Health News

How to become more resilient, according to the research

How to become more resilient, according to the research

As the pandemic stretches on, our collective ability to weather adversities and bounce back to emotional stability is being challenged daily. Many of us have suffered significant trauma from illness, hospitalization and death. Many more have experienced job loss, economic uncertainly and financial instability. And everyone has had to cope with an unprecedented uprooting of…

Former CDC director: What’s next with Omicron and the pandemic?
Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Former CDC director: What’s next with Omicron and the pandemic?

On Thanksgiving morning, Covid reminded us that neither death nor mutations take a holiday. And while the virus gathers strength, a pandemic of pandemic fatigue undermines our ability to stop the virus. The newly discovered Omicron variant quickly led to border closures, a stock market plunge, and a collective sigh of despair: Will the pandemic…

Kindness begins at home: How Traci Baxley uses ‘radical love’ to conquer fear and promote justice
Monkey Business Images/Adobe Stock

Kindness begins at home: How Traci Baxley uses ‘radical love’ to conquer fear and promote justice

When her teenage son, upset that he’d forgotten to do a homework assignment, ran from their home one morning, Traci Baxley panicked. Instead of just worrying about his feelings, she feared for his life. A Black kid on foot in a predominantly White Florida neighborhood, wearing his school hoodie — had she given him enough…

Marijuana may make sleep worse, especially for regular users, study finds
Adobe Stock

Marijuana may make sleep worse, especially for regular users, study finds

It’s a common assumption among marijuana users: Using weed will help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Scientists, however, aren’t so sure that’s true. “This is an understudied but important area, as many people are increasingly turning to cannabis products as sleep aids,” said sleep specialist Wendy Troxel, a senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation,…

Blood pressure climbed during coronavirus pandemic, especially among women, study suggests
bnenin/Adobe Stock

Blood pressure climbed during coronavirus pandemic, especially among women, study suggests

US adults — especially women — have seen a rise in blood pressure during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests. The study, published Monday in the journal Circulation, included data on 464,585 employees and their spouses or partners from several different companies who participated in employer-sponsored wellness programs by Quest Diagnostics each year. As…

Mix-and-match J&J Covid booster raised immune response after Pfizer vaccine, study finds

Mix-and-match J&J Covid booster raised immune response after Pfizer vaccine, study finds

Using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a booster for people initially immunized with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine produces a strong immune response and may do more to elicit protection against severe disease, researchers reported Sunday. Their small study of 65 volunteers who all initially got two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine showed that using the J&J…

The US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, the highest level in two months
David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, the highest level in two months

For the first time in two months, the US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases each day, shortly after millions of Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. The seven-day moving average of new cases was 121,437 as of Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Prior to this week, the US…

Omicron variant cases identified in at least 12 states but Delta still dominates
Steven Senne/AP

Omicron variant cases identified in at least 12 states but Delta still dominates

While at least 12 states have identified cases of the Omicron coronavairus variant, US health officials remain concerned about the Delta version that accounts for practically all new infections. “We now have about 86,000 cases of Covid right now in the United States being diagnosed daily, and 99.9% of them, the vast majority of them,…

How to tell if it’s time for a ‘sleep divorce’
Shutterstock

How to tell if it’s time for a ‘sleep divorce’

He snores until the walls rattle. She gives off a massive amount of body heat. One of you is a cover hog, kicks at night or takes consistent 3 a.m. bathroom breaks. Maybe you sleepwalk or suffer from insomnia. The list of reasons why your bed partner might be keeping you up at night could…

Omicron could become the dominant variant, but Delta is a problem now, CDC Director says
JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP via Getty Images

Omicron could become the dominant variant, but Delta is a problem now, CDC Director says

With the Omicron variant showing up in more states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CNN Friday that her agency is working hard to understand exactly what kind of threat this new variant poses. But she points out that the Delta variant in wide circulation now is still…

South African researchers find evidence people more easily reinfected with Omicron variant than with other variants
Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg/Getty Images

South African researchers find evidence people more easily reinfected with Omicron variant than with other variants

Researchers in South Africa reported Thursday they have found some evidence that people who had been infected once with coronavirus were more likely to be reinfected with the Omicron variant than with the Beta or Delta variants. They said it’s too soon to know for sure, but a recent spike in second infections indicates to…

How to take the bland out of a low-sodium diet

How to take the bland out of a low-sodium diet

Serious cooks may quibble about the best way to sear a steak or bake a cake. But on one point, there is virtually unanimous agreement: To make food taste good, you’ve got to have salt. Without salt, we would be “adrift in a sea of blandness,” wrote Samin Nosrat in her seminal tome, “Salt, Fat,…

Confetti Salad: Radish and Beet Salad With Feta

Confetti Salad: Radish and Beet Salad With Feta

This salad is all about mixing a variety of winter root vegetables and fruits, shaved and cut into thin batons, for a fresh, healthy, crunchy lunch entrée. The ingredients list is a suggestion, more so for a variety of colors. You can make a big bowl of it and eat it over a few days…

The Omicron variant is putting America’s coronavirus sequencing efforts to the test
Stephanie Amador/AP

The Omicron variant is putting America’s coronavirus sequencing efforts to the test

Rows of scientists sit before racks of coronavirus samples inside a laboratory in Henderson, North Carolina, wearing face masks and scrubs. All hours of the day and night, they transfer the samples from tubes to processing plates, searching for answers about the virus behind these Covid-19 cases. From confirming a positive Covid-19 sample to prepping…

Early detection of autism in children has improved, but disparities remain, CDC studies suggest
Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock Photo

Early detection of autism in children has improved, but disparities remain, CDC studies suggest

Early detection of autism in children has improved, but disparities remain in practices to identify and diagnose the condition, according to studies published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children born in 2014 were 50% more likely to receive an autism diagnosis or special education by age 4 than those born…

Surgeon fined $3,000 for amputating patient’s wrong leg

Surgeon fined $3,000 for amputating patient’s wrong leg

An Austrian court has fined a surgeon 2,700 euros ($3,050) for mistakenly amputating the wrong leg of a patient. The 43-year-old surgeon was fined at the Linz Regional Court on Wednesday, with half of the amount suspended, “for committing grossly negligent bodily harm,” Walter Eichinger, the court’s vice president, told CNN. On May 18 the…

How to be safe during home workouts
Adobe Stock

How to be safe during home workouts

When the coronavirus pandemic forced gyms to close their doors last year, many people began working out at home. Soon, doctors were seeing patients coming in with a variety of home-gym-inspired injuries: lower back pain, ankle sprains, hamstring pulls and more. It’s easier than you may think to get injured when you’re working out at…

You don’t have to change holiday plans due to Omicron if you’re vaccinated, Fauci says. But don’t wait to get a booster
Mario Tama/Getty Images

You don’t have to change holiday plans due to Omicron if you’re vaccinated, Fauci says. But don’t wait to get a booster

As the first case of the Omicron variant in the US was detected on Wednesday, health officials are urging Americans not to wait any longer to receive a vaccination or booster to better protect themselves and others. With the Delta variant still spreading — and travel expected to increase this month — vaccinations are key…

This strip of paper can help prevent a drug overdose
Mark Lennihan/AP/FILE

This strip of paper can help prevent a drug overdose

It’s a little strip of paper not much longer than 2 inches, and it has the potential to prevent a drug overdose. These strips can detect fentanyl, the deadliest drug in the United States, when it’s mixed with other drugs. Between April 2020 through May 2021, there were more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths in…