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7 strategies for truly restorative rest

Many people suffer from a chronic sleep deficit, and that was the case even before the pandemic hit — bringing with it stress, fear and anxiety. A third of us get fewer than seven hours of shut-eye a night, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and that’s before you factor…

A pandemic playbook for a new year

It has been more than one year since the first reported case of Covid-19 in the United States — a day that changed our country forever. The arrival of the novel coronavirus on our doorstep continues to challenge our public health officials, scientists, health care workers and, frankly, the American public, to go above and…

UK should cut its 12-week delay between vaccine doses, doctors group says

UK should cut its 12-week delay between vaccine doses, doctors group says

The UK’s decision to wait up to 12 weeks before giving people their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine should be scrapped, senior doctors have said, reigniting a debate over the British government’s unorthodox inoculation strategy. Britain is prioritizing giving more of its most at-risk citizens a first dose of a vaccine, and has…

Foods that can reduce stress

Stress levels may be high these days, but did you know that what we choose to eat can help to reduce stress, ultimately allowing us to take charge of our mental health? “Instead of thinking of food as ‘stress eating’ or ‘guilty pleasures,’ we can think of using food to shape the lens in how…

The face mask that could end the pandemic

The face mask that could end the pandemic

Getting Americans masked up is a top priority for the Biden Administration. Biden, who calls wearing masks “a patriotic act,” signed an executive order Wednesday — his very first as president — to ask Americans to wear masks of their choice for the first 100 days of the new administration. The executive order also requires…

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine are rare, CDC says

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine are rare, CDC says

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A CDC report published Friday revealed just 10 people had severe allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis, out of more than 4 million people vaccinated with a first dose of the Moderna shot as of January 10. That’s…

More vaccines could be coming soon and they could be a big boost to the rollout

More vaccines could be coming soon and they could be a big boost to the rollout

States may be scrambling for vaccines now, but the United States could see additional Covid-19 vaccines by the end of March, if not sooner. Millions of vaccine doses could be added to the pipeline in the coming months, perhaps easing the squeeze that Americans have felt as vaccines slowly start rolling out. Janssen, the vaccine…

If you call 911, it can take 2-3 minutes longer to get help now

If you call 911, it can take 2-3 minutes longer to get help now

Imagine suffering a serious accident and calling 911 but not getting an ambulance immediately. Or having a severe asthma attack and fighting for every breath but having to wait an extra minute or two for help. The winter Covid-19 surge has been the worst surge of this pandemic in the US. And it’s impacting patients…

Most common mistakes in online workouts that cause pain or injury

Most common mistakes in online workouts that cause pain or injury

Virtual workouts have become increasingly popular due to Covid-19 restrictions. Online sessions allow you to bring your workout with you wherever you are, a convenience hitting the gym can’t offer. However, without an in-person trainer or fitness instructor by your side, it can be easy to misinterpret the proper form for a new move. In…

Study finds 60% of Americans don’t know where or when to get a Covid-19 vaccine

Study finds 60% of Americans don’t know where or when to get a Covid-19 vaccine

About 6 in 10 Americans don’t know when or where to get a coronavirus vaccine, according a survey released Friday from the Kaiser Family Foundation. This comes after reports that President Joe Biden’s administration must start from scratch with federal plans for distribution, having been left little to no framework from former President Donald Trump…

‘Fat but fit’ is a myth when it comes to heart health, new study shows

‘Fat but fit’ is a myth when it comes to heart health, new study shows

The negative effects of excess body fat on heart health can’t be canceled out by maintaining an active lifestyle, according to new research. Previous studies had suggested that being physically fit could mitigate the negative effects of being overweight on heart health, but this is not the case, according to a new study in the…

Eli Lilly’s antibody therapy helps prevent Covid-19 in nursing homes, drugmaker says

Eli Lilly’s antibody therapy helps prevent Covid-19 in nursing homes, drugmaker says

Eli Lilly and Company’s monoclonal antibody combination therapy helped prevent symptomatic Covid-19 infection among nursing home residents and staff in a Phase 3 trial, the company announced on Thursday. The study findings were described in a company news release, but Eli Lilly noted that the full results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The United States’ one-year coronavirus checkup

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The United States’ one-year coronavirus checkup

We have entered the era of coronavirus anniversaries. Today marks one year since the announcement of the first patient with Covid-19 in the United States. It happened in Washington state, where a male in his 30s who had just returned from visiting Wuhan, China, started experiencing symptoms and quickly sought help at a clinic. Unlike…

Loss of smell drives Covid-19 survivors to get creative in the kitchen

Loss of smell drives Covid-19 survivors to get creative in the kitchen

Emergency physician Dr. Alex Yeats had just whipped up what seemed like an appetizing dinner option when his wife let him know she wasn’t having anything to do with it. “It was black bean pasta with almonds and turmeric chunks and I was like ‘I’m not eating that, it’s disgusting,’” said Sarah Yeats, 31, an…

Couples struggle with sleep problems in the Covid-19 pandemic

Couples struggle with sleep problems in the Covid-19 pandemic

Dave Russell is a light sleeper, but he never had any issues sharing a bed with his girlfriend, Izzy James, before the pandemic. Things began to change in March. Lockdown significantly altered Russell’s daily life. Like many people, he started working from home and limiting his contact with others, and he began to struggle to…

Fauci: Vaccinations will help coronavirus variants from emerging

Fauci: Vaccinations will help coronavirus variants from emerging

Covid-19 vaccinations will not only help stop the virus from spreading, they will also hamper the coronavirus’ ability to mutate into new variants, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday. “Viruses don’t mutate unless they replicate,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a news briefing at the White…