Feb. 20, 2020 — As countries work to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the screening of international travelers has become a cornerstone of those efforts. Because there are a limited number of lab tests, travelers generally aren’t being swabbed unless they have symptoms or if they’ve […]

White Americans, on average, live longer than black Americans. A new study suggests that this apparent racial disparity may largely be explained by varying levels of education. In 1985, researchers recruited 5,114 men and women, roughly equal numbers of blacks and whites, average age 25. They followed them through 2015, […]

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For decades, artery-opening stents have helped prevent heart attacks, and new research suggests they might also help prevent strokes in the brain. In a new study, the self-expanding, intracranial Wingspan brain stent seems effective over the long term in […]

What does all that online interest mean in the real world? Potentially, a lot, according to Erica Mossholder, executive director of the nonprofit Children’s Craniofacial Association. When the public learns about rare craniofacial conditions, that can make a difference in the daily lives of people with them, she noted. “One […]

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation device worn less than an hour a day can increase activity near stroke-injured areas of the brain, a small, preliminary study suggests. Those improvements in brain activity might then lead to increased motor function […]

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Adults with HIV have higher rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are diagnosed with the lung disease years earlier than those without HIV, a new study finds. Smoking may be a major reason why, researchers suggest. “As […]

Feb. 20, 2020 A U.K. woman played her violin during her brain tumor surgery. Dagmar Turner, 53, is a violinist with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra and a number of choral societies. Before her surgery, doctors at King’s College Hospital in London mapped her brain to pinpoint areas that […]

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Lung diseases have been striking more people around the world in the past 30 years, new research shows. And being from poor regions is the most important risk factor for respiratory trouble, the scientists added. Aging and risk factors […]