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Can Probiotics Help Ease Depression?

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Researchers found that various probiotics seemed to improve symptoms in patients with clinical depression — at least in the short term.

Air Conditioning May Be Spreading COVID

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As COVID-19 cases rise rapidly throughout the South, some scientists believe there could be an important, but overlooked factor in the spread of the virus in the region–air conditioning.

Does Having a Dog Make for Well-Adjusted Kids?

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If you’ve hesitated to get a dog because your kids are very young, new research suggests that the preschool years might be a good time to add a furry friend to the family.

Summer Eye Care

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Follow these expert tips to protect your eyes from the summer sun.

How Safe Is it to Use A Public Bathroom?

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With dirty door handles, heavily trafficked toilet bowls and proximity to strangers, how can you protect yourself from COVID-19 in a public bathroom?

6 At-Home Fitness Fixes

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Even if you are home all day, you still can get a full workout. Try these at-home fitness fixes.

Scientists Find Source of COVID Clots

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One marker, called thrombomodulin, was linked with survival among all patients. Measuring thrombomodulin might help doctors better treat patients, the researchers say.

MS Patients Turn to Marijuana, Other Alternative Treatments

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A majority of just over 1,000 respondents said they used some type of alternative therapy, including marijuana, vitamins, herbs and minerals, plus mind-body therapies like exercise, mindfulness, massage and various diets.

Summer Foot Care

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Keep your feet looking and feeling their best with these tips.

Pilgrim’s Pride Chicken Nuggets Recalled

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The products, which were shipped to stores in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Texas, have the establishment number “P-20728” printed on individual retail packages as well as product cases.

COVID-19 Fallout: Tons of Trash

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As COVID-19 has brought anxiety, worry, and social distancing, it has also brought piles and piles of trash and waste.

Is Raw or Homemade Food Good for Your Pet?

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New research found that only 13% of dog owners and about one-third of cat owners exclusively fed their pets conventional pet foods as their main meals all of the time.

Need Better Sleep? Get a Partner

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Happy couples apparently make good bedfellows. New research says that when happy couples sleep together, they tend to have more — and less disrupted — rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Risk Factors

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The CDC has updated the list of underlying health conditions that put a person at high risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19.

‘COVID Toe’ Probably Not Caused by COVID-19

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Despite intensive testing over a wide time period, none of the 51 study patients afflicted with the reddened, tender toes came up positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Coronavirus Delivering Big Economic Blow to Women

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Not only have women been more likely than men to lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, but they are also shouldering more child care responsibilities at home, new research shows.

Can Kids Go To Summer Camp? Expert Offers Advice

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Summer camps are an annual ritual for millions of children, but one expert offers advice on how to determine whether it’s safe to send your kids to one during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stubbed Your Toe? Swearing May Help Dull the Pain

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Turns out that swearing can significantly increase your pain tolerance — but only if you use real swear words, and not G-rated versions that mimic them, British researchers report.

C. diff. Infections Double Death Risk

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Hospitalized patients infected with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) face more than twice the risk of dying than hospitalized patients without the infection, a Dutch study shows.

How Well Do Americans Know the Facts About COVID?

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Months into a global pandemic, some groups of Americans simply don’t know enough about COVID-19 to protect themselves and others against the highly infectious respiratory virus, a new study reports.

People With HIV Still Live Shorter, Sicker Lives

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HIV may not be the death sentence it was 20 or 30 years ago, but people who are HIV-positive still face much shorter lives than other adults — even if they’re treated with medications that make the virus undetectable.

Masks and Summer Heat: Expert Tips

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COVID-19 continues to spread even in the humid heat of summer, so it’s important to keep wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to prevent transmission.

COVID-19 Can Start With Neurological Symptoms

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In fact, headaches, dizziness, strokes, weakness, decreased alertness or other neurological symptoms can appear before the more commonly known symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus (known as SARS-COV-2), the researchers said.

Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man Close to Modern Measures

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Work done by American scientists involving high-tech scans of the bodies of almost 64,000 fit young men (and some women), finds that Leonardo got very close to anatomical measurements collected today.

