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Snow Shoveling, Slips on Ice Bring Cold Weather Dangers


SATURDAY, March 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Clearing away snow can be hazardous to your health, experts warn.

Shoveling snow causes 100 deaths a year in the ...

How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Giving homeless COVID-19 patients a free hotel room for their quarantine and recovery pays huge health dividends for the e...

With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Americans love to have choices, and now there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States.


It's Too Soon to Lift COVID Restrictions: Fauci


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Coronavirus restrictions should not be lifted until the daily toll of new U.S. cases falls below 10,000, "and maybe even c...

AHA News: Why Did Yankees Manager Get a Pacemaker, and How Does It Work?


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- With each beat of your heart, the muscle squeezes, feeding blood to the rest of your body. The squeeze is...

Health Highlights: March 5, 2021


Anti-Parasite Drug Won't Help Against Mild COVID-19: Study

A drug called ivermectin that's typically used to tre...

When Facebook, Twitter Flag Posts as 'Unverified,' Readers Listen


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Readers pay attention when social media sites label an article as "unverified" or "suspicious," a new study suggests.


Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Seizures of illegal drugs fell sharply in the United States during early COVID-19 lockdowns, but spiked once stay-at-home ...

Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Prompts FDA Warning


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- You might decide your frizzy locks aren't so bad after all, given a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Big Paychecks Pay Off in Self-Confidence, Study Finds


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Can money buy you happiness? Maybe not, but a new study suggests it's linked to greater feelings of confidence and pride.<...

Opioid Use (and Overuse) for Knee Arthritis Takes Big Financial Toll


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Opioids and arthritic knees are a costly mix, new research claims.

"These data offer new evidence of the magnitude o...

A Vaccine Against UTIs? New Mouse Study Brings Shot Closer


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many women suffer through countless urinary tract infections (UTIs), but a new study in mice offers hope that a vaccine co...

Reassuring News for Women Taking Epilepsy Meds While Pregnant


FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers whose mothers took certain epilepsy drugs during pregnancy are unlikely to have development delays, researchers s...

More Data Suggests New Coronavirus Variants Weaken Vaccines, Treatments


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are more resistant to antibod...

Moderna COVID Vaccine Can Sometimes Trigger Delayed Skin Reactions


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Some people given the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may develop a reaction at the injection site that can first appear more t...

Perils of the Pandemic: Scooters, Cleansers and Button Batteries


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Fireworks, skateboards and button batteries are among the products associated with increased trips to the emergency room...

American Indians Face the Highest Odds for Stroke


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- While strokes strike many Americans, a new study shows the risk is particularly high among American I...

COVID Leaves Most Pro Athletes With No Lasting Heart Damage: Study


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In some reassuring news for professional athletes, a new study finds very few develop inflammatory he...

AHA News: Bypass Surgery Turned Doctor From Couch Potato Into Mountain Climber


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Because of the lack of oxygen at such lofty altitudes, Dr. Akil Taherbhai needed four hours to climb th...

U.S. Hispanics at High Stroke Risk and Many Go Untreated: Report


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even after suffering a stroke, many Hispanic Americans still have uncontrolled diabetes, high blood p...

Catnip Might Be Your Next Mosquito Repellent


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A common herb that makes your favorite feline high may hold the key to a mosquito-free summer in your backyard.


COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (Healthday News) -- In a finding that suggests overweight people should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines, a new report released Thursday...

Health Highlights: March 4, 2021


Emptier Roads, But Sharp Rise in U.S. Traffic Deaths in 2020

Even though Americans drove less last year due to t...

She Barely Survived a Severe Form of COVID-19 Hitting Kids


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Like many people this past year, teenager Tyona Montgomery began experiencing a sore throat and a los...

Add Sleep Woes to Long-Term Effects of Concussions


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Concussions can increase the long-term risk of a wide range of sleep disorders, a new study indicates.


Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Who is more likely to relapse after opioid addiction treatment — women or men?

A new study that followed 1,100 rec...

Is Your Teen Unmotivated at School? That Might Change


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If your teen seems disinterested in school, new research suggests there's a good chance that things will get better over...

Women With Type 1 Diabetes May Have Fewer Childbearing Years: Study


THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Women with type 1 diabetes may have a shorter length of time to conceive and bear children compared to those without the...

Could Taking a Swing at Golf Help Parkinson's Patients?


WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- For helping Parkinson's patients improve their balance and mobility, golf may beat the martial art e...

Vaping Pot Worse Than Vaping Tobacco for Teens' Lungs: Study


WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who vape pot are more likely to wheeze and cough than those who smoke or vape nicotine, new survey data revea...