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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

Your office is reopening. Do you have to go back? These are your options

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Your boss wants you back at the office. But you're worried.

Maybe coronavirus cases are rising in your area. Maybe you don't know whether your workplace plans to enforce any safety precautions. Maybe your boss has mentioned the global pandemic in a way that makes you think they aren't taking it particularly seriously.

As offices reopen, ...Read more

Teleworking tips for coping during COVID-19

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Teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic can make you feel like you're working all the time. Know how to set boundaries between your work and personal life, as well as avoid professional isolation.

If your office is closed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, you might be working from home for the first time. While ...Read more

Number of people buying prescription medications outside U.S. could rise with unemployment, uninsured rates

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Buying prescription drugs from outside the United States could become more common with millions of Americans unemployed and uninsured because of the coronavirus pandemic.

About 2 million Americans -- 1.5% of adults -- purchase medications outside the country to save money, according to a study by researchers at the University of Florida ...Read more

Why more men aren't wearing masks — and how to change that

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Darth Vader, the Minnesota Vikings and Mike Pence, who's wearing a "Make America Great Again" face mask, walk into a bar.

That may sound like the setup to a very funny (and perhaps risque) joke, but it also hints at how to solve a deadly serious problem: getting more people -- particularly the swaggeringly toxic mask-averse males of the species...Read more

Trump puts his Obamacare opposition back at center of election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has again bound himself and congressional Republicans to getting rid of Obamacare but now the move comes as voters are getting daily reminders about their own healthcare vulnerabilities.

A legal brief his administration filed Thursday on the Affordable Care Act and its protections for patients with ...Read more

Fearing the deadly combo of COVID-19 and cancer

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Three Tuesdays each month, Katherine O'Brien straps on her face mask and journeys about half an hour by Metra rail to Northwestern University's Lurie Cancer Center.

What were once packed train cars rolling into Chicago are now eerily empty, as those usually commuting to towering skyscrapers weather the pandemic from home. But for O'Brien, the ...Read more

Some doctors think face shields protect against the coronavirus as well as masks

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Now that we've gotten used to the idea of wearing masks or bandannas when we go out in public, some doctors are proposing an alternative.

They think that face shields -- curved sheets of clear plastic that cover the entire face -- are as good as masks on some measures of infection control while allowing for better breathing and communication.

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Trump administration urges court to topple Affordable Care Act

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration told the Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act is invalid, including its protections for people with preexisting conditions.

Filing a brief late Thursday in a case the court is set to hear around the time of the November election, the administration said "the entire ACA thus must fall" ...Read more

Officials seek to shift resources away from policing to address Black 'public health crisis'

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From Boston to San Bernardino, California, communities across the U.S. are declaring racism a public health crisis.

Fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic's disproportionate impact on communities of color, as well as the killing of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, cities and counties are calling for more funding for health care and ...Read more

Sex in the time of COVID: Gay men begin to embrace a 'new normal'

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Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a primary care physician in Los Angeles, has treated gay men for decades. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, he said, many patients have so dramatically changed their sexual behavior that they shrug off the need for routine screenings for sexually transmitted diseases.

"They say, 'I haven't had any contact since ...Read more

COVID-19 safety: Tips for leaving home to travel, visit restaurants and more

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If coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stay-at-home restrictions are easing in your community, you might wonder how to visit public places and protect your health. Here's what you need to know.

Before you head out

Follow guidance where you live. In the U.S., activity restrictions vary among cities and states. Before you head out, check your ...Read more

Pregnancy and COVID-19: What are the risks?

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If you are pregnant, you recently delivered a baby or you are breast-feeding, you're probably concerned about the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on you and your baby. Here's what you need to know.

Risks during pregnancy

Currently, it isn't clear if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from the COVID-19 virus or ...Read more

Study says sugar taxes could prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease

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What if taxing sugary drinks meant lower rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes? That's what a recent study by the American Heart Association found a link between.

Cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco, have already implemented taxes on sodas, the most popular brands of which contain over 50 grams of ...Read more

COVID-19 is more likely to hospitalize and even kill people with these preexisting conditions

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With the number of COVID-19 cases nationally now numbering in the millions, and a vaccine still at least months away, doctors, hospitals, and analysts are trying to limit the virus's devastation by learning which patients may suffer the most severe cases.

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for instance, found ...Read more

Health concerns will be front and center for NBA players, teams

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LOS ANGELES -- When the Lakers announced in March that two of their players had tested positive for COVID-19, many people worried about center JaVale McGee. People he knew shared their concern with him. People he didn't know speculated about him on Twitter.

Their apprehension stemmed from the fact McGee has asthma, a respiratory condition that ...Read more

Nutrition to support bone health

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The human body is comprised of bone, muscle and fat in proportions that are unique to each of us. Bone makes up about 15% of our overall mass and is a dynamic living tissue, removing old bone cells and rebuilding it with new ones. As we age, this becomes less efficient with old bone being removed faster than it can be replaced.

Osteoporosis (a ...Read more

Eating Well: 6 tips for perfect summer pies

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What’s better than a perfectly tart slice of fruit pie on a warm summer evening? Maybe a scoop of ice cream with it! Fresh fruit pies are a delicious way to make use of the season’s strawberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, blueberries or nectarines, but the crust needs to shine just as much as that amazing summer fruit.

Here, EatingWell ...Read more

Harvard Health: Living with Crohn’s disease: Recognizing and managing flares

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Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Together with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s is one of the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s affects approximately 500,000 Americans and is a chronic, lifelong condition that typically alternates between periods of ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Rather than focus just on weight, consider other factors that determine health

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At a recent appointment, my blood pressure and cholesterol were normal, but my doctor mentioned that my BMI is at an unhealthy number (28). Does this mean I need to lose weight even though I have no health problems?

ANSWER: Although weight is an important measure of health, it's not the only thing to consider when assessing ...Read more