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Coffee Consumption Habits Largely Driven By Cardiovascular Health, Study

A new, large study has suggested that your coffee consumption habits are largely driven by your cardiovascular health. The study found that people with essential hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), or arrhythmia drank less coffee than those with no aforementioned conditions.

Baby’s First Poop Could Reveal Whether They Will Develop Allergies, Finds Study

A new study has shown that the baby’s first stool, called meconium, could help reveal whether or not a child will develop allergies within a year. The study researchers found that if meconium contains a lesser amount of key molecules, the child is at greater risk of developing allergies.

FDA Says It Will Ban Menthol in Cigarettes within a Year

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that will ban menthol in cigarettes and all flavors, including menthol, in cigars within a year. However, some organizations have urged the officials to reconsider the ban, stating that it could trigger criminal penalties.

New Guidance Released on Rare Blood Clots Associated with COVID-19 Vaccines

A new report from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has been released, offering guidance on rare blood clot disorders associated with COVID-19 infection and the vaccines used against the virus. The report was published online in the journal Stroke.

CDC Study Finds Pfizer and Moderna COVID Vaccines 94% Effective at Preventing Hospitalizations

A new CDC study has shown that Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines are 94% effective at preventing hospitalizations, especially among older people who are fully vaccinated. The study has also found that the vaccines are 65% effective at preventing hospitalizations in people who received only one shot.

Fully Vaccinated People Don’t Need To Wear Masks in Small Groups, Says CDC

The CDC has updated its guidelines on wearing masks for people who are fully vaccinated and those who are unvaccinated. The CDD says people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in smaller groups but they should when they are in a larger crowd.

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Keytruda Gets FDA Nod for HER2 Positive Gastric Cancer

Merck & Co. has announced that it has recovered FDA approval for its drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in combination with other drugs for the treatment of HER2 positive gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma. The FDA granted accelerated approval on May 5, 2020.

Generic Drugs for Anxiety

Generic drugs for anxiety include benzodiazepines, selective resorting serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, antihistamines, and azapirones. It is important to check with your doctor before switching to generic drugs for anxiety from the branded ones.

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CDC Seeks Emergency Approval of Diagnostic Test from FDA to Detect 2019-nCoV

The CDC has been seeking for a special emergency approval from the FDA for its newly-developed diagnostic tool that can detect the mysterious new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which started in Wuhan, China, in December. The new diagnostic test would help the states to detect the virus.

Rethinking Intelligence Is Necessary, Says Author of Different Minds

Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, the author if Different Mind, has posted an article in Psychology Today, explaining the importance of rethinking intelligence in order to develop a new education model for children. She explains that it is important to re-open discussions about intelligence again.

Scientists Discover a Mechanism That Could Treat Friedreich’s Ataxia

Researchers from Tufts University have discovered a molecular mechanism that could reverse the genetic mutation responsible for causing a neurodegenerative disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia. The researchers explained this could help develop therapeutic strategies.

Scientists Say Personality Traits Are Changeable

A study, which will be published in American Psychologists, has found that personality traits can be changed if you catch people at the right and by putting an extra-sustained effort. They can also be changed by major life events and persistent interventions because they account for important life outcomes.

Scientists Develop Device to Control Brain Cells Using Smartphone

Researchers developed a wireless neural device that could control and manipulate brain cells using a smartphone. The researchers explained that the wireless neural device could be used to speed up to uncover certain brain disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, pain and depression.

FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’ Humira Biosimilar

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosimilar version of Humira, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, called Hadlima by Samsung Bioepis. In the United States, it will be commercialized by Merck & Co. Humira contains Adalimumab, the best-selling drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Nerve Surgery Helps Paralyzed Man to Regain Movement and Function

Australian surgeons have successfully been able to perform innovative nerve transfer surgery on some paralyzed patients, which has helped them to regain movement and function. The surgeons performed the surgery on 16 paralyzed patients so that they can extend their elbow and hands to grab, open, and pinch.

COVID-19: Public Health Officials Urge People to Stay Home for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday

Public health officials across the United States have been urging people to stay home and stay safe during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, as the nation has been experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, affecting nearly all states. The virus has affected over 12 million Americans and killed over 262,000.

Physicians Aren’t Advising Enough Smokers to Quit, Says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.

US To Screen Every Passenger from Wuhan for New Deadly Coronavirus

US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.

Lung Illness Related To Vaping Started Much Earlier Than Reported

Two studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was surfaced as early as January 2017, long before June 2019, when the outbreak began, and the key culprit is vitamin E acetate found in vaping products.

Mumps Outbreak Reported On the University Of Arkansas Campus

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported that there has been a major mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Health officials reported nine mumps cases at the university during the fall 2019 semester. More than 300 students were found to had their first dose of MMR vaccine.

Why U.S. Is Facing A Surge In STD Cases?

In 2018, the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases has significantly increased in the United States. Health officials have identified a few factors responsible for causing the surge in STDs, such as lack of access to health care, poor public health infrastructure, poverty, drug use, the stigma of STDs, and a decline in condom use.

Deadly EEE Virus Confirmed in Poconos, Pennsylvania

Health officials in Pennsylvania have confirmed a deadly virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Monroe and Carbon Counties. The virus has been found in a pheasant and two horses, which can spread through mosquitoes in birds, animals, and humans. EEE is a rare but deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis.

CDC Director Says Racism Is a Serious Public Health Threat

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has recently said that racism is a serious public health threat and it should be addressed on a priority basis. She talked about the disproportionate impact of the COVID pandemic on communities of color.

MedicineNet Offers Useful Tips On How To Get Rid Of Bedsores Quickly

MedicineNet, a medical information-providing website, offered a few useful tips on how to get rid of bedsores, or pressure sores, quickly. It recommends a combination of medical and auxiliary treatments to heal pressure sores promptly.

Diets High in Sugar Could Damage Your Gut, Increasing Colitis Risk

Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that mice fed with high-sugar diets developed severe symptoms of colitis. They also found that the mice developed colitis because sugary foods damaged their gut’s protective mucosal layer, causing inflammation of the intestines.

Study Finds 5G Networks Have Fewer Health Implications

A new study has found that 5G networks, which offer high download speed than 4G, have no significant impact on human health. The study researchers said 5G radiation is not that harmful that thought, and it is predominantly benign. However, the researchers said they need further investigations to dig deep.

Can Estrogen or Progesterone Help Treat COVID-19 In Men?

Researchers have been conducting two clinical trials to study the effects of female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, in men with COVID-19 patients. The trials are conducted on the hypothesis that women are less vulnerable to COVID-19 probably due to estrogen and progesterone.

UN Biodiversity Chief Calls for a Global Ban on Wildlife Markets

The United Nation’s biodiversity chief, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, has called for a global ban on wildlife markets or wet markets where animals are sold live or dead for human consumption. She said we can prevent future pandemics by banning the wildlife markets.

UK Furloughed Workers to Get 80% of Monthly Salaries under Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers are set to entitled 80 percent of their employees’ monthly salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme is meant to safeguard furloughed workers who are affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.