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The world needs more kindness. Here’s how to develop your practice

In a global pandemic, who has time to be kind? But kindness expert Houston Kraft suggests you think about it within this worldwide crisis. Kindness may be wearing a mask to keep others from getting sick, checking in on a friend starting a new project or sitting to listen to a family member who just…

CDC highlights safety tips for in-person voting ahead of Election Day

CDC highlights safety tips for in-person voting ahead of Election Day

With Election Day less than two weeks away, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released safety tips for voters to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. There are 8.5 million cases of the virus across the United States, and more than 224,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The CDC encouraged Americans to…

CDC warns of multi-state Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats

CDC warns of multi-state Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats

A Listeria outbreak has sickened 10 people across three states, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes deli meats are the cause. The CDC issued a warning about the outbreak Friday, which has sent ten people from Florida, Massachusetts and New York to the hospital and led to the death of one…

AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson to resume Covid-19 vaccine trials in US

AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson to resume Covid-19 vaccine trials in US

Drugmakers AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson both said Friday they are set to resume their paused coronavirus vaccine trials in the United States after health scares. AstraZeneca’s trial had been on hold since early September, and Johnson & Johnson’s trial had been paused since earlier this month AstraZeneca said the US Food and Drug Administration…

Women face struggles as patients with Covid-19 — and beyond

Women face struggles as patients with Covid-19 — and beyond

Women’s health is about far more than reproductive health. That was true long before the coronavirus pandemic struck, says Maya Dusenbery, author of “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick.” Women already face many inequities in the health care system, documented in Dusenbery’s 2017 book,…

Carbon monoxide poisoning or Covid-19? Here’s how you can tell

Carbon monoxide poisoning or Covid-19? Here’s how you can tell

As the Northern Hemisphere heads into winter, whether a fever and cough mean the flu or Covid-19 is a nerve-racking guessing game. There is, however, a silent killer that causes similar symptoms and could be lurking in your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that’s produced when a fossil fuel — coal, crude…

Coronavirus pandemic is causing ‘unacceptable’ shortages in US drug supplies, report says

Coronavirus pandemic is causing ‘unacceptable’ shortages in US drug supplies, report says

The coronavirus pandemic is causing “unacceptable” shortages of US drug supplies in the United States, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. The report says shortages have limited 29 of 40 drugs critical for treating Covid-19 patients, including propofol, albuterol, midazolam, hydroxychloroquine, fentanyl,…

Social distancing limited Covid-19 spread for Major League Baseball teams

Social distancing limited Covid-19 spread for Major League Baseball teams

When the Philadelphia Phillies met the Miami Marlins on the field last July, a batch of Marlins players were infected with coronavirus, although they didn’t know it. One case led to 19 other cases — a superspreader event, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. But with no fans in the stands…

For Covid-19 vaccine recipients, CDC to roll out cell phone-based monitoring system

For Covid-19 vaccine recipients, CDC to roll out cell phone-based monitoring system

Once a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to monitor vaccine recipients for any health problems through text messages and online surveys, as part of a new program called V-SAFE. “V-SAFE is a new smartphone-based active surveillance program for Covid-19,” Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director…

Remdesivir becomes first Covid-19 treatment to receive FDA approval

Remdesivir becomes first Covid-19 treatment to receive FDA approval

The US Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection, the drug’s maker, Gilead Sciences, said Thursday. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, has been used under emergency use authorization. It is the first drug to be approved for treating Covid-19. “In the United States, Veklury is indicated for…

Faulty US Covid-19 response meant 130,000 to 210,000 avoidable deaths, report finds

Faulty US Covid-19 response meant 130,000 to 210,000 avoidable deaths, report finds

The Trump Administration’s faltering response to the coronavirus pandemic has led to anywhere between 130,000 and 210,000 deaths that could have been prevented, according to a report released Thursday by a team of disaster preparedness experts. Insufficient testing, a lack of national mask mandates or guidance, a delayed overall response and outright mocking of basic…

Strengthen your knees with this 5-minute workout

Strengthen your knees with this 5-minute workout

If you suffer from knee pain like one-quarter of adults in the United States, according to research, you may feel weak, debilitated and even worse off from being more sedentary since the pandemic. Perhaps you feel pain in your knee joints when you stand up or walk, or maybe it’s something like patellofemoral pain —…

Breaking up in the time of Covid-19 brings new challenges

Breaking up in the time of Covid-19 brings new challenges

There comes a moment in many relationships where the partnership is no longer viable, and where separation — or, for married couples, divorce — is the unavoidable next step. And while divorcing or going separate ways is rarely easy, couples dissolving their households during Covid-19 are facing new woes. The jury is still out regarding…