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Blood Donor Study Estimates Over 80% of American Adults Now Have Coronavirus Antibodies

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Samples being prepared for a blood test.Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP (Getty Images) New research indicates that over 80% of American adults now have antibodies to the coronavirus, earned either through infection or vaccination. The study, based on data collected from blood donors, estimates that over 80% of Americans over the age of 16 had these antibodies as of May 2021. The authors do caution, however, that their results may not be generalizable to the entire U.S. population. The study, published Thursday in JAMA, is the work of researchers from various blood donation organizations as well as the Centers for Disease Control […]

Your Definitive Healthy Alcohol Guide: What to Drink, How Much, and How It Affects Your Health | Functional Medicine | Dr. Will Cole

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Is alcohol bad for your health? We all know that chronic heavy alcohol use and alcohol use disorders are bad for our health. When alcohol intake becomes severe, it can lead to an increased risk for liver disease, cancer, diabetes, neurological complications, bone damage, and many more inflammation-related conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic. (1) But what about moderate drinking or a drink every now and again? Moderate alcohol consumption is typically defined as up to one drink per day for women and two drinks a day for men. The research on alcohol intake is very mixed. Some studies show […]

Law changes after Kevin Houdeshell’s death from diabetes

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Emergency insulin could have saved type 1 diabetic Kevin Houdeshell’s life. But, because his prescription had expired, his pharmacy couldn’t give him any. Since Kevin’s death, his sister Amy Houdeshell and the rest of his family have campaigned tirelessly for greater access to emergency insulin. And they’ve been successful. In December, the government of Ohio unanimously passed a law that allows pharmacists to give a 30-day supply of emergency drugs – even if they’re expired – if those drugs are of life-saving importance. “He was young, fit, healthy. The pharmacy told him his script had expired and we’re sorry, but […]

Joe Rogan has Covid – and his treatment will make health experts feel ill | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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Joe Rogan, the host of Spotify’s most popular podcast, has contracted Covid, he announced on Wednesday. He says he is feeling better – but his health update undoubtedly made health experts instantly sick. On Instagram, the podcaster, who professes not to be “an authority on health” but has discouraged young people from getting the coronavirus vaccine, said that he had “immediately thrown the kitchen sink” at his infection. Among the many medications he used, he said, was ivermectin, a drug used against parasites in humans and livestock. Rogan, described by the New York Times as “one of the most consumed […]

The Stress Around You Could Cause Obesity or Diabetes

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It was the most ambitious social experiment ever conducted by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. And one of the most surprising. In 1994, HUD randomly assigned 4,600 poor, mostly African-American families in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York to one of three groups. One group received housing vouchers intended to help them move to low-poverty neighborhoods. Another group received vouchers without geographic restrictions. A final control group didn’t receive vouchers at all. Called “Moving to Opportunity,” the study was designed to answer a question that had divided social scientists and policymakers for decades: Did […]

WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named Mu | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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The World Health Organization has added another version of coronavirus to its list of “variants of interest” amid concerns that it may partially evade the immunity people have developed from past infection or vaccination. The Mu variant, also known as B.1.621, was added to the WHO’s watchlist on 30 August after it was detected in 39 countries and found to possess a cluster of mutations that may make it less susceptible to the immune protection many have acquired. According to the WHO’s weekly bulletin on the pandemic, the Mu variant “has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of […]

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Heartbreaking video shows reality of lockdown funerals – NZ Herald

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The heartbreaking reality of lockdown funerals has been laid bare with video showing the moment a grieving daughter has to watch as the hearse carrying her mother drives into a cemetery without her. As the country enters into its first day split between alert levels, New Zealanders still face harsh restrictions on funerals – with those under level 4 forced to stay away entirely. Video released by Tipene Funerals shows just what these restrictions mean, offering a sobering view of life and death in lockdown. Video shot from a hearse driving into Auckland’s Manukau Memorial Gardens shows how the car […]

4 Benefits of Functional Medicine for Personal Trainers

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Personal training is much more than just coaching your clients through a few workouts a week. It’s a job that requires patience, compassion, and collaboration. You’re not just your clients’ coach – you’re their support system, their guide, their cheerleader, their nutritionist, and if you’re lucky, their friend. As a result, you need to implement all kinds of strategies across various disciplines (nutrition, fitness, medicine) to get your clients the results they deserve. One of these strategies comes in the form of functional medicine. Are you hoping to become a successful personal trainer? If you’re a current PT looking to […]

Health chiefs recall batch of diabetes medicine Metformin after cancer-causing chemical find | Daily Mail Online

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Health chiefs recall batch of common diabetes medicine metformin because it contains cancer-causing chemical once used to make rocket fuel A batch of a common diabetes medicine has been recalled after it was found to contain a chemical that causes cancer.  Pharmacies stocking the affected drug — an oral solution known as metformin — were told to pull it after finding ‘unacceptable’ levels of nitrosodimethylamine.  The chemical, shortened to NDMA, is a known carcinogen once used in the commercial production of rocket fuel.  But this use was stopped after unusually high levels of the compound were found in air, water and […]

Unvaccinated teacher infected half her students with Covid, CDC finds | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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An unvaccinated teacher in a California elementary school infected half her students and 26 people in total when she contracted the Covid-19 Delta variant, researchers for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. The researchers said the teacher attended school for two days despite displaying symptoms of Covid-19, and read aloud to her class without a mask during that time. Infections corresponded to the classroom’s seating chart, with the students sitting closest to the teacher the most likely to be infected. Authorities said the report showed why vaccinations, masks and other prevention measures remain critical to prevent […]