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Too much candy: Man dies from eating bags of black licorice

A Massachusetts construction worker’s love of black licorice wound up costing him his life. Eating a bag and a half every day for a few weeks threw his nutrients out of whack and caused the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

NEW YORK – The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting – and then taking down – an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

NEW YORK – U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested. The Centers...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn’t curbed abuse, overdoses

WASHINGTON (AP) – A panel of government health advisers said Friday there’s no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

A drug company says that adding an anti-inflammatory medicine to a drug already widely used for hospitalized COVID-19 patients shortens their time to recovery by an additional day. Eli Lilly...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

NEW YORK – Children who caught the coronavirus at day cares and a day camp spread it to their relatives, according to a new report that underscores that kids can bring the germ home and infect...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Big drop reported in vaping by U.S. teenagers

NEW YORK – Vaping by U.S. teenagers fell dramatically this year, especially among middle schoolers, according to a federal report released Wednesday. Experts think last year’s outbreak of vaping...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Still too soon to try altering human embryo DNA, panel says

It’s still too soon to try to make genetically edited babies because the science isn’t advanced enough to ensure safety, says an international panel of experts who also mapped a pathway for any...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC tells states: Be ready to distribute vaccines on Nov. 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The federal government has told states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine to be ready to distribute by Nov. 1. The timeline raised concern among public health experts about an...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Steroids confirmed to help severely ill coronavirus patients

New studies confirm that multiple types of steroids improve survival for severely ill COVID-19 patients, cementing the cheap drugs as a standard of care. An analysis of pooled results from seven...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Depression, anxiety spike amid outbreak and turbulent times

Mental health therapists’ caseloads are bulging. Waiting lists for appointments are growing. And anxiety and depression are rising among Americans amid the coronavirus crisis, research suggests. In...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

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