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‘Stinging Water’: Jellyfish Release Toxic Mucus

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The mystery of “stinging water” has been solved, scientists say. Stinging water is the seawater near and around upside-down jellyfish (Cassiopea) — and swimmers can get stinging, itchy skin while submerged in it, even if they have no direct contact with …

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Doctors Look to Existing Drugs in Coronavirus Fight

Anthony Fauci, MD, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD. Mark Denison, MD, director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville. George Painter, PhD, chief executive officer, Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory, Emory University, Atlanta. ClinicalTrials.gov, accessed Feb. 17, 2020. Cell Research: “Remdesivir …

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A Simple Fix for Nearsightedness

Have you been told that your child needs glasses? Health experts estimate that almost half the U.S. population — 42% — is myopic (nearsighted), a figure that has almost doubled over the past three decades and continues to grow. But being nearsighted is more than just …

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Science Takes On the Dairy Dilemma

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA. Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD, professor of epidemiology, biostatistics, and nutritional sciences, University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Tucson. Gregory Miller, PhD, chief global science officer, National Dairy Council, …

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Cholesterol Drugs Might Help Curb Prostate Cancers

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Drugs that many men with prostate cancer might already be taking — cholesterol-lowering statins — may help extend their survival if they have a “high-risk” form of the disease, new research suggests. High-risk patients …

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Is Sunny Outlook the Best Rx for Stroke Recovery?

By Kayla McKiski HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Optimism might be powerful medicine when recovering from a stroke, a new study suggests. Stroke survivors who had positive outlooks showed lower levels of inflammation, reduced stroke severity and fewer physical impairments after three …

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3 Brothers Have the Same Rare Cancer

Feb. 11, 2020 — The Rush brothers — 5-year-old Tristen, 4-year-old Caison, and 7-month-old Carter — are like most siblings — playing and laughing together one minute and fighting the next. But they have another bond that most brothers don’t: All three boys have bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare …

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Meds May Not Prevent Migraines in Kids

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Migraine drugs that might work for adults won’t prevent the debilitating headaches in kids and teens, a new study shows. A number of drugs are used to prevent migraines, but treatment of youngsters has largely been based on the results of …

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