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Could the TB Vaccine Help Prevent COVID-19?

Could the TB Vaccine Help Prevent COVID-19?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-19, a new study suggests.The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) was developed in the early 1900s and is given to more than 100 million children worldwide every year.In the United States, BCG is approved as a vaccine for people at high risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB) and to treat bladder cancer.The use of BCG against COVID-19 is being assessed in multiple clinical trials worldwide, and this study suggests it may be effective.Researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Southern California tested the blood of more than 6,000 health care workers for evidence of antibodies to the new coronavirus. Workers were also asked about their medical...

Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

24 November 2020
Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pills, a large new study suggests.The study of more than 83,000 women with asthma found that those who used birth control pills for at least three years tended to have fewer severe flare-ups.The difference between pill users and non-users was small, and the findings do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers stressed.However, there's reason to believe birth control pills could affect asthma symptoms, according to study author Bright Nwaru.For one, it's known that some women with asthma see their symptoms flare at certain points in the menstrual cycle. Fluctuating hormone levels are suspected to be the reason, explained Nwaru, of the...

More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was...

24 November 2020
More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was Lifted: StudyTUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Small, powerful magnets in toys like Buckyballs building sets and jewelry kits are causing an alarming number of serious pediatric injuries in the United States, new research warns.Analyzing national data, researchers found an 80% rise in these injuries to children from 2016 to 2019, following the repeal of a sales ban on the magnets by a federal court.When these small rare earth magnets are swallowed, the potential for serious gastrointestinal injury is high, noted study lead author Dr. Michael Flaherty.Cases are popping up all over the United States, according to a recent report from NBC News. In Indiana, a 4-year-old boy was rushed to surgery after swallowing 27 magnetized balls; one 2-year-old girl in Illinois needed her appendix removed...

Common Weight-Loss Surgery Can Weaken a Teen's Bones

24 November 2020
Common Weight-Loss Surgery Can Weaken a Teen`s BonesTUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure used to help obese people lose weight, may damage the bones of teen patients, a new study finds."Childhood obesity is a major public health issue that has increased over the last 10 years," said researcher Dr. Miriam Bredella, a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. "Sleeve gastrectomy is the most common bariatric surgery procedure performed in children and adults."In the procedure, about 75% of the stomach is removed to reduce how much someone can eat."In adults, bariatric surgery can have long-term effects on bone, leading to higher fracture risk," Bredella noted, saying the researchers wanted to focus on teens "during the crucial years when bone mass is being accrued."For the study, researchers...

Junk Food, Booze Often Star in America's Hit Movies

23 November 2020
Junk Food, Booze Often Star in America`s Hit MoviesMONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If there was an Oscar for "most unhealthy food in a leading role," many of America's most popular movies would be serious contenders.That's the conclusion of a new review of food content featured in 250 top-grossing U.S. movies. More often than not, the fictional food choices were so bad they wouldn't make the cut of real-world dietary recommendations, the study authors said."The overall diet depicted in movies would fail federal guidelines for a healthy diet -- not enough fiber, too much saturated fat and sodium, and … more sugar and three times more alcohol than the average American consumes," said study lead author Bradley Turnwald.And the implications are big, he said."They solidify a norm that unhealthy foods are common and valued in our...

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