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How to Cope With Your Grief During Coronavirus Pandemic

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Grief is touching the lives of countless Americans as the COVID-19 death toll mounts. The death of a family member or close friend can be among the most difficult things you'll have to deal with, so the American Psychological Association outlines ways of coping with that loss -- whether or not it is coronavirus-related. Talking about the death with friends or others can help you understand what happened and remember that person. Avoiding the issue can lead to isolation and interfere with the healing process. You may experience a wide range of emotions -- from sadness, anger or even exhaustion -- and should accept them, the APA says in a news release. "All of these feelings are normal and it's important to recognize when you are feeling this...

Coronavirus Can Infect, Inflame the Thyroid

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An Italian teenager may be the first known case of a painful thyroid infection caused by the new coronavirus, doctors report. A research team from Pisa, in northern Italy, said the 18-year-old woman's thyroid became sore and enlarged a few weeks after testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in late February. The condition, called thyroiditis, cleared up completely within a week after she was treated with the steroid prednisone. Still, the doctors believe that "physicians should be alerted about the possibility of this additional clinical manifestation" tied to the new coronavirus, study leader Dr. Francesco Latrofa, an endocrinologist at the University Hospital of Pisa, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. He and his colleagues...

COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: Study

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals that COVID-19 attacks the lungs in a far different manner from the flu. Unlike most respiratory diseases, significant impacts on blood vessels were seen in the lungs of seven COVID-19 patients. The lung tissue of those patients was compared to lung tissue from seven people who died of pneumonia caused by the flu. There was evidence that COVID-19 attacks the lining of lung blood vessels and COVID-19 patients' lungs had many tiny blood clots and grew new blood vessels in response, according to the study published May 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings support reports from doctors treating COVID-19 patients of widespread damage to lung blood vessels and the presence of blood clots that aren't typical in...

More Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Won't Help, May Harm...

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A drug supported and even taken by President Donald Trump as a potential weapon against the new coronavirus simply doesn't seem to work, another major study finds. In fact, hydroxychloroquine, as well as a related medicine, chloroquine, may even raise the risk for death and serious heart rhythm disorders in people who use it, an international team of researchers reported. The two drugs are approved to help treat illnesses such as malaria and lupus. Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump labeled the drugs potential "game changers" against the disease, despite little good evidence supporting such claims. Google searches by Americans looking for the medicines surged after his endorsement. And on Monday, Trump told reporters he'd been taking...

AHA News: How to Accurately Measure Blood Pressure at Home

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- High blood pressure is one of the top risk factors for heart attack and stroke. It's also common among people who develop severe symptoms of COVID-19. So, with more people at home practicing social distancing and with fewer chances to check blood pressure at public pharmacy machines or doctor visits, it's more important than ever to know how to do it at home. How do I select a home blood pressure monitor? "The readings you get at home are really important, because they reflect the pressure your heart is facing on a day-to-day basis," said Dr. Michael Hochman, a doctor of internal medicine at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California. A list of validated home monitors, the first in the United States and commissioned...

Face Masks Can Help Prevent Viral Spread, but They Aren't Perfect: Study

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Face coverings may reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the effectiveness of seven types of face coverings -- including medical-grade and homemade masks -- when people breathed or coughed while standing or lying down. They were also tested using a dummy attached to a cough-simulating machine. All face coverings without an outlet valve reduce the forward distance of a deep exhale by at least 90%, according to the study led by engineers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. A respirator mask -- widely used by workers exposed to fine dust -- protects the wearer. But the study warned that valves meant to make breathing easier could allow exhaled air to spread considerable distances in front of...

Mental Health is Big Issue For Police Officers Around The World: Study

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Mental health problems and substance abuse are common among cops, and more needs to be done to address those issues, researchers say. Previous studies have suggested that first responders have a higher risk of mental health issues than the general public, but it wasn't clear how police officers were affected. To learn more, researchers reviewed 67 studies that included more than 272,000 police officers in 24 countries. Most of the studies were from North America (46%), Europe (28%), and Australia (10%) and primarily involved male officers doing general duties. Just under 26% screened positive for hazardous drinking, and 5% would be considered alcohol-dependent or drinking at harmful levels. One in 7 met the criteria for post-traumatic stress...

Pandemic Has Overburdened Parents Stressed Out: Poll

22 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If there's such a thing as a "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic, it's a constant state of stress. And it's particularly intense for many parents who are keeping house, working from home, and trying to keep their kids' online learning on track at the same time, according to a new online survey. Nearly half (46%) of respondents who have kids younger than 18 said their average stress level is high these days. Only 28% of adults without minor children said the same, according to the online poll of more than 3,000 adults. It was conducted from April 24 to May 4. The 2020 Stress in America poll is the first of at least three planned to gauge pandemic-related stress. "The mental health ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic are immense...

U.S. Earmarks $1.2 Billion for New Vaccine Deal as...

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it would provide up to $1.2 billion to the drug company AstraZeneca to develop a potential...

Your Sleep Habits May Worsen Your Asthma

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Getting too little or too much sleep may worsen asthma in adults, a new study finds. Researchers asked nearly 1,400 adults, 20 and older, with...
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