Covid causes ‘extensive’ damage to placenta

Women who become infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy face higher risks of still birth and death of a child within 28 days of birth, research has shown. And now, a new study shows how. Unlike many disease-causing pathogens that kill the fetus by infecting it directly, the coronavirus causes “widespread and severe” destruction of the placenta that deprives the fetus of…

Covid vaccine mandates: Where do they stand?

Large portions of COVID-19 vaccine requirements have been temporarily blocked, as lawsuits challenging the mandates continue to be filed nationwide. And just Wednesday, Senate Republicans and two moderate Democrats voted to overturn the vaccine and testing requirements for large businesses.

Working the night shift linked to heart problems

Night Shift work not only disrupts your sleep schedule, but it could also increase your risk of having an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (AFib), as well as coronary heart disease, according to new research.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks medicine, mistrust and equality

“My life is at risk. Not just because I’m 73 with the usual annoying aches and pains that accompany age, but because I’m tall and I’m Black. At 7 feet, 2 inches, I’m statistically more prone to blood clots, lower back and hip problems, higher risk of cancer, especially prostate cancer, atrial fibrillation (a heart…

How COVID attacks every organ

It’s not just a fever and coughing, leading to shortness of breath, like everyone thought at first. This makes it incredibly difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat.

Are you immune to virus after you’ve had it?

We will need to do long-term studies in humans to find out if people who recover from COVID-19 are immune and to learn how long that immunity will last. But again, based on what we know about how our bodies respond to other viruses, it is highly likely that the antibodies we make after infection…

How AI is transforming health care

Hospitals and doctors’ offices collect reams of data on their patients—everything from blood pressure to mobility measures to genetic sequencing. Today, most of that data sits on a computer somewhere, helping no one. But that is slowly changing as computers get better at using AI to find patterns in vast amounts of data and as recording, storing,…

Stress, sadness really can break your heart

A stunning diagnosis: takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The condition is better known as broken heart syndrome. Researchers have confirmed in recent years what people long suspected: Extreme stress can literally break your heart. Although rare, it can happen when people or pets die, during stressful medical treatments, after a job loss, or when other overwhelming stresses occur. Symptoms can mimic that…

Nurse writes powerful post about getting flu shot

“The flu shot is NOT always about you. It’s about protecting those around you, who cannot always protect themselves.” A nurse’s Facebook post is going viral after she penned a powerful statement urging everyone to get a flu shot.

Energy drinks: Pick-me-up or health hazard?

As more people turn to energy drinks when they feel a little sluggish — sales increased a whopping 5,000% between 1994 and 2014 — many health experts are concerned that they are a more dangerous choice than coffee or other sources of caffeine, especially for teens and young adults.