Month: October 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) The U.S. is reporting an “extremely high and quite unacceptable” daily number of Covid-19 cases ahead of the winter season when people will be spending more time indoors and threatening to spread the virus even more, White
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A recent research study examines the link between bariatric surgery and life expectancy.  Obesity is known to shorten life expectancy and can lead to diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, and certain cancers. Not only can these conditions reduce the quality of life, but there is an increased risk of premature death. Bariatric surgery is
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A lab technician inspects filled vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California. Gilead Sciences Inc | Reuters Gilead Sciences reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Wednesday with revenue rising 17% from a year earlier, driven by sales of coronavirus treatment remdesivir. Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir,
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Researchers investigated the use of hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir against SARS-CoV-2. There is an urgent need for drugs, therapies, and vaccines to protect the human population against COVID-19. One of the first approaches taken in the COVID-19 global pandemic was to consider repurposing licensed drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine, for treating patients with COVID-19. Researchers are currently
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How does upadacitinib compare to abatacept for patients with unresponsive rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive and often debilitating condition affecting an estimated 19 million people worldwide. It is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints, leading to pain, swelling and in many cases difficulty moving. In the last 10-15 years, improvements
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A waiter prepares to close a bar-restaurant on Piazza Navona in Rome on October 26, 2020, as the country faces a second wave of infections to the Covid-19 (the novel coronavirus). Tiziana Fabi | AFP | Getty Images The World Health Organization warned Monday that some countries may need to shut down their non-essential businesses
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When aiming for health and fitness in our lives, we should avoid a quick fix or an instant gratification mentality. We should approach health and fitness as a lifestyle, incorporating good habits over time and allowing ourselves to make these habits a part of our daily lives. See diet and exercise from a new perspective.
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Epidemiologist Dr. Ali Mokdad is advising people across the U.S. “to be very careful” and ” to change our behaviors” as the nation heads toward winter, the worst season for viral transmission. Mokdad’s research estimates America could see more than 500,000 total deaths from Covid-19 by the end of February, more than double the current
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A resident in a wheelchair at an assisted living facility in Boston, MA on September 02, 2020. homes. Craig F. Walker | Boston Globe | Getty Images Thousands of long-term care and assisted living facilities have already opted into the Trump administration’s program with CVS Health and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccines to seniors, a
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Reverse Dieting is a relatively new concept that was made popular by the If It Fits Your Macros nutritional approach. Reverse Dieting was proposed to help individuals avoid substantial weight re-gain once they have reached their desired goal weight by slowing reintroducing calories. Wondering if Reverse Dieting is something you should give a try? Read
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A recent study of the potential COVID-19 drug, Regeneron, reports promising results. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, attempts to create effective drugs have been complicated and ongoing. Previously created therapies have used monoclonal antibodies, unique virus-fighting white blood cells, against COVID-19. However, their development has been predominantly for prevention, and they have yet
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Researchers studied whether eating oatmeal helps improve gut bacteria and lower cholesterol. In 2008 up to 39% of adults over 25 had high cholesterol levels, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. Diet and exercise have long been known to improve heart health, but much attention has lately been focused on gut bacteria
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A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine identifies the trends in electronic cigarette use among adults. The electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) was invented in 2003 and entered the U.S. market in 2007; today, e-cigarette use has skyrocketed worldwide. A new study from the American Cancer Society looked into the trend of electronic
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Insulin is secreted from the pancreas whenever we eat any food that contains sugar—so basically that includes all carbohydrates. While most people only associate Insulin with sugar and weight gain, it also has an important role in building muscle. Insulin is considered one of the most anabolic, or muscle building, hormones in the body, so
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A recent study examined the connection between loneliness and wisdom, and the correlation with aspects of mental and physical health in middle-aged and older adults. One of the most important discoveries psychologists have made in the past several decades is the link between mental and physical health. Several mental factors have now been linked to
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Working out can be addictive. There are times when we force ourselves to train even at the expense of sleep and consistently push our limits without taking time to recover. Over time, this will catch up with you. The human body is incredible and can do amazing things, but sufficient rest is paramount for you
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A large international research study highlights the chronic health conditions that put you at greater risk of death from COVID-19.  From the beginning of the pandemic, it became apparent that individuals with underlying health conditions may have a greater risk of death from COVID-19, and research related to the potential risk factors for COVID-19 mortality
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Oct. 9, 2020. Ting Shen | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on the Trump administration to reconcile remaining disputes on coronavirus stimulus legislation within 48 hours as lawmakers attempt
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Melissa Leaston Director of nursing at Whittier Street Health Center swabs Steve Rose of Boston at a COVID testing site in Nubian Square on October 15, 2020 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Matt Stone | MediaNews Group | Boston Herald via Getty Images The United States reported more than 69,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest
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