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5 winning ways for kids burn energy - harvard

5 winning ways for kids burn energy

After a couple of months of sheltering in place, and with warm weather upon us, your children probably have plenty of excess energy. Here are five suggestions for activities that will get them moving—and there's nothing stopping parents from joining in. The post 5 winning ways for kids burn energy appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
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COVID-19 Virus Found in Stool May be Infectious  - web md

COVID-19 Virus Found in Stool May be Infectious

A new study has shown that COVID-19 virus isolated from the stool of a sick patient can infect cells in a petri dish -- a step toward proving that this might be a new route of transmission for the infection with the coronavirus.
web md - 4 days ago
Medicare Recipients May Get Insulin at $35 Per Month  - web md

Medicare Recipients May Get Insulin at $35 Per Month

Beginning next year, people on some Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage Plans who need insulin will be able to access the lifesaving medication for just $35 a month, according to a new plan announced by the White House.
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Dirty City Air Might Raise MS Risk  - web md

Dirty City Air Might Raise MS Risk

places with low levels of tiny particles of air pollution called Particulate matter, the risk for MS was lower than in areas where those levels were high. In urban areas, the risk was 29% higher than in rural areas.
web md - 5 days ago
1 in 5 Hospitalized NYC COVID Patients Needed ICU  - web md

1 in 5 Hospitalized NYC COVID Patients Needed ICU

More than one-fifth of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City have critical illness, and nearly 80% of critically ill patients need ventilators to help them breathe, according to a new study.
web md - 1 week ago
Telephone vs Telemedicine: Code and Bill Correctly During COVID-19  - web md

Telephone vs Telemedicine: Code and Bill Correctly During COVID-19

CMS says it will reimburse for telephone-based consults the same as for office visits during COVID-19. Expert Betsy Nicoletti explains how to code and bill these services properly during the pandemic.
web md - 1 week ago
COVID-19 Severity in Pregnancy Appears Lower Than H1N1  - web md

COVID-19 Severity in Pregnancy Appears Lower Than H1N1

Single case reports describe harrowing births and outcomes for women with COVID-19, but preliminary data suggest that overall, pregnant women do as well as the general public when it comes to COVID-19.
web md - 1 week ago
The Fellows Behind the COVID-19 Literature Updates  - web md

The Fellows Behind the COVID-19 Literature Updates

Two HIV research fellows are about to do their fifth biweekly deep-dive presentation on the COVID-19 literature. We asked them how they choose what to include and what they find most intriguing about SARS-CoV2.
web md - 1 week ago
COVID-19 May Trigger Rare Complication In Children  - web md

COVID-19 May Trigger Rare Complication In Children

As COVID-19 continues to spread, there is growing evidence that children may be vulnerable to a rare but serious complication triggered by the infection that has features of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.
web md - 2 weeks ago
New warning on coronavirus symptoms in children — what parents need to know - harvard

New warning on coronavirus symptoms in children — what parents need to know

A rare syndrome in some children that affects the heart and other organs may be a reaction to a current or past COVID-19 infection, but test results for the coronavirus are sometimes negative. The post New warning on coronavirus symptoms in children — what parents need to know appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 2 weeks ago
Beauty Industry Group Sues Over Shop Closings  - web md

Beauty Industry Group Sues Over Shop Closings

A beauty industry group in California and others filed a law suit Tuesday against California Gov. Gavin Newsom for his decision to keep nail salons and beauty shops closed