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FDA warns popular dental filling could cause health problems for some patients

FDA warns popular dental filling could cause health problems for some patients

The US Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday that silver dental fillings, known as dental amalgam, may cause health problems for some high-risk groups. The updated FDA guidance said the filling material could lead to health issues for those with a hypersensitivity to mercury. Dental amalgam fillings are a mixture of silver, tin, copper and…

By August, 1 in 5 Covid-19 cases was someone in their 20s

By August, 1 in 5 Covid-19 cases was someone in their 20s

The median age of people diagnosed with coronavirus keeps getting lower. In May, the median age of confirmed cases was 46. By July, that number had dropped to 37. By August, 1 out of every 5 confirmed coronavirus cases is a person in their 20s, according to new data published Wednesday by the US Centers…

Students with special needs face virtual learning challenges

Students with special needs face virtual learning challenges

Virtual learning facilitator is a full-time job these days for Alicia Burgstahler. The Philadelphia woman, 39, is mother to two children, a 16-year-old son named Jaydon Scott and a 12-year-old daughter named Oliviah Scott. Both kids are sheltering in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both kids are in public school full time, online. Both…

UK mulling vaccine trials that deliberately expose volunteers to Covid-19

UK mulling vaccine trials that deliberately expose volunteers to Covid-19

The British government is exploring the possibility of clinical trials in which volunteers are deliberately exposed to coronavirus to test the effectiveness of vaccine candidates, the UK Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) revealed Wednesday in a statement. “We are working with partners to understand how we might collaborate on the potential development…

Belly fat linked to early death, study finds

Belly fat linked to early death, study finds

It’s more bad new for America’s growing waistline: Excess belly fat is associated with a higher risk of early death from any cause, regardless of how much overall body fat you have, a new study finds. In women, each 10-centimeter increase in belly fat raised the risk of death from any cause by 8%. For…

Using weed during pregnancy linked to psychotic-like behaviors in children, study finds

Using weed during pregnancy linked to psychotic-like behaviors in children, study finds

If you’re one of the growing numbers of women who use weed while pregnant, think twice: A new study found it may increase psychotic-like behaviors in children. The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, analyzed data on 11,489 children who were followed as part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which says it’s…

Daily couch Pilates: Strengthen your core with this 5-minute routine

Daily couch Pilates: Strengthen your core with this 5-minute routine

The times we live in are a lot. It can be all too easy to throw your hands up and just veg out on the couch — all the while knowing you’ll be sore afterward. You can turn that couch, however, into your secret weapon to feeling better and stronger. For this Pilates core and…

A healthy sex life boosts long-term survival hopes for heart attack victims

A healthy sex life boosts long-term survival hopes for heart attack victims

People who have had heart attacks can boost their chances of long-term survival by returning to normal levels of sexual activity, a new study shows. Many people stop having sex after a heart attack in the belief that it could trigger another episode, but research published Wednesday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology says…

Trick-or-treating, costume masks and Halloween parties discouraged by CDC this year

Trick-or-treating, costume masks and Halloween parties discouraged by CDC this year

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its first guidance for the holidays, including Halloween, amid the raging coronavirus pandemic in a new posting on its website Monday night. Door-to-door trick-or-treating and costume masks and parties are discouraged this year due to the pandemic, the CDC said. “Many traditional Halloween activities can…

Begin Covid-19 vaccine trials for children, pediatric specialists say

Begin Covid-19 vaccine trials for children, pediatric specialists say

With the US surpassing 200,000 deaths due to Covid-19, a group of pediatric infectious disease specialists is calling for vaccine trials for children. There are three large-scale vaccine trials for adults in the US, but none has begun for children, who are “stuck in neutral,” eight physicians said in a commentary published Friday in the…

50 fun things to do this fall (take your pick)

50 fun things to do this fall (take your pick)

As we head into autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and temperatures start to cool down, the pandemic can’t change that it’s still the season of leaves falling and light sweaters and jackets, with the morning and twilight feeling crisp but not too chilly. Not yet. You can get really amazing ideas of what to do…