Mary Lou Retton’s pneumonia: When does the infection become life-threatening? Experts share warning signs

Mary Lou Retton excelled against her competitors to win an Olympic gold medal in 1984 — but now the 55-year-old American gymnastics icon faces a more challenging opponent. On a fundraising page earlier this month, Retton’s daughter, McKenna Kelley, wrote that her mother “has a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her … Read more

COVID drug Paxlovid, which helps prevent severe symptoms, will double in price as pandemic ebbs

Paxlovid, an antiviral therapy that is prescribed to COVID-19 patients to prevent severe illness, soon will become much more expensive to obtain. As the medication transitions to the commercial market, Pfizer has set the updated price for a five-day course at $1,390 — more than double the $529 that the federal government had paid for … Read more

Your diabetes risk may double if you eat this food twice a week, say Harvard researchers

Just two servings of red meat per week can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed.  Swapping the red meat for plant-based proteins, by comparison, was linked to reduced diabetes risk, the study found. Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of … Read more

Mediterranean diet could help reduce belly fat and muscle loss caused by aging, study finds

What is a vegan diet? Curious about becoming a vegan? Here is what you need to know about the vegan diet. The Mediterranean diet could be the key to blasting belly fat. A new study from the Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea-Plus (PREDIMED-Plus) revealed that the Mediterranean diet, partnered with physical activity, can counter aging-related body … Read more

Breast cancer breakthrough: AI predicts a third of cases prior to diagnosis in mammography study

Artificial intelligence could have the capability to pinpoint cancer diagnoses a lot sooner. A new study published in the journal Radiology last week noted that AI helped predict one-third of breast cancer cases up to two years prior to diagnosis. The research surveyed imaging data and screening information from BreastScreen Norway exams performed from January … Read more

Dementia’s staggering financial cost is revealed in new report: It’s ‘bankrupting families’

A great deal of emphasis is placed on the emotional and mental impact of dementia — but a new study from the University of Michigan highlights the financial burden it puts on families as well. Among people who were diagnosed with dementia, out-of-pocket health care costs more than doubled within the first eight years, researchers … Read more

Cold and flu season is coming: Know the warning signs and symptoms now

“Game of Thrones” may be over, but winter is still coming. That means the dreaded cold and flu season is right around the corner.  “A visit with a clinician has become increasingly common for upper respiratory symptoms since the COVID pandemic,” Mark Fendrick, M.D., a general internist at the University of Michigan, who is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, … Read more