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4:07 AM / Thursday January 21, 2021

Health

Four simple tips for a safe and healthy holiday season

November 20, 2020

BPT Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to gather with family and friends to reminiscence and celebrate all that has happened throughout the year. But with an ongoing pandemic, many are left looking for new and unique ways to enjoy those time-honored traditions in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy. So while…

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FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results at home

November 20, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: (Photo/Shutterstock) By Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand testing options…

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New study on heart health: Get more omega-3s

November 13, 2020

BPT If you’re trying to improve your heart health, chances are you’re doing things like moving more and eating better. Making sure your diet delivers heart-healthy nutrients, including healthy fats, is a smart strategy. A new study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings provides more evidence on why certain fats – namely EPA and DHA omega-3s –…

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Biden turns to coronavirus response, names advisory board

November 13, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Task force co-chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS  (Photo/yale.edu)  By Philip Marcelo ASSOCIATED PRESS  BOSTON  — As he begins his transition to the presidency, Joe Biden is pivoting from a bitter campaign battle to another, more pressing fight: reining in the pandemic that has hit the world’s most powerful nation harder than any…

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Pfizer says early data signals COVID-19 vaccine is effective

November 13, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: (Shutterstock) By Linda A. Johnson and Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS  Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators. Monday’s announcement doesn’t mean a vaccine…

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Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds

November 6, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: People wearing masks walk by Century 21 department store, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) By Martin Crutsinger ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — The resurgence of coronavirus cases engulfing the United States and Europe is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic as millions…

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Five things to know about having joint replacement surgery during COVID-19

November 6, 2020

BPT If you’re suffering from joint pain and considering a joint replacement, you’re not alone. Chronic, debilitating pain that requires joint replacement affects nearly one in four adults in the United States, according to the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.[1] But unfortunately, many people wait years to move forward with surgery, enduring significant pain and…

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Stressed freshmen missing quintessential college experience

October 30, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this Sept. 30, 2020, photo provided by Victoria Ujunwa, Miracle Okoro poses on the University of North Carolina Asheville campus in Asheville, N.C. Some classes are being held in person at the university, but on many days the campus looks like a ghost town, said Okoro. “It’s not easy to be able…

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Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

October 23, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Voters line up at an early voting satellite location at the A. B. Day elementary school, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) By Scott Bauer ASSOCIATED PRESS  MADISON, Wis. — Rising coronavirus cases in key presidential battleground states a little more than two weeks before Election Day are the latest…

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Overcoming the stigma of addiction is key to treatment

October 23, 2020

BPT Addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition. Often unintentionally, many people still talk about addiction in ways that are stigmatizing-meaning they use words that can portray someone with a substance use disorder in a shameful way, which may discourage them from seeking treatment. To reduce harmful stigma and negativity around substance use disorders…

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