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2021

AHA News: Are Monolingual Spanish Speakers More at Risk in the Pandemic?

AHA News: Are Monolingual Spanish Speakers More at Risk in the Pandemic?TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- The pandemic has highlighted societal inequities that leave historically disenfranchised communities more at risk for COVID-19 exposure. But recent studies suggest the disparities more severely impact Hispanic people who only speak Spanish, especially when it comes to unemployment and food insecurity."This is about structural racism and structural inequities," said Dr. Fatima Rodriguez, a cardiologist and assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. "It has to do with the kind of jobs people do, the kind of communities people live in."Often the whole family, many generations, live together. It makes it very hard to isolate if you test positive. Whether it's food...

Merck Asks FDA to Approve First COVID Antiviral Pill

12 October 2021
Merck Asks FDA to Approve First COVID Antiviral PillTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Merck & Co. announced Monday that it had submitted an application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use approval of the first antiviral pill targeted to COVID-19.Experts say authorization of molnupiravir, at this time only for use inhigh-risk Americans, could be a major advance in the struggle against COVID-19 because a convenient, more affordable treatment could reach many more high-risk patients than the more complicated monoclonal antibody treatments now used, according to The New York Times."The extraordinary impact of this pandemic demands that we move with unprecedented urgency, and that is what our teams have done by submitting this application for molnupiravir to the FDA within 10 days of receiving the data,"...

Climate Change is World's Most Pressing Health Problem: WHO

12 October 2021
Climate Change is World`s Most Pressing Health Problem: WHOTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is the "single biggest health threat facing humanity," and governments must "act with urgency" to tackle the crisis, a World Health Organization (WHO) special report warns.In advance of a United Nation's climate change summit in early November, groups representing 45 million nurses, doctors and health professionals worldwide signed an open letter urging action on the climate crisis, CNN reported.Both the WHO report and the open letter outline major climate issues already affecting public health. They include: air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels that causes climate change; more intense heat waves, floods and storms; extreme weather worsening food insecurity and hunger; and rising sea levels wrecking homes and...

Golf Cart Injuries Keep Rising Among U.S. Kids

12 October 2021
Golf Cart Injuries Keep Rising Among U.S. KidsTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Golf carts aren't just for golfing anymore: They also abound in retirement communities, on farms, and at sporting and other events. But the downside of that newfound popularity may be that an increasing number of children and adolescents are injured from the carts each year, a new study suggests. A research team from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found more than 63,500 injuries to children in the United States took place between 2010 and 2019 -- roughly 6,500 per year in the past few years.More than half of those injuries happened to children 12 and younger, who aren't even close to the legal driving age for most other vehicles."The vision for this work is that we're simply raising awareness. We're trying to be advocates for...

Men, Women Behaved Differently During Pandemic Lockdowns

12 October 2021
Men, Women Behaved Differently During Pandemic LockdownsTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- How do men and women respond to a crisis?A look at their behavior during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 offers a clue: Women flocked to their phones for long conversations with a few trusted contacts. Men, chafing at being cooped up, headed out and about as soon as they could, European researchers report."The total shutdown of public life was like a population-wide live experiment," said researcher Tobias Reisch of Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH). "We were interested in the extent to which people supported the anti-Corona measures imposed by the government. When we analyzed the data by gender, we found surprisingly strong behavioral differences between men and women."For the study, CSH looked at mobile phone data from 1.2 million...

60% of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year: Survey

12 October 2021
60% of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year: SurveyTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Experts are warning that the upcoming flu season could be severe as social distancing measures are relaxed across the United States, but a new survey finds that 6 in 10 Americans may delay or skip a flu shot. However, it also found that 98% of those who got a flu shot last season do plan to get one again this year. While 82% of the 1,000 adult participants of the online survey said they are thinking more about their health due to COVID-19, only 26% said COVID-19 makes them more likely to get a flu shot this year.Hispanics were more likely to say COVID-19 had an impact on their flu shot decision (57%) than non-Hispanics (38%), according to the poll from the American Heart Association (AHA)."If there has ever been a year to prioritize getting...

Risk of COVID from Grocery Store Surfaces Very Low: Study

12 October 2021
Risk of COVID from Grocery Store Surfaces Very Low: StudyTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Your chances of getting COVID-19 from surfaces at the grocery store are minimal, a Canadian study reassures.Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario collected 957 samples at four grocery stories over a month. None tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, the study found. In other words, high-touch surfaces like the handle of your shopping cart or the freezer door should be safe to touch in stores that follow good cleaning protocols."We believe that cleaning and disinfecting contact surfaces along with wearing masks significantly minimize the risk of transmission from surfaces in grocery stores to humans," said Dr. Maria Corradini, an associate professor of food sciences.Research early in the pandemic suggested...

Access to Top Drugs Makes the Difference for Black Lung Cancer Patients

12 October 2021
Access to Top Drugs Makes the Difference for Black Lung Cancer PatientsTUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Equal access to the most effective drugs helps eliminate the survival disparity between Black and white lung cancer patients in the United States, a new study shows.In general, Black lung cancer patients are more likely to die than white patients, but these findings suggest that barriers to care are the main cause of racial disparities in lung cancer survival rates, the researchers said.They used the National Cancer Database to analyze outcomes among more than 3,000 patients who were diagnosed with advanced lung cancer between 2015 and 2016 and received immunotherapy. The death rate among Black patients was 15% lower than for whites, according to the study presented recently at an American Association for Cancer Research meeting."It is quite...

Clot-Busting Drugs Safe in Stroke Patients When Brain...

TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Clot-busting drugs may be safe for certain stroke patients with brain aneurysms that haven't ruptured, researchers say.An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall...

Bystanders Can Make the Difference for a Drowning Child

TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A drowning child has a much lower risk of severe disability or death if a bystander steps in, even without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), new...
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