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  • Doctor encourages people to "keep up hard efforts" of social distancing
    on May 15, 2020 at 5:32 am

    U.S. officials report more than 368,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, though the actual number could be higher. The national death toll has reached around 11,000 while hard-hit areas such as New York are beginning to see a plateauing virus curve, though it remains high. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" from her home in New York City to discuss the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in ICU for coronavirus
    on May 15, 2020 at 5:32 am

    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care after his fight with the coronavirus took a troubling turn. Johnson, a key Trump ally, was taken to a hospital on Sunday over a week after testing positive for the virus. Elizabeth Palmer reports on the British leader's health and efforts to lead the country through the pandemic from London.

  • Hospitals struggle with nationwide coronavirus testing backlog
    on May 15, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Coronavirus test results are still pending for tens of thousands of potential patients due to a nationwide backlog that has left hospitals and commercial labs scrambling. Jericka Duncan speaks to one patient who says he was left without answers for eight days after taking a COVID-19 test.

  • Wisconsin holds primary election despite virus concerns
    on May 15, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Wisconsin is holding its Tuesday primary despite Democrats’ attempts to delay it over the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing will be in effect at polling stations, though the state’s Democratic governor says Republicans are forcing people to choose between their health and their right to vote. Ed O’Keefe reports on the political struggle.

  • Health care workers say they've been told to keep silent on hazardous conditions
    on May 15, 2020 at 5:31 am

    As hard-hit New York begins to show signs of a flattening virus curve, other hotspots around the country are seeing COVID-19 cases skyrocket. Illinois saw their confirmed cases rise by 1,000 in just a single day, while Michigan's largest hospital system reported 1,500 workers showing coronavirus symptoms. Meanwhile, hospital workers say they are being warned not to speak to the media about their hazardous work conditions. David Begnaud reports on the developing outbreaks from New York.

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  • New warning on coronavirus symptoms in children — what parents need to know
    by Claire McCarthy, MD on May 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    A rare syndrome in some children that affects the heart and other organs may be a reaction to a current or past COVID-19 infection, but test results for the coronavirus are sometimes negative. The post New warning on coronavirus symptoms in children — what parents need to know appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE): It’s what’s new in laser vision correction
    by Kathryn Hatch, MD on May 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Different types of laser vision correction procedures have been available since the mid-1990s, but the newest development, small incision lenticule extraction, combines the advantages of the other variations while offering a comfortable procedure with a quick recovery. The post SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE): It’s what’s new in laser vision correction appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • Why your sleep and wake cycles affect your mood
    by Lawrence Epstein, MD on May 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    The body's circadian rhythm controls our sleep-wake cycle, so an irregular rhythm can negatively affect sleep and proper functioning, which can lead to health problems including mood disorders. The tendency to rise early or stay up late is genetically determined, but you may be able to adjust your life to better match your circadian rhythm. The post Why your sleep and wake cycles affect your mood appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • Do adults really need tetanus booster shots?
    by Sara W. Dong, MD on May 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Can childhood tetanus vaccinations offer sufficient protection during adulthood without regular booster shots? Although a new study posits this, the CDC continues to recommend booster shots every 10 years. The post Do adults really need tetanus booster shots? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

  • Platelet-rich plasma: Does the cure for hair loss lie within our blood?
    by Neera Nathan, MD, MSHS on May 11, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Platelet-rich plasma, derived from a person's own blood and then injected back into their scalp, has shown some promise as a treatment for certain types of hair loss. However, the treatments are expensive, and there is no guarantee that they will work. The post Platelet-rich plasma: Does the cure for hair loss lie within our blood? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

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