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AHA News: The Differences and Similarities Between the Flu and COVID-19

AHA News: The Differences and Similarities Between the Flu and COVID-19WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- The viruses that cause the flu and COVID-19 are not the same, and the diseases are different, too. But they have a lot in common, including the ways you can protect yourself.You can imagine the viruses as different kinds of dangerous animals – but "both can bite you," said Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, head of the infection control program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.More precisely, the flu is caused by several different strains of virus. Influenza A and B are the ones that spur flu season. COVID-19 is caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2, which was first identified in late 2019.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms for both flu and COVID-19 can range from mild to severe. Both illnesses can...

AHA News: Broken Heart Syndrome Is on the Rise,...

13 October 2021
AHA News: Broken Heart Syndrome Is on the Rise, Especially Among Older WomenWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Broken heart syndrome, a life-threatening condition whose symptoms mimic a heart attack, is on the upswing, according to new research that shows the sharpest increases among women 50 and older.Published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the study examined 135,463 cases of broken heart syndrome in U.S. hospitals from 2006 to 2017. It found a steady annual increase among both women and men, with women making up 88.3% of the cases.The overall increase wasn't unexpected as the condition has become increasingly recognized among medical professionals, said Dr. Susan Cheng, the study's senior author. But researchers were taken aback to find the rate of the condition was at least six to 12 times higher in...

Nearly Half of U.S. Breast Cancer Patients Use Pot or...

13 October 2021
Nearly Half of U.S. Breast Cancer Patients Use Pot or CBD; Many Don`t Tell DoctorsWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) – When Brooklyn-based mom and fashion designer Suzanne Weiner began treatment for breast cancer three years ago, her medical marijuana card was her best friend."Pot helped me tremendously with the anxiety and stress of my diagnosis," she said. "I was a mess." Weiner still smokes marijuana regularly to help lessen the side effects of an ongoing treatment that helps keep her cancer at bay.She's not alone. Almost half of all people with breast cancer use marijuana or CBD, often during treatment to ease side effects including pain, anxiety, insomnia and nausea, according to a new online survey.While Weiner discussed her cannabis use with her doctors, who she said were both knowledgeable and supportive, this isn't always the case. Many patients...

FDA Authorizes First E-Cigarette

13 October 2021
FDA Authorizes First E-CigaretteWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced its first authorization of an electronic cigarette.The permission to sell was granted to R.J. Reynolds for three of its Vuse tobacco-flavored vaping products."Today's authorizations are an important step toward ensuring all new tobacco products undergo the FDA's robust, scientific premarket evaluation. The manufacturer's data demonstrates its tobacco-flavored products could benefit addicted adult smokers who switch to these products – either completely or with a significant reduction in cigarette consumption – by reducing their exposure to harmful chemicals," Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said in an agency news release. The FDA added it had...

Lengthening Menstrual Cycles Near Menopause Could Predict Heart Health

13 October 2021
Lengthening Menstrual Cycles Near Menopause Could Predict Heart Health WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The length of a woman's menstrual cycle as she nears menopause could reflect her future risk of heart disease, researchers report.Some women's menstrual cycles become longer as they approach menopause, while others' cycles remain stable. This new study found that the women whose cycle increased in length two years before menopause had better measures of vascular health than those who had stable cycles."Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and the risk significantly increases after midlife, which is why we think that menopause could contribute to this disease," said study author Samar El Khoudary, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. "Menopause is not just...

'Extreme Heat' Days Have Tripled Since 1980s, and More Are Coming

13 October 2021
`Extreme Heat` Days Have Tripled Since 1980s, and More Are ComingWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Urban dwellers around the globe are sweating through three times as many "extreme heat" days as their counterparts did in the 1980s, a new study suggests.The study is the latest to chart humans' growing exposure to dangerously high temperatures. Experts said it looked at what's happening in finer detail than previous research has -- and it suggests that exposure to extreme heat is more widespread than thought.By the researchers' estimates, 1.7 billion urban dwellers -- or almost one-fifth of the planet -- were exposed to a rising number of extreme heat days between 1983 and 2016.Those are the kinds of temperatures that raise the risk of heat illness even for healthy people if they are working or exercising outdoors.To the people living in...

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...

Cancer Care Costs U.S. $156 Billion Per Year; Drugs a Major Factor

13 October 2021
Cancer Care Costs U.S. $156 Billion Per Year; Drugs a Major FactorWEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Private insurers paid out about $156.2 billion in 2018 for U.S. patients with the 15 most common cancers.Medication was the largest expense and drugs for breast, lung, lymphoma and colon cancers accounted for the largest chunk of those costs, according to a Penn State College of Medicine study."The public often hears that the U.S. spends an inordinate amount of money on health care, but no one has quantified exactly how big that number is and how that number [is] broken down for exactly what types of services," said study author Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky. He's an assistant professor of radiation oncology and public health sciences at Penn State Cancer Institute in Hershey, Pa. "We wanted to look at what private insurances are paying for each kind...

Pandemic Saw Rise in Kids Swallowing Magnets, Tiny Batteries

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- More kids swallowed small magnets and batteries in 2020 compared to previous years -- a worrisome surge that dovetailed with pandemic stay-at-home...

Helmets Can Saves Lives in ATV, Dirt Bike Crashes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- New research provides further proof that helmets are essential for young users of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes.Wearing a helmet...
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