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Searching for Clues to COVID-19 Immunity Getting more specific answers about how the immune system responds to the virus that causes COVID-19, including whether recovery is likely permanent, is crucial not only to those who have recovered. These answers can help inform vaccine makers to make the most effective vaccines as well.

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Poverty May Up Black Children's Health Risks... The research adds to mounting evidence that children of Black parents who are also poor face greater health inequities than whites.

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Most Americans Want to End Seasonal Time Changes As most of America prepares for the Nov. 1 return of standard time, 63% want one fixed, year-round time, a new survey finds.

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Who's At Risk For 'Long COVID?' About 5% of those with COVID-19 will have symptoms for eight weeks or more, according to the preprint analysis of data, CNN reported Wednesday.

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Hispanic Women More Prone to COVID in Pregnancy The researchers collected data on more than 900 Hispanic, Black, Asian and white patients. Among Hispanic women, nearly 11% tested positive for COVID-19, compared with 5.5% of non-Hispanic patients, the findings showed.

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Coffee, Green Tea May Help Against Type 2... The study found that having four or more cups of green tea along with two cups of coffee daily was linked to a 63% lower risk of death during the average five-year follow-up.

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Mask Use by Americans Now Tops 90%, Poll Finds More than nine in 10 U.S. adults (93%) said they sometimes, often or always wear a mask or face covering when they leave their home and are unable to socially distance, including more than seven in 10 (72%) who said they always do so, the poll revealed.

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Fauci: Masks, Social Distancing Likely Until 2022 Coronavirus vaccines -- once approved and distributed widely to the public -- won’t be a “knockout punch” that eradicates the virus, he said

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Half of Americans Know Someone Impacted by COVID The national survey was conducted by The Harris Poll between Oct. 8 and 12. It found that 55% of U.S. adults now say they know someone in their immediate or extended network of family and acquaintances who's been infected, hospitalized or passed away from COVID-19.

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Dating During the Pandemic: Online and Restless Dating in the age of COVID-19 is simpler in some ways, yet in addition to the regular fear of rejection, there’s now also the fear of infection.

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Could Mom's Thyroid Levels Influence ADHD in... The study found that children born to mothers with low thyroid hormone levels during the first trimester of pregnancy had a 28% increased risk of being diagnosed with ADHD later.

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One Big Reason Women May Be Less Prone to... A survey conducted in eight countries in March and April found substantial gender differences both in numbers of people who considered COVID-19 to be a serious health crisis and who agreed with public policies to help fight the pandemic.

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Cells That Drive Diabetes Seen in Healthy People Scientists knew that dangerous T-cells lived in the pancreases of people with type 1 diabetes, but a new study shows they also take up residence in the pancreases of healthy individuals.

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Purdue to Plead Guilty to Opioid-Related Crimes The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, the Justice Department officials to the AP.

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Survey: Many Baby Boomers Not Screened for... Almost half of baby boomers in a WebMD reader survey said they haven't been tested for hepatitis C. And as many aren't aware that a cure exists.

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Scientists Discover New Organs in the Throat If confirmed, these glands could be the first of their kind discovered in about 300 years. Modern anatomy books show only three types of salivary glands, a set near the ears, another below the jaw and a third under the tongue

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Pandemic Fears Tied to California Gun Sale Surge Most buyers pointed to fears over "lawlessness" (76%), prison releases (56%), the government "going too far" (49%), or the government "collapsing" (38%).

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UK Begins Controversial Coronavirus Challenge... The United States says human challenge trials might be too risky or unnecessary. But for the British, the payoff could push vaccine development ahead by three months, which could save hundreds of thousands of lives, the Post reported.

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Homeless Get Help Through Innovative Businesses Innovative organizations around the U.S. provide unhoused people with second chances at life through job opportunities, health education, long-term housing, and more. Read about a few of them.

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Curbing COVID Had Benefit for Asthma Patients Hospitalizations for COVID-19 were first recorded during week seven of 2020. Further analysis found a significant decrease in the average number of asthma hospitalizations during weeks nine to 22 of this year compared to 2017-19.

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What Will Convince People to Get a COVID Vaccine? There won't be as many takers for a vaccine that meets minimum U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards, is approved under emergency use protocols, and is endorsed by politicians rather than medical experts, according to findings published Oct. 20 in JAMA Network Open.

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Most U.S. Women Under 50 Use Contraception:... The most common types of birth control were female sterilization (18%), oral contraceptive pills (14%), long-acting reversible contraception, or LARCs (10%), and male condoms (8%).

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Face Masks and Foggy Glasses: A COVID Consequence Remedies like soapy water and shaving cream create a thin film on the lenses that protect your glasses from temperature changes, which temporarily prevents what’s called surface tension, which causes glasses to fog up.

