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‘Fat but fit’ is a myth when it comes to heart health, new study shows

‘Fat but fit’ is a myth when it comes to heart health, new study shows

The negative effects of excess body fat on heart health can’t be canceled out by maintaining an active lifestyle, according to new research. Previous studies had suggested that being physically fit could mitigate the negative effects of being overweight on heart health, but this is not the case, according to a new study in the…

Eli Lilly’s antibody therapy helps prevent Covid-19 in nursing homes, drugmaker says

Eli Lilly’s antibody therapy helps prevent Covid-19 in nursing homes, drugmaker says

Eli Lilly and Company’s monoclonal antibody combination therapy helped prevent symptomatic Covid-19 infection among nursing home residents and staff in a Phase 3 trial, the company announced on Thursday. The study findings were described in a company news release, but Eli Lilly noted that the full results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The United States’ one-year coronavirus checkup

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The United States’ one-year coronavirus checkup

We have entered the era of coronavirus anniversaries. Today marks one year since the announcement of the first patient with Covid-19 in the United States. It happened in Washington state, where a male in his 30s who had just returned from visiting Wuhan, China, started experiencing symptoms and quickly sought help at a clinic. Unlike…

Loss of smell drives Covid-19 survivors to get creative in the kitchen

Loss of smell drives Covid-19 survivors to get creative in the kitchen

Emergency physician Dr. Alex Yeats had just whipped up what seemed like an appetizing dinner option when his wife let him know she wasn’t having anything to do with it. “It was black bean pasta with almonds and turmeric chunks and I was like ‘I’m not eating that, it’s disgusting,’” said Sarah Yeats, 31, an…

Couples struggle with sleep problems in the Covid-19 pandemic

Couples struggle with sleep problems in the Covid-19 pandemic

Dave Russell is a light sleeper, but he never had any issues sharing a bed with his girlfriend, Izzy James, before the pandemic. Things began to change in March. Lockdown significantly altered Russell’s daily life. Like many people, he started working from home and limiting his contact with others, and he began to struggle to…

Fauci: Vaccinations will help coronavirus variants from emerging

Fauci: Vaccinations will help coronavirus variants from emerging

Covid-19 vaccinations will not only help stop the virus from spreading, they will also hamper the coronavirus’ ability to mutate into new variants, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday. “Viruses don’t mutate unless they replicate,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a news briefing at the White…

Biden’s first executive order will require masks on federal property

Biden’s first executive order will require masks on federal property

President-elect Joe Biden, who plans to make the coronavirus pandemic his top priority, will begin his presidency by asking Americans to wear masks for 100 days and requiring their use on federal property. His first executive order, the “100 Days Masking Challenge,” will symbolize the administration’s sharp turn from the Trump era by emphasizing recommendations…

Preemies may have greater risk of premature death as adults, study suggests

Preemies may have greater risk of premature death as adults, study suggests

One in 10 babies around the world is born prematurely, and the vastly improved survival rates of preemies is one of the most striking advances of modern health care — with the overwhelming majority of those born preterm reaching adulthood. But what are the long-term health risks of being born too early as these infants…

These coronavirus variants are keeping scientists awake at night

These coronavirus variants are keeping scientists awake at night

At least four new variants of the coronavirus are keeping scientists awake at night. One, first identified in southeast England, has now shown up in at least 50 countries and appears to be spreading more efficiently than older variations of the virus. Its appearance has frightened political leaders, who have closed borders and imposed travel…

Risk of ADHD may increase if expectant mother has autoimmune disorder, study says

Risk of ADHD may increase if expectant mother has autoimmune disorder, study says

Women with autoimmune disorders who become pregnant are significantly more likely to have babies that later develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, according to a longitudinal study of babies and mothers in Australia. Common autoimmune disorders include Type 1 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s and celiac disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, to name…

States complain that demand for the Covid-19 vaccine is outpacing supply

States complain that demand for the Covid-19 vaccine is outpacing supply

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there’s still a gap in the number of Covid-19 vaccines that have been distributed to states and the number of shots that have gone into arms, but as states’ vaccine campaigns have picked up the pace, states complain the federal government is not sending…

Guiding gender-atypical kids through puberty

My 11-year-old daughter and I cracked open a book I’d bought for her on puberty and changing female bodies. On the very first page it informed her that, once her body developed, men would start looking at her differently. We crinkled our noses in some combination of discomfort and skepticism. No matter how her body…

US surpasses 400,000 deaths from Covid-19

US surpasses 400,000 deaths from Covid-19

The United States has reported at least 400,000 deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of Tuesday afternoon. That’s more than the number of Americans who died in World War I, Vietnam War and the Korean War combined, and nearly as many Americans who died in…

New Covid-19 cases declined 11% after hitting a peak last week

New Covid-19 cases declined 11% after hitting a peak last week

New Covid-19 cases in the United States have been trending down since hitting a peak last week, but experts say it’s too soon to be overly optimistic. The US recorded 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University — an 11% drop from…

UPDATE: California pauses giving out shots from one lot of coronavirus vaccine

UPDATE: California pauses giving out shots from one lot of coronavirus vaccine

Health officials in California are telling medical providers across the state not to administer doses from one lot of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine while they investigate possible severe allergic reactions last week in a number of people who got shots at a community vaccination clinic. Moderna said 37 different states got shipments from the lot, which…

Norway reviewing deaths of frail and elderly patients vaccinated against Covid-19

Norway reviewing deaths of frail and elderly patients vaccinated against Covid-19

Doctors in Norway are investigating the deaths of 23 elderly patients who had received the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, looking into the possibility that adverse reactions to the shot “may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.” The vaccine’s side-effects are rare and usually mild. But they could include fever and nausea, which…

Don’t delay key medical appointments in the pandemic — advice from Dr. Wen

Don’t delay key medical appointments in the pandemic — advice from Dr. Wen

As many people postpone necessary medical care due to the pandemic, medical professionals are worried that their patients will get sick or even die from other causes. Some 25% of Americans said that they or someone in their household had delayed medical care in the past month due to coronavirus, according to a December Kaiser…