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Child Car Seat Safety Tip: Skip Puffy Winter Coats

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SATURDAY, Jan. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Puffy coats have their place, but it's not inside a car seat.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a va...

UK Prime Minister Says British COVID Variant May Be More Deadly

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Friday that a new, more infectious coronavirus variant first spotted in the...

FDA Approves First Once-a-Month HIV Therapy

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The first monthly shots to treat adults with HIV were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

For Maximum Effectiveness, De-Stress and Get Healthy Before Your COVID Shot

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Not many people have had the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

But while y...

Half of Americans Still Not Wearing Masks When Out in Public: Poll

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Though masks are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19, half of Americans don't wear them when mixing with the publ...

AHA News: Anxiety Is Linked With Smoking – But How Is Still Hazy

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- In these stressful pandemic times, health experts have more reason to circle back to the link between anx...

Biden Warns of 500,000 COVID Deaths by February

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As President Joe Biden began to enact key parts of his ambitious pandemic response plan on Thursday, he warned Americans t...

Health Highlights: Jan. 22, 2021

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Baseball Record-Setter Hank Aaron Dead at 86

Baseball Legend Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron has died at age 86.

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For Rising Number of People, Obesity Is a Literal Headache

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As worldwide obesity rates continue to soar, new research shows that growing numbers of p...

Even When Cancer Is in Remission, Patients' Risks of Severe COVID Rise

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Your cancer has gone into remission, so you breathe a sigh of relief as you try to navigate the coronavirus pandemic safel...

Exercise Doesn't Boost Health If You Stay Obese, Study Finds

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The harmful effects of obesity on the heart can't be undone by exercise, and it's not possible to be "fat but healthy," Sp...

You're More Likely to Maintain Social Distance If Your Friends Do: Study

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Family and friends can influence whether people follow social distancing recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Immune System May 'Remember' Infections From Previous Coronaviruses

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Previous coronavirus infections might prime the immune system to fight the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a new st...

Meth Overdose Deaths Are Surging in America, With Minorities Most at Risk

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from overdoses of methamphetamine are rising across the United States, especially among Blacks and American Indians...

Maybe Money Can Help Buy Happiness, After All

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Millionaires, rejoice! It turns out that money can, in fact, buy happiness. And a new stu...

Will Vaccines Work Against the New Coronavirus Variants?

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone has heard the scary reports about the new, more infectious coronavirus variants that are circulating in countries...

Could Stem Cell Therapy Be a Breakthrough Against MS?

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell transplants may have long-lasting benefits for some people with aggressive case...

AHA News: Keeping Your Brain Sharp Isn't About Working More Puzzles

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Mental decline is one of the most feared aspects of growing older. People will do just about anything t...

Severe Allergic Reaction Extremely Rare With Pfizer COVID Vaccine: Study

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Despite scattered media reports of severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, a detail...

Diabetes Boosts Odds for Heart Trouble 10-fold in Younger Women

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - With rising obesity rates, more young women American women are developing type 2 diabetes, putting them at hugely incre...

Biden Unveils Details of National Pandemic Response Plan

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A day after his inauguration, President Joe Biden plans to unveil a new, far-reaching pandemic response plan...

Health Highlights: Jan. 21, 2021

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Hahn Resigns as Head of FDA, Dr. Janet Woodcock New Interim Chief

Dr. Stephen Hahn resigned as commissioner of the U.S. Food and ...

Biden COVID Advisor Says Poor Preparation, Changing Virus Could Slow Vaccine Effort

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. President Joe Biden has promised to re-energize the nation's response to COVID-19, but one of his top pandemic ad...

Arthritis Drug Tocilizumab Flops as COVID-19 Treatment

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The arthritis drug tocilizumab doesn't help hospital patients with severe COVID-19, according to a new study that cont...

Kids Highly Likely to Transmit Coronavirus to Others: Study

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- While children are less susceptible to illness with the new coronavirus, they are nearly 60% more likely than adults ove...

Another Reason Why Cats Go Wild for Catnip

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- You may think that cats crave the plants catnip and silver vine because it makes them feel euphoric, and that's true.

More Than 200,000 Americans Have Lupus

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Just over 200,000 Americans have the autoimmune disorder lupus, and minority women are at highest risk, according to a n...

Premature Menopause May Bring Tougher Symptoms for Women

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause is known to bring a variety of unpleasant symptoms ranging from hot flashes to insomnia. Yet, for those who ha...

Two-Drug Combo May Help Fight Meth Addiction

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In what may signal a seismic shift in the treatment of methamphetamine addiction, a pair of prescrip...

When ICUs Near Capacity, COVID Patients' Risk for Death Nearly Doubles

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When intensive care units are swamped with COVID-19 patients, death rates may climb, a n...