Health

Telehealth might be here to stay

Telehealth might be here to stay

By Michael Ollove, Stateline.org Troy Warren for CNT #Health Remote health services soared during the pandemic, opening the eyes of many medical providers and patients Before the COVID-19 pandemic, medical executive Lyndi Church and her colleagues at Caring Hands Healthcare Centers in southeastern Oklahoma had been intrigued by telehealth, but they feared it was unworkable in their rural corner of the state. Many residents of the area lacked reliable broadband or didn’t have the devices or technological savvy to use telehealth services. Church, the chief operations officer of Caring Hands, anticipated significant resistance. “We weren’t sure how our patients would take…
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The surprising truth about MSG

The surprising truth about MSG

By Avery Newmark, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health MSG: You’re probably familiar with it as the “bad-for-you” ingredient in Chinese and processed foods, of which many brands proudly claim to be free. What you might not know is that MSG’s bad rap is undeserved. The ingredient has been used to flavor foods for more than 100 years, according to the FDA, and there were no problems with its use until 1968, when a doctor’s letter to the New England Journal of Medicine reported of heart palpitations and numbness in the neck, back and arms after eating Chinese food. “Although the author…
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Do You Talk To Yourself?

Do You Talk To Yourself?

Harvey Mackay, Founder Harvey Mackay Academy Troy Warren for CNT #Health In the classic golf comedy movie “Caddyshack,” Bill Murray plays Carl Spackler, the greenskeeper for the Bushwood Country Club.  Carl talks to himself a lot as he tries to rid the club of an elusive gopher who is tearing up the greens.    But the best example of Carl talking to himself is when he's pretending to tee off in a golf match at the famous Master’s Tournament.  He announces to himself in his “Cinderella story” that this “unknown comes out of the pack to lead on the final…
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Latest COVID variant raises urgency for young children to be vaccinated

Latest COVID variant raises urgency for young children to be vaccinated

By Helena Oliviero - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution John Perry - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #Health Even before the omicron variant was detected, Georgia parents were taking their time seeking the shots for children As a new and fast-spreading variant sparks global concern, public health officials are renewing calls for adults — and children — to get vaccinated.   But the pace of vaccinating children in Georgia, especially younger children, lags behind the national average. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said this week the new omicron variant makes getting children and teens vaccinated more urgent. Noting vaccines for…
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Step into the holiday season with 30-day walking program

Step into the holiday season with 30-day walking program

By Avery Newmark, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health Join the 30 for 30 Walk-a-Weigh challenge on Facebook While the holidays are a time for love, joy and thankfulness, they can be quite stressful for many people. But Bradley Averill, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent, is determined to change that by stepping into the holiday season with health at the forefront. According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people report an increase in stress during the holiday season, due to reasons such as lack of time, financial pressure and family gatherings, McLean Hospital reported. he…
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Will the vaccines stop omicron? Scientists are racing to find out

Will the vaccines stop omicron? Scientists are racing to find out

By Apoorva Mandavilli, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #Health As nations severed air links from southern Africa amid fears of another global surge of the coronavirus, scientists scrambled Sunday to gather data on the new omicron variant, its capabilities and — perhaps most important — how effectively the current vaccines will protect against it. The early findings are a mixed picture. The variant may be more transmissible and better able to evade the body’s immune responses, both to vaccination and to natural infection, than prior versions of the virus, experts said in interviews. The vaccines may well continue to…
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Why you shouldn’t worry (much) about weight gain during the holidays

Why you shouldn’t worry (much) about weight gain during the holidays

By Rose Kennedy  Troy Warren for CNT #Health Experts say you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself, but also should go crazy with the treats Way too many holiday food temptations are usually a nurse’s reality, but it’s a health myth that holiday weight gain is a huge concern. According to a study that used wireless scale data from 2,924 people, holiday weight gain usually reaches just about 0.7% of a person’s lightest annual weight, so about a pound for the average adult. “This is far less than the 7 to 10 pounds often cited this time of year,” registered dietitian Cynthia…
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How long you can safely leave out Thanksgiving leftovers

How long you can safely leave out Thanksgiving leftovers

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health  #Foodie Put that uneaten turkey and side dishes in the fridge within a couple of hours One of the perks of spending all that time cooking a huge Thanksgiving meal is that you have leftovers for days. If you leave that food sitting out too long, however, you could be sick for days, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta warns. The bacteria Clostridium perfringens grows in cooked food left at room temperature, the CDC states, and is the second most common bacterial cause of food poisoning. The major…
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New study says giving social support to others may boost your health

New study says giving social support to others may boost your health

By Avery Newmark, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health A new study from The Ohio State University suggests that giving social support to your spouse, family and friends may be just as important as receiving it. When it comes to chronic inflammation, positive social relationships were associated with people who said they provide social support to loved ones. In other words, the healing power of good relationships comes from mutual support. “Positive relationships may be associated with lower inflammation only for those who believe they can give more support in those relationships,” said Tao Jiang, lead author of the Brain, Behavior…
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As we live longer, how should life change? There is a blueprint

As we live longer, how should life change? There is a blueprint

By Corinne Purtill, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT #Health  #Lifestyle Most children born in the developed world now have a good chance of making it to their 100th birthday. They are also on track to live, learn, work and retire in systems and institutions that were set up when their grandparents were children. Career and education in the United States (and in much of the developed world) evolved to meet the needs of a different era than the one we currently live in — one in which the (mostly white and male) people who received postsecondary education completed…
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