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What makes a food ‘super’

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Is there a hotter nutrition term than “superfood”? The term typically refers to foods with particular health benefits, but is this merely a marketing term, or is there actually science behind these superfoods?

“There is no legal definition of ‘superfood,’ but the broadest definition is it’s a food that has extraordinary nutritional ...Read more

The best foods for better sleep

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Having trouble sleeping? These snooze-inducing snacks can help you escape a slumber slump.

Popcorn

Eating a heavy meal within two hours of bedtime can keep you awake, but light-and-airy popcorn makes a great late-night snack. Popcorn contains carbohydrates that help send the amino acid tryptophan to your brain, where it is used to make ...Read more

Trouble with crossword puzzles? Improve your semantic memory

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Can you distinguish the taste of a red wine versus a rosé? How about the look of a 1960s muscle car versus a foreign import? Do you prefer to grow lilies or tulips? Would you rather listen to Dark Side of the Moon or “Fly Me to the Moon”? To answer any of these questions, you need to use your semantic memory.

Your semantic memory is your ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Viral pinkeye doesn’t require treatment

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently took my daughter to the pediatrician because her cold caused her eyes to become red. The doctor said the redness was pinkeye. Last time my daughter had pinkeye we were given eyedrops to treat it, but this time we were told it was likely caused by a virus and eyedrops wouldn’t do any good unless her symptoms change....Read more

First aid for snakebites

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If a snake bites you, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately, then take these first-aid steps.

Most snakes aren't dangerous to humans. Only about 15% worldwide and 20% in the United States are venomous. In North America, these include the rattlesnake, coral snake, water moccasin and copperhead. Their bites can cause severe injuries...Read more

Essential worker shoulders $1,840 pandemic debt due to COVID cost loophole

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Carmen Quintero works an early shift as a supervisor at a 3M distribution warehouse that ships N95 masks to a nation under siege from the coronavirus. On March 23, she had developed a severe cough, and her voice, usually quick and enthusiastic, was barely a whisper.

A human resources staff member told Quintero she needed to go home.

"They told...Read more

'More than physical health': Gym helps 91-year-old battle isolation

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MONROVIA, Calif. -- Most mornings, like clockwork, you could find Art Ballard pumping iron.

At least five days a week, he drove to Foothill Gym, where he beat on the punching bag, rode a stationary bike and worked his abs. After he joined the gym five years ago, he dropped 20 pounds, improved his balance and made friends.

At 91, he's still ...Read more

Itchy, irritating poison ivy rash

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Poison ivy rash is caused by an allergic reaction to an oily resin called urushiol (u-ROO-she-ol). This oil is in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

Wash your skin right away if you come into contact with this oil, unless you know you're not sensitive to it. Washing off the oil may reduce your chances of ...Read more

July 4 road trip? Travel safely with these expert tips in the age of coronavirus

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If you plan to hit the road for the Fourth of July, there are some factors you may want to consider for traveling in the age of COVID-19.

Health officials say the best way to stop the spread of the disease is to stay home. But some people may not be able to stay in their communities or may look past the possible risks.

So how can you do a road...Read more

Herd immunity and COVID-19: What you need to know

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Curious as to whether herd immunity against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) might slow the spread of the disease? Understand how herd immunity works and what experts are saying about its potential impact on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is herd immunity important?

Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes...Read more

Unusual coronavirus symptoms: What are they?

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms. The most common are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Other symptoms include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, headache, or chest pain. But COVID-19 can also cause symptoms you might not expect, including:

...Read more

Study: Belly fat may be an indicator of dementia risk, especially for women

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A recently published study shows the risks involved with older people who have belly fat -- especially among older women.

The study, which was published June 23 in the International Journal of Epidemiology and reported by CNN, revealed that older women who have more belly fat than average can have a 39% increased risk of dementia within 15 ...Read more

It's summer, it's hot and sunny, and COVID-19 didn't go away. Why not?

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It's the first week of summer, and despite rumors and proclamations from some public figures, the coronavirus is still here despite the warmer weather.

As summer plans adjust to a growing pandemic, it's important to understand why people still need to take caution against COVID-19.

Many infectious diseases are seasonal, so it's not ...Read more

Michael Phelps to narrate and appear in HBO documentary exploring Olympians' mental health

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BALTIMORE -- Michael Phelps will narrate and serve as the subject of a new documentary on the mental health challenges faced by Olympic athletes, set to debut on HBO at the end of July.

The documentary, titled "The Weight of Gold," will feature other high-profile Olympians such as Lolo Jones, Bode Miller, Sasha Cohen and Shaun White.

"I ...Read more

Fact check: In Arizona Race, McSally makes health care pledge at odds with track record

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Trailing Democratic challenger Mark Kelly in one of the country's most hotly contested Senate races, Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is seeking to tie herself to an issue with across-the-aisle appeal: insurance protections for people with preexisting health conditions.

"Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always," the...Read more

Recklessness or reopening: Why are more young people getting coronavirus?

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A surge of coronavirus cases among young people is leading to a generational blame game as California and other states grapple with a second wave of the virus.

Reports of outbreaks across the country tied to fraternity houses and college-town bars have helped fuel a perception that people in their teens and 20s -- who are far less likely to die...Read more

COVID-19 data: What the numbers mean and how to tell if the coronavirus is spreading

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SEATTLE -- Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is used to seeing a cavalcade of numbers and charts that show how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading or how it's affecting a given place.

This data is crucial for informing decisions about how to respond to the crisis and keep ourselves and others safe.

But the more ...Read more

Azar suggests no Obamacare replacement plan before election

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The Trump administration doesn't expect to release a detailed health care plan until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of the Affordable Care Act, said U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

"We'll work with Congress on a plan if the ACA is struck down," Azar said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We'll see what the Supreme Court ...Read more

Coronavirus could be the turning point for genetic vaccines, a 30-year-old technology that has not fulfilled its promise

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David B. Weiner is known in scientific circles as "the father of DNA vaccines." The tag pays homage to his pioneering work over 30 years, but it's also a reminder that his baby is still aborning.

Not a single human DNA vaccine has made it to market anywhere in the world, and the technology is still rapidly evolving.

The pandemic may be the ...Read more

Getting safe emergency care during COVID-19

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Find out when to get emergency care for non-COVID-19 symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms, and learn what emergency rooms are doing to keep you safe during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

News about the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic may be making you feel anxious about going to the emergency department or getting medical care, and...Read more