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Health Highlights: Sept. 22, 2021

Details: Health Highlights: Sept. 22, 2021. Here are some of HealthDay's top storiesfor Wednesday, Sept. 22:. Pregnant women, do your baby a favor and get a COVID vaccine: A new study found that mothers-to-be who had either the Pfizer or Moderna shots passed high levels of antibodies to their infants.Read more

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Healthy Eating During Adolescence

Details: The USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have prepared the following food plate to guide parents in selecting foods for children ages 1 and older. The MyPlate icon is divided into 5 food group categories, emphasizing the nutritional intake of the following:

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Indoor Air Can Cause Health Problems

Details: Indoor air pollution can cause big health problems. People who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods are often those most at risk to the effects of indoor air pollution. This includes children, older adults, and people with long-term (chronic) illnesses. Most indoor air pollution comes from sources that release gases

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mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine

Details: OWS is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and many medical research and manufacturing groups. These organizations agreed to work together as closely as possible to communicate and move through a robust process to develop safe COVID-19 vaccines more quickly. .

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Fewer American Adults Are Getting Malignant Brain Tumors

Details: Fewer American Adults Are Getting Malignant Brain Tumors. MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Malignant brain tumor rates are declining among U.S. adults, but patients still have a low chance of survival, a new study finds. The researchers also found that rates of noncancerous tumors are on the rise, likely due to increased awareness and

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Dexamethasone Can Help the Sickest COVID Patients Survive

Details: TUESDAY, Aug. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's strong evidence that the steroid drug dexamethasone can significantly lower hospitalized patients' risk of dying from COVID-19, but many who might benefit from it the most aren't getting it. "Dexamethasone is a steroid that is used for the treatment of arthritis, inflammation and allergic

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Upper Respiratory Disorders

Details: Many different upper respiratory disorders require clinical care by a doctor or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Upper Respiratory Infection (URI, or Common Cold) Sinusitis. Allergic Rhinitis.

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Paying for Long-Term Care, Home Health Care, and Hospice Care

Details: Home health care. A healthcare provider must authorize and at different times review the home healthcare plan of the person. Home healthcare services covered by Medicare must be part-time. Services must also be provided by a Medicare-certified home health agency, or an agency that meets the minimum federal requirements of care and cost. Hospice.

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Free Testosterone

Details: The free testosterone can help give more information when total testosterone is low. Both men and women can have health problems because of low or high levels of testosterone. Women with high levels of testosterone may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition can cause: Infertility. Lack of menstruation.

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Details: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), also referred to as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is a procedure that replaces your diseased aortic valve with a man-made valve. The TAVI procedure has been recommended to you as an alternative to open heart surgery.

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Indirect Bilirubin

Details: Indirect bilirubin is the difference between total and direct bilirubin. Common causes of higher indirect bilirubin include: Hemolytic anemia. This means your body is getting rid of too many red blood cells. A gene problem that causes slightly higher indirect bilirubin levels without other signs or symptoms of disease.

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Details: Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the fatty tissue that surrounds the nerves is destroyed. When this happens, the nerves are unable to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain. It causes muscle weakness, impaired coordination, and fatigue.

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Are High-Dose Blood Thinners Needed for Severe COVID-19

Details: Many hospitals and health care providers began to use high doses of blood thinners to prevent these clots or treat them preemptively," explained study co-author Dr. Juan Reyes, director of hospital medicine at George Washington University's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in Washington, D.C.

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Osteoporosis Risk Assessment

Details: Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Osteoporosis is a long-term (chronic) disease that slowly weakens bones until they break easily. It is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. In some cases it may also be caused by medical conditions or medicines. Millions of Americans older than 50 have osteoporosis.

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'Pink Eye' Often a Symptom of COVID-19, and Infection Via

Details: Dr. Alfred Sommer, a professor of epidemiology and international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. "This is a warning to people that the conjunctiva can be a source of infection that might spread to others," he said.

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Flu Shot Might Help Ward Off Severe COVID

Details: Flu Shot Might Help Ward Off Severe COVID. MONDAY, July 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A flu shot might offer some protection against severe effects of COVID-19, a new study suggests. If you are infected with COVID-19, having had a flu shot makes it less likely you will suffer severe body-wide infection, blood clots, have a stroke or be treated

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Calorie Burn Rate Calculator

Details: Calorie Burn Rate Calculator. The more active you are, the more calories you burn. Running or jogging, for instance, burns more calories than bowling. Carrying your clubs when golfing burns more calories than riding in a golf cart. Your weight also affects the number of calories burned: The more you weigh, the more calories you burn.

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Third Vaccine Dose Can Help Shield Transplant Patients

Details: Third Vaccine Dose Can Help Shield Transplant Patients From COVID. THURSDAY, Aug. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A third dose of a two-shot COVID vaccine significantly boosts transplant patients' protection against SARS-CoV-2, according to a new study.

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After Nearly 9 Million Pfizer Shots for U.S. Teens

Details: MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials have some reassuring news about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in young people: Among millions of U.S. teens who've received Pfizer's shots, serious side effects have been rare. As of July 16, close to 9 million teens, aged 12 to 17, had received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

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Mood Disorders in Teens

Details: Mood disorder caused by a health problem. Many conditions can trigger symptoms of depression. These include cancer, injuries, infections, and chronic illnesses. Substance-induced mood disorder. These are depression symptoms from the effects of medicine or other forms of treatment, drug abuse, or exposure to toxins.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Details: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term (chronic) disease that causes inflammation of the joints. The inflammation can be so severe that it affects how the joints and other parts of the body look and function. In the hand, RA may cause deformities in …

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Alcohol: Friend or Foe to Women’s Health

Details: The news on alcohol is confusing at best. On one hand, researchers say that moderate drinking helps prevent heart disease. On the other hand, they say drinking increases the risk of breast and other cancers, as well as other health problems. So, is it good for women to drink … or not?

