Jefferson County makes changes to original mask mandate

Jefferson County has made a change to its original mask mandate. The county is no longer requiring masks for outdoor settings, according to a public health order issued by Executive Director for Jefferson County Public Health, Dawn Comstock. “We are making good progress on COVID-19 vaccinations — especially among our high-risk priority populations — and folks are getting outside more […]

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Financial incentives for hospitals boost rapid changes to opioid use disorder treatment

Hospital emergency departments (EDs) not only care for patients with overdose and other complications from opioid use, but they also serve as vital touch points to engage patients into longer-term treatment. After an overdose, patients are at risk for repeat overdose and death. Pennsylvania is unique in establishing a voluntary incentive program to improve the rate at which patients with […]

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White matter changes in brain found in frontotemporal dementia

Areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are commonly linked to vascular health problems. They have also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study has shown that white matter hyperintensities are also found in frontotemporal dementia. The study is published in the February 17, 2021, online issue of Neurology. Frontotemporal dementia, which often affects people under the […]

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Synchronization of brain hemispheres changes what we hear

Most of the time, our brain receives different input from each of our ears, but we nevertheless perceive speech as unified sounds. This process takes place through synchronization of the areas of the brain involved with the help of gamma waves, neurolinguists at the University of Zurich have now discovered. Their findings may lead to new treatment approaches for tinnitus. […]

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Tau protein changes correlate with Alzheimer’s disease dementia stage

Research into Alzheimer’s disease has long focused on understanding the role of two key proteins, beta amyloid and the tau protein. Found in tangles in patients’ brain tissue, a pathological form of the tau protein contributes to propagating the disease in the brain. In new research from their joint laboratory, Judith Steen, Ph.D., and Hanno Steen, Ph.D. show for the […]

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Nut consumption causes changes in sperm DNA function, study shows

Many environmental and lifestyle factors have been implicated in the decline of sperm quality, with diet being one of the most plausible factors identified in recent years. Moreover, several studies have reported a close association between the alteration of specific sperm DNA methylation signatures and semen quality. To date, however, no randomized clinical trials (RCT) have been published that assess […]

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Colorado changes how it reports coronavirus deaths as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Colorado health officials on Friday revamped the way they report deaths related to the new coronavirus, listing the total number of fatalities in which the person had contracted the virus and then breaking out those whose deaths can be attributed directly to COVID-19. Health officials reported 1,150 individuals have died with COVID-19 in their systems, and found 878 of those […]

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Easy Daily Changes You Can Make to Help Your Mental Health

When it comes to protecting your mental health, little choices you make in the morning can make all the difference. While no morning will ever look like a beautiful instagram-friendly scene of journaling, coffee and silence and it’s unlikely you’ll have your family consistently doing nighttime gratitude exercises or yoga, you can take steps to adjust your daily routine to […]

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US proposes rule changes to boost organ donations

The US on Tuesday proposed new rules to increase organ transplants, with greater financial incentives for living donors and measures to reduce the number of organs going to waste from deceased donors. It comes after President Donald Trump in July directed his administration to hold organ procurement organizations (OPOs) more accountable for the 20 patients who die each day waiting […]

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