Health/Fitness

Vaccines, Masks? Japan Puzzling Over Sudden Virus Success

Vaccines, Masks? Japan Puzzling Over Sudden Virus Success

HEALTH | By Mari Yamaguchi | Oct 18, 2021

Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story.

FDA Panel Endorses Lower-Dose Moderna COVID Shot for Booster

FDA Panel Endorses Lower-Dose Moderna COVID Shot for Booster

HEALTH | By Lauran Neergaard | Oct 15, 2021

U.S. health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago should get a half-dose booster.

Watch: Texas Removed LGBTQ Youth Webpage after Governor Candidate Called them 'Offensive'

Watch: Texas Removed LGBTQ Youth Webpage after Governor Candidate Called them 'Offensive'

HEALTH | By Emell Adolphus | Oct 14, 2021

The state of Texas removed two LGBTQ resource pages from the Department of Family and Protective Services' website after Republican governor candidate Don Huffines called them "offensive."

What's the Latest Advice on the Type of Mask I Should Wear?

What's the Latest Advice on the Type of Mask I Should Wear?

HEALTH | By Emma H. Tobin | Oct 14, 2021

What's the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? It depends on your situation, but health officials say it should cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly.

Does Coming Out Feel Like a Lonely Road? It Shouldn't.

Does Coming Out Feel Like a Lonely Road? It Shouldn't.

HEALTH | Oct 13, 2021

A therapist shares his experience and tips to stay supported and healthy — not just on National Coming Out Day, but any day.

Feds OK Colorado Plan to Cover Gender-Affirming Care

Feds OK Colorado Plan to Cover Gender-Affirming Care

FITNESS | By Patty Nieberg | Oct 13, 2021

Colorado will include gender confirmation care in its individual and small group health insurance plans, state and federal officials announced Tuesday.

Advice Shifting on Aspirin Use for Preventing Heart Attacks

Advice Shifting on Aspirin Use for Preventing Heart Attacks

HEALTH | Oct 12, 2021

Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released Tuesday.

Next on FDA's Agenda: Booster Shots of Moderna, J&J Vaccines

Next on FDA's Agenda: Booster Shots of Moderna, J&J Vaccines

HEALTH | By Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone | Oct 12, 2021

With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions of others who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine wait anxiously.

Advice Shifting on Aspirin Use for Preventing Heart Attacks

Advice Shifting on Aspirin Use for Preventing Heart Attacks

HEALTH | By Lindsey Tanner | Oct 12, 2021

Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice.

California Makes it Illegal to Remove Condom without Consent

California Makes it Illegal to Remove Condom without Consent

HEALTH | By Don Thompson | Oct 11, 2021

California became the first state to prohibit "stealthing," or removing a condom without permission during intercourse, after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Thursday.

Watch: LGBTQ+ Stigma, Addiction, and Finding Strength to Come Out

Watch: LGBTQ+ Stigma, Addiction, and Finding Strength to Come Out

SPONSORED CONTENT | Oct 11, 2021

National treatment center Recovery Unplugged offers insight on the importance of acknowledging LGBTQ+ communities in substance abuse treatment.

Advocates, Lawmakers Push Hospitals To Help More With Bills

Advocates, Lawmakers Push Hospitals To Help More With Bills

HEALTH | By Tom Murphy | Oct 11, 2021

Swamped with medical bills? The hospital that treated you may be able to help.

Portugal to Stamp Out Anti-Gay Prejudice in Blood Donations

Portugal to Stamp Out Anti-Gay Prejudice in Blood Donations

HIV/AIDS | Oct 9, 2021

Portugal's parliament approved four bills Friday that enshrine in law the country's rules and procedures on blood donations, amid reports people are being turned away due to their sexual orientation.

Senators Seek Mental Health Guidelines For Trans Youth

Senators Seek Mental Health Guidelines For Trans Youth

HEALTH | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 9, 2021

Democratic senators sent a letter to leaders at the HHS calling for an establishment of "best practices" guidelines with respect to the health of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth.

Covid Immunity Through Infection or Vaccination: Are They Equal?

Covid Immunity Through Infection or Vaccination: Are They Equal?

HEALTH | By Arthur Allen | Oct 8, 2021

"We don't yet have full understanding of what the presence of antibodies tells us about immunity," says one infectious diseases expert.

Cracked Up: How Some Chiropractors Became the Voice of the Anti-Vaxxer Movement

Cracked Up: How Some Chiropractors Became the Voice of the Anti-Vaxxer Movement

HEALTH | By Michelle R. Smith, Scott Bauer, Mike Catalini | Oct 8, 2021

A recent convention was organized by a profession that has become a major purveyor of vaccine misinformation during the pandemic: chiropractors.

US Health Experts Urge Flu Shots to Avoid 'Twindemic'

US Health Experts Urge Flu Shots to Avoid 'Twindemic'

HEALTH | By Lauran Neergaard | Oct 8, 2021

The U.S. is gearing up in case of a bad flu season on top of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, with a plea Thursday for Americans to get vaccinated against both.

Becoming a Parent Through Surrogacy Can Have Ethical Challenges — but It is a Positive Experience for Some

Becoming a Parent Through Surrogacy Can Have Ethical Challenges — but It is a Positive Experience for Some

HEALTH | By Danielle Tumminio, Hansen Emory University | Oct 7, 2021

There is global disagreement about the ethics of surrogacy, but the fact remains it's an ethically complex issue with both rewards and risks.

Can I Get the Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines at the Same Time?

Can I Get the Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines at the Same Time?

HEALTH | By Emma H. Tobin | Oct 7, 2021

Yes, you can get the shots in the same visit. Staying up to date on all vaccinations will be especially important this year, experts say.

The Pandemic Forced My Transgender Wife to Fight Our Insurer Over Hormones

The Pandemic Forced My Transgender Wife to Fight Our Insurer Over Hormones

HEALTH | By Helen Santoro | Oct 6, 2021

Many state-federal health program for low-income people don't cover gender-affirming care, partly because of conservative policies and lack of research on how crucial this care is for patients.

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