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How moving the homeless to hotels during the pandemic helps everyone

(HealthDay)—Giving homeless COVID-19 patients a free hotel room for their quarantine and recovery pays huge health dividends for the entire community, according to a new study out of San Francisco. Only 4% of homeless folks transferred from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to a participating hotel wound up back in the hospital with worsened COVID-19

CVD risk factors tied to cognitive impairment in schizophrenia

(HealthDay)—Cardiovascular risk factors are associated with cognitive impairment among individuals with schizophrenia, according to a review and meta-analysis published online March 3 in JAMA Psychiatry. Katsuhiko Hagi, Ph.D., from Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma in Tokyo, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the association between risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cognition

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly. Two officials in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration shared details Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The doses will be spread

Real Ways To Support Your Partner When They’re Depressed

When you’re in a relationship with someone who’s depressed, watching them struggle can also hit you hard. You’re 100 percent committed to being there for your partner and showing them that you care, but you’re unsure about how to support them in a way that is actually helpful and also respects their boundaries. It doesn’t

Eat These 5 Foods to Support Your Immune System

Vitamins and supplements are highly useful tools for a lot of folks looking for some immune system support through cold and flu season and beyond. But they are just that—tools. They are not a foolproof solution to stay healthy. The best way to achieve that goal, and support a strong immune system, is by packing

Willpower is the key to enhancing learning and memory: Researchers uncover the mechanism

Active or voluntary learning is a major topic in education, psychology, and neuroscience. Over the years, numerous studies have shown that when learning occurs through voluntary action, there is a modulation of attention, motivation and cognitive control that makes the process much more effective. Consequently, memory is benefited. However, although the physiological processes underlying this

Working from home? Here’s how to preserve your posture

If you’re working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to have a work space that’s doesn’t cause pain or discomfort in your back, neck or legs, a spine specialist says. “Most couches may not provide the same type of support and contour as an ergonomic office chair, so your back and neck may

US to distribute 4 million J&J COVID vaccines by Tuesday

Four million doses of the latest COVID-19 vaccine to get US approval will be delivered across the country as early as Tuesday, a senior administration official said. The United States on Saturday authorized Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine for emergency use, boosting President Joe Biden’s plan to battle the outbreak that has killed more than

Research points to new hope for treatment-resistant age-related macular degeneration

An oxysterol that accumulates in the eye with age can transform choroidal endothelial cells; interfering with the process might help patients with treatment-resistant age-related macular degeneration. The latest research from the laboratory of John A. Moran Eye Center physician-scientist Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, reveals how an oxidized form of cholesterol can change choroidal endothelial cells

Study finds disadvantaged census tracts linked to COVID-19 incidence

An LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health study reports a positive association between social vulnerability and COVID-19 incidence at the census tract level and recommends that more resources be allocated to socially vulnerable populations to reduce the incidence of COVID-19. The findings are published in Frontiers in Public Health, available here. “In our

Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell

The doctor slid a miniature camera into the patient’s right nostril, making her whole nose glow red with its bright miniature light. “Tickles a bit, eh?” he asked as he rummaged around her nasal passages, the discomfort causing tears to well in her eyes and roll down her cheeks. The patient, Gabriella Forgione, wasn’t complaining.

Medications for enlarged prostate linked to heart failure risk

Widely used medications for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—also known as enlarged prostate—may be associated with a small, but significant increase in the probability of developing heart failure, suggests a study in The Journal of Urology, Official Journal of the American Urological Association (AUA). The risk is highest in men taking a type of BPH medication

French Riviera to go into weekend lockdown over COVID

The French Riviera will go into lockdown for the next two weekends to contain COVID-19 which has been spreading faster in the tourist hotspot than elsewhere in France, the region’s top official said on Monday. Controls at airports and at the land border the southern Alpes-Maritimes region shares with Italy would be tightened over the