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After Appeal, Court Rules Juul Can Still Sell E-Cigarettes for Now

After Appeal, Court Rules Juul Can Still Sell E-Cigarettes for NowMONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that for now, Juul Labs can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes on the U.S. market.The Friday ruling came in response to the company seeking a temporary emergency hold while it appeals a ban of its products that was issued Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The e-cigarette maker had asked the court to pause what it called an "extraordinary and unlawful action" by the FDA that would have required it to immediately halt its business, the Associated Press reported.When issuing the ban last week, the FDA said Juul's application left regulators with significant questions and didn't include enough information to evaluate any potential health risks. Meanwhile, Juul said it submitted enough...

HIV Testing Plummeted During Pandemic

27 June 2022
HIV Testing Plummeted During PandemicMONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Testing for HIV suffered a sharp setback during the first year of the pandemic, new government data shows.The number of HIV tests funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered in health care settings dropped 43% between 2019 and 2020, the study showed. Tests administered in non-health care settings dropped 50% that same year.The drop affected groups disproportionately affected by HIV, the CDC said, which highlights an urgent need to scale up testing and reduce disparities among those who could most benefit from HIV care."We welcomed 2020 with optimism. New HIV infections were declining, and attention to HIV was increasing. But just as COVID-19 disrupted our lives, it changed the course of HIV prevention," said...

COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing...

27 June 2022
COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing Home ResidentsMONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a COVID-19 booster shot can significantly increase an at-risk person's immunity and protect against the contagious Omicron variant.New research focusing on nursing home residents and their caregivers found a third dose of vaccine boosted antibodies by more than 85%, with high levels of Omicron-specific immunity. The study authors said the results underscore the importance of boosters for all older adults."There are tens of millions of community-dwelling older adults similar to the nursing home population but are living at home," said lead author Dr. David Canaday, a professor of infectious diseases at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. "This data shows this group of frail, older adults with similar clinical...

Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

27 June 2022
Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack CareMONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Despite improvements in treatment for heart attacks, care lags behind for women.Women are still less likely to receive timely care, according to a new study that reviewed 450,000 patient records for two types of heart attacks."Heart attack treatments have come a long way but timely access to appropriate care is still an issue, especially for female patients," said lead author Dr. Juan Carlos Montoy, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.The research, published June 21 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, included both ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in California hospitals between 2005 and 2015.For the study, the researchers...

Pandemic Lockdowns, Closures Tough on People With Disabilities

27 June 2022
Pandemic Lockdowns, Closures Tough on People With DisabilitiesTUESDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When the early days of the pandemic prompted social distancing measures and gym closures, people with certain disabilities had a much harder time getting exercise and their mental health suffered, new research shows. Researchers studying those impacts surveyed more than 950 people with diverse disabilities. They identified four categories of individuals within the disability community with varying levels of impact, with the most affected group known as "heavily impacted."People with neuromuscular disabilities, blindness or low vision, and/or cognitive or intellectual disabilities were more likely to be in this group. This heavily impacted group comprised about 39% of study participants, many of them veterans and women. "People in the heavily...

Tough Choices: When It's Time to Move From Home to Assisted Living

26 June 2022
Tough Choices: When It`s Time to Move From Home to Assisted LivingSUNDAY, June 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While 8 in 10 Americans ages 65 and older say they want to age in their homes, it's not always possible when health declines.Knowing when a loved one needs a more supportive environment, such as assisted living, continuing care retirement community or a nursing home, can be challenging. Though "aging in place" remains a cherished goal, seniors are fretting less about it these days, a recent Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs poll found.An expert in geriatric mental health offers some guidelines for knowing if independent living is still realistic or if someone needs more care, whether through moving or a home visitation service.Dr. Molly Camp is an associate professor of psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical...

Live in a Wildfire Zone? Be Prepared

25 June 2022
Live in a Wildfire Zone? Be PreparedSATURDAY, June 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans now live in wildfire zones as wildfire seasons have become longer, with hotter, faster-moving fires. If you're one of those who live in a location threatened by wildfires, it's important to be prepared, according to Environment America, a national network of 30 state environmental groups.You should have a plan for evacuation in which everyone in your household knows the plan, including a designated place to meet outside the fire zone. Make electronic copies of all your critical documents, including identification and proof of insurance. Be sure you can access them remotely with secure passwords. Make evacuation plans that include several routes. Keep a first aid kit, prescription medications, flashlights, food and water for...

Smells Like Friendship: Similar Body Odors May Draw Folks Together

24 June 2022
Smells Like Friendship: Similar Body Odors May Draw Folks TogetherFRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- You and your best friend may have your noses to thank in helping bring you together, a new study suggests.Researchers found that pairs of friends who'd just "clicked" upon meeting tended to smell more alike, compared to random pairs of strangers. What's more, a high-tech electronic nose was able to predict, based on body odor, which strangers would hit it off during their first interaction.The study was small, involving 20 pairs of "click" friends, but experts said it points to a simple fact: Sniffing is not only the realm of dogs, and humans do unconsciously use it in social interaction.That's not to say people choose a lifelong bestie based on scent."But this does suggest there's a contribution of olfaction to forming friendship," said...

NYC Opens First Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic in U.S.

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- On Thursday, New York City became the first U.S. city to start offering the monkeypox vaccine to those at high risk for the disease. The announcement...

Lots of 'THC-Free' CBD Products Contain THC: Study

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- You might be getting a little unwanted something extra when you buy a CBD product at your local grocers or supplements store, a new study warns.About 60%...
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