Category Archives: ABC Health News

Do-it-yourself COVID treatments an evolving threat

Do-it-yourself COVID treatments an evolving threat

Sezeryadigar/iStockBy DR. STEPHANIE WIDMER, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Since the beginning of the pandemic, toxicologists across the country have reported an uptick in poisonings as more people have begun trying at-home coronavirus remedies — to both prevent catching the virus and to attempt to cure it.It’s been months since former President Donald Trump hyped…Read more »

VaccineFinder tool aims to help Americans locate available COVID-19 vaccines

VaccineFinder tool aims to help Americans locate available COVID-19 vaccines

Courtesy VaccineFinder.orgBy ARIELLE MITROPOULUS, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Although the pace of the coronavirus vaccine rollout seems to be picking up across the country, many Americans have been left frustrated by their inability to secure an appointment. With limited vaccine supplies, and very high demand, state-run websites have been overwhelmed, even crashing at times,…Read more »

Plant-based diets reduce risk of heart disease, dementia, study finds

Plant-based diets reduce risk of heart disease, dementia, study finds

jenifoto/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Getting protein from plant-based sources like beans and nuts instead of animal proteins like red meat and dairy is linked to fewer deaths related to dementia and heart disease, according to a new study.The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), studied…Read more »

New COVID-19 variant circulating in New York City, scientists say

New COVID-19 variant circulating in New York City, scientists say

Brianna Mancini/iStockBy SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Scientists are now studying a new “home-grown” COVID-19 variant that has been identified and is circulating in the New York City area.The variant, which scientists are calling B.1.526, was identified separately by two research groups. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology and at Columbia University published…Read more »

Children of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, data reveals

Children of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, data reveals

narvikk/iStockBy ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s health inequalities have become even more glaring, with millions of Americans of color, Black and Latino in particular, experiencing more severe illness and death due to COVID-19, than white Americans.New data now reveals that the same racial and…Read more »

What the latest Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine data really means

What the latest Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine data really means

simon2579/iStockBy DR. ERIC SILBERMAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Some have raised concerns that one of Johnson & Johnson’s previously reported vaccine data points — a 66% global efficacy in preventing moderately symptomatic disease — doesn’t seem as impressive as figures reported by Pfizer and Moderna, which exceeded 90% efficacy at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. But…Read more »

#MeToo, Time’s Up and National Women’s Law Center launch campaign for Black survivors of sexual violence

#MeToo, Time’s Up and National Women’s Law Center launch campaign for Black survivors of sexual violence

KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStockBy HAYLEY FITZPATRICK, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The #MeToo movement, National Women’s Law Center and Time’s Up Foundation have launched a new campaign designed to support Black survivors of sexual violence.The new initiative, called “We, As Ourselves,” launched Wednesday and was created “to change the conversation about sexual violence and its impact on Black communities,”…Read more »