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  • Edibles and children: Poison center calls rise
    by Claire McCarthy, MD on April 23, 2021 at 5:30 am

    As more states have legalized the use of marijuana and products derived from it, more children are being exposed. Children can’t be trusted not to eat appealing-looking food items they may find, so it’s up to adults to take precautions and make sure edibles are stored where children can’t […]

  • Pills and the planet: Environmentally-friendly steps for your medicine cabinet
    by Wynne Armand, MD on April 22, 2021 at 9:30 am

    The key factor causing climate change is greenhouse gas emissions, and the health care industry plays a significant role, with drugs and chemicals being the biggest contributor. While the benefits of medications to the world can’t be overstated, here's how to balance the need for them with […]

  • Diet, disease, and the microbiome
    by Sue-Ellen Anderson-Haynes, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT on April 21, 2021 at 9:30 am

    A healthy microbiome — the genes of tiny organisms living in the digestive tract — helps protect its human host from chronic diseases. Researchers do not yet fully understand the connection, but it appears that eating unprocessed plant-based foods allows the gut microbiome to thrive. The post […]

  • Want healthy eyes? What to know at 40 and beyond
    by Kelly Bilodeau on April 20, 2021 at 9:30 am

    While eye problems can affect people of any age, some conditions become more common after age 40. Some are normal, or at least expected; others are of greater concern and will require treatment. Here's how to keep your eyes healthy and address certain problems. The post Want healthy eyes? What to […]

  • Almanac: Plastic surgery
    on April 23, 2021 at 8:49 am

    On October 23, 1814, 202 years ago today, London doctor Joseph Carpue performed what is widely regarded as Western medicine's very first modern plastic surgery operation. Jane Pauley reports.

  • Oxygen shortages reported in Delhi as a second wave takes hold in India
    on April 23, 2021 at 8:39 am

    India is tackling a significant second wave of coronavirus as a new variant has taken hold. Oxygen supplies are running low in several hospitals. Lucy Craft reports.

  • New promise for gene therapy
    on April 23, 2021 at 8:28 am

    The genes we inherit from our forebears help shape our lives - and in too many cases, can cut young lives short well before their time. Now a cutting-edge stem cell therapy is achieving some success, but is still not available in the United States. Martha Teichner reports on a promising new […]

  • Cold caps help cancer patients keep their hair
    on April 23, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Cold caps chilled with dry ice to 30 below zero can help breast cancer patients keep their hair. In the most recent study, roughly 66 percent of women who used cold caps kept 50 percent of their hair. Barry Petersen reports.

  • Research Suggests Lockdowns Didn’t Reduce COVID Deaths
    by GreenMedInfo on March 25, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    A review of data from 87 regions worldwide found that in about 98 percent of the comparisons, there was no evidence that lockdowns reduced the number of COVID-19 deaths. The locking down of healthy people in their homes in order to prevent the spread of disease is an unprecedented public health […]

  • Healthy Adults Voluntarily Infected With CCP Virus in 1st Human Challenge Study
    by Meiling Lee on March 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Young, healthy volunteers are being deliberately infected with the CCP virus in the first human challenge trial in the United Kingdom, with the aim of advancing research into effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. The trial will enable researchers to assess the smallest amount of the CCP […]

  • Canadians Who’ve Recovered from Depression Urge MPs to Vote Against Bill C-7
    by Andrew Chen on March 9, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Canadians who had recovered from depression are urging MPs to vote against amendments to a bill that would expand access to medically assisted deaths for people suffering from mental illnesses. In a press conference co-hosted by Conservative MPs on Monday, witnesses expressed concerns about the […]

  • Fully Vaccinated People Do Not Need Masks or Physical Distancing: CDC
    by Meiling Lee on March 8, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    People who are fully vaccinated can now gather indoors without masks or social distancing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its new guidance on Monday. “There are some activities that fully vaccinated people can begin to resume now in their own homes,” CDC […]

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