health and medical

New subvariants, family gatherings may bring more Covid-19 after holiday, but experts don’t expect severe surge

CNN — As millions of Americans travel to gather with friends and family over the next few days, there’s a good chance that Covid-19 will follow. Experts expect that Thanksgiving gatherings will stir up social networks and give new coronavirus subvariants fresh pockets of vulnerable people to infect. As a result, cases and hospitalizations may …

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Don’t bother with dietary supplements for heart health, study says

CNN — Six supplements that people commonly take for heart health don’t help lower “bad” cholesterol or improve cardiovascular health, according to a study published Sunday, but statins did. Some people believe that common dietary supplements – fish oil, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, plant sterols and red yeast rice – will lower their “bad” cholesterol. “Bad” …

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One twin lost his life to RSV, now his parents are waiting to find out if his brother will survive the same illness

CNN — Less than three months after welcoming twin boys, Amanda and Ed Bystran lost one of them to RSV – now they are hoping their other son recovers from the same virus. Amanda Bystran gave birth to twins Brodie and Silas on August 15. “We couldn’t wait for them to arrive. My older kids …

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Here’s why mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — If you have always suspected that you might just be a mosquito magnet, scientists now have evidence for you: Mosquitoes indeed are attracted to certain humans more than others, according to a new …

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RSV is spreading at unusually high levels, overwhelming children’s hospitals

CNN — When Amber Sizemore and her family went out of state to celebrate her birthday last week, she had hoped her toddler daughter, Raegan, would try swimming. But the 15-month-old, normally energetic and adventurous, wasn’t herself on Saturday. “She hated it, and she normally loves water,” Sizemore said. By Sunday, when the family was …

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Flu ‘gathering speed’ across US as health officials prepare for potentially rough season

CNN — US health officials are becoming increasingly concerned about this year’s flu season – and are already seeing signs that the virus is spreading. As the 2022-23 flu season gets underway, one high school in California is facing a “high number of absences” among students due to possible flu cases. Flu activity in the …

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What’s the magic number of steps to keep weight off? Here’s what a new study says

Sign up for CNN’s Fitness, But Better newsletter series. Our seven-part guide up will help you ease into a healthy routine, backed by experts. CNN — Taking 8,600 steps a day will prevent weight gain in adults, while already overweight adults can halve their odds of becoming obese by adding an additional 2,400 steps — …

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Covid wave looms in Europe as booster campaign makes slow start

A new Covid-19 wave appears to be brewing in Europe as cooler weather arrives, with public health experts warning that vaccine fatigue and confusion over types of shots available will likely limit booster uptake. Omicron subvariants BA.4/5 that dominated this summer are still behind the majority of infections, but newer Omicron subvariants are gaining ground. …

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CDC warns of severe illnesses from monkeypox as Ohio reports death of a monkeypox patient

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new warning to health care providers Thursday about severe illnesses in people with monkeypox. The alert comes as Ohio reported that an individual with monkeypox has died – the third known death of a patient with monkeypox in the United States. Ohio listed …

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