WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with a traditional Southern-style spread of fried chicken, pork rinds, buttermilk biscuits and sweet tea? Don’t make it an everyday habit. These staples of a regional diet heavy in fried foods, fats and sugary drinks mayContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Because they’re often given drugs that suppress their immune systems, people battling a blood cancer known as multiple myeloma have varying responses to the COVID-19 vaccine, new research shows. Some patients had no evidence at all of COVID-fighting antibody production after getting twoContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — U.S. counties with state prisons had higher COVID-19 rates in the pandemic’s first wave than those without prisons, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data through July 1, 2020, adjusting for county-specific factors that might have affected the spread of COVID, such asContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A gene variant may be driving high rates of unnecessary bone marrow biopsies in Black Americans, researchers say. The variant is responsible for lower white blood cell levels in some healthy Black people, the investigators said. “We’ve essentially created this racial health disparityContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Having a case of COVID-19 significantly increases hospitalized trauma patients’ risk of complications and death, a new study finds. “Our findings underscore how important it is for hospitals to consistently test admitted patients, so that providers can be aware of this additional riskContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Despite being particularly susceptible to severe COVID-19, many U.S. teen and young adult cancer survivors are wary of vaccination, a new study finds. Cancer survivors often have weakened immune systems and are more likely to develop severe respiratory infections. That puts them atContinue Reading