Asian Americans already face a mental health crisis—coronavirus racism could make it worse

In early March, Yuming Wang, a Philadelphia lawyer, watched with increasing concern reports of racist incidents against Asian Americans over coronavirus fears trickle in from other cities. A Chinese woman was attacked for wearing a mask in New York City. A 16-year-old Asian American student was physically assaulted in Los Angeles. Wang, who is the honorary chairman of the Pennsylvania […]

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Americans need to tackle youth obesity: US task force

(HealthDay)—Childhood obesity is such a crisis in America that officials have been updating recommendations for how early intervention should begin. Obesity now affects as many as 20% of the nation’s children. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed the literature on kids between 2 and 18 years of age and now recommends that kids over 6 be screened using a […]

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Almost half of Americans have been sleepy behind the wheel

(HealthDay)—Nearly half of American adults admit that they’ve fought to stay awake while driving, a new survey finds. Of the more than 2,000 respondents, 45% said they’d struggled to remain awake while behind the wheel, while 48% said they’d never driven drowsy, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey conducted in September. Each year in the United […]

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Survey finds less than half of Americans concerned about poor posture

The average American adult spends more than three and a half hours looking down at their smartphones every day. Looking down or slouching for long periods of time can not only cause chronic pain in the back, neck and knees, but it can lead to more serious health issues like circulation problems, heartburn and digestive issues if left unchecked. However, […]

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Audit: Hospitals put Native Americans at risk with opioids

Government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit released Monday. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General doesn’t draw any conclusions about actual abuse or overdoses. But it said […]

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CDC: Superbug fungus has sickened 600 Americans

(HealthDay)—The United States has had more than 600 cases of infection with a type of fungus called a “serious global health threat” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first U.S. cases of Candida auris infection appeared shortly after the CDC became aware of it globally in 2016, ABC News reported. Since then, there have been 617 […]

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Many Black Americans Live in Trauma Care ‘Deserts’

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 — Black neighborhoods in America’s three largest cities are much more likely to be located in a “trauma desert,” an area without immediate access to a designated trauma center, a new study finds. Census data for neighborhoods in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles revealed that neighborhoods made up of mostly black residents are more […]

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Opioids Now More Deadly for Americans Than Traffic Accidents

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 — For the first time in history, Americans’ risk for dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk for dying in a car accident, the National Safety Council reported Monday. The chances of dying from an accidental opioid overdose in the United States are now one in 96 compared with a one-in-103 risk for […]

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Americans flock to find roots under the Christmas tree

This Christmas, many Americans will find the gifts under their tree may lead to a long-lost relative or a map of ancestral migrations. Or perhaps the discovery that their father is not who they think he is. Sales of DNA testing kits are booming, as citizens in a country founded by immigrants explore their genetic origins in record numbers. “There […]

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