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Tuberculosis Testing

Details: Tuberculosis Testing. Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial disease that spreads through the air. A person with TB of the throat or lungs who coughs, speaks, or sings can unknowingly spread the bacteria into the air.

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Understanding Gastrocnemius Muscle Tear

Details: Understanding Gastrocnemius Muscle Tear. A gastrocnemius muscle tear is a severe, sudden injury to your calf muscle. This muscle helps flex the lower leg. It also helps you do quick movements, such as jumping and sprinting. An injury to this muscle is sometimes called “tennis leg.”.

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults

Details: Symptoms of ADHD in adults. For an adult to be diagnosed with ADHD, the symptoms must have been present since childhood. The symptoms may include: Trouble thinking things through. Low self-esteem. Depression. Trouble holding a job. Memory problems. Problems with a …

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Tuberculosis Quiz

Details: You answered. The correct answer is. Tuberculosis is a disease that can affect any part of the body, but the infection most often targets the lungs. Most TB cases are caused by inhaling the bacteria. People can get TB when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, sings, or laughs.

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Communication Disorders in Children

Details: Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. A speech-language pathologist will work with your child to improve communication skills. Treatment is often a team effort. Parents, teachers, and mental health experts may also be involved.

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4th Case of Tropical Bacterial Illness Found in United

Details: 4th Case of Tropical Bacterial Illness Found in United States: CDC. TUESDAY, Aug. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The fourth U.S. case of a rare and potentially fatal bacterial disease called melioidosis, typically found in the tropics, has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genome testing shows that the strain in

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Good Positioning After a Stroke

Details: Many people who have a stroke have problems with the arm and leg on one side of their body. Good positioning after a stroke can help treat problems with your affected arm, leg, and vision. It can also help prevent new problems from developing.

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Drug Improves Survival for Rare, Deadly Kidney Cancer

Details: Drug Improves Survival for Rare, Deadly Kidney Cancer. MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The drug cabozantinib is more effective than two similar drugs, as well as the current standard treatment, in extending the lives of patients with a rare and deadly type of kidney cancer, according to a new study.

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Vertigo: A Common Symptom With Many Different Causes

Details: SUNDAY, April 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many conditions can trigger vertigo and the first step in treating it is to find out what's causing it, an expert says. Middle ear fluid, dislodged crystals in the inner ear, Meniere's disease, vestibular neuritis and vestibular migraine all can cause vertigo, according to …

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Breast Cancer: Grades and Stages

Details: The grade of your cancer helps predict how fast the cancer may grow and spread. A scale of 1 to 3 is used to grade breast cancer. The lower the number, the more the cancer cells look like normal cells. This means the cancer is less likely to spread and may be easier to treat. Grade 3 cancer cells look very different from normal cells.

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Discharge Instructions: COPD

Details: Search Our Health Library. search Submit Health Library Search. Discharge Instructions: COPD. You have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out …

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Flu and COVID-19: Staying Healthy

Details: THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In some reassuring news for professional athletes, a new study finds very few develop inflammatory heart disease after being infected with COVID-19, and most can safely return to play. In fact, of nearly 800 professional athletes who had tested positive, less than 1% were barred from returning to play

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Drug Used to Prevent Miscarriages May Be Upping Cancer

Details: WEDNESDAY, March 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Kids born to moms who took a drug widely used to prevent miscarriages in the 1950s and 1960s may be twice as likely to develop cancer in adulthood. The drug in question, hydroxyprogesterone caproate, also known as OHPC or 17-OHPC, is a man-made version of the hormone progesterone.

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Carbon Dioxide (Blood)

Details: Carbon dioxide in your blood usually causes no problems. But if you have too much or too little of it, you may have a disease or a health emergency. Most of the carbon dioxide in your body is in the form of bicarbonate. Bicarbonate is used to keep the pH of your blood (acids and bases) in balance. The test measures all types of carbon dioxide

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COVID-19 May Trigger High Blood Sugar, Raising Death Risk

Details: COVID-19 May Trigger High Blood Sugar, Raising Death Risk: Study. MONDAY, July 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Bodies stressed by severe COVID-19 could produce abnormally high blood sugar levels, even in people without diagnosed diabetes. And that appears tied to a doubling of the odds of dying from COVID-19, Chinese researchers report.

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Colorectal Cancer: Screening

Details: Regular colorectal cancer screening for those at average risk continues through the age 75 for people in good health and a life expectancy of 10 years or more. For people ages 76 to 85, talk with your healthcare provider about continued screening. Screening for …

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All Health Care, Long-Term Care Workers in California Must

Details: All Health Care, Long-Term Care Workers in California Must Get COVID Shots. FRIDAY, Aug. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- All 2.2 million health care workers and long-term care workers in California will now have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, the California Department of Public Health

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Last Year's NYC Measles Outbreak Has Lessons for COVID Crisis

Details: Last Year's NYC Measles Outbreak Has Lessons for COVID Crisis. TUESDAY, June 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that could help guide the response to the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows that a measles outbreak that struck New York City last year could have been much worse if the city had not launched a vaccine campaign.

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Details: Certain health conditions are closely linked to NAFLD. These include obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. These conditions may lead to extra fat in the liver or fatty liver disease.

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One Reason It's Hotter in Poorer Neighborhoods: Fewer Trees

Details: One Reason It's Hotter in Poorer Neighborhoods: Fewer Trees. THURSDAY, April 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Poor neighborhoods in the United States have fewer trees and are hotter than richer neighborhoods, new research shows. In the study, the researchers assessed tree cover in the 100 largest urban areas of the country. In nine out of 10

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