The best way to launch a generation with ideal cardiovascular health? Start with a generation of healthier parents

About a decade ago, scientists found that people can lower their risk of heart disease and stroke by managing seven easily understood risk factors—things like diet, exercise and smoking status. This collection was dubbed “Life’s Simple 7.” The way it works is simple, too: The more of those factors in a person’s favor, the higher their chance of living longer […]

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Researchers start to uncover the pandemic’s impact on mental health

Depression remained common during the pandemic and worsened for some people, according to a new study aiming to cast light on links between the pandemic and mental health. Researchers examined the records of 4,633 people at a large health care system in Utah who were screened for depression during a primary care visit. They completed a questionnaire before the pandemic […]

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Landmark study points to source of rapid aging, chronic inflammation in people living with HIV

In a groundbreaking study of people living with HIV, University of Alberta researchers found that elusive white blood cells called neutrophils play a role in impaired T cell functions and counts, as well as the associated chronic inflammation that is common with the virus. Neutrophils are a foundational part of the body’s immune system and the most abundant type of […]

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USPSTF proposes strategies to mitigate racism in preventive care

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has proposed strategies to mitigate the influence of systemic racism in its recommendations in an effort to reduce health inequities and other negative effects of racism. These findings form the basis of two reports published online Nov. 8 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Jennifer S. Lin, M.D., from the Kaiser […]

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COVID vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds are inching closer. Here’s what we know so far

Australian children aged five to 11 could begin receiving the Pfizer vaccine by the end of November, with the nation’s regulator currently reviewing the health and safety data. Pfizer submitted a partial application to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) this week and will supply the remaining data over the next two weeks. The TGA will then review all the information […]

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Tri-County Health prepares to transition COVID-19 services to Douglas County

The Tri-County Health Department is preparing to transition COVID-19 services in Douglas County sooner than expected after the public health agency and county government agreed last month to continue a partnership through the end of next year. Douglas County broke off from Tri-County in September after decades of partnership, having sparred repeatedly with the agency over COVID-19 public health orders […]

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Merck agrees to let other drug makers make its COVID pill – The Denver Post

LONDON — Pharmaceutical company Merck agreed to allow other drug makers to produce its COVID-19 pill, in a move aimed at helping millions of people in poorer countries get access to the potentially life-saving drug, a United Nations-backed public health organization said on Wednesday. The Medicines Patent Pool said in a statement that it had signed a voluntary licensing agreement […]

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D-dimer test still helpful to rule out pulmonary embolisms in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

A screening blood test originally validated in seriously ill patients without COVID-19 is still clinically useful for ruling out pulmonary embolism in patients hospitalized with the coronavirus, a University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine research team reports. Principal investigator Asa Oxner, MD, and USF Health colleagues published a single-center, diagnostic study Oct. 8 in JAMA […]

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Australia needs a strategy to minimise climate change health burden

Despite being uniquely vulnerable to the hazards of climate change, Australia does not have a national plan to address the health risks it faces, says a national assessment of health and climate change released this week in the Medical Journal of Australia‘s 2021 MJA-Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. The report, produced by a coalition of Australia’s top universities […]

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