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You may be seeing small clusters of the flu or other ailments for the same reason COVID-19 is continuing to spread: 'Strict social distancing isn't in place'

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CHICAGO -- As Illinois continues testing for COVID-19, many people showing symptoms end up with negative results. Instead, they may have fallen ill with a common cold or the flu. While some people may wonder why they might catch a cold during this time of social distancing and hand washing, the answer is fairly simple, according to medical ...Read more

Preventing COVID-19 meltdowns: Therapists tap technology to help couples battling relationship stress

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SEATTLE - Relationship therapist Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman doesn't mince words when discussing strains the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on couples nationwide.

She tells of one husband-and-wife client duo and how the pandemic has "driven them crazy" when he comes home weekends from his high-stress, front-line medical worker job he took in ...Read more

Namaste noir: Yoga co-op seeks to diversify yoga to heal racialized trauma

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DENVER -- Beverly Grant spent years juggling many roles before yoga helped her restore her balance.

When not doting over her three children, she hosted her public affairs talk radio show, attended community meetings or handed out cups of juice at her roving Mo' Betta Green MarketPlace farmers market, which has brought local, fresh foods and ...Read more

People are drinking more during COVID-19. Here's some advice on how to cut down

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CHICAGO -- The pandemic has everyone stuck at home, where alcohol and snacks are within easy reach. So if you find that you're drinking more, you're not alone. From March to June, the COVID Symptom Study found 20% of their almost 100,000 participants reported increased drinking since the pandemic began. During the week of March 21 alone, U.S ...Read more

The next coronavirus may already be circulating in bats, study suggests

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While the exact origin of the coronavirus remains murky, scientists have been racing to determine how it jumped from animals to humans so they can prevent another pandemic.

The next one could just be a matter of time, a study published recently suggests.

The authors said a virus with similar ability to infect humans may already be out there, ...Read more

Missourians to vote on Medicaid expansion as crisis leaves millions without insurance

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ST. LOUIS -- Haley Organ thought she had everything figured out. After graduating from a small private college just outside Boston, she earned her master's degree, entered the workforce and eventually landed a corporate job here as a data analyst.

Life seemed to be going as planned until the national retailer that Organ worked for announced ...Read more

Complete your COVID-19 back-to-school checklist

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Families and school districts are weighing difficult decisions on whether to return to school in person, online or a combination of both during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"No matter what education model is chosen -- in-person, distance learning or a hybrid of the two, we want to provide guidance to parents, children, teachers and staff on how to ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q And A: New blood cancer treatment options with chimeric antigen receptor-t cell therapy

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Dear Mayo Clinic: My brother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma a few years ago and has had several recurrences. I was reading about something called chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy (CAR-T cell therapy) and was wondering how it works and if he might be a candidate for it?

Answer: CAR-T cell therapy is a relatively new treatment ...Read more

Study finds relatively low levels of stroke in coronavirus patients

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PHILADELPHIA -- Previous studies have raised concerns that the coronavirus can lead to big strokes in young patients, but a new analysis from Penn Medicine finds that most strokes in patients at Penn's three Philadelphia hospitals were in older people with known stroke risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Only one stroke patient ...Read more

Shopper’s guide: breakfast cereals

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Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day. It’s the first opportunity to fuel your body after an overnight without food, basically a fast. In addition, with the variety of options to eat, it’s an ideal chance to give your body its first dose of most, if not all, food groups, and the nutrients they provide.

Ready-to-...Read more

The best way to store fresh basil

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How often have you been preparing a recipe and reached into the fridge only to find that what was once a fresh bunch of herbs is wilted and dying? The worst offender in the withering department is basil, with its moist, delicate leaves prone to bruising and mold. However, with a little TLC, your fresh basil can stay fresh longer. Here’s how to...Read more

Getting sleep in the hospital

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If you or any of your loved ones has ever been hospitalized, one of the complaints you may have heard about most is how hard it is to sleep in the hospital. There are lots of things about hospital routines that can make things difficult for patients to sleep, besides noise and illness. While some hospitals have taken steps to ensure that ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Thyroid nodules generally don’t cause signs or symptoms

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Are thyroid nodules common? What causes them to develop, and should I be concerned if I have one?

ANSWER: Lumps in the thyroid — called thyroid nodules — are common. The likelihood of having one is higher in women and increases with age. It’s estimated that up to half of adults over 50 may have one. There are various ...Read more

Study finds 6 COVID-19 'symptom clusters' that may inform clinicians about the severity of cases

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The specific set of symptoms COVID-19 patients experience at the onset of the disease may predict how severe their case will become, according to a study by researchers at King's College London that analyzed self-reported symptoms.

The study identifies six "symptom clusters," or subtypes, of COVID-19:

Subtype 1, "flu-like with no fever": ...Read more

Who will get the first shot when the coronavirus vaccine arrives?

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Whenever a vaccine for the coronavirus becomes available, one thing is virtually certain: There won't be enough to go around. That means there will be rationing.

Someone will have to decide which of the world's 7.8 billion people gets first crack at returning to a more normal life. Infectious disease experts and medical ethicists say this ...Read more

Fact check: Biden is right. Pay for home health workers is paltry

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In a speech this month, former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, offered the third installment of a four-part economic plan being rolled out in advance of the Democratic National Convention in August. This set of proposals focused on caregivers -- whether for children, older adults or people with ...Read more

Skin care tips during the coronavirus pandemic

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Washing hands and wearing face masks are key steps to preventing COVID-19. But they can dry out your skin and cause acne. Here's how to help.

Most people are washing their hands or using hand sanitizer more frequently these days. Many are also wearing face masks when in public or during work shifts, often for hours at a time.

These measures ...Read more

COVID-19 isn't stopping people from going under the knife

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The spread of COVID-19 has deterred people from doing lots of things, but going under the knife for cosmetic surgery doesn't seem to be one of them.

Cosmetic surgeons across the region have reported a steady flow of patients since they were permitted to resume invasive and non-invasive procedures in May. Some have even noticed an uptick in ...Read more

Most parents of unvaccinated teens have no intention of getting HPV vaccine for their kids, study finds

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The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been proven to prevent certain types of oral and genital cancers and other health problems. However, in a study published this week in Lancet Public Health, researchers found that more than half of the parents of adolescents who have not received the HPV vaccine had no intention to initiate the vaccine ...Read more