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Health Highlights: July 7, 2021

By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter

Here's some of HealthDay's top stories for Wednesday, July 7:

Immunocompromised? COVID vaccine could still protect. Many people with medical conditions that impair their immune response might still gain good protection from COVID vaccines, new research shows. Read more

Life expectancy of Americans living with HIV is near normal. Far from being the death sentence it once was, HIV infection can now be managed with powerful drugs: A new study finds that people living with the virus have life spans approaching those of the general population. Read more

Breathe in, breathe out for better blood pressure. A daily 5-minute breathing exercise that gives the diaphragm a workout may be equal to medication in helping to lower high blood pressure. Read more

Pope Francis recovering well after colon surgery. The Vatican said that 84-year-old Pope Francis is eating and even took a walk on Tuesday, two days after colon surgery. The operation removed a segment of dangerously narrowed colon, a common condition in people over 80. Read more

Delta variant now responsible for half of new U.S. COVID-19 cases. The CDC says the highly contagious variant, first spotted in India, is surging among Americans, especially the unvaccinated. "If ever there was a reason to get vaccinated, this is it," Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN. Read more

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