Medications

How safe is a 'holiday' from bone-strengthening meds?

(HealthDay)—People on bone-protecting drugs often take breaks from them for a few years. Now a new study finds that a "holiday" from the medication risedronate (Actonel) may come with a slightly increased risk of hip fracture.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

UK health officials prepare for omicron surge at hospitals

England's National Health Service is building temporary structures at hospitals around the country to prepare for a possible surge of COVID-19 patients as the highly transmissible omicron variant fuels a new wave of infections.

Health

Why do we feel so 'blah' after Christmas?

The holiday season is usually a joyous occasion, but many people feel "blah" soon after the celebrations. What is it about Christmas that makes people feel this way?

Vaccination

Coping with cancer and COVID during the holidays

(HealthDay)—Tempting as it is to mingle with friends and relatives, anyone with cancer should take extra precautions this holiday season to avoid COVID-19. Their families also need to be cautious to help protect them, experts ...

Cardiology

Holiday heart syndrome: Binge drinking can cause heart problems

Many people enjoy a tipple over the festive season, but overdoing it could cause "holiday heart syndrome", a condition where the heart beats abnormally—known as atrial fibrillation or AF. This is often experienced as a ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Models predict optimal airplane seating for reduced viral transmission

As airline ticket sales have soared during the holiday season and the omicron variant causes surges of COVID-19 cases, a new University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study may help passengers and airlines reduce risk of COVID-19 ...

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Holiday

A Holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted. It is generally an official (more common) or unofficial observance of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities.

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