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Cataract surgery may cut the risk of developing dementia by nearly 30%, study finds

Cataract surgery may cut the risk of developing dementia by nearly 30%, study finds

Cataract surgery may cut the risk of developing dementia by nearly 30%, study finds People who have cataract surgery 30% less likely to get dementia, experts say Study of more than 3,000 over-65s found reduced risk lasts for at least a decade Experts think removal increases blue light, which is linked with brain function By …

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Free N95 masks: US pharmacies and health centers begin rolling out masks

Free N95 masks: US pharmacies and health centers begin rolling out masks

Masks are already in place for distribution at select Hy-Vee and Meijer grocery stores in the Midwest, with more expected at Southeastern Grocers stores later this week. “Last week, the masks began to ship and arrive at pharmacies and grocers across the country. We expect that throughout the week the number of stores and N95s …

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America’s food supply is under pressure, from factories to store shelves

America’s food supply is under pressure, from factories to store shelves

The US food system is under new pressures as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 extends the workforce from processing plants to grocery stores, leaving gaps on supermarket shelves. In Arizona, one in 10 workers at a large manufacturing company’s processing and distribution plants recently fell ill. In Massachusetts, employee illnesses have slowed the flow of …

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As Covid-19 Pills Roll Out, Worry Mounts That Resistance Could Develop

As Covid-19 Pills Roll Out, Worry Mounts That Resistance Could Develop

Researchers and US health regulators worry Covid-19 will figure out a way to evade important new pills, prompting efforts to look for signs of such resistance and find combinations to thwart it. The treatments—Paxlovid from Pfizer Inc. and molnupiravir from Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP—are the first drugs authorized by federal health regulators …

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Can my husband stop the spread of his itchy red rash?  DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions

Can my husband stop the spread of his itchy red rash? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions

My husband has had a dark red, itchy rash since last August. It started on the back of his knees and has spread to his inner thighs, armpits, ankles, arms and between his fingers. Ointments and tablets – such as fluconazole – have yet to work. Is there anything that can be done? Itchy, sore …

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will offer cheaper prescription drugs to Americans

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will offer cheaper prescription drugs to Americans

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will offer cheaper prescriptions to Americans.Picture: Getty Images When universal health care doesn’t pass Congress, there’s always Mark Cuban to fall back on. The billionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks spear an online pharmacy this week to combat price gouging of prescription drugs by big pharma. The Mark Cuban …

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We Have a ‘Sixth Sense’ That Is Key to Our Wellbeing, But Only if We Listen to It

We Have a ‘Sixth Sense’ That Is Key to Our Wellbeing, But Only if We Listen to It

Most people are familiar with the five senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste), but not everyone knows that we have an additional sense called interoception. This is the sense of our body’s internal state. It helps us feel and interpret internal signals that regulate vital functions in our body, like hunger, thirst, body temperature, …

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US coronavirus: Covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping in the Northeast but rising in other parts of the country

US coronavirus: Covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping in the Northeast but rising in other parts of the country

As cases seem to begin plateauing, Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Northeast are down by about 11% after reaching a peak about a week ago and have also dropped slightly — about 6% — in the Midwest region, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. And new Covid-19 hospital admissions are beginning …

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