Health Highlights: Sept. 21, 2021

Here are some of HealthDay's top storiesfor Tuesday, Sept. 21:

Pandemic has changed what and how families eat: A new poll shows half are cooking at home more often and two-thirds are making healthier food choices. But 20% of parents, many of whom said they felt stressed, are picking up fast food more often. Read more

COVID eclipses death toll of 1918 flu pandemic: More have now died from COVID, though report notes the total population was much smaller a century ago.Read more

Which kids are most vulnerable to COVID? Older children and kids with chronic diseases are most likely to wind up in the hospital with COVID-19, researchers report. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes and neurologic problems also put kids at risk for severe disease. Read more

Animal sedative driving overdoses: The tranquilizerxylazine has turned up in overdose deaths in 25 of 38 states in a new study, contributing to death in 64% of cases. Read more

Nearly all chicken meat is laced with fat: The Humane League said its findings show how chickens are being raised with little concern for their welfare, adding that "white striping" can also deplete the nutritional value of meat. Read more

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