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Alzheimer’s risk and sleep: Could 7 to 8 hours lower the risk?

Alzheimer’s risk and sleep: Could 7 to 8 hours lower the risk?

Sleep is key in the healthy aging process, with disruptions linked to outcomes like greater risk of depression, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. But how much sleep is ideal as adults progress into late life? A recent study published in JAMA Neurology, stemming from PET scans among 4,417 older adults with normal cognition, indicated short sleep of 6 hours…

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Veteran suicides decreased by 7% in 2019, lowest in 12 years

Veteran suicides decreased by 7% in 2019, lowest in 12 years

New data from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows a decrease in veteran suicides to the lowest level in 12 years. The VA’s annual report includes comprehensive data on the issue from 2001 through 2019 and shows a drop in the total number of veteran deaths by suicide in 2019, as well as in the rate of veteran suicides…

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NIH unraveling cause behind never smokers’ lung cancers

NIH unraveling cause behind never smokers’ lung cancers

Researchers identified three subtypes of lung cancer among never smokers with the disease, who comprise about 10-20% of the lung cancer patient population, according to the National Institutes of Health. Nonsmokers’ tumors were found to stem from mutations driven by natural bodily processes, the agency announced. Lung cancer is blamed for the top cause of cancer-related deaths around the…

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Can kids get ‘long COVID’ after coronavirus infections?

Can kids get ‘long COVID' after coronavirus infections?

Can kids get “long COVID” after coronavirus infections? Yes, but studies indicate they’re less likely than adults to be affected by symptoms that persist, recur or begin a month or more after infection. Estimates vary on how often the symptoms known as long COVID-19 occur in kids. A recently published U.K. study found about 4% of young children and…

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COVID-19: 99% of hospital admissions were among those not fully vaccinated

Lilly's COVID-19 drug reduces death risk in patients on ventilator

They are the new 99 percenters: The vast majority of Americans who are getting serious cases of COVID-19 or dying are unvaccinated. While COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the US, the overwhelming majority of deaths and hospitalizations from the virus continue to overwhelmingly be among unvaccinated Americans, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention….

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Fauci on COVID-19: US lacking ‘modestly good control’ over pandemic

Fauci calls on unvaccinated Americans to expedite pandemic end

The U.S. is logging daily COVID-19 infections at a rate more than 10 times the threshold needed to suppress the pandemic, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser. “The endgame is to suppress the virus,” Fauci told Axios. “Right now, we’re still in pandemic mode, because we have 160,000 new infections a day. That’s not even…

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Fall allergies will be in ‘full force’ this year, experts say

Fall allergies will be in 'full force' this year, experts say

As summer comes to a close, millions of Americans can reportedly expect the fall allergy season to be in “full force” this year. According to AccuWeather meteorologists, fall allergies are often triggered by ragweed and the presence of mold.  IS IT COVID-19, ALLERGIES, OR POST-VACCINE SYMPTOMS? HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE “Fall allergies are typically triggered by ragweed, and…

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WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said Wednesday he was “appalled” at comments by a leading association…

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Pediatric weekly COVID-19 cases hit pandemic high

What is breakthrough COVID and who's most at risk?

The number of weekly COVID-19 cases among children has climbed to the highest figure seen since the pandemic began, in what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) described as an exponential increase since early summer with 251,781 new weekly infections. “As of September 2, over 5 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic,”…

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Cannabis use linked to increased risk of heart attack among young adults: study

Cannabis use linked to increased risk of heart attack among young adults: study

Frequent cannabis use among young adults was associated with an increased risk — albeit low — of a heart attack, researchers found, adding that more data is needed to confirm the results. Findings published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal drew from an annual CDC-led survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), among 33,173 adults aged 18 to…

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