Health Highlights: Aug. 19, 2021

Here are some of HealthDay's top storiesfor Thursday, Aug. 19:

So long, 'senior moments:' Some brain function improves with age. Despite what many may think, declines in brain function aren't inevitable with age. New research finds that, to the contrary, some key neurological functions can get better with advancing years. Read more

Early vaccine rollout saved 140,000 U.S. lives. New data collected from various states suggests that an early start to getting vaccines into American arms saved many lives and prevented upwards of 3 million cases of COVID-19. Read more

After 3 local educators die of COVID, Florida school board member pleads for safeguards. Americans were shocked earlier this month when three educators in Broward County, Fla., died of COVID-19 within a 24-hour span. Speaking with HealthDay Now, county school board member Debra Hixon says taking precautions will prevent more tragedies.Read more

Biden Administration puts pressure on nursing homes to vaccinate staff. All U.S. nursing home staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or their employers will risk losing Medicare and Medicaid funding, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday. Read more

New pill could reduce migraine frequency. Many Americans suffer from the pain of migraines, but a new clinical trial finds that an experimental drug, atogepant, could cut attacks in half. Read more

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