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First-of-Its-Kind Treatment Shown to Have a ‘Dramatic’ Effect on Kids With Eczema : ScienceAlert

Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) affects millions of people, particularly children under the age of six. The chronic inflammatory skin disorder causes the skin to go red and dry and to start oozing and itching, making life very uncomfortable. There’s currently no cure for the condition, just ways of managing it – but an existing drug …

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US health task force calls for routine anxiety screening in adults

In a nod to the nation’s pressing mental health crisis, an influential group of medical experts for the first time is recommending that adults under age 65 get screened for anxiety. The draft recommendations, from the US Preventive Services Task Force, are designed to help primary care clinicians identify early signs of anxiety during routine …

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When is the best time to get a flu shot? Here’s what doctors say.

Flu shots help protect against hospitalization and death. (Photo: Getty Images) Fall season usually means the start of people wearing cozy sweaters, sipping pumpkin spice lattes — and getting the flu. It’s something most people haven’t had to deal with for the past couple of years because of the pandemic. During the 2020-2021 flu season, …

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What moves us ‘closer to the unfortunate finish line of getting long Covid’

Signs of the disease can include breathing problems, brain fog, chronic coughing, changes in taste and smell, overwhelming fatigue, difficulties in performing daily life functions, and disruptions in sleep that can last months, even years, after the infection has cleared the body . People who self-identified as having anxiety, depression or loneliness, or who felt …

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4-7-8 breathing: How to use the technique for sleep or anxiety

Editor’s Note: Sign up for the Sleep, But Better newsletter series. Our seven-part guide has helpful hints to achieve better sleep. CNN — Falling asleep or coming down from anxiety might never be as easy as 1-2-3, but some experts believe a different set of numbers – 4-7-8 – comes much closer to doing the …

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Polio is back — how concerned should Americans be?

Understandably, these events have sparked a lot of questions: Why does one case of polio worry officials? What does it mean to find poliovirus in wastewater? Who should be worried about contracting the disease? If someone had the vaccine years ago, are they still protected now? To understand more about this disease, which most people …

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Worries over stigma are driving a push to rename monkeypox, but the process is slow

CNN — Since the beginning of the monkeypox outbreak, scientists and activists have pushed for the name of the virus and the disease to be changed to something “non-discriminatory” and “non-stigmatizing.” Public health experts have worried that stigma could steer people away from getting tested and vaccinated. A new name can help slow the spread …

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Daily multivitamin potentially linked with improved cognition in older adults in new study

CNN — Taking a daily multivitamin might be associated with improved brain function in older adults, a new study says, and the benefit appears to be greater for those with a history of cardiovascular disease. The findings did not surprise the researchers – rather, they were shocked, said Laura Baker, an author of the study …

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Polio may make a comeback – and it started with falsely linking autism to vaccination | Paul Steiger

One of my earliest memories, perhaps the earliest of all, goes back to when I was about four years old, in 1946, living in the Bronx borough of New York City. I awoke to a searing headache and fiery fever, aching all over. I remember a tube being inserted into my privates, to help withdraw …

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