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A U.S. News Healthiest Communities analysis shows how racial and ethnic minority groups are at highest risk from various natural hazards. In many ways, experts say, there's nothing natural about why that's the case. For Dr. Vian Nguyen, one of the more harrowing moments of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 came when she fielded an emergency call about a woman in labor who was stuck in her home, trapped by flooding that made it impossible for an...
Researchers investigated the link between long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and the need for ICU care and mechanical ventilation for COVID-19. They found that exposure to higher levels of NO2 correlates to a higher need for ICU care and mechanical ventilation. The researchers caution that their study only found a correlation- not a causation- and that further research is needed to understand their findings better....
The omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2021 and early 2022 spread like a grass fire in America's densely populated cities but led to higher rates of death in rural counties where vaccinations are lagging. The latest study by the University of Cincinnati, published in the journal  Frontiers in Medicine,  revealed striking disparities in health care between urban and rural America. "This new national study, looking...
The Covid19 pandemic has definitely hit all of us. It changed our lives in an instant. A lot of lives were lost worldwide and it gave a lot of challenges to our public health, food systems and work. It didn't only affect our lives, but it also affected our economy. Lots of people loose their jobs because of the closure of companies due to health protocols. And a lot are now at risk of falling into extreme poverty, and those undernourished...
WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The mental health equivalent of 911 is about to launch across the United States, but a new study finds that many communities may not be prepared for it. Beginning July 16, a new 988 number will be available 24/7 for Americans dealing with a  mental health crisis . It's akin to 911, long used to get help for medical emergencies. The new code will replace the 10-digit...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is responsible for safety regulations. It is ill-equipped to enforce them. Despite a recent spike in Covid transmission in hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is unlikely to issue meaningful penalties, according to policy experts. | Mario Tama/Getty Images   Cathy Kornman is a nurse in Atlanta who cares for patients recovering from...
Although they are common, allergies can interfere with a person’s ability to complete daily tasks, and symptoms may lead to avoiding social interactions. This article examines the impact of allergies on mental health. What does the research say? Are doctors treating the illness holistically? Allergies are very widespread. According to the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America , more than 50 million people experience...
The Association of American Medical Colleges is rolling out new diversity, equity, and inclusion standards aimed at teaching doctors respectful treatment. When Melissa Boughton complained to her OB-GYN about dull pelvic pain, the doctor responded by asking about her diet and exercise habits. The question seemed irrelevant, considering the type of pain she was having, Boughton thought at the time. But it wasn’t unusual coming from...
The Biden administration is setting the stage to hand ultimate control of America’s health care system and U.S. national sovereignty over to the World Health Organization (WHO). On May 22-28, 2022, the 75th World Health Assembly will convene at United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with delegates from 194 nations, to vote on the Biden administration’s amendments that will hand over national sovereignty and...
People’s physical and mental health is influenced by a large and diverse array of factors. But how can the attitudes of other people affect individuals’ well-being? In this Special Feature, we examine the impact that microaggressions have on health. Prof. Derald Wing Sue  — a leading psychologist at Columbia University — and his collaborators give the  definition  of microaggressions as “the...
Mysterious cases of serious liver damage or hepatitis in kids have been reported in a dozen countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Japan, and Canada. Health officials say there have been nearly 200 cases, 17 liver transplants, and one death. Health officials report that the outbreak  may  be linked to adenovirus, a common cold virus. Any child showing signs of jaundice, a symptom of hepatitis, should be...