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Health advisers to the government say hospitals are ‘scrambling’ after Trump administration’s ‘abrupt’ change to Covid-19 data reporting requirements

In a letter, public health advisers to the US government said they are “extremely concerned” and “troubled” by the Trump administration’s decision to change how hospitals report Covid-19 data. The letter, dated July 31, described hospitals as “scrambling” to determine how to meet new daily Covid-19 reporting requirements to the US Department of Health and…

Any attempt to get coronavirus herd immunity would lead to massive death tolls, Fauci warns

If the United States allowed coronavirus infections to run rampant to achieve possible herd immunity, the death toll would be massive especially among vulnerable people, the nation’s top infectious doctor said. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained the risks during a live Instagram session with actor…

Shabbat dinners amid the pandemic: An ancient Jewish tradition goes virtual

For decades, Teme Ring was cut off from her Jewish faith. The former lawyer was forced to give up her career in 2000, after an onslaught of autoimmune diseases and dysautonomia, conditions that also made her too weak to step into a synagogue for in-person services. “I’m in my own personal diaspora,” she said. In…

Why you shouldn’t be worried about getting the coronavirus from food

Why you shouldn’t be worried about getting the coronavirus from food

Health experts say there’s no evidence the coronavirus can be transmitted through food. You might have seen reports this week that Chinese authorities said a surface sample from a batch of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus. But don’t panic. Yes, the virus was detected on the food product in the…

A new anti-obesity coronavirus campaign is a nightmare for eating disorder sufferers

A new anti-obesity coronavirus campaign is a nightmare for eating disorder sufferers

Boris Johnson’s latest strategy to fight coronavirus aims to make Britain healthier — but campaigners are worried about the impact the policy will have on people living with eating disorders. Johnson’s government launched its Better Health strategy in an effort to combat the country’s high obesity levels amid the pandemic. Britain has one of the…

Our pandemic back-to-school supply list

Our pandemic back-to-school supply list

Pencils, pens, highlighters, paper, folders: Normally around this time of year, parents and kids would be stocking up on school supplies and scrambling to get ready to return to the classroom. This year, however, is anything but normal. In this year of the pandemic, schools and school districts in much of the country are kicking…

Rushing reopening could have devastating consequences, Dr. Fauci says

Rushing reopening could have devastating consequences, Dr. Fauci says

The United States needs to get control of Covid-19 and carefully reopen the country, or the consequences could be devastating, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday. “To think that you can ignore the biologic and get the economy back, it’s not gonna happen,” Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, told actor Matthew McConaughey in an…

A newborn’s fat mass is associated with obesity as a preschooler, study finds

A newborn’s fat mass is associated with obesity as a preschooler, study finds

Childhood obesity has become increasingly common in the United States over the past three decades, despite public health initiatives. That means that around 13.7 million children and adolescents are well above the normal or healthy weight for their ages and heights due to their behaviors or genetics. The body fat percentage children had as newborns…

Medical group shares dos and don’ts of wearing a face mask

Medical group shares dos and don’ts of wearing a face mask

In an attempt to get every American behind the idea of wearing a face mask — and behind an actual face mask — to slow the spread of Covid-19, the Association of American Medical Colleges on Wednesday released simple, straight-forward national guidance for the public. “These guidelines are meant to provide everyone around the country…

How to recognize Covid-19 symptoms in children, based on pediatricians’ advice

How to recognize Covid-19 symptoms in children, based on pediatricians’ advice

Are parents really supposed to be reassured by all this talk about “mild” cases of Covid-19 in children? What about the unfortunate “few” youngsters who have died or come down with a strange and severe associated illness? No parent wants to take the odds that their child might be the exception to the rule. “We’ve…

Pregnant amid the pandemic: The highs and lows

In early February, my partner and I discovered that I was pregnant. Looking back, that feels like one of the last big milestones of the Before Times — a wonderfully blissful and uncomplicated period. I’d skimmed a few headlines about a scary-sounding disease called Covid-19 but didn’t worry too much about it. The virus seemed…

Try this 5-minute yoga routine before bedtime

Try this 5-minute yoga routine before bedtime

Having a morning routine to boost energy is a great way to start the day, but what if you wake up every morning knowing that your bedtime routine is really to blame for your lack of energy and focus? A good night’s rest isn’t just important for energy and focus; research has shown that it’s…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I am not sending my kids back to school

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I am not sending my kids back to school

One of the questions I am getting more than any other: Am I going to send my children back to school? As a father of three teen and preteen girls, this has been a constant discussion in our household, and it hasn’t been easy. My girls want to go back to school, and they are…

Mental health access is vital during pandemic, experts say

Mental health access is vital during pandemic, experts say

Many people may be experiencing increased anxiety during the pandemic, which experts say can be compounded by the sense of isolation that can come with social distancing. That’s why it’s important for people who are vulnerable to increased anxiety to have access mental health care, panelists said during an American Lung Association event on Wednesday.…

Reopening schools and virtual learning: Experts offer valuable insight

Reopening schools and virtual learning: Experts offer valuable insight

Schools should record student temperatures when children arrive every morning, advised a group of experts from Stanford University School of Medicine, as part of a multilevel screening program for students and staff. As schools reopen across the United States and children attending school test positive for the coronavirus, getting students back to school safely continues…

Florida’s Covid-19 cases in children have increased 137% in past month

Florida’s Covid-19 cases in children have increased 137% in past month

Florida’s number of official Covid-19 cases in children has more than doubled over the past month, data from the state showed Tuesday. Covid-19 cases among children also spiked across the country during roughly the same period. In Florida, the total number of cases in children 17 and under rose from 16,797 on July 9 to…

Not just for tomboys (and their parents): Kids and gender roles

Beginning in preschool, Lisa Selin Davis’ daughter expressed her preference for what are considered more masculine clothing, haircuts and play styles. In first grade she announced she was a “tomboy.” Davis did her best to support her daughter, letting her cross gender barriers despite occasionally feeling uncomfortable. Learning how to talk to her child about…

Tea, milk and other drinks to help you sleep (and some that will hurt)

Tea, milk and other drinks to help you sleep (and some that will hurt)

We know to avoid coffee and chocolate before bedtime since both contain caffeine and can keep you awake at night. But what to replace those delicious options with? There are some drinks that can actually help set you up for a sleepy night of slumber. Food and drinks that contain certain minerals, therapeutic herbs and…