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Your sleep could be dictated by the phases of the moon, a study says

Your sleep could be dictated by the phases of the moon, a study says

The moon dictates the pushes and pulls of the tides, but it could also affect our sleep. As we head toward the first full moon of the year on Thursday night, take note: In the days leading up to a full moon, people go to bed later and sleep less, according to a study published…

Alcohol and your heart: Just getting a buzz can trigger an irregular rhythm

Alcohol and your heart: Just getting a buzz can trigger an irregular rhythm

The effects of alcohol on your heart can be immediate, triggering an irregular rhythm called atrial fibrillation or AFib, according to new state-of-the-art research. “Ours is the first study to point to a mechanism through which a lifestyle factor can acutely change the electrical properties of the heart to increase the chance of an arrhythmia,”…

Where the top US school districts stand with virtual vs. in-person learning

Where the top US school districts stand with virtual vs. in-person learning

In the effort to balance health, jobs and quality education, the nation’s biggest school districts are divided on how to teach students this semester. Of the 20 largest school districts: — 9 are teaching entirely online. — 8 offer fully in-person learning and a choice of fully online learning. (Several of these districts are in…

Anxiety robbing your sleep? A weighted blanket may help

Anxiety robbing your sleep? A weighted blanket may help

After my sister gave me a weighted blanket for Christmas, it became the gift that I didn’t know I needed. It’s one of the best things ever to happen to me. As someone with anxiety, I’ve struggled with restful sleep: Falling asleep can take up to two hours, or I wake up at least twice…

Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of irreversible sight loss, study finds

Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of irreversible sight loss, study finds

Increases in air pollution are linked to an increased risk of irreversible sight loss, according to a new study. Researchers from University College London (UCL) found that even low exposure to air pollution across England, Scotland and Wales appears to impact the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of irreversible…

Why swearing is a sign of intelligence, helps manage pain and more

Why swearing is a sign of intelligence, helps manage pain and more

Polite society considers swearing to be a vulgar sign of low intelligence and education, for why would one rely on rude language when blessed with a rich vocabulary? That perception, as it turns out, is full of, uh … baloney. In fact, swearing may be a sign of verbal superiority, studies have shown, and may…

8 myths about the Covid-19 vaccine — Dr. Wen explains

8 myths about the Covid-19 vaccine — Dr. Wen explains

The United States crossed the terrible milestone of 400,000 deaths from coronavirus early last week, and there are currently over 2.1 million reported deaths worldwide, Johns Hopkins University data shows. There are also new variants with mutations that could make Covid-19 even more transmissible and possibly even more deadly. However, there is also encouraging news,…

Covid-19 masks: Which mask is best for you, and when to use it

Covid-19 masks: Which mask is best for you, and when to use it

Think of masks as the newest trendy accessory that can save your life — and the lives of those you love. But instead of what pattern, logo or slogan you display, choose your mask based on its effectiveness against the deadly coronavirus in the environment you are in. Guidelines on how to help you make…

What to do, and not do, before and after your Covid vaccine shot

What to do, and not do, before and after your Covid vaccine shot

It’s an all-out sprint to get Americans vaccinated against the deadly novel coronavirus. As you prepare to get your shot, here are 10 actions experts suggest doing — and avoiding. DO: Get your vaccine when it’s your turn. You should be able to find out when it’s your turn to be vaccinated and how to…

Coronavirus variant first spotted in Brazil found in the US for the first time

Coronavirus variant first spotted in Brazil found in the US for the first time

Even with the number of Covid-19 cases coming down, scientists are worrying about variants of the novel coronavirus — one of which has been detected in the United States for the first time. The new variant was discovered recently in a US patient who had traveled from Brazil, officials in Minnesota said Monday. It is…

7 strategies for truly restorative rest

7 strategies for truly restorative rest

Many people suffer from a chronic sleep deficit, and that was the case even before the pandemic hit — bringing with it stress, fear and anxiety. A third of us get fewer than seven hours of shut-eye a night, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and that’s before you factor…

A pandemic playbook for a new year

A pandemic playbook for a new year

It has been more than one year since the first reported case of Covid-19 in the United States — a day that changed our country forever. The arrival of the novel coronavirus on our doorstep continues to challenge our public health officials, scientists, health care workers and, frankly, the American public, to go above and…

UK should cut its 12-week delay between vaccine doses, doctors group says

UK should cut its 12-week delay between vaccine doses, doctors group says

The UK’s decision to wait up to 12 weeks before giving people their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine should be scrapped, senior doctors have said, reigniting a debate over the British government’s unorthodox inoculation strategy. Britain is prioritizing giving more of its most at-risk citizens a first dose of a vaccine, and has…

Foods that can reduce stress

Stress levels may be high these days, but did you know that what we choose to eat can help to reduce stress, ultimately allowing us to take charge of our mental health? “Instead of thinking of food as ‘stress eating’ or ‘guilty pleasures,’ we can think of using food to shape the lens in how…

The face mask that could end the pandemic

The face mask that could end the pandemic

Getting Americans masked up is a top priority for the Biden Administration. Biden, who calls wearing masks “a patriotic act,” signed an executive order Wednesday — his very first as president — to ask Americans to wear masks of their choice for the first 100 days of the new administration. The executive order also requires…

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine are rare, CDC says

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine are rare, CDC says

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A CDC report published Friday revealed just 10 people had severe allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis, out of more than 4 million people vaccinated with a first dose of the Moderna shot as of January 10. That’s…

More vaccines could be coming soon and they could be a big boost to the rollout

More vaccines could be coming soon and they could be a big boost to the rollout

States may be scrambling for vaccines now, but the United States could see additional Covid-19 vaccines by the end of March, if not sooner. Millions of vaccine doses could be added to the pipeline in the coming months, perhaps easing the squeeze that Americans have felt as vaccines slowly start rolling out. Janssen, the vaccine…

If you call 911, it can take 2-3 minutes longer to get help now

If you call 911, it can take 2-3 minutes longer to get help now

Imagine suffering a serious accident and calling 911 but not getting an ambulance immediately. Or having a severe asthma attack and fighting for every breath but having to wait an extra minute or two for help. The winter Covid-19 surge has been the worst surge of this pandemic in the US. And it’s impacting patients…