COVID-19 Cases Drop in Warm Weather, But Not Much

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In search of an answer, researchers at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., studied the effects of temperature, precipitation and sunlight (UV index) on the number of COVID-19 cases across the United States during the spring.

Stay-at-Home Orders Could Mean More Obese Kids

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The model relied on body mass index and obesity data collected in a 2011 study that tracked weight patterns among more than 15,500 children, from kindergarten through 5th grade.

COVID Rates Lower Than Thought for Pregnant Women

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The new study included 770 hospital patients who hadn’t previously been diagnosed with coronavirus infection. Of those, 30 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those who tested positive, 22 had no symptoms — meaning the rate of positive tests among asymptomatic women was 2.9%.

Cancer and COVID-19: What’s the Outlook?

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Cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are otherwise generally healthy can and do survive the coronavirus, but the news isn’t as good for those who also had other medical issues.

Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Severe COVID-19 Risk

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Part of the increased risk among people with dementia may owe to high rates of new coronavirus infections in nursing homes. But this study suggests genetics may also be a factor.

Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens for 2020

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Chemical sunscreens offer the best protection and beat out those with mineral or natural ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, a new review from Consumer Reports finds.

COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy If Mom Is Obese

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Some pregnant women with COVID-19 do become severely ill, and the risk may be elevated for those who were obese or had conditions like asthma before pregnancy, a new study suggests.

Lockdown 1 Week Earlier Would Have Saved 36k Lives

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Nearly 36,000 American lives would have been spared if strict social distancing measures had been enacted across the country just one week earlier than they were, new estimates suggest.

Pandemic Has Cut Global Carbon Emissions

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It’s not just your imagination — with everyone avoiding travel, the air is cleaner these days. Daily global carbon emissions fell by about one-sixth during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Severity in Pregnancy Appears Lower Than H1N1

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Single case reports describe harrowing births and outcomes for women with COVID-19, but preliminary data suggest that overall, pregnant women do as well as the general public when it comes to COVID-19.

The Fellows Behind the COVID-19 Literature Updates

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Two HIV research fellows are about to do their fifth biweekly deep-dive presentation on the COVID-19 literature. We asked them how they choose what to include and what they find most intriguing about SARS-CoV2.

People Mount Strong Immune Responses to COVID-19

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As the drive towards a vaccine against the new coronavirus accelerates, there’s some good news: People with COVID-19 have robust immune responses against the virus, scientists say.

COMMENTARY: Making the Case for PPE

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Dr William Hanage describes a transmission model that examines the effect of PPE on infection, in both the general public and healthcare workers.

Multiple Myeloma Treatment: What’s New?

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Is there anything new to treat multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer? Cutting-edge drugs target and kill cancer cells and use the power of your immune system to fight cancer.

States Not Hitting Testing Goals; Feds Promise Aid

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Despite the developments, one recent Harvard study found that fewer than 10 states have done enough testing to safely reopen. But more communities have testing sites now than they did in March.

COVID-19 May Trigger Rare Complication In Children

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, there is growing evidence that children may be vulnerable to a rare but serious complication triggered by the infection that has features of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.

Smell Diminishes by Day 3 of COVID-19, Study Says

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Sense of smell most often diminishes by the third day of infection with the new coronavirus, and many patients also lose their sense of taste at the same time, a new study finds.

COVID-19 Can Infect and Harm Digestive Organs

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The new coronavirus isn’t just attacking the lungs: New research shows it’s causing harm to the gastrointestinal tract, especially in more advanced cases of COVID-19.

Monkey Trials Offer New Hope for HIV Vaccine

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An experimental vaccine seems to give monkeys extended protection from an HIV-like infection — by “waking up” an arm of the immune system that vaccines normally do not.

Health Advisories

Health Canada has identified counterfeit respirators in Canada and is advising consumers to stop using them as they may not protect Canadians against the virus that causes COVID-19. Counterfeit respirators are imitations of legitimate products. There are no assurances that they provide protection or prevent harm.

Health Canada is advising Canadians that EMD Serono, a Division of EMD Inc. Canada, is recalling one lot of Cetrotide 0.25mg because some vials may have missing stoppers, which could make the product unsterile.

Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers containing technical-grade ethanol are being recalled from the market because they are not compliant with federal regulations and may pose a risk to health.