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COVID Vaccines Saved 20 Million Lives Worldwide in First Year

COVID Vaccines Saved 20 Million Lives Worldwide in First YearFRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of the world's population has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine, which has prevented nearly 20 million deaths, new research finds.The study from Imperial College London was the first to quantify the impact of vaccines on a global scale. It was based on death records and estimates from 185 countries."Our findings offer the most complete assessment to date of the remarkable global impact that vaccination has had on the COVID-19 pandemic," said lead author Dr. Oliver Watson, who noted that almost 7.5 million of the deaths prevented in the first year of vaccination were in countries covered by the COVID-19 Vaccine Access initiative (COVAX). "This initiative was set up because it was clear early on that global vaccine equity would...

U.S. Cancer Survivors Now Number 18 Million

24 June 2022
U.S. Cancer Survivors Now Number 18 MillionFRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More than 18 million Americans have now survived cancer, a new report shows.The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the U.S. National Cancer Institute collaborated on the report to estimate cancer prevalence and help public health officials better serve survivors."As the population of cancer survivors continues to grow and age, there is an increased need for guidance for health professionals, caregivers and patients on how to manage late and long-term effects of cancer and its treatment, maintain healthy behaviors and limit financial toxicity," noted study author Kimberly Miller. She is a scientist for surveillance and health equity science at the ACS, and spoke in a cancer society news release.According to the report, about 8.3 million males and...

Very Old Reptiles Give Clues to Longevity in Humans

24 June 2022
Very Old Reptiles Give Clues to Longevity in HumansFRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Historically, not much has been recorded on the aging of amphibians and reptiles, unless they live in a zoo. Now, a team of international researchers has changed that in a study that traversed the world. The team of 114 scientists, led by researchers from Penn State and Northeastern Illinois University, conducted the most comprehensive study of aging and longevity in "cold-blooded" animals to date. The investigators collected data in the wild from 107 populations of 77 species of reptiles and amphibians, learning new details about how these creatures age in the process."Anecdotal evidence exists that some reptiles and amphibians age slowly and have long lifespans, but until now no one has actually studied this on a large scale across numerous...

FDA Bans Juul E-Cigarettes From US Market

23 June 2022
FDA Bans Juul E-Cigarettes From US MarketTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered Juul Labs to pull its e-cigarettes off the American market.“Today’s action is further progress on the FDA’s commitment to ensuring that all e-cigarette and electronic nicotine delivery system products currently being marketed to consumers meet our public health standards,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf. “The agency has dedicated significant resources to review products from the companies that account for most of the U.S. market. We recognize these make up a significant part of the available products and many have played a disproportionate role in the rise in youth vaping.”The products include the Juul vaping device and four types of Juul pods: Virginia...

Long COVID Can Hit Kids, Even Babies

23 June 2022
Long COVID Can Hit Kids, Even BabiesTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Even babies aren't immune from the effects of long COVID, Danish researchers report.Their study found that about one in three kids aged 14 and younger who tested positive for the virus were suffering from mood swings, trouble remembering or concentrating, and rashes as much as two months later. "Prolonged symptoms in children must be taken seriously, regardless of whether the parents turn to their own general practitioner or another health service," said lead author Selina Kikkenborg Berg, a clinical professor at Copenhagen University Hospital."Among children of all ages, long-term symptoms are more often seen in those who have had COVID than in those who have not," she said.Other studies have also investigated long COVID, but researchers...

CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This Fall

23 June 2022
CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This FallTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory panel on Wednesday voted to recommend that Americans 65 and older get the new, more potent flu shots because the regular shot doesn't offer enough protection.The more powerful vaccines might also offer more or longer protection for seniors with weakened immune systems who don't respond as well to traditional shots. The choices include Fluzone High-Dose, Fluad with an immune booster and Flublok, the Associated Press reported. The CDC usually adopts the panel's recommendations. This is the first time the federal government has backed a preferred vaccine for older adults. The agency urges all Americans aged 6 months and older to get a flu shot every season.Flu vaccines aren't...

Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

23 June 2022
Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime LawsTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hate crime laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgender people may have an unexpected benefit: fewer teen suicide attempts, among kids of all sexual orientations.That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at what happened in U.S. states that enacted hate crime laws with protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals. It found that teen suicide attempts dipped by an average 16%, compared to rates before the laws.And the positive effect was seen among both LGBTQ and heterosexual teens.Why? The study cannot answer that, said researcher Aaron Kivisto, an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis.But, he said, passage of a hate crime law and the public conversation around...

Acupuncture Might Ease Tension Headaches

23 June 2022
Acupuncture Might Ease Tension HeadachesTHURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Tension headaches can make you feel like a vice is squeezing your entire head, and if you're among the millions prone to these crushing headaches, a new study brings some welcome news.Acupuncture may help prevent tension headaches.Folks with chronic tension headaches who received 20 true acupuncture sessions over two months had fewer headache days than people who received a superficial acupuncture technique, and these improvements lasted for close to eight months.Exactly how acupuncture helps put the brakes on chronic tension headaches isn't fully understood, but researchers do have their theories. For one, "the acupuncture procedure provides relaxation to the patients with tension-type headaches, which helps to relax the scalp muscles,"...

Britain Investigates Possible Presence of Poliovirus in...

FRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Health authorities in Britain, who routinely test sewage samples for the virus that causes polio, declared a "national incident" after evidence of local...

Key Facts You Need to Know About Monkeypox

THURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Media reports about an outbreak of monkeypox may sound scary, but there's no need for most people to take special steps to avoid getting the viral...
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