Is Ablation Rx the Best First Choice for A-Fib?

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A procedure that freezes bits of heart tissue may be a better option than medication for people with atrial fibrillation (a-fib, or AF), two clinical trials have found. …

Can Supplements Boost Your Immunity This Winter?

Barry Fox, MD, clinical professor of infectious disease,  University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Harri Hemilä, MD, PhD, adjunct professor, Department of Public Health,  University of Helsinki, Finland. Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD, senior scientist and director,…

Many Will Attend Large Indoor Holiday Events

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Despite skyrocketing coronavirus infection rates, many Americans plan to attend large holiday gatherings, a nationwide survey finds. Nearly two in five respondents said they will likely gather with…

Warming Planet Ups Risk of Deadly Tick-Borne Fever

Nov. 16, 2020 — Climate change, already linked to more frequent wildfires, longer droughts, and more tropical storms, may also increase the risk of getting the potentially deadly tick-borne disease known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, new research suggests. When…

Annual Report Highlights Dangerous Toys

Nov. 13, 2020 — As the holidays near, the hunt for presents begins. But not all children’s toys have made the nice list — among this year’s most dangerous items are a toolset with small parts, a toy with high…

Is the Pandemic Harming Kids’ Mental Health?

By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 (HealthDay) — Since last April, hospital emergency rooms across the United States have seen a sustained surge in visits related to the mental health of school-aged kids, a new report…

Study Finds Blacks, Asians More Vulnerable to COVID

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Black and Asian people in the United States and the United Kingdom have significantly higher odds of COVID-19 infection compared to white people, a large research…

Restrictions Return As COVID Surges Across the U.S.

COVID Tracking Project blog: “A Nationwide Case Surge Hits US Hospitals: This Week in COVID-19 Data, Nov 12.” COVID Tracking Project: “Cumulative Cases.” The Associated Press: “Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds won’t budge on masks, even as virus deaths rise.” Office…

New Finding Reveals Why Certain COVID Patients Die

“Interferons are like a fire alarm and a sprinkler system all in one,” said Rasmussen, who wasn’t involved in the new studies. Lab studies show interferons are suppressed in some people with COVID-19, perhaps by the virus itself. Interferons are…