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U.S. to Stick With International Travel Restrictions

U.S. to Stick With International Travel RestrictionsMONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world means that the United States will continue with COVID-19 international travel restrictions for now, a White House official said Monday.The Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all U.S. coronavirus cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.While the Biden administration recognizes the importance of international travel, COVID-19 cases are rising in the United States and that's likely to continue in the coming weeks, said the official who wasn't authorized to discuss the issue, the Associated Press reported.Earlier this month, President Joe Biden said his administration was "in the process" of considering how soon the United States could lift...

Major Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID...

26 July 2021
Major Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Health WorkersMONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- All health care workers should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, dozens of major U.S. medical groups said in a joint statement released Monday."Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine," the statement said."This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients, as well as residents of long-term care facilities, first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being," it said.The groups include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American...

Worry, Depression, Burnout: Survey Finds College...

26 July 2021
Worry, Depression, Burnout: Survey Finds College Students Stressed as Fall Term NearsMONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Like many of her peers, Ohio State University engineering student Mary Trabue spent much of the pandemic taking classes online. And she was struggling."I don't know what was wrong, but I just felt tired all the time because I wasn't sleeping," she said. "And I knew I couldn't continue down that path."Whether a question of COVID-related depression, anxiety, burnout or all of the above, a new Ohio State survey suggests that Trabue is not alone.Conducted between August 2020 and April 2021, the survey found that 71% of nearly 1,100 Ohio State University (OSU) students said they were battling burnout this past spring. That's up from about 40% back in the summer of 2020.Students also reported a notable rise in both anxiety and depression, as COVID-19...

Worried About Delta-Linked 'Breakthrough' Infections?...

26 July 2021
Worried About Delta-Linked `Breakthrough` Infections? Experts Explain the RisksMONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even if they're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, certain people may need to take extra precautions to prevent "breakthrough" infections with the highly transmissible Delta variant, experts say.The Delta variant is causing most of the new COVID cases in the United States, and older people and those with immune-compromising conditions may be at greater risk than others, say researchers. For the general public, they stressed, "breakthrough infections" among fully vaccinated people can happen -- but they are rarely severe."The end game is most people who get breakthrough infections either have very mild symptoms or no symptoms. They rarely end up in the hospital, and they don't die," said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute...

Cleaning Up the Air Could Help Prevent Alzheimer's

26 July 2021
Cleaning Up the Air Could Help Prevent Alzheimer`sMONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution causes you to gasp and wheeze. Smog puts strain on your hearts and inflames your lungs.Could dirty air also be costing you your brain health?A trio of new studies finds that air quality appears linked to a risk of thinking declines and dementia, and bad air might even promote toxic brain proteins that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease."This is extremely exciting, because it indicates the potential that improving air quality levels could have on mortality levels, other areas of health, and also perhaps risk of dementia," said Claire Sexton, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association.In the first study, researchers found that reduction of fine particulate pollution and smog over a decade was...

Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?

26 July 2021
Can COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers some reassuring news for parents of kids returning to school soon: The risk of acquiring COVID-19 on the school bus is very low when proper precautions are taken.With open windows, mandated masking and two kids per seat, there was no transmission of the new coronavirus linked to busing even during the height of the pandemic, the study found."Until recently, there has been a paucity of data related to bus transportation and the transmission of COVID-19," said Dr. Teresa Murray Amato, chair of emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital, in New York City. "This is a promising study that appears to confirm that mask-wearing and air filtration can make bus transportation safe for children during this...

AHA News: Severe Sleep Apnea Could Damage Key Blood Vessels

26 July 2021
AHA News: Severe Sleep Apnea Could Damage Key Blood VesselsMONDAY, July 26, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Severe sleep apnea is associated with major changes in key arteries and could speed up vascular aging, according to new research.The study published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association sought to shed new light on the link between obstructive sleep apnea and "accelerated vascular aging," a thickening or stiffening in some blood vessels that causes changes in their function and structure.Scientists already knew vascular aging plays a big role in cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnea – which affects about 34% of middle-aged men and 17% of middle-aged women – also has been linked to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.According to a scientific statement published in June by the...

AHA News: Olympians Push the Physical Limits of Humankind, But What Limits Humans?

26 July 2021
AHA News: Olympians Push the Physical Limits of Humankind, But What Limits Humans?MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- "Faster, higher, stronger" is the Olympic motto – and what every athlete at the Tokyo Games will be striving for.But just how much a human can accomplish is determined by many factors, from genetic to psychological to environmental. Some experts even think we've gone about as far as we can go.An athlete's abilities are partly a result of the body they're born with, said Amanda Paluch, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Some people just have the capability to become more fit than others. "There's always room for improvement for all individuals. It's just the ceiling that somebody can reach is going to vary."Elite athletes and the general population actually...

Patients of Color Less Likely to Get Specialist Care...

MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People of color are consistently less likely to see medical specialists than white patients are, a new U.S. study finds, highlighting yet another...

Survey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for...

MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As a new school year approaches, U.S. parents are nearly evenly split on whether they'll vaccinate their young kids when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved...
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