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2021

RSV Is Common, Dangerous Infection: What Parents Need to Know

RSV Is Common, Dangerous Infection: What Parents Need to KnowSUNDAY, Oct. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Watch closely if your kids appear to have a common cold this fall or winter. It could instead be respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, and that makes it more likely to progress to a serious lower lung infection. RSV is back in force this year after a reprieve while many stayed home last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts at Penn State Health. "The symptoms are virtually synonymous with the common cold – runny nose, congestion, maybe a little cough – but RSV is associated with a much higher risk of progression from an upper respiratory cold to a lower lung infection," said Dr. Patrick Gavigan. He is a pediatric infectious disease physician at Penn State Health Children's Hospital, in Hershey, Penn. "This...

Bill Clinton Expected to Be Discharged From Hospital on...

17 October 2021
Bill Clinton Expected to Be Discharged From Hospital on SundaySUNDAY, Oct. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A spokesperson for former President Bill Clinton said late Saturday that the 75-year-old will be discharged from a California hospital on Sunday, CNN reported. Clinton was hospitalized at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, in Orange, earlier in the week after developing sepsis triggered by a urological infection.Speaking on Twitter on Saturday, spokesperson Angel Ureña said Clinton "continued to make excellent progress. He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow."Clinton has been kept at the hospital because the type of antibiotic needed to treat the urinary tract infection that's causing the sepsis needs to be delivered intravenously rather...

Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

16 October 2021
Be Your Teen`s Best Partner as They Learn to DriveSATURDAY, Oct. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of teen drivers can play a crucial role in making their children safe drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association says.Millions of U.S. teens are learning to drive at an especially challenging time as risky and dangerous driving has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the association noted. "Teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal crash due to inexperience and maturity," said Pam Shadel Fischer, a senior executive with the association. "Parents have spent the last 19 months focused on their children's health and safety during the pandemic. That attention to safety can easily extend to driving – and the best way to do that is for parents and teens to work together to ensure young...

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson...

15 October 2021
FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster ShotFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Friday recommended that the agency grant emergency use of booster shots of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.The FDA is expected to make a decision within days that will help guide the 15 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, many of whom have felt left out of the booster shot debate. Friday's vote recommends the J&J booster shot for anyone 18 and older, to be given at least two months after the first dose, The New York Times reported.Dr. Peter Marks, head of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during the meeting that the agency may at some point consider allowing Johnson & Johnson vaccine...

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

15 October 2021
Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- All international travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to enter the United States beginning Nov. 8, an official at the White House told The New York Times. The announcement came on the heels of news on Wednesday that the United States would reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico for the first time since pandemic closures began 19 months ago. U.S. officials had previously said that foreign travelers by air who were fully vaccinated would be allowed to enter the country beginning in early November, but no set date had been given.Friday's announcement effectively completes the reopening of the United States to tourism and visits from family living abroad, ushering in a new...

AHA News: Cyclist Mandy Marquardt Doesn't Let Diabetes Slow Her Down

15 October 2021
AHA News: Cyclist Mandy Marquardt Doesn`t Let Diabetes Slow Her DownFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Mandy Marquardt spends her days training and racing furiously around a velodrome. She's a track sprint cyclist, and by age 16, she already was winning medals in junior events when a routine checkup revealed high blood glucose.Follow-up tests discovered Type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis prompted her doctor to proclaim her cycling future would center on fun and exercise rather than grueling training and competition."It was life-changing," said Marquardt, now 30. "You want to be a reckless teenager, but here I was faced with this challenge of learning how to dial in my nutrition, adapt and adjust to find a way to continue to compete and live a normal life."She has done all that, rising to the top of her sport and demonstrating that...

State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

15 October 2021
State Lotteries Didn`t Help Boost Vaccination RatesFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A shot at winning $1 million did nothing to budge the number of people who got the COVID-19 jab.According to a new study, lotteries in 19 states designed to encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 did not alter the rate of those who got the shot. In fact, vaccination rates were the same in lottery and non-lottery states."It's possible that the group that you're trying to convince to get vaccinated is not convinced that they want the vaccine at all," said researcher Andrew Friedson, an associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado in Denver. "Maybe they've been subject to some incorrect information with regard to the dangers of vaccines or with regard to the benefits of vaccines, and then unless you're able to adjust...

Biden Administration to Invest $100 Million to Ease Health Worker Shortage

15 October 2021
Biden Administration to Invest $100 Million to Ease Health Worker ShortageFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The National Health Service Corps will receive $100 million to help tackle the U.S. health care worker shortage, the White House announced Thursday.That's a five-fold increase in funding from previous years for a program that helps find primary care doctors for communities that struggle to recruit and keep them, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NBC News reported.In exchange for a number of years of providing care in areas that lack health care providers, doctors are offered loan repayments and scholarships."COVID has basically caused a laser focus on the glaring gaps and dysfunction across the American health care system," Tener Veenema, a scholar focused on workforce issues at Johns Hopkins University's Center for...

Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Sepsis

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Former President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized after developing sepsis that was triggered by a urological infection.Sepsis occurs when the body has...

Lyme Disease Often Spotted at Later Stage in Black Patients

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The tell-tale sign of Lyme disease is its bulls-eye rash, but that might be harder to spot in Black people, who are often diagnosed with more advanced...
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