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Don't stay up all night: Study says early bedtime may help kids keep healthy weight

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It may be tempting to let children stay up a little later with virtual schooling now and summer on the way, but a new study indicates it may be better not to let them do so.

A study recently published in the monthly peer-reviewed medical journal Acta Paediatrica found that children who regularly went to bed late gained more weight over the ...Read more

Health care workers make up about 10% of California's positive coronavirus tests

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 1,651 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been among health care workers, a figure that is just under 10% of the state's confirmed coronavirus cases.

It was the first time the agency reported the number of all positive tests for health care workers. Previously...Read more

Mosque gives hospital 500 medical masks

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DETROIT -- To help personnel at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, Mich., treat surging numbers of COVID-19 patients, a city mosque has donated 500 medical masks, members announced Wednesday.

The donation of the N95 pieces "is only a small thanks compared to the hard work of the medical professionals ... who are in the trenches daily combating this...Read more

Do you still think coronavirus is just like the flu? Here's why COVID-19 is more dangerous.

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First, some good news.

Flu season is effectively over, according to Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Cases had dropped enough that the department stopped producing its weekly flu reports at the end of March.

That doesn't mean the flu is gone. But it does mean that doctors can focus more resources on that ...Read more

Vets: Keep cats inside if you're self-isolating amid coronavirus

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If you're self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic, you ought to help your cat do the same, according to veterinarians.

In a statement Wednesday, the British Veterinary Association said homes where people are self-isolating or those where someone is infected with the coronavirus should keep felines inside, if possible.

"We are not advising...Read more

Women's wellness: Pregnancy and COVID-19

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Pregnant women have suppressed immune systems, and that could make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says women who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness.

"Pregnant women should now be considered within the high-risk category, and ...Read more

Travel safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 is a global issue. The disease is in every country and nearly every city. That's why health experts do not recommend any nonessential travel at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19 if there are other travelers with COVID-19 ...Read more

Study: Pregnant women with coronavirus don't experience more severe illness

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According to a study published this week, most pregnant women with the coronavirus do not suffer worse illness than the general population who have the novel virus.

Published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the study, which took place over the course of two weeks, looked at 43 pregnant women who were diagnosed with ...Read more

Former Outcome Health execs can't access $10.3 million in frozen funds to pay lawyers, judge rules

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Former Outcome Health CEO Rishi Shah and former president Shradha Agarwal wanted to access $10.3 million the government froze as part of a $1 billion fraud case playing out in Chicago federal court. A federal judge has denied the request.

Judge Thomas Durkin ruled Wednesday that the money was "indisputably derived" from Agarwal and Shah's ...Read more

You're not imagining it: We're all having intense coronavirus dreams

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What do a tidal wave, a lethal injection and masses of thin white worms have in common?

They are all images that have cropped up in dreams people are having about the coronavirus pandemic.

Many people are reporting more vivid dreams while self-quarantining, taking to social media to comment on the phenomenon. Take a moment to think back on ...Read more

With Bronx Zoo tiger catching coronavirus, should pet owners be concerned about COVID-19? Health experts weigh in

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CHICAGO -- As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to surge worldwide, scientists and health experts, including University of Illinois researchers who helped diagnose a New York zoo tiger with the disease, are now looking into how animals are affected by the new coronavirus.

Earlier this week, the Bronx Zoo revealed that a 4-year-...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Monitoring needed after sarcoidosis diagnosis

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, but I don't currently have symptoms. What causes sarcoidosis? Could it go away on its own? What should I be on the lookout for as far as symptoms that may develop?

ANSWER: Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease characterized by the formation of tiny collections of inflammatory cells ...Read more

How to clean your face mask to help prevent getting and spreading the coronavirus

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PHILADELPHIA -- Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health now recommend we all wear face masks when going about essential tasks in public, as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Those types of masks have become a hot topic online during the ongoing outbreak, and are often ...Read more

Taqueria bans customers forever for asking workers if they have the coronavirus

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Dallas-Fort Worth taqueria has announced a lifetime ban for any customers making rude or racial comments as tensions grow over the coronavirus pandemic.

Richardson-based OMG Tacos, a Southern California-style fusion taqueria, posted a warning on social media last week after two different customers asked a Latino and an ...Read more

USC leads an army of architects making masks for medical workers using 3-D printers

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LOS ANGELES -- KAA Design is known more for creating swanky homes for the likes of Matt Damon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson than it is for responding to a health crisis. Just last week, the Marina del Rey company's 3-D printers -- one the size of a refrigerator, the other resembling a tall photocopy machine -- were humming ...Read more

Trying to boost your immune system as coronavirus spreads? Here are tips from experts

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Healthy immune systems can help ward off infections, health experts say.

As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, people may think about giving their bodies an extra boost.

Though no single measure is guaranteed to protect against COVID-19, some practices can help immune systems be strong, The New York Times reported.

Here are ...Read more

Walking slowly at age 45 could be a sign of accelerated aging

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How fast you walk can be used as an indicator of how fast you're aging, a new study finds.

"Slower walkers were shown to have 'accelerated aging' on a 19-measure scale devised by researchers," Duke Research wrote, "and their lungs, teeth and immune systems tended to be in worse shape than the people who walked faster."

The study, published ...Read more

Study: To live a long life, you should embrace getting older

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Growing old is a goal of most people. Just how old you'll get could depend not only on your attitude about aging, but also the attitude of those around you.

A new study by Orb Media has concluded that people with a positive attitude about getting older live longer and have better mental health. Those who look at aging as a bad thing "are more ...Read more

What to do if — or when — you get coronavirus symptoms, or a positive diagnosis

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Pay special attention to that cough this spring. It might not be allergies.

Experts expect many Americans to catch the new coronavirus over the next few weeks and months. Limiting the spread -- and not overwhelming the local hospital system -- may hinge, in part, on knowing what symptoms look like, and how to manage your own case.

Know the ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Exercise is important for body, mind

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Can I continue to exercise even if I don't feel well, or should I hold off until I start to feel better?

ANSWER: The answer to that question depends largely on what's wrong. For example, if you have symptoms of the common cold, it's usually fine to keep exercising. It may even help you feel a little better. If you have a fever...Read more