To Fight Covid, We Need to Think Less Like Doctors

Leaders are too focused on risks to individuals versus the population as a whole.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical

Why Some Workers Are Getting All the Covid Tests They Need

In the absence of a national effort to make coronavirus testing widely available, a number of big American companies ramped up their own, making tests available for a select group of workers.

#blackrock-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #medicine-and-health, #microsoft-corp, #morgan-stanley, #tests-medical, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Health Workers, ‘Risking Their Own Lives to Save Ours’

Responses to an essay that urged additional compensation for health workers. Also: Space heaters and the Bronx fire; entertaining young kids; ketamine.

#bronx-nyc, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #fires-and-firefighters, #ketamine-drug, #medicine-and-health, #parenting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wages-and-salaries

Novak Djokovic, Kyrie Irving, Aaron Rodgers and the Problem With Anti-Vax Star Athletes

Some star athletes seem to think you don’t have to follow public health policy — as long as you win.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #french-open-tennis, #medicine-and-health, #osaka-naomi-1997, #social-media, #tennis, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

You Know What Would Help Exhausted Doctors and Nurses? More Money.

Health care workers during the pandemic deserve hazard pay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Is a Judge’s Order a Threat to a Free Press?

A case involving The Times and Project Veritas. Also: Elizabeth Holmes; Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens; dangers of biometrics; healthy is hard.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #biometrics, #bonds-barry, #clemens-roger, #diet-and-nutrition, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-times, #project-veritas, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #theranos-inc

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2022

Here we go again: Virtual reality, now dubbed ‘the metaverse,’ will be a thing. So will the smart home.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #medicine-and-health, #virtual-reality-computers

UK, With Surging Covid-19 Cases, is On ‘‘War Footing’ Against Virus

With cases surging and straining health care and other services, Britain’s challenges foreshadow the impact of the Omicron variant in other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #great-britain, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #shortages

At-Home Covid Tests Raise Questions About Accurately Counting Cases

Most of the results of rapid tests are not reported. That’s magnifying questions about how best to measure the spread of the virus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #food-and-drug-administration, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical

What Was Causing the Strange Grooves in the Man’s Scalp?

A dermatologist looks into a rare and generally benign condition and finds a more serious disorder.

#brain-cancer, #medicine-and-health, #pituitary-gland, #tumors

The Year in Fitness: Shorter Workouts, Greater Clarity, Longer Lives

The most vital exercise science of 2021 provided a reminder that our bodies and minds can flourish, no matter our circumstances.

#creativity, #dementia, #exercise, #medicine-and-health, #research, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #weight

James F. Fries, Who Studied the Good Life and How to Live It, Dies at 83

He showed that while a healthy lifestyle won’t help us live much longer, it can stave off chronic disease and disability until our final years.

#deaths-obituaries, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #fries-james-f-1938-2021, #medicine-and-health, #stanford-university, #take-care-of-yourself-the-complete-illustrated-guide-to-self-care-book

Covid-19 At-Home Testing and PCR, Rapid Testing Questions: What to Know

Facing long lines and shortages of home test kits during the latest surge, people are searching for answers about Covid tests.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #medicine-and-health, #parties-social, #proteins, #quarantines, #spitting-expectoration, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

N.Y.C. Health Commissioner to Stay On Until March, Adams Says

The commissioner, Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, will continue to run the health department after Eric Adams becomes mayor on Jan. 1, as the Omicron variant surges. Dr. Ashwin Vasan will succeed Dr. Chokshi in mid-March.

#adams-eric-l, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #chokshi-dave-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #vasan-ashwin

Secret Charms and 7th Sons: ‘The Cure’ Is Alive and Well in Ireland

Belief in the benefits of the cure, a type of folk medicine that interweaves home remedies with superstition, religion and a sprinkle of magic is still a way of life in pockets of Ireland.

#county-mayo-ireland, #dublin-ireland, #ireland, #medicine-and-health, #religion-and-belief, #ringworm, #superstitions

Firms Push for Over-the-Counter Access to Birth-Control Pills

Two drugmakers have been mired for years in the pre-application phase of getting F.D.A. approval for over-the-counter use.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #cadence-health-inc, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #hra-pharma, #medicine-and-health

How Conflicting Guidance on Travel During the Pandemic Shows Little Progress

The Omicron variant turned my trip home from South Africa into a nightmare episode of conflicting public health orders that often seemed to have little connection to science.

