WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Obese people have a tougher time fighting COVID-19, even if they have a milder form of the virus, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 500 patients who tested positive for COVID but didn’t require hospitalization. Teens and adults who wereContinue Reading

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A common group of bacteria may be causing deadly pneumonia or anthrax-like disease among metalworkers in the southern United States, health officials report. The bacteria, called Bacillus cereus (B. cereus), naturally occurs in soil and dust. B. cereus can cause food poisoning andContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Social distancing and mask mandates during the pandemic nearly eliminated cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children, a new study finds. “Numbers don’t lie. Face masking, and proper hygiene and isolation, can be effective means to protect the vulnerableContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Sept. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A saltwater solution may help stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus in its tracks, Brazilian researchers report. However, although saline may keep the virus from replicating, it does not offer full protection against infection or a cure for COVID-19. “It’s not a single solution, andContinue Reading

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Millions of U.S. sleep apnea patients are scrambling to find ways to protect their nightly slumber, following a voluntary recall from one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of CPAP breathing machines. Philips Respironics agreed to a voluntary recall of continuous positive airway pressureContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Wildfires are killing people around the world — even those with limited exposure to wildfire-related pollution, an international team of researchers reports. The new research revealed that short-term exposure to wildfire-related fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air is increasing deaths worldwide fromContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Exercising during pregnancy can benefit babies’ lungs, Scandinavian researchers report. “This study offers a fascinating hint that increased physical activity of mothers is associated with better lung function in their babies and, therefore, possibly their health in later life,” said Jonathan Grigg, headContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Young people appear to have normal lung function after recovering from COVID-19, new studies find. In one, Swedish researchers found that even asthma patients had no significant impairment in lung function. In the other, German researchers found unimpaired lung function after kids andContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Aug. 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A high amount of coronavirus in the lungs is a major contributor to death in COVID-19 patients, new research shows. The findings challenge previous theories that simultaneous infections such as pneumonia or an overreaction of the body’s immune system are significant factors inContinue Reading