China virus death toll nears 1,400, US bemoans ‘lack of transparency’

The death toll from China’s virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday, as the United States complained of a “lack of transparency” from Beijing over its handling of a crisis that has fuelled global panic. Nearly 64,000 people are now recorded as having been made ill by the virus in China, with the last two days showing a steep rise after […]

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4 more planes filled with US citizens fly back from Wuhan

Four more planes carrying American passengers from Wuhan, China, will arrive in the U.S. this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today (Feb. 5) during a press conference.  The planes will land today and tomorrow at Travis Air Force Base in Sacramento, California; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego; Lackland Air Force Base in […]

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Coronavirus cases in Arizona, California push US tally to 5

3rd case of coronavirus confirmed in US, 15 more deaths in China Infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja on the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday. Two new cases were reported Sunday — one […]

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Coronavirus symptoms: Where does coronavirus come from? Is it deadly?

Coronavirus may now have spread into the US, as the CDC is allegedly expected to announce a newly identified case on American shores. The virus has infected more than 300 people since it began circulating last year, but this would be the first time it has spread beyond Asia.  Where does Coronavirus come from? Coronaviruses are a species of disease […]

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Chemicals between us: Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction

A team of addiction researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) report in Psychopharmacology that oxytocin, a hormone produced naturally in the hypothalamus, has significant gender differences when used as a treatment for cocaine-addicted individuals with a history of childhood trauma. The MUSC team was led by Jane E. Joseph, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Neuroscience, […]

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Medicaid expansion associated with fewer opioid overdose deaths across the US

The expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults permitted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with a six percent reduction in total opioid overdose deaths nationally, according to new research from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and University of California, Davis. Published online January 10 in JAMA Network Open, the study is the first to look at whether […]

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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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Study estimates that half of US adults will be obese by 2030

There’s no way to sugarcoat this news: Nearly half of American adults will be obese within a decade and one-quarter will be severely so, a new report predicts. It corrects for a weakness in previous estimates that may have made the problem seem not as big as it really is. Those estimates often relied on national health surveys and people […]

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The holidays remind us that grief cannot be wished away

The year-end holidays are a time of social gatherings, traditions and celebrations. They can also be a time of revisiting and reflection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.8 million people die each year in the U.S. If we conservatively estimate four or five grievers per death, there are 11 to 14 million people who are experiencing […]

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