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2020

Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping

WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- You're in lockdown, yet you still have to go grocery shopping, but how do you stay safe and avoid catching the coronavirus? The American Medical Association has some timely tips. When you go to the store: Stay at least six-feet away from other shoppers. Don't shake hands, hug or have any physical contact. Wipe down grocery carts or basket handles with disinfectant wipes if you have them. Don't touch your face. Wear a cloth face mask. While waiting and after leaving the store, use hand sanitizer if you have it. If you're sick, don't go shopping. But if you must, wear a mask, wash your hands often and keep a safe distance between you and others. When you get your groceries home: Although it's unlikely you'll be exposed to...

FDA Approves Koselugo for Pediatric Neurofibromatosis Type 1

14 April 2020
TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Koselugo (selumetinib) has received the first approval for treatment of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) in children ages 2 years and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. Approved specifically for patients with symptomatic, inoperable plexiform neurofibromas (PNs), Koselugo, a kinase inhibitor, works by blocking a key enzyme to help stop the tumor from growing. The FDA notes that NF1 occurs in one of every 3,000 infants, and 30 to 50 percent of patients born with NF1 develop at least one PN. Approval was based on National Cancer Institute clinical trial data from children with NF1 and an inoperable PN. Fifty children received the recommended dose of 25 mg/m² orally twice a day or until unacceptable adverse reactions...

Which Foods Might Reduce Your Odds for Dementia?

14 April 2020
TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a Mediterranean diet that's high in vegetables, whole grains and fish could reduce your risk of mental decline, two studies from the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI) suggest. "We do not always pay attention to our diets. We need to explore how nutrition affects the brain and the eye," lead author Dr. Emily Chew said in an NEI news release. She is director of the institute's division of epidemiology and clinical applications. The researchers analyzed data from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and the follow-up study, AREDS2. The studies, which included 8,000 people in all, were set up to explore the eye disease age-related macular degeneration. At the start of both studies, participants' diets were assessed, including...

Your Sushi May Serve Up Parasitic Worms

13 April 2020
MONDAY, April 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- You may get more than you bargained for when you eat sushi, a new study suggests. Researchers found that since the 1970s, there's been a 283-fold increase in the abundance of a parasitic worm that can be transmitted to people who eat raw or undercooked seafood. This huge increase in the abundance of Anisakis worms, also called herring worms, could have consequences for both human and marine mammal health, according to the authors of the study published recently in the journal Global Change Biology. When people eat live herring worms, they can invade the intestinal wall and cause symptoms similar to food poisoning, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In most cases, the worm dies after a few days and the symptoms disappear, said study...

Don't Believe the Hype: Bogus Products, Coronavirus Scams Abound

13 April 2020
MONDAY, April 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Can zinc help shorten a COVID-19 infection? Will vitamin C or other supplements prevent it? These claims and plenty more can be found on social media and internet sites, but be advised: There is no pill or treatment that can prevent or cure COVID right now. "We want to think that there is a quick way to get rid of this. But there is not a product out there that will keep you from getting the coronavirus," said Rebecca Dutch, a virologist with the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The pandemic has spawned a wave of products claiming to protect you by boosting your immune system -- a simple claim people think they understand, said retired psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Barrett, who runs Quackwatch, a website that debunks pseudoscientific...
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