TUESDAY, April 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Patients hospitalized with pneumonia typically stay on IV antibiotics until they’re stable, after about three days, but a new study suggests a different option. Researchers report that more patients who have community-acquired pneumonia could switch sooner to oral antibiotics. Antibiotics given as pillsContinue Reading

MONDAY, April 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Pope Francis was back delivering Mass on Palm Sunday, just one day after he was released from the hospital following a three-day stay for bronchitis. Francis, 86, celebrated in St. Peter’s Square in Rome as about 60,000 people looked on, carrying palm frondsContinue Reading

THURSDAY, March 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Pope Francis will remain hospitalized for several days because of a respiratory infection that isn’t COVID-19, the Vatican announced Wednesday. “In recent days, Pope Francis complained of some respiratory difficulties, and this afternoon he went to Policlinico A. Gemelli for some medical checks,”Continue Reading

MONDAY, March 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) — While all Americans could benefit from proposed new limits on what’s called PM2.5 air pollution, new research indicates the change has the potential to benefit Black and low-income Americans the most. The limits being considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) couldContinue Reading

MONDAY, March 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Ordering special heart scans before a major surgery to gauge risks may be unnecessary, a new study suggests. Researchers found that surgeons can instead estimate patients’ risk of heart attack or death by reviewing existing images of the chest captured months earlier duringContinue Reading

MONDAY, March 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Consumers have been using a common over-the-counter oral decongestant known as phenylephrine for years, but that may not continue much longer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked a panel of its advisors to reassess the drug’s effectiveness. The medication’s safety isn’tContinue Reading

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Children in Sweden’s capital can breathe a little easier. As Stockholm’s air has gotten cleaner, young people’s lungs have gotten stronger, new research shows. The findings could have implications for cities worldwide. While the adverse impact of air pollutants on kids’ lung healthContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Older people have vaccines available to prevent severe influenza and COVID-19, but there’s been nothing to protect against the third respiratory virus that contributed to this season’s wretched “triple-demic.” Until now. Two major pharmaceutical companies published clinical trial results this week that paveContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) — COVID-19 infection in pregnancy raises a woman’s risk of death sevenfold and significantly elevates her odds for needing intensive care, a new study finds. Getting the virus during pregnancy also ups the likelihood of pneumonia, according to researchers at George Washington University inContinue Reading

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Going into the holiday season, many public health experts feared a “tripledemic” of flu, COVID-19 and RSV cases. New government data now shows that didn’t happen. Reports of flu-like illness are down for the sixth straight week, the U.S. Centers for Disease ControlContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Vaccinations among kindergarteners declined for the second year in a row, leaving hundreds of thousands of young children vulnerable to dangerous infectious diseases, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. About 93% of kindergarteners had their required vaccinations during the 2021-2022 school year, including theContinue Reading