Yogurt Can Now Claim It May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
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by JONEL ALECCIA/AP
2d ago
Yogurt sold in the U.S. can make claims that the food may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, based on limited evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The agency agreed that there is some evidence, but not significant scientific agreement, that eating at least 2 cups of yogurt per week may reduce the chance of developing the disease that affects about 36 million Americans. FDA has allowed qualified health claims—a claim that lacks full scientific support but is allowed as long as there are disclaimers to keep from misleading consumers—for dietary supplements since 2000 a ..read more
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RSV Vaccine May Be Linked to a Slightly Higher Risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome
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by Mike Stobbe/AP
2d ago
NEW YORK — Health officials are investigating whether there’s a link between two new RSV vaccines and cases of a rare nervous system disorder in older U.S. adults. The inquiry is based on fewer than two dozen cases seen among more than 9.5 million vaccine recipients, health officials said Thursday. And the available information is too limited to establish whether the shots caused the illnesses, they added. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] But the numbers are higher than expected and officials are gathering more information to determine if the vaccines are causing the problem. The data was pr ..read more
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CVS and Walgreens to Begin Offering Abortion Pills in March
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by Solcyré Burga
3d ago
CVS and Walgreens will begin dispensing the abortion pill mifepristone this March, the companies confirmed to TIME.  The pharmacies received a certification to offer mifepristone—which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to terminate a pregnancy through 10 weeks of gestation, and is often used with misoprostol—to customers with a prescription in compliance with federal and state laws. The news was first reported by the New York Times.  [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Walgreens said that it will start to dispense mifepristone within a week at select locations in Ne ..read more
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Norovirus Cases Are Rising. Here’s What to Know
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by JoNel Aleccia/AP
3d ago
Cases of norovirus, a nasty stomach bug that spreads easily, are climbing in the Northeastern U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Nationwide, about 12% of most recent norovirus tests sent to the CDC were positive, but the proportion was about 16% in the Northeast, the agency said. That compares with nearly 10% of norovirus tests in the Midwest and South and nearly 13% in the West. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Characterized by the sudden onset of vomiting, diarrhea, and general feelings of misery, norovirus outbreaks are notorious on cruise ships ..read more
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Why Older Adults Need Another COVID-19 Shot
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by Alice Park
3d ago
Older adults should get the COVID-19 vaccine more frequently than previously recommended, according to new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials are urging people ages 65 and older to receive another vaccine dose in the spring, or at least four months after their most recent dose. CDC director Dr. Mandy Cohen announced the decision after a CDC advisory committee, which is made up of independent vaccine and infectious disease experts, voted 11-1 to make the change. “An additional vaccine dose can provide added protection that may have decrea ..read more
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9 Things Therapists Do When They Feel Lonely
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by Angela Haupt
4d ago
True friendships can take years to develop—which isn’t exactly comforting to the 1 in 3 U.S. adults who say they are lonely right now. But you don’t need to wait for a new BFF to feel better. Small acts can help give you immediate relief from loneliness, experts say. We asked therapists what low-effort steps they take in their own lives when isolation starts to creep in. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Join an easy group class When Courtney Morgan, a therapist in Louisville, Ky., wants to be around like-minded people without having to try too hard, she goes to a yoga class. “Sometimes I wan ..read more
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Why Measles Cases Are Rising Right Now
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by Alice Park
4d ago
Last year, cases of measles—a serious, vaccine-preventable disease that’s highly contagious—jumped by 79% around the world. Most of them were in children. That trend is continuing this year, threatening to reverse an impressive 73% drop in measles deaths worldwide from 2000 to 2018. Cases in the U.S. are climbing, too. In just the first two months of 2024, 35 cases have already been reported in 15 states including California, Minnesota, Florida, New York, and Louisiana; in 2023, 58 cases were reported over the entire year. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Why are measles cases taking off, an ..read more
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Wendy Williams Documentary Producers Say They Were Unaware of Her Dementia While Filming Most Scenes
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by Associated Press
6d ago
If you watched Lifetime’s Wendy Williams docuseries that premiered over the weekend and felt uncomfortable, you weren’t alone. “Where is Wendy Williams?” premiered over the weekend and featured numerous scenes of the former talk show host unsteady, belligerent, confused and also drunk. Her manager would regularly find liquor bottles hidden throughout her apartment, behavior that producers say unnerved them while filming. But they say they didn’t know at the time that Williams had dementia, which the public learned late last week. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] “We all became very concerned ..read more
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Long COVID Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Does
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by Jamie Ducharme
6d ago
In the spring of 2023, after her third case of COVID-19, Jennifer Robertson started to feel strange. Her heart raced all day long and she could barely sleep at night. She had dizzy spells. She felt pins and needles in her arm, she says, a “buzzing feeling” in her foot, and pain in her legs and lymph nodes. She broke out in a rash. She smelled “phantom” cigarette smoke, even when none was in the air. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Robertson, 48, had a feeling COVID-19 might have somehow been the trigger. She knew about Long COVID, the name for chronic symptoms following an infection, becaus ..read more
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From COVID-19 to Measles, Florida’s War on Public Health
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by Scott A. Rivkees
6d ago
The culture of public health and medicine rests on open discussions in which different points of view are considered for the betterment of patient care and health. This process depends on psychological safety so individuals feel free and safe to speak and openly disagree. These factors collectively create a just culture, which improves systems and organizations and is being widely implemented in healthcare nationwide. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] However, in the face of politicized anti-science and anti-expert sentiment and attacks, we need to ask if just culture is being restricted in p ..read more
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