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Back Braces Covered by Insurance

Back Braces Covered by Insurance

Suffering from back pain? Well, you’re certainly not alone. Throughout all the backaches, soreness, and discomfort you have to endure on a daily basis, nearly 65 million other Americans have also reported an instance of back pain. In fact, it’s actually one of the...

What Are Normal Vitals?

What Are Normal Vitals?

What are vital signs? Vital signs are measurements of the body's most basic functions. The four main vital signs routinely monitored by medical professionals and health care providers include the following: Body temperature Pulse rate Respiration rate (rate of...

Can the mRNA vaccines change DNA?

In science, as in life, it's wise never to say never: an MIT lab suspects that the genetic material from the mRNA vaccines can work its way into DNA. The CDC said it would never happen.

Real Water Tries to Sink the FDA’s Probe

Last month, we reported on an FDA safety warning that connected Real Water-brand alkaline water to outbreaks of hepatitis. Since then the story has taken crime-novel-like twists and turns including disappearing personnel, roadblocks to keep investigators at bay, and...

Vaccine-Trial Results Vs Real-World Outcomes

Last week Pfizer/BioNTech announced that its coronavirus vaccine will protect people for up to six months after the second dose. But it did lower its effectiveness level from 95% in November 2020, to 91%.

Controversy and confusion as AstraZeneca releases results

AstraZeneca released two sets of phase III safety trial results for its Covid-19 vaccine, each showing slightly different efficacy rates. The inconsistency has kicked up controversy and confusion, but experts so far believe there is little impact on safety.

A G.R.E.A.T. Way to Handle Stress

Even as more people become vaccinated against the coronavirus, allowing hope to peek out on the horizon for all to feel, worry and stress have not gone away.

FDA: STAR Ankle Implants Could Break

The FDA has issued a new alert for patients who have received or are considering Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) ankle replacements.

CDC’s New Do’s and Don’ts for The Vaccinated

The CDC has finally released the guidelines many have been waiting for: what life looks like once you’re vaccinated for the coronavirus. It’s a real mix-- some things change, some stay the same, and some things we still just don’t know. Here’s an overview.

Cheese Recall Now Covers 26 States

Last month, we reported on an FDA warning and recall on soft, Hispanic-style cheeses from El Abuelito Cheese. The recall has since been expanded, covering more products and more states.

Feminine Hygiene: Keep Your Routine Simple

Half of all Americans, 50.8%, have vulvas. Like most parts of the human anatomy, they require some upkeep, but exactly what type, and how much, can be a contentious question.

J&J passes panel review, nears EUA

On Wednesday, the FDA announced that the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine was safe, more effective on serious cases of Covid-19 than on more moderate cases, and totally protective against hospitalizations and death. 

This Trial Allows for Medical Abortion Via the Mail

In December, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that had allowed abortion medications to be sent by mail. Since then, women looking to terminate a pregnancy with the combination medications packet containing mifepristone and misoprostol now must go, in...

Reduce Anxiety While Working from Home

Reduce Anxiety While Working from Home

Working from home can bring up new, different, or even increased anxiety. Below are some techniques that you can use to improve your ability reduce anxiety right from your own home. Anxiety often requires longer term treatment, but with the following tips, you may be...

Choose the Right Food for a Better Mood

Choose the Right Food for a Better Mood

Individuals who have higher intakes of whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables did not report depression in one study. Individuals consuming a Western diet were more likely to be obese and suffer depression while those at normal weight consumed more...

On Sunday, Remember the Roses, and STD Protection

In 1978, students attending the Berkeley campus of the University of California decided Valentine’s Day needed to go, and Condom Day, more precisely, Condom Week, should take its place. In the ensuing years, the month of February became National Condom Month. The...

Under ACA, Will Covid Survivors Be Covered?

A new administration, yet the same question remains: Will the ACA cover Covid as a pre-existing condition? The question has yet to be answered, even though the Supreme Court indicated in November that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

The Challenge of the Mutant Variants

After a year of the coronavirus pandemic raging across the globe, it looked like vaccines would provide a light at the end of the tunnel. Now, new strains of the virus raise questions about both spread and vaccines.

Best CBD Gummies For 2021

CBD gummies offer a fun, discreet and tasty way to use CBD. We’ve listed the best CBD gummies that use U.S.-grown hemp and contain no more than 0.3% THC.

Abortion’s Downward Spiral Appears to be Over

Abortion’s downward spiral appears to be over. It’s but a slight uptick, yet an uptick nonetheless, considering that abortion numbers have been on the decline in this country since 2009. 

Tartar Sauce Recalled for Spoilage

Smelly fish aren’t the only thing to worry about rotting right now, as the FDA announced a voluntary tartar sauce recall from House-Autry Mills, Inc.

As More Get Vaccinated, More is Learned

With both Covid-10 vaccines now in distribution, more shots are reaching more arms. But, more shots yield more data, more reactions, and hence, more problems.

Pet Food Recall Could Mean Danger for Your Dog or Cat

A recall alert for Sportmix pet food has been expanded to cover more products. Contamination from aflatoxins, toxic substances that come from a mold called Aspergillus flavus, is already believed to have caused the deaths of 70 or more pets.

An Update on At-home Covid-19 Tests

Last month, the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization for at-home Covid-19 tests. Now, several at-home tests are available from major retailers.

Populism Erupts When People Feel Disconnected and Disrespected

American society is riven down the middle. In the 2020 presidential election, many people came to the polls to vote against the other candidate rather than enthusiastically to support the one who secured their vote. While this intense polarization is distinctly...

Jumping Rope Using a Free App Download

If you're looking for a fun way to add physical activity into your new year, look no further than your Nintendo Switch.  A small team of developers at Nintendo created Jump Rope Challenge as a pet project to add some fitness to their routines, and now it’s a free...

A quiet, unusual end to a tumultuous year

2020 has been a rough year, and it’s coming to a close amid a flurry of news both good and bad. Public health experts stress the importance of staying safe and staying home, but that doesn’t mean all chances for fun have to go away.

Vaccine Plant Safety Checks: the FDA Has Its Hands Full

For most people across the globe, the wait for Covid-19 vaccination is approaching a finish line.  But vaccine development, including tests for safety and efficacy, is only part of the story. A question remains: what kind of safety checks happen at the plants...

A Covid Nose-Irrigation Primer

A small study found that a saline nose wash helped with Covid-19 symptoms, but not with the all-important reduction in viral load.

Zeroing in on How Children Contract Covid

Kids and Covid: Finding definitive answers for myriad questions -- should schools stay open, are masks enough to keep them safe, how do children mostly contract the virus -- have been contentious questions for months.

FDA Gives Nod to Pfizer Vaccine

he Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19 was finally granted Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration following a safety review, months of testing, and intense pressure from the Trump administration.

We, the People: FBI Reports 2020 Rise in Violence

Murder and assault rates rose nationwide in the first half of 2020, although other violent and property crime rates are on the decline, according to the FBI’s most recent Preliminary Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

A Reality Check on the Costs of Menstruation

Getting caught without a pad or a tampon outside the home is par for the course many, but for women without financial resources, access to sanitary products isn’t always possible.

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