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State Department ‘Do Not Travel’ list adds 80% of countries over pandemic

State Department ‘Do Not Travel’ list adds 80% of countries over pandemic

In a travel advisory update published today, the US Department of State 'strongly' recommended that all citizens 'reconsider' any international travel they have planned. The reason, according to a release from the agency, is the continued presence of SARS-CoV-2 and the risks related to COVID-19. With this update, the State Department will label around 80-percent of countries at 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' risk.

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CDC says 39% of people in US have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

CDC says 39% of people in US have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 numbers this weekend, revealing a slow but steady trend upward in cases over the past several days. As well, the agency has published its data on the US vaccination rate as of late Saturday, April 17, revealing that more than 205,000,000 vaccine doses have been administered.

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USDA details beef and ham recalls over E. coli and salmonella risks

USDA details beef and ham recalls over E. coli and salmonella risks

The USDA has announced two different food recalls, one involving imported beef products and the other involving ready-to-eat ham. A sample of the ham product tested positive for salmonella enteritidis, according to the agency, while the boneless beef products may have been contaminated with E. coli. Though the items were packaged several months ago, the USDA says it is concerned that some of the meat may still remain in freezers.

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Another chocolate study finds cocoa may be potent obesity treatment

Another chocolate study finds cocoa may be potent obesity treatment

Newly published research from Penn State University suggests that adding a hefty dose of cocoa powder to your daily diet may help improve health factors related to obesity. The study involved mice but the results may be applicable to humans, as well, according to the researchers -- though hitting an equivalent dose may be a bit difficult at 10 tablespoons per day.

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Study warns young adults still at COVID-19 risk after infection

Study warns young adults still at COVID-19 risk after infection

A study on more than 3,000 young, healthy US Marines has found that a previous COVID-19 infection doesn't entirely protect young adults from reinfection from the virus. The research comes from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which notes that young people should still be sure to get the COVID-19 vaccine even if they've previously caught and recovered from SARS-CoV-2.

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White House earmarks $1.7bn to help states deal with COVID-19 variants

White House earmarks $1.7bn to help states deal with COVID-19 variants

COVID-19 variants are spreading freely in the United States and currently represent around half of the cases in the country. Rapid vaccination remains a key aspect of preventing the rise of new variants, which are the result of mutations that begin popping up when a virus is spreading far and wide. Other things also contribute to controlling the spread of variants, and the Biden administration has revealed how it will help bolster them.

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Study finds short exercise technique can replace long, boring sessions

Study finds short exercise technique can replace long, boring sessions

If you hate exercising for a long period of time but force yourself to do it for the sake of your health, a new study from The Physiological Society has some good news. According to the researchers, a short bout of intense exercise, when done properly, can effectively replace longer sessions while improving multiple aspects of one's health.

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We need a COVID-19 blood clot and vaccine breakthrough reality check

We need a COVID-19 blood clot and vaccine breakthrough reality check

People vaccinated against COVID-19 can still catch coronavirus and some immunizations carry an increased risk of blood clots, new research confirms, but officials maintain that the benefits still significantly outweigh the risks. The ongoing studies - running in parallel to COVID-19 vaccinations, as healthcare providers attempt to slow the global pandemic - underscore the need for comparative nuance when it comes to deciding about whether to get a vaccine shot.

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Latest study on red meat has bad news for people who love steak

Latest study on red meat has bad news for people who love steak

Warm days have arrived in many places and with that comes outdoor grilling -- a habit that often involves burgers and steaks, at least in the US. It's no secret that red meat has been linked to a reduction in heart health, but past research on the topic hasn't been entirely consistent. Here to help settle the matter is a new study that 'strengthens' the link between eating too much red meat and hurting your heart.

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Study reveals which parts of your diet may be fueling inflammation

Study reveals which parts of your diet may be fueling inflammation

Your diet exerts considerable influence over your health, and that's partly due to its effect on gut bacteria. The foods you regularly eat have a distinct impact on your gut microbiome, which is easily influenced by things like whether you get enough dietary fiber every day or not. A new study has found that consuming specific types of food and beverages may fuel pro-inflammatory gut bacteria changes and lead to health issues.

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It’s looking even more likely we’ll need yearly COVID-19 shots

It’s looking even more likely we’ll need yearly COVID-19 shots

Annual COVID-19 vaccinations are probably going to be necessary to keep coronavirus at bay, Pfizer's CEO has suggested, and indeed even that may not be enough as the population gets to grips with the extent of the disease and its variants. The warning further dashes hopes that getting immunized this year will be a long-term preventative for serious cases of the potentially deadly illness.

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Study finds you need more exercise now to protect future health

Study finds you need more exercise now to protect future health

High blood pressure is a common condition that, if left untreated, can lead to a variety of health conditions later in life, including heart disease and stroke. According to a new study from the University of California - San Francisco, reducing your odds of developing high blood pressure in midlife will require more than the minimum recommended amount of exercise every week.

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