Sunday, October 17, 2021

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HEALTH
New Orleans health care workers hopeful as they line up for the coronavirus vaccine | Coronavirus

Just an hour after the first coronavirus vaccines arrived at Ochsner Health’s Jefferson Highway main campus, they sat in glass vials in front of pharmacist Mona Moghareh.

Cameras livestreamed the moment. A small crowd and the Gov. John Bel Edwards looked on. 

“It’s an honor,” said Moghareh, one of Ochsner’s inpatient pharmacists who works on the hospital floor. She’d been waiting for this day for a long time. 

“Is that considered a small needle for a vaccine?” Edwards asked.



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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, right, talks with Debbie Ford, MSN, RN, center, chief nursing officer with Ochsner Medical Center, as she gets ready to receive the first coronavirus vaccine from Dr. Mona Moghareh, left, on Monday, December 14, 2020. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)




Moghareh, who has been mixing medications for coronavirus patients since March and will now be

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WEIGHT LOSS
Does sharing health data help maintain weight loss?

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Creating healthy habits, like increasing physical activity and improving eating habits, can be difficult to maintain long term, especially without accountability. Research from the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University suggests that health counselors having access to self-monitored health data would improve a person’s weight loss maintenance.

Researchers studied 87 adult participants in a 12-month weight loss program. For the entire study participants were asked to complete three self-monitoring activities daily—wear a Fitbit fitness tracker, weigh themselves on a wireless scale and log their food intake in a smartphone app.

All participants started with a weekly group session to learn behavioral skills during the first three months of the study. After the third month, the group sessions ended. From that point through the end of the study—known as the maintenance phase—each participant received

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WEIGHT LOSS
Does Sharing Health Data Help Maintain Weight Loss? | Now

Wrist worn fitness tracker sitting atop a notebook, pen and magazine. All items are siting in front of a lap top.

Creating healthy habits, like increasing physical activity and improving eating habits, can be difficult to maintain long term, especially without accountability. Research from the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University suggests that health counselors having access to self-monitored health data would improve a person’s weight loss maintenance.

Researchers studied 87 adult participants in a 12-month weight loss program. For the entire study participants were asked to complete three self-monitoring activities daily – wear a Fitbit fitness tracker, weigh themselves on a wireless scale and log their food intake in a smartphone app.

All participants started with a weekly group session to learn behavioral skills during the first three months of the study. After the third month, the group sessions ended. From that point through the end of the study – known as the maintenance phase – each

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HEALTH
Avoid Allergy Flare-Ups This Holiday Season | Health News

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SUNDAY, Dec. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are warning about the threat of COVID-19 transmission as cold weather forces people indoors. But indoor allergies could also take the joy out of your holiday season, an expert says.

Dust, mold, pets, furniture and houseplants can cause indoor allergies, said Dr. David Corry. He’s a professor of medicine in the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

“Dust provides shelter for things that cause allergies, like mites and fungi, which are major components of dust themselves,” he said in a college news release.

Corry suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of flare-ups due to indoor allergies:

  • Monitor humidity levels. Keeping your home dry — at less than 50% humidity — could reduce the growth of mold and dust mites. Try a dehumidifier if the humidity is greater than 50%.
  • Control dust. Regularly
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WEIGHT LOSS
Here’s how exercising may protect bone health after weight loss surgery

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Washington [US], December 13 (ANI): A recent study has pointed on the detrimental effects on bone health because of weight loss surgery. The novel research also suggests that exercise may help address this shortcoming.

The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
The study randomised 84 patients undergoing weight loss surgery to an exercise group or a control group for 11 months. The exercise group performed a high impact, balance, and resistance exercises three times per week.
Twelve months after surgery, participants in the exercise group had higher bone mineral density measurements at the lumbar spine and the forearm compared with those in the control group. Also, participants who attended at least half of the exercise sessions had higher bone mineral density at the femoral neck than those in the control group.
“These findings showed that a structured exercise program may be a valid treatment option

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HEALTH
Proposed HIPAA Overhaul to Ease Access to Patient Health Info

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing an overhaul of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that will make it easier to access patients’ personal health information, including the health records of patients with mental illness. The proposal would also do away with the requirement that all patients sign a notice of privacy practices.

The changes are contained in a 357-page proposed rule, which was unveiled by federal officials December 10. Roger Severino, director of HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, said in a briefing that the sweeping proposal would empower patients, reduce the administrative burden for healthcare providers, and pave the way to better-coordinated care.

HHS estimated that the rule could save $3.2 billion over 5 years, but it’s not clear how much of that would accrue to clinical practices.

The most obvious cost-saving aspect for medical and dental practices is the proposal that

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HEALTH
COVID-19 impacting mental health of medical professionals

“I’m worried about nurses getting each other sick.”

With the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rising throughout much of the U.S., the mental health of medical professionals is being put to the test.

Some health care workers told ABC News they are feeling hopeless amid the pandemic.

An El Paso, Texas, ICU nurse, who asked not to be identified, said seeing terminally ill COVID-19 patients FaceTime their families is a terrible feeling.

“It’s just really heartbreaking to have to watch that because you feel completely helpless,” she said. “There’s nothing you can offer. There’s nothing you can say that is going to make it better.”

That is why the nonprofit Mental Health America is looking into the health of workers on the front lines.

A survey that included over a

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HEALTH
Frontline Health Workers Top 100 Most Influential People List

“The frontline worker” occupies the number-one slot in Modern Healthcare’ s 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.

Those frontline workers include physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, environmental service workers, and administrators, according to the list’s companion article.

Modern Healthcare praises the healthcare workers for their selfless labor under dangerous conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also receive high praise for the compassion they’ve shown to patients, especially those dying alone in the hospital.

The other top-rated healthcare influencers on the list are more typical of those that Modern Healthcare places on its list every year. The vast majority of them are CEOs of big healthcare systems, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies.

The healthcare executives who occupy slots 2 and 3 on the list describe in the article what each of their systems did for the other during the public health crisis.

At the height of the pandemic last

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HEALTH
Overnight Health Care: White House presses FDA chief over COVID-19 vaccine | Committees reach bipartisan deal to protect patients from surprise medical bills

Welcome to Friday’s Overnight Health Care.



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Overnight Health Care: White House presses FDA chief over COVID-19 vaccine | Committees reach bipartisan deal to protect patients from surprise medical bills | Sanders, Hawley vow fight next week over stimulus checks

FDA authorization of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate is expected soon, but the White House is pushing the agency to move even quicker. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is buying another 100 million doses of a similar candidate from Moderna. And a surprise billing fix might happen after all.

Let’s start with the COVID vaccine:

White House presses FDA chief over COVID-19 vaccine

Top Trump administration officials are turning up the heat on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to quickly authorize emergency use of the country’s first coronavirus vaccine.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows phoned FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Friday and pushed him to clear

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HEALTH
Walgreens, CVS Health to administer first vaccines to U.S. nursing homes on Dec 21 – executives

FILE PHOTO: The CVS logo is seen at one of their stores in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

(Reuters) – CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc expect to administer the first Pfizer Inc COVID-19 vaccines to residents of long-term U.S. nursing homes on December 21, executives at the companies said.

That will be followed by shots from Moderna Inc about a week later, they told Reuters.

Pfizer and BioNTech SE could receive emergency authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine from regulators as soon as Friday. Moderna’s regulatory process is about a week behind.

Officials have said that Pfizer and the U.S. government will begin distributing the shots within 24 hours of receiving a regulatory green light, and hospitals are planning to give healthcare workers the first shots early next week.

CVS expects to receive its first Pfizer dose allotment

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