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Multiple Myeloma Treatment: What’s New? 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.

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Virologists: What Do They Do? Virologists are highly skilled medical experts who manage the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, Ebola, and now COVID-19. Learn more about them.

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Microplastics Seeping Out of Baby Bottles: Study Infants are likely exposed to an average daily dose of nearly 1.6 million microplastic particles through baby formula they drink from heated plastic bottles, researchers estimated in the Oct. 19 issue of Nature.

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New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Help Tough... The drug, marketed under the brand name Rinvoq, also helped twice as many patients enter remission from their rheumatoid arthritis, according to a report in the Oct. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Big Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib Risk The association between birth weight and a-fib is controversial, which led the authors of this study to investigate it. Using a special data analysis technique, the researchers concluded that there was a link between greater birth weight and an increased risk of a-fib later in life.

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More Women Trying Pot to Manage Menopause THC helps lower body temperature, which can help with hot flashes. Pot’s mellowing effects may help settle your mood and improve sleep, but everyone’s reaction may differ.

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Expert: Darkest Weeks of Pandemic Are Yet to Come Osterholm said the United States has “a major problem in messaging” about the pandemic response, as evidenced by polls showing high skepticism about a coronavirus vaccine.

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States Get Ready for Complex COVID Vaccine Plans The CDC had set a deadline of this past Friday for all 50 states, nine territories, and five large cities to submit their draft plans to distribute the vaccine.

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FDA Warns of Painkiller Risk During Pregnancy The FDA warned on Thursday that taking widely used painkillers called NSAIDS -- which include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Celebrex -- at 20 weeks or later in a pregnancy could raise the risk of complications.

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Patients Getting Surprise Bills After... Many Americans who get recommended colon cancer screening may end up with  "surprise" medical bills, a new study suggests.

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No Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Before Election Even though Pfizer could have preliminary data about the vaccine's effectiveness by the end of October, gathering safety and manufacturing data would take until at least the third week of November, Dr. Albert Bourla said in the statement.

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Chinese COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early... By the 42nd day after vaccination, all had antibody responses to the virus, according to researchers.

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Heart Defects Don't Increase Risk of Severe COVID Among the 43 adults and 10 children with a congenital heart defect who were infected with COVID-19, 58% had complex congenital anatomy, 15% had a genetic syndrome, 11% had pulmonary hypertension and 17% were obese.

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Despite Gains, Diagnosing RA Remains a Race... Doctors have made big leaps in recent years to catch rheumatoid arthritis early. But diagnosis still takes too long, costing people valuable time to prevent long-term damage to their joints.

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Is Apathy an Early Sign of Dementia? The nine-year study of more than 2,000 older adults -- average age 74 -- found that people with severe apathy (a lack of interest or concern) were 80% more likely to develop dementia during the study period than those with low apathy.

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Low Brain Blood Flow May Spur Alzheimer's... Offering fresh insight into the deep-seated roots of dementia, new research finds that diminished blood flow to the brain is tied to buildup a protein long associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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Pandemic Impact: The News You Watch Might Matter The study found that folks drawn to conservative-leaning TV news were much less likely to follow COVID prevention guidelines.

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Young Women at Higher Risk from Heart Attacks Women had a 1.6-fold increased risk of dying from other causes during the follow-up, according to the study published Oct. 14 in the European Heart Journal.

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Scientists Slam White House for Herd Immunity... Within hours of the White House call supporting the Barrington declaration, public health experts condemned the Trump administration’s embrace of the declaration and its approach.

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Hard to Change Minds of 'Vaccine-Hesitant'... Even though those parents are not "adamantly" opposed to vaccinations, it can still be hard for pediatricians to allay their concerns, said Jason Glanz, lead researcher on the study.

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Curbing Some TV Ads Might Reduce Childhood... Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity, British researchers suggest.

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Blood Type May Predict Your Risk For Severe COVID Among the COVID-19 patients, there was a lower percentage of people with blood type O and higher percentages of those with with types A, B and AB.

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A-Fib Treatment Reduces Patients' Dementia Risk Previous studies have shown that AF is associated with an increased risk of dementia. This one assessed whether catheter ablation and medications for AF reduced that risk.

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Dutch Woman First to Die After COVID-19... Gene tests found slight differences in the makeup of the viruses that caused her first and second infections, suggesting she had caught COVID-19 twice.

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Take 10 With Folake Olowofoyeku Actor Folake Olowofoyeku answers 10 questions.

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Kristen Bell: Advocate for the Homeless Actor Kristen Bell is well-known for her list of charitable ventures, and advocating for the homeless was a priority even before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Many Seniors With Heart Failure Take 10-plus Meds When admitted, 84% of the patients were taking five or more medications and 42%  were taking 10 or more.

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