#africa, #airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #medicine-and-health, #netherlands, #quarantines, #south-africa, #your-feed-healthcare

Pediatricians Find Children Need Much More Than Vaccines

At one clinic serving low-income children, treatment for health problems that have gone unchecked during the pandemic is more in demand than coronavirus shots.

#charlotte-nc, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Readers Share What They’re Grateful for

Giving thanks for everything from stents to foliage to a musical dog.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #medicine-and-health, #thanksgiving-day

Will High Vaccination Rates Help Spain Weather Omicron?

Spain surpassed others in Europe by avoiding politicized debate about Covid shots. Citizens also largely heeded the health guidance from their leaders.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #spain, #vaccination-and-immunization

Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers

The sweeping ruling is a setback for the administration’s effort to require vaccination for hospital and nursing home workers, which had been set to start next week.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-courts-us, #medicine-and-health, #united-states

Zena Stein, 99, Dies; Researcher Championed Women’s Health

She studied the impact of AIDS on women and explored the effects of famine and poverty on health with an “unwavering commitment to social justice.”

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #columbia-university, #deaths-obituaries, #famine, #medicine-and-health, #research, #south-africa, #stein-zena, #susser-mervyn-1921-2014, #women-and-girls

Biden Declared ‘Healthy’ and ‘Vigorous’ After His First Presidential Physical

Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman to assume acting presidential duties, while President Biden underwent a colonoscopy.

#anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colonoscopy, #harris-kamala-d, #medicine-and-health, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government

Public Health Officials Under Siege

During the pandemic, they have been the target of protests and of laws intended to curb their powers. Has this left the U.S. less prepared than ever for the next crisis?

#audio-neutral-informative, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #medicine-and-health, #united-states

Treating Chronic Pain Takes a Team. I Had to Build My Own.

The U.S. health care system can be difficult for anyone to navigate — even more so if you’re a Black woman. So one writer spent a decade building her own care.

#chronic-condition-health, #discrimination, #doctors, #medicine-and-health, #pain, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

More Than 40 Nations Pledge to Cut Emissions From Their Health Industries

The plans, while short on specifics, represent a notable step toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions from hospitals and the health care industry, a sizable emitter globally.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #medicine-and-health, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

He Can’t Cure His Dad. But a Scientist’s Research May Help Everyone Else.

The muscle wasting disease that has debilitated Sharif Tabebordbar’s father motivated a life in science that led to an important medical discovery.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #content-type-personal-profile, #gene-therapy, #genetics-and-heredity, #medicine-and-health, #muscles, #muscular-dystrophy, #research

Queen Elizabeth Urged by Doctors to Rest at Least 2 Weeks

The advice from her medical team has heightened the worry about the health of the 95-year-old monarch, who has canceled the public appearances that had been on her calendar.

#elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #medicine-and-health, #northern-ireland

Merck Will Share Formula for its Covid Pill With Poor Countries

The company announced a licensing deal that will allow the drug, molnupiravir, to be made and sold cheaply in 105 developing nations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emory-university, #inventions-and-patents, #medicine-and-health, #medicines-patent-pool-foundation, #merckcompany-inc, #molnupiravir-drug, #ridgeback-biotherapeutics, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Is Truth the Best Medicine for Dying Patients?

Readers react to a doctor’s essay about regretting her honesty with a dying man.

#death-and-dying, #doctors, #hospice-care, #medicine-and-health

Racism Is Declared a Public Health Crisis in New York City

The Board of Health passed a resolution directing the Health Department to work toward a “racially just recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic.

#board-of-health-nyc, #chokshi-dave-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity

N.Y.C. Board of Health Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

The Board of Health passed a resolution directing the Health Department to work toward a “racially just recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic.

#board-of-health-nyc, #chokshi-dave-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity

Why Public Health Is in Crisis: Threats, Departures, New Laws

An examination of hundreds of health departments around the country shows that the nation may be less prepared for the next pandemic than it was for the current one.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #doctors, #epidemics, #government-employees, #hot-springs-county-wyo, #local-government, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #port-angeles-wash, #states-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wilson-county-kan

He Was Suddenly Sick and Shaking Violently. What Was Going On?

Was it a tick-borne parasite — or something weirder?

#malaria, #medicine-and-health

Minnesota Hospital Struggle Under Weight of Latest Virus Surge

New daily cases have risen by 29 percent in the last two weeks and hospitalizations by 17 percent, according to a New York Times database.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #minnesota, #vaccination-and-immunization

F.D.A. Authorizes E-Cigarettes to Stay on U.S. Market for the First Time

The agency approved three Vuse vaping products and said their benefits in helping smokers quit outweighed the risks of hooking youths.

#e-cigarettes, #food-and-drug-administration, #juul-labs-inc, #medicine-and-health, #reynolds-r-j-tobacco-co, #smoking-and-tobacco, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-science

Covid Will Be an Era, Not a Crisis That Fades

History repeatedly demonstrates how difficult it is to decisively declare that a pandemic is over.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #history-academic-subject, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation

Boosters Are Complicating Efforts to Persuade the Unvaccinated to Get Shots

The number of eligible people still weighing whether to get a Covid vaccine has sharply dwindled, leaving an unvaccinated population that is mostly hard-core refusers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #doctors, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

How Depression and Anxiety Affect Your Physical Health

Mind and body form a two-way street.

#anxiety-and-stress, #chronic-condition-health, #depression-mental, #diabetes, #emotions, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #smoking-and-tobacco, #telemedicine, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian were honored for their discoveries about how heat, cold and touch can initiate signals in the nervous system.

#medicine-and-health, #nobel-prizes, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

As Need in Afghanistan Grows Dire, Aid Groups Plead for Help

Health clinics are closing. Temperatures are dipping. Prices are rising. Food and money are scarce. A calamity looms, humanitarian groups warn.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-federation-of-red-cross-and-red-crescent-societies, #medicine-and-health, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shortages, #taliban, #treasury-department, #world-bank, #world-health-organization

Education Doesn’t Inoculate Us from Vaccine Hesitancy

What we learn is filtered through our identities.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #internal-sub-only, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #medicine-and-health, #parenting, #parton-dolly, #sociology, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Promised to Follow the Science. But Sometimes, He Gets Ahead of the Experts.

White House officials dismiss criticism that President Biden’s comments on booster shots amount to undue pressure on public health experts.

#advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #polls-and-public-opinion, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

2021 Lasker Awards Honor Work in mRNA Vaccines, Neuroscience and More

The prizes are given annually, and many winners often go on to be awarded the Nobel Prize.

#baltimore-david-1938, #biology-and-biochemistry, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deisseroth-karl, #hegemann-peter, #kariko-katalin-1955, #lasker-awards, #medicine-and-health, #oesterhelt-dieter, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization, #weissman-drew-1961

For a Parent This Anxious Delta Fall, the Only Way Out Is Through

The familiar act of bringing a child to school has become daily trial for a mother in Manhattan.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks-costume, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #parenting, #photography

Who Gets Sick in Space? Inspiration4 May Offer More Clues.

Commercial spaceflight brings a more diverse cross section of humanity beyond Earth, helping medical researchers collect data.

#arceneaux-hayley, #emotions, #eyes-and-eyesight, #inspiration4, #medicine-and-health, #motion-sickness, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

Health Care in Afghanistan Is Crumbling, Aid Groups Warn

After the Taliban’s takeover, international donors withdrew funds that hospitals and clinics depended on. Now a fourth wave of Covid looms.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #taliban, #world-bank, #your-feed-science

Medical Journals Call Climate Change the ‘Greatest Threat to Global Public Health’

An editorial published by more than 200 journals worldwide warned of ‘catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.’

#global-warming, #lancet-the-journal, #medicine-and-health, #new-england-journal-of-medicine

White House Seeks $65 Billion to Prepare for Future Pandemics

The plan calls for an initial investment of at least $15 billion — half of what President Biden initially proposed.

#apollo-project, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daschle-tom, #federal-budget-us, #frieden-thomas-r, #house-of-representatives, #lander-eric-s, #medicine-and-health, #senate, #vaccination-and-immunization

Purdue Pharma Is Dissolved and Sacklers Pay $4.5 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

The ruling in bankruptcy court caps a long legal battle over the fate of a company accused of fueling the opioid epidemic and the family that owns it.

#drain-robert-d, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #liability-for-products, #medicine-and-health, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare