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18Oct
2021

Powell's COVID Death Despite Vaccination Shows Danger to Those With Weakened Immune Systems

Powell`s COVID Death Despite Vaccination Shows Danger to Those With Weakened Immune SystemsMONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Colin Powell, the first Black person to become Secretary of State and a military leader who helped shape U.S. foreign policy for decades, died Monday of complications from COVID-19. He was 84."General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from COVID-19," the Powell family wrote in a Facebook post. "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," they said, noting he was fully vaccinated. Powell becomes one of the most high-profile American public figures to die after having a "breakthrough" coronavirus infection, although there were factors that raised his risk of severe COVID-19 infection greatly, experts...

How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by...

18 October 2021
How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by ConservatorshipsMONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pop singer Britney Spears was at the height of her fame in 2008 when, through a series of arcane legal maneuverings, her father gained conservatorship over her and took control of her personal and financial affairs.Spears' plight and the #FreeBritney movement has shone a bright spotlight on America's guardianship system, which experts say is shrouded in secrecy, ripe for abuse and in desperate need of reform.About 1.3 million guardianship or conservatorship cases are active at any given time in the United States, managing assets that total at least $50 billion for people whose rights have essentially been stripped from them, according to the National Council on Disability.Most guardianships are run by family members and benefit the person who's...

Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

15 October 2021
Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: StudyFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Adult staff in schools are more likely than students to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often used and improve the chances of survival, a new study finds. AEDs are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to try and restart the heart. If appropriate action isn't taken immediately, cardiac arrest is often fatal."Most research on sudden cardiac arrest in school-aged populations focuses on high schools and student athletes, leaving out the majority of students and adults in schools," said lead study author Milla Arabadjian. She is a postdoctoral research associate at New York University College of Nursing, in New York City.To get a more complete picture, the researchers surveyed almost 900...

One-Third of Americans With Arthritis Get No Exercise

14 October 2021
One-Third of Americans With Arthritis Get No ExerciseTHURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many American arthritis sufferers aren't getting any exercise despite its benefits for reducing pain and improving their quality of life, new research shows.Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults with arthritis engaged in physical activity in the past month, most often walking, according to a new data analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were drawn from national health surveys from 2016 through 2018."With 33% of U.S. adults with arthritis who are not physically active, there is still room for public health action," said lead researcher Dana Guglielmo of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.And that action starts with frank talk between arthritis patients and their...

Survey Finds Who's Most Likely to Give to Charity and How

13 October 2021
Survey Finds Who`s Most Likely to Give to Charity and HowWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults are more likely than younger ones to give to charity, but are more likely to support ones in their own country, an international study reveals."As countries, including the U.K., are announcing cuts to foreign aid budgets, there will be an increasing reliance on global charities," said senior author Patricia Lockwood, of the Center for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham in England. "Understanding the giving preferences and inclinations of different age groups could therefore be extremely important in planning campaigns and appeals," she said in a university news release.For the study, researchers in the United Kingdom and Austria gave 46,500 adults in 67 nations a hypothetical amount of money equivalent to the...
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