THURSDAY, Jan. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — President Joe Biden plans to announce Thursday that a “surge” of U.S. military medical personnel will soon be deployed to hospitals struggling with staff shortages amid soaring COVID-19 cases. More than 1,000 will begin arriving at hospitals nationwide starting next week, and thatContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Jan. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Binge drinking on Super Bowl Sunday or other special occasions could put you at risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), even if you’ve never had it, researchers warn in a new study. “Worldwide, alcohol is the most popularlyContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The record-breaking numbers surrounding the Omicron surge are dizzying, with so many Americans falling prey to the highly infectious COVID-19 variant. The United States reported more than 1.3 million COVID cases on Monday, the highest daily total recorded for any country in theContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Jan. 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A review of cases from 465 U.S. hospitals underscores the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines. The new review — by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health — found that vaccinated adults who got breakthrough infections rarely got severely ill. Respiratory failure,Continue Reading

TUESDAY, Jan. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among children are surging across the United States just as students return to school and the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to dominate the country. At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations: They include Connecticut, Georgia,Continue Reading

FRIDAY, Dec. 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A certain gene mutation known as APOE4 has long been known to raise the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers report it may also predispose people to increased susceptibility to COVID-19 infection and severe symptoms, including small brain bleeds. Researchers in Finland, whereContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A program meant to encourage the use of a drug that can help people overcome opioid addiction led to dramatic increases in its use in emergency rooms, researchers report. Buprenorphine is a medication that stabilizes opioid withdrawal and soothes cravings. Using it canContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Dec. 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Child hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped 30% this past week as the Omicron variant spread like wildfire throughout the United States. By Dec. 28, the country had an average of 260 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations each day, according to the latest data from the U.S.Continue Reading

TUESDAY, Dec. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Compared to previous coronavirus variants, Omicron appears to cause less severe illness, but is more resistant to the Pfizer vaccine, researchers at South Africa’s largest health insurer report. The team at Discovery Health analyzed 211,000 positive coronavirus cases during the country’s fourth wave,Continue Reading

MONDAY, Dec. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Big “surprise” medical bills may still be a problem for Americans. According to a new study, more than half of U.S. hospitals haven’t complied with recent regulations requiring that they disclose their prices online for all services, to help prevent unexpected bills forContinue Reading