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Opioid Deaths in Young Americans Often Involve Other Drugs

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FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid overdose deaths involving more than one substance are more common among American teens and young adults than death...

Women More Likely to Survive Lung Cancer After Surgery: Study

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FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women have higher survival rates after lung cancer surgery than men, according to a new study.

Previous research on ...

Frozen Eggs Help Breast Cancer Survivors Conceive

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FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Freezing their eggs or ovarian tissue before breast cancer treatment increases survivors' chances of having children after...

Preemie Babies End Up Hospitalized More as Kids

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FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children born prematurely have a higher risk of hospitalization later on than those born at full term, a new study says.

Wood-Fired Cooking a Cause of Lung Illness in Developing World

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THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) – People who cook with wood instead of other fuels may be at risk of lung damage because of the pollutants and bacterial to...

Quick Bursts of Exercise Can Help Diabetics' Hearts

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THURSDAY Nov. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent, short exercise sessions may be better for diabetes patients' blood vessels than longer and fewer workouts, and ...

Nurse Practitioners Key to Opioid Treatment in Rural U.S.: Study

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THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In isolated areas of the United States, nurse practitioners are filling an important role in helping people access treat...

Quit Smoking, Your Bladder Will Thank You

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THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you smoke, you significantly increase your odds of developing bladder cancer, experts warn.

"Everyone knows smo...

Heart Anatomy May Put Blacks at Higher Stroke Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans face a heightened risk of stroke, and a new study suggests that abnormalities in the heart's upper cham...

MS Has Mixed Impact on Patients' Cancer Risk: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- How does having multiple sclerosis (MS) affect a person's odds for cancer? The answer may depend on ...

Simple Move May Boost Spinal Fusion Outcomes

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WEDNESDAY, Nov 25, 2020 (HealthDay) -- A new approach that could revolutionize spinal fusion surgery does away with the need to "flip" patients f...

Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Delirium is often the first symptom of COVID-19 to appear in older people, a new study f...

AHA News: Teens' Ultra-Processed Diet Puts Their Hearts at Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- If you think the teenagers in your life have been eating a lot of unhealthy food – you're probably rig...

AHA News: While Vacationing on an Isolated Island, She Had a Stroke

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Lawnae Hunter was ecstatic to escape snowy Oregon and her hectic schedule for a 10-day Christmas vacat...

Fauci: 'People Should Feel Confident' New COVID Vaccines Safe, Effective

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WEDNESDAY, Nov 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The turnaround time -- from the emergence of the new coronavirus to the advent of multiple vaccines to prevent it -- has...

COVID Vaccine Rollout Could Begin Mid-December, Fauci Says

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Approved vaccines against the new coronavirus could begin to be distributed to the most at-risk Americans as early as m...

Health Highlights, Nov. 25, 2020

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Another Study Casts Doubt on 'Convalescent Plasma' as COVID-19 Treatment

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of p...

Most Americans Over 50 Would Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of older Americans say they're likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but many would want to wait a bit before ...

Strong Sleeping Pills Tied to Falls, Fractures in Dementia Patients

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Strong sleeping pills known as "Z-drugs" may increase the risk of falls, fractures and stroke among people with dementi...

When COVID Strikes Cancer Patients, Men Fare Worse

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Men with COVID-19 and cancer run a g...

Could the TB Vaccine Help Prevent COVID-19?

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used tuberculosis vaccine may help protect people against the new coronavirus or reduce the severity of COVID-...

Black Cancer Survivors Often Face Added Challenges: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Social and financial struggles are common among Black American cancer survivors and take a heavy toll on their health-r...

Obamacare Boosts Colon Cancer Diagnosis, Care: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer treatment for low-income Americans has improved with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a n...

Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pil...

More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was Lifted: Study

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Small, powerful magnets in toys like Buckyballs building sets and jewelry kits are causing...

People Should Know That COVID Vaccine Might Spur Transient Sickness: CDC Experts

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) – At least three new COVID-19 vaccine candidates are already in the pipeline, with a roll-out expected early in the new year...

Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer's: Study

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer's more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety sympto...

COVID Cases Could Double by Biden's Inauguration: Study

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States is likely to nearly double before President-elect Joe Biden's...

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds for Diabetes

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight women who eat a Mediterranean-like diet may reduce their odds of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%, compared w...