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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

Are you fueling your own obesity epidemic?

James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) had a fatal heart attack after eating a meal that included fried king prawns and a plate of foie gras. The 275-pound actor opted for an artery-clogging feast and paid the ultimate price. That same year, 2013, 801,000 fellow Americans also died from heart and cardiovascular disease.

A study published in PLOS One ...Read more

We all benefit from vaccines, whether we take them or not

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A recent column on vaccines left me unable to complete all the dots.

An 80-year-old who has been sick only once (from a vaccination) stated that he/she will never willingly accept another vaccination. You conclude your column by suggesting that by being 80, this person should look forward to a vaccine for coronavirus. If I were ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Importance of a colorful diet

Health Advice / Nutrition /

On this Fourth of July week, I began to write about color. How the varied colors of flowers attract insects to their food sources. How the diverse hues in a garden encourage bees, butterflies and other flying bugs to bring fertilizing pollen to plants. And how this large array of pigments in the food we eat provide a multitude of benefits to our...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

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

Nutrition News: Habits to Cultivate

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

This shelter-in-place time has had me thinking about habits -- the things I do on a daily basis to stay healthy. I think it's because so many habits were changed unexpectedly -- driving to work, going to the gym, eating out. My daily commute is now up the stairs to my office; my workout is a two-mile walk in the neighborhood; we eat all our ...Read more

Exercises for arthritic hands: beneficial or detrimental?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Correction: In second from last paragraph, removed extraneous word "but" before "have prescribed it."

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 69-year-old woman developing arthritis in my fingers, especially the middle joints. I do various finger bending and straightening exercises, and I rub my hands together vigorously to warm them.

I recently visited a hand ...Read more

Vaping KOs your oral health -- and fast!

Once upon a time, Lucky Strike cigarettes used the slogan, "It's toasted." They referred to the processing method -- heating tobacco rather than air-drying -- in an attempt to make consumers think the smokes were wholesome. One ad even compared Lucky Strikes to buttered toast. Vaping brands have tried the same kind of ploy: Remember the ...Read more