with autism, according to a new study. To determine this...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • COVID Vaccination in Pregnancy May Pass Helpful Antibodies to Baby

    Here’s reassuring news for moms-to-be: Pregnant women who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to transfer protective antibodies to their babies, a new study says. The researchers assessed 122 pregnant women who received the vaccines....

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • COVID Anxieties Still High for Americans: Poll

    Americans’ anxiety and concerns about COVID-19 remain high a year into the pandemic, and mental health effects of the health crisis are on the rise, a new survey shows. Hispanic (73%) and Black Americans (76%) are more...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • Could High-Dose Fish Oil Raise Odds for A-Fib in Heart Patients?

    Many people take fish oil to protect their heart, but a new study suggests that prescription versions may raise the risk of a common heart rhythm disorder. At issue are prescription-strength omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • AHA News: As Pre-Pandemic Activities Return, So Does Anxiety

    MONDAY, May 3, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — Denise Santos remembers exactly how she felt when the first pandemic lockdown was ordered last year, knowing she’d no longer have to interact with the public, her co-workers...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • AHA News: 47-Year-Old Relearned to Walk, Talk and Count After Stroke

    MONDAY, May 3, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — Chris Monaghan woke up one morning and tried to get out of bed. She couldn’t. Her husband, Dan, heard her whimpering, turned on the light and realized almost...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • Finding a Doctor Is Tough and Getting Tougher in Rural America

    Health care in rural America has become ever more scarce during the coronavirus pandemic, with folks finding it increasingly difficult to find a doctor or get to a hospital. For a decade, rural areas have been losing...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • Herd Immunity for Americans May Be an Elusive Goal, Experts Say

    While more than half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, many scientists and public health experts now believe that herd immunity cannot be reached in the foreseeable future. Instead, the...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • Health Highlights: May 3, 2021

    Congo Ebola Outbreak Declared Over The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is over, according to the country’s health officials and the World Health Organization. The declaration was made after 42 days with...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • ‘Ghosts and Guardian Angels’: New Insights Into Parkinson’s Hallucinations

    Parkinson’s disease is widely seen as a movement disorder, but it can cause an array of symptoms, including hallucinations. Now a new study has shed light on what is happening in the brain during those disturbances. The...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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  • Why U.S. Hispanics Got COVID at Higher Rates: Their Jobs

    Workplace exposure to the new coronavirus is a major reason for Hispanic Americans’ disproportionately high COVID-19 death rate, a new study claims. In 2020, Hispanics accounted for 19% of the U.S. population but nearly 41% of COVID-19...

    • Posted May 3, 2021
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