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Even Before COVID, Many More People Died Early in U.S. Versus Europe

Even Before COVID, Many More People Died Early in U.S. Versus EuropeTHURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Americans were living shorter lives and dying at a significantly higher rate than the citizens of wealthy European countries even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, a new study reports.The United States suffered more than 400,000 excess deaths in 2017 alone, pre-COVID, compared to the combined populations of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, England and Wales, said senior researcher Samuel Preston, a professor of sociology with the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center, in Philadelphia.By this measure, about one in seven U.S. deaths that occurred in 2017 was in excess of the European death rate, the researchers said. Lifestyle choices — from overeating to smoking and drug use — play a major role in the divide.There's been a...

Rashes Can Occur After COVID Vaccine,  But...

15 April 2021
Rashes Can Occur After COVID Vaccine,  But Dermatologists Say `Don`t Worry`THURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists liken skin to a window that can reveal what is going on inside the body, and a rash that sometimes follows a COVID-19 vaccine is one example.When you get the shot, your immune system activates, preparing to recognize and fight off the virus in the future. This response and the inflammation that goes with it can occasionally result in a rash. But experts say as long as it happens more than four hours after the shot, there's no need to worry.Skin reactions like hives or swelling that appear within four hours, however, may be a sign of a rare but severe allergic reaction, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Dr. Esther Freeman is principal investigator in charge of a registry that tracks skin reactions...

Most Young Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

15 April 2021
Most Young Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll THURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many American teens and young adults are now embracing the chance to get COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey finds.But youth-focused messaging will still be needed to convince a minority of those aged 14 to 24 that they should be vaccinated, the University of Michigan researchers said. Still, the good news is that more young people are ready to get their shots than said they were ready to do so last fall.The first text-message-based MyVoice national survey in October 2020 found that 76% of the 911 teen and young adult respondents said they were willing to get vaccinated, but that included 33% who said their final decision depended on additional information. And 20% of the respondents said they weren't willing to get vaccinated.An analysis of a...

AHA News: The Link Between Structural Racism, High Blood...

15 April 2021
AHA News: The Link Between Structural Racism, High Blood Pressure and Black People`s HealthTHURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- High blood pressure. Structural racism.What do they have in common?Researchers say they are two of the biggest factors responsible for the gap in poor heart and brain health between Black and white adults in the United States. And they are inextricably linked.Studies show high blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects Black adults – particularly women – earlier and more dramatically than their white peers. By age 55, research shows 3 of 4 Black adults have already developed the condition compared to about half of white men and 40% of white women.Untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a range of disabling and potentially fatal chronic illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, kidney disease, sexual...

AHA News: Waist Size May Better Predict AFib Risk in Men

15 April 2021
AHA News: Waist Size May Better Predict AFib Risk in MenTHURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Body mass index may be more helpful in predicting the risk of a common type of irregular heartbeat in women, while waist size may better predict that risk in men, new research suggests.The link between obesity and atrial fibrillation, or AFib – when the heart beats irregularly and often too fast – is well established. But researchers wanted to understand the extent to which body fat distribution might predict AFib risk among men and women.The researchers analyzed BMI, waist circumference and electrocardiogram data gathered between 2008 and 2013 from more than 2 million older adults in the U.S. and United Kingdom who didn't have cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure and stroke. The study's lead author, Dr....

'Magic Mushroom' Hallucinogen as Good as Antidepressants: Study

15 April 2021
`Magic Mushroom` Hallucinogen as Good as Antidepressants: StudyTHURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The magic ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may be at least as effective as standard medication for depression, an early clinical trial suggests.The study of 59 patients with major depression tested the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) against psilocybin, which is the psychedelic substance in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Over six weeks, it appeared that just two doses of psilocybin were at least as effective as daily escitalopram pills, both of which were given along with psychological counseling.Patients on either treatment improved to a similar degree in their scores on a depression rating scale.But psilocybin patients actually fared better by other measures: By week six, twice as many were in remission compared to the antidepressant...

CDC Panel Says It Needs More Time to Study J&J Vaccine Clotting Cases

15 April 2021
CDC Panel Says It Needs More Time to Study J&J Vaccine Clotting CasesTHURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The fate of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine hung in the balance on Thursday after a government advisory committee said it needed more time and evidence to determine whether unusual, but severe, blood clots seen in a handful of people were caused by the vaccine.So far, only six clotting cases have been officially reported out of more than 7 million shots given of the one-dose vaccine. But on Tuesday, U.S. health officials recommended a pause in J&J vaccinations.On Wednesday, advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held an emergency meeting to look at the evidence and decided they did not have enough information or time to recommend how to proceed and they would meet again within 10 days, the Associated Press...

Lower Rates of COVID in States That Mandated Masks: Study

15 April 2021
Lower Rates of COVID in States That Mandated Masks: StudyTHURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- States that required people to mask up last year had lower rates of COVID-19 than those with no mask requirements, a new study finds.Researchers examined data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to assess mask policies, people's self-reported use of masks in public, and COVID rates from May through October 2020.They factored in a one-month delay between mask wearing and its subsequent potential effect on COVID infection rates."States with the lowest levels of mask adherence were most likely to have high COVID-19 rates in the subsequent month, independent of mask policy or demographic factors," the Boston University team recently wrote on the preprint server medRxiv, before their findings had been peer-reviewed. Charlie Fischer of Boston...

COVID Plus 'Bleeding' Stroke Doubles a Patient's Death Risk

THURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 'Bleeding' stroke patients with COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to die as those without COVID-19, new research shows.For the study, a research...

Your Zip Code Could Help or Harm Your Brain

THURSDAY, April 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Where you live could affect your brain health as you age, a new study claims. Specifically, it found that middle-aged and older people in poorer...
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