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Bike-Linked Head Injuries Plummet for U.S. Kids, But Not Adults

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad on rates of head injuries among America's bike-riding public: Rates for these...

Magnets in Cellphones, Smartwatches Might Affect Pacemakers, FDA Warns

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that strong magnets in some cellphones and smartwatches can interfere with...

Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many people drank more to cope with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it placed on daily life, an...

AHA News: Orthopedic Surgeon Becomes Patient After Stroke at 48

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- As usual, Dr. Mike Knapic's workday was packed. By early afternoon, the orthopedic surgeon had completed t...

With New Mask Guidance Comes the Challenge of Following It

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- While millions of Americans rejoiced in the news on Thursday that the fully vaccinated can now skip masks in most indoor an...

Health Highlights: May 14, 2021

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Many Hispanic Americans Want to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, But Haven't

Some of the lowest U.S. COVID-19 vaccination rates are among Hispanics...

Vaping Ups Teens' Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Though some think that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, Canadian research suggests it could...

Depression Even More Common With Heart Failure Than Cancer

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart failure are 20% more likely than those with cancer to ...

Can Some Movies Change Your Life? Maybe, Study Finds

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) – A good movie can be more than mere entertainment: It can also help you feel more prepared to tackle life's challenges and be...

Dialysis Patients Have Weaker Response to COVID Vaccine: Study

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine isn't enough to develop adequate antibodies in kidney dialysis patients, Canadian resea...

Two Out of Three California Prison Inmates Said Yes to COVID Vaccine

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Sixty-seven percent of inmates in California prisons who were offered a COVID-19 vaccine have accepted at least one dose, a...

Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

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FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When the COVID-19 pandemic kept young kids indoors, their time spent watching TV and other screens rose dramatically.

New Coronavirus Lingers in Penis and Could Cause Impotence

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Men now have one more compelling reason to get a COVID-19 vaccine — doctors suspect the new coronaviru...

What Works Best to Ease Recurrent Ear Infections in Kids?

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent middle-ear infections are the nemesis of many parents and young children. Now a new study sug...

AHA News: What to Tell Your Young Teen About Their Shot at the COVID-19 Vaccine

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12 offers parents more than the opportunity to pro...

Weight-Loss Surgery Might Also Help Prevent Cataracts

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery can trim waistlines, and new research suggests it could also protect aging eyes.

The study foun...

Fully Vaccinated Can Shed Masks in Most Outdoor, Indoor Settings: CDC

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Fully vaccinated Americans can now skip face masks and social distancing in most indoor or outdoor settings, the U.S. Cen...

Health Highlights: May 13, 2021

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Former University of Hawaii Quarterback Colt Brennan Dies at 37

Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan died early Tuesday at 3...

New Drug Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Manage Asthma

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental injectable drug appears more versatile than existing medications in treating people with different forms ...

COVID More Lethal for People Living With HIV

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Like certain health conditions including cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, new research shows that having HIV or ...

Researchers Develop First App-Based Rapid Gonorrhea Test

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have developed a rapid test for gonorrhea that could help reduce the spread of the sexually transmit...

Mixing COVID Vaccines Might Raise Odds for Minor Reactions: Study

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing the various COVID-19 vaccines -- for example, getting a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine but having your second do...

Good Bacteria Aren't Present in Baby's Gut Before Birth

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria don't set up house in the human gut until after birth, a new study finds.

Gut bacteria are vital for dig...

Many Americans Live Too Far From Opioid Addiction Treatment

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In areas of the United States where opioid treatment centers are rare, addicted people can find it nearly impossible to g...

Obesity in Teens, Higher Risk of Stroke Before 50

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THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes are on the rise among people younger than 50, and new research suggests that packing on the po...

Debunking Social Media Myth, Study Finds COVID Vaccine Won't Harm Placenta

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WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to misleading reports spread on social media, a new study finds the COVID-19 vaccine does no damage to the plac...

Could a Vaccine Against Future Pandemics Be on the Way?

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WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- An ambitious new vaccine effort is taking aim at future coronavirus mutations that may threaten global health down the r...

'Mind-Reading' Technology Allows Paralyzed Man to Rapidly Text

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WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A microchip implanted in the brain has allowed a paralyzed man to communicate by text — at speeds tha...

Feel Younger Than Your Age? You Might Live Longer

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WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Can feeling young at heart, or at least younger than your actual age, help older people live healthie...

Moderna Vaccine Can Trigger Red, Itchy 'COVID Arm,' But It's Temporary

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WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In rare cases, people who receive the two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may experience a red, itchy p...