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Anxiety, depression increasing among mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic
SeventyFour/iStock By ALEXIS CARRINGTON, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- More pregnant women and new mothers are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.The disruptions of the COVID-19 on daily life has left many feeling anxious or depressed, making the future seem uncertain, but these feelings are normal, according to a new study shedding light on the emotional toll the pandemic has had on new mothers.Researchers from the University of Alberta interviewed 900 new mothers and found that 40.7% of new moms had depressive symptoms compared to 15% before the pandemic. The study also...
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You don't need symptoms to get tested, CDC director tells ABC News
valentinrussanov / iStock By Anne Flaherty, ABC NewsEven people without symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 if they have reason to suspect they might have been exposed to the virus, including being part of a crowd, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ABC News on Friday.The latest recommendation came as major commercial labs said their resources were under strain and President Donald Trump traveled to South Dakota, where a large number of Americans were expected to gather for the July 4 holiday and social distancing and masks were not required."Anyone who thinks they...
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Experts: Small, outdoor gatherings key to limiting coronavirus risk this 4th of July
lavendertime/iStock By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, the U.S. has seen record numbers of new cases of COVID-19. Officials from Los Angeles County to Galveston, Texas, and Miami announced that beaches won't be opening over the holiday weekend and fireworks displays have been canceled, all in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.Anticipating that people might gather for July Fourth, public health departments have been busy tweeting out safety tips and reminders that COVID-19 "won't take a break for the holiday.""We cannot be complacent," Dr....
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Women in public health facing pushback, threats for coronavirus response
CasPhotography/iStock By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials have gained greater visibility and in some cases, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, became household names.But along with that attention has emerged a troubling trend: as states and counties revised restrictions, conducted contract tracing and reacted to our evolving understanding of combatting the virus, public health experts have been threatened and criticized, sometimes to the point of pushing them to resign.This pushback has been especially notable for women in high-profile positions.In the first weeks...
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This is how wearables could catch early coronavirus symptoms
killerbayer/iStock By DR. STEPHANIE E. FARBER, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In the ongoing quest for COVID-19 solutions, some researchers have said they believe wearable devices -- Apple Watches and FitBits, products by Garmin and WHOOP -- may help provide early warning signs of possible illness.One device in particular, the Oura ring, generated headlines when the company partnered with the NBA -- Sports Illustrated called it the "key to the NBA's restart.""There's a huge amount of promise in these new technologies," said ABC News Contributor Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer for the Boston Children's Hospital and a professor of epidemiology...
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Masks are a flashpoint amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what science says about them.
Yuricazac / iStock By Dr. Ayodola Adigun, Dr. Alexis E. Carrington, Dr. Stephanie E. Farber, Dr. Jessica Johnson and Sony Salzman(NEW YORK) -- Masks have become a symbol of the coronavirus pandemic -- at first largely foreign to Americans, then treated skeptically by officials looking to preserve protection for health workers and then embraced by a public desperate to stem the overwhelming tide of the virus in northeastern cities.Since then, they have become a political flashpoint, a source of defiance and confusion, all while a debate raged about what type to wear and their effectiveness.Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the...
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How four states are battling coronavirus with very different outcomes
Myriam Borzee/iStock By SOO RIN KIM, OLIVIA RUBIN, ALI DUKAKIS and LAURA ROMERO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In New York, the original epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, there are signs of life returning to normal as the caseload and fatality rates have been driven down to levels not seen since early spring.By contrast, the virus is raging in several states in the South and West, propelling the United States to record numbers of daily cases and setting the nation on edge about as leaders there debate, and in some cases, move to stem the tide.There is...
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The pain management revolution
BackyardProduction/iStock By DR. STEPHANIE E. FARBER, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a country plagued by the opioid crisis, the race is on to find novel solutions for managing pain. One in five Americans experience some sort of chronic pain.Opioids are powerful painkillers prescribed by a doctor. Because they are highly addictive, prescription opioids have led to a nationwide epidemic killing 128 people each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To avoid the potential dangers of opioids, many doctors and patients are now turning to medication called "neuromodulators," some of which are also used to treat depression....
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Northwell Health opens Long Island’s first transgender health care center
kittiyaporn1027/iStock By DR. DANIELLE WEITZER and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Despite growing mainstream recognition in popular culture and media, transgender people in the United States still face widespread discrimination in the doctor's office, with a 2015 survey finding that over one-third have been harassed or refused medical care.In the pursuit of living authentically, transgender people -- those whose sense of gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth -- often seek medical care that recognizes their discomfort and helps them embark on transition. In recent years, more medical centers specifically focusing on transgender patients...
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Early trial results keep Pfizer vaccine development on track for possible 2020 distribution
narvikk/iStock By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S. and abroad, new hope may be emerging in the race to develop a vaccine.Pfizer, one of a handful of companies racing to develop a vaccine, reported promising new data Wednesday from its early stages of trials.Phil Dormitzer, a vaccine developer at Pfizer, spoke to ABC News about the new data from the company's vaccine, which he called "tremendously exciting," and shared more about a potential release timeline and the vaccine's efficacy."What we're presenting today is preliminary interim data from the United States...
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How air purifiers and cleaners may help keep you safer indoors from COVID-19
deyangeorgiev / iStock By Eden David, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As states begin to adjust to a new normal and people start spending more time indoors, experts and local officials are starting to consider the role air filtration and ventilation may play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in indoor spaces.Most recently, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all large malls in New York will have to install “air filtration systems that can filter out the COVID virus” before reopening.This requirement comes as infectious disease experts start more aggressively studying the ways in which the virus can spread through...
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60% of all COVID-19 cases reported in last month: WHO
chayakorn lotongkum / iStock By Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News (GENEVA) -- The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that 60% of all COVID-19 cases globally have been reported in the last month."For the past week, the number of new cases has exceeded 160,000 on every single day," WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva.The recent increase in worldwide cases comes some six months since the first novel coronavirus cases were reported in China. As the pandemic spirals, the U.S. has become worst-affected nation, with more than 2.6 million diagnosed cases and at least...
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