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Study Casts Doubt on Plasma as COVID Treatment

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of people who'd survived the disease might help boost outcomes. But new study findings, along with disappointing results from prior trials, suggest that those initial hopes may have been unfounded.

Leaders Urge Caution as COVID Surges in Nursing Homes

Coronavirus cases in the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes have reached a record high, leaving operators struggling to protect staff and residents.

Experts: COVID Vaccine May Cause Side Effects

Americans who get a shot shouldn't be surprised if they feel under the weather for a few days afterwards, expert say. Vaccines work to fight disease by producing an immune response within the body. And sometimes that means flu-like symptoms, such as aches, headache and fever.

Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer's: Study

Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer's more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety symptoms, a preliminary study suggests.

Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pills, a large new study suggests.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds for Diabetes

Overweight women who eat a Mediterranean-like diet may reduce their odds of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%, compared with women who don't, a new study suggests.

Junk Food, Alcohol Often Star in Hit Movies

If there was an Oscar for "most unhealthy food in a leading role," many of America's most popular movies would be serious contenders.

Vegan Diets Tied to Higher Bone Fracture Risk

Vegans face a 43% higher risk for bone fractures than meat eaters, a large British study warns. The researchers also identified a notably higher risk for hip fractures among those who eat fish but no meat (pescatarians), and among vegetarians who swear off both meat and fish, but do consume dairy and/or eggs.

1 in 3 Parents Say Holiday Gathering Worth COVID Risk

In a new nationwide poll of 1,443 parents, about one in three said the benefits of gathering with families for the holidays outweighed the risk of spreading the virus.

Young Americans Lonely, Depressed During Pandemic

Loneliness, anxiety, depression and substance use have increased sharply among young American adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey shows.

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