Food as Medicine: How Health Systems Are Addressing Hunger | Health News

Hospitals and health systems are expanding their visions of population health to include more effective approaches to manage – and even fend off – chronic diseases and conditions. In fact, many institutions are successfully applying their expertise in community health to help people stay out of the hospital by addressing key social determinants of health … Read more

New genetic markers could improve early detection of drug-resistant tuberculosis

To many, tuberculosis (TB) may seem like a disease from a bygone era. But it still claims more than one million lives every year. And the problem is growing worse as Mycobacterium tuberculosisthe pathogen that causes TB, continues to evolve resistance to the antibiotics used to treat the disease. Now, researchers at San Diego State … Read more

Protection against SARS-CoV-2 highest after infection-acquired immunity boosted with vaccination in health care workers

1. SARS-CoV-2 infection-acquired immunity waned after 1 year, but immune protection remained high beyond 1 year in those boosted with vaccination. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Study Rundown: The effectiveness and duration of immune protection following SARS-CoV-2 vaccination or infection remains contested and pertinent to ongoing vaccination strategies. In this prospective study named the SARS-CoV-2 … Read more

Researchers investigate IgG antibodies against Mtb proteins in an Asian elephant cured of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb); the leading cause of human death due to a single pathogen before the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. In elephants, the infections and deaths with TB have been reported worldwide, and elephant-to-human transmission has also been reported. Therefore, elephant TB is a concern for both conservation … Read more

Age-specific variation of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers evaluated asymptomatic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection according to age. Study: Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection by age: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Image Credit: Andrii Vodolazhskyi / Shutterstock Asymptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections have been a concerning subject in the design … Read more

National addiction treatment locator has outdated data and other critical flaws

At a psychiatric hospital in Michigan, Dr. Cara Poland’s patients were handed a sheet of paper to find follow-up care. The hospital had entered local ZIP codes on a website – run by the nation’s top substance use and mental health agency – and printed the resulting list of providers for patients to call. But … Read more

What precautions should you take as Covid-19 cases rise?

CNN – Cases of Covid-19 are rising again. Infections have increased by more than 50% compared to the previous week in at least eight US states. Parts of New York have moved into the “high” designation of the Covid-19 community level, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention metrics. The surge in … Read more

UK and Greece are among Europe’s worst countries for obesity. How are they turning things around?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Europe to reverse its obesity “epidemic”, which it estimates is causing at least 1.2 million deaths a year. The UN agency says nearly 60 per cent of adults and almost a third of children across the continent are overweight or obese. Those rates are higher than in any … Read more