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FDA Proposes New Rule for Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

Oct. 19, 2021 — The FDA issued a long-awaited proposal Tuesday that would offer a new category of affordable over-the-counter hearing aids for nearly 30 million Americans who report mild or moderate hearing loss. The action comes nearly 5 years after Congress passed a law to allow over-the-counter sales for people with mild to moderate…

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Breast Cancer Prediction Tool for US Black Women Eases Risk Stratification

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A risk prediction tool for breast cancer in US Black women showed similar accuracy to current questionnaire-based models in a validation study, and seems suitable for risk stratification in primary care settings. The tool is available here. “We are working with neighborhood health centers in Massachusetts to examine provider acceptability…

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Obesity Made Even Mild COVID Worse

COVID-19 patients classified as overweight or obese had more symptoms of the illness, and their symptoms tended to last longer, researchers found. In a prospective study, 59% of COVID-19 patients who were overweight or obese were symptomatic versus 47% of those who were not, reported Pia Pannaraj, MD, of the University of Southern California in…

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California’s Mental Health Crisis: What Went Wrong? And Can We Fix It?

(KHN illustration / Getty Images) Gov. Gavin Newsom is steering a major transformation of California’s behavioral health care system, with much at stake in the years ahead. On Oct. 6, the Sacramento-based publication Capitol Weekly invited KHN’s Angela Hart to moderate an expert panel tackling the origins of the state’s broken system and potential solutions…

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France to enable rapid market access for digital therapeutics

French president Emmanuel Macron has announced plans to follow in Germany’s footsteps by making digital therapeutics available on prescription through the statutory health system. In 2019 Germany introduced its DiGA Fast Track process for rapid approval, testing, piloting and evaluation of health apps, which is open to all companies in the European Union (EU). Speaking…

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Inside Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury’s spooky Halloween date night to adventure park

Molly-Mae Hague has given a glimpse inside her spooky Halloween date night with her beau Tommy Fury. The former Love Island beauty, 22, who recently revealed that she was a ‘mess’ as she underwent endometriosis surgery, gave a sneak peek inside their evening at Spooky World in Warrington as part of their annual Halloween tradition.…

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Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, PM Narendra Modi, 5 Indian Personalities With A Wax Statues At Madame Tussauds

A statue at the prestigious Madame Tussauds museum is a great deal for celebrities globally, and it comes as no shocker that many talented and coveted Indian personalities have also found their spot at the museum. Virat Kohli has become the new addition to this list, whose wax statue has been unveiled by the Madame…

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Open slowly and steadily to prevent a rise of COVID cases in Ontario: experts

“Ontario has been surprisingly good these past few months. Maybe we should continue to be surprisingly good and not do things too prematurely.” Author of the article: Elizabeth Payne Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist and professor at University of Ottawa, is urging the Ford government to proceed slowly and carefully in the next step of the…

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Low Iron in Midlife May Boost Risk for Heart Disease

Oct. 19, 2021 — Spinach didn’t really explain Popeye’s superhuman strength, but spinach and other iron-rich foods might have real-life superpowers: reducing the risk of heart disease and premature death in middle age.Iron has a big job in our bodies as a crucial part of the proteins that deliver oxygen to our tissues. With low…

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Ten in Western Kentucky infected with E. coli O157:H7 — source unknown

Six people in Western Kentucky are hospitalized with a specific strain of E. coli in an outbreak that Public Health investigators have not been able to identify the food source,  but believe it is due to some sort of food distribution. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Saturday said at least 10 Kentuckians…