News: Health

Eating too much salt is making Americans sick. Even a 12% reduction can save lives
HEALTH
Allison Aubrey | October 13, 2021
Restaurant food and packaged foods are often high in salt to make them more palatable. The Food and Drug Administration wants to see the food industry gradually reduce sodium levels in these foods.Eric Savage | Getty Images Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, heart disease continues to be the nation's leading ...
Breakthrough infections might not be a big transmission risk. Here’s the evidence
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Joe Palca | October 12, 2021
Gloria Clemons gives a COVID-19 vaccine to Navy veteran Perry Johnson at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill., in September.Scott Olson | Getty Images Conventional wisdom says that if you're vaccinated and you get a breakthrough infection with the coronavirus, you can transmit that infection to someone ...
Nets say Kyrie Irving is ineligible to play amid drama over his vaccination status
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Scott Neuman | October 12, 2021
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving shoots against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in New York in June.Adam Hunger | AP Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard Kyrie Irving won't be allowed to play in practices or games, general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday, strongly ...
Taking aspirin to prevent heart attack may cause more harm than good, task force says
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The Associated Press | October 12, 2021
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's preliminary updated advice released on Tuesday, older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke.Emma H. Tobin | AP Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart ...
Moderna and J&J say their data supports COVID vaccine boosters
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Scott Hensley | October 12, 2021
A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a San Antonio senior center in March. A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will meet Thursday to review Moderna's booster shot.Sergio Flores | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration released briefing documents Tuesday on ...
In the quest for a liver transplant, patients are segregated by prior alcohol use
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Aneri Pattani | October 10, 2021
Surgeons remove the liver and kidneys of a deceased donor, for later transplantation.Owen Franken | Getty Images The night before Brian Gorzney planned to check into rehab for alcohol use, he began vomiting blood. First at 2 a.m. Then 5. And again at 11. When he arrived at the rehab ...
Coronavirus FAQ: Should I humor my friend’s request for a pointless COVID precaution?
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Marc Silver | October 8, 2021
Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. A friend's invitation to fly ...
Hospitals brace for an onslaught this winter, from flu as well as COVID
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Will Stone | October 8, 2021
Registered nurse Christie Lindog works at the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, Calif., on Sept. 2.Apu Gomes | AFP via Getty Images With a second pandemic winter approaching, there are promising signs that the worst of the delta surge has run its course, ...
Diet soda may prompt food cravings, especially in women and people with obesity
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Allison Aubrey | October 7, 2021
Drinking artificially sweetened diet sodas may lead to increase in appetite and weight gain, research finds.Pornchai Jaito/EyeEm | Getty Images/EyeEm The "diet" in diet drinks may be a false promise for some soda lovers. True, they deliver the fizz and taste of a soda experience, without the calories. Yet, new ...
Faced with losing their jobs, even the most hesitant are getting vaccinated
HEALTH
Andrea Hsu | October 7, 2021
Margaret Applegate (in yellow scarf), a United Airlines customer service agent, is accompanied by Lori Augustine, vice president of United's San Francisco hub, as Applegate gets a COVID-19 vaccine in September ahead of United's mandated deadline.Sam Almira | United Airlines In the quest to get more Americans vaccinated, one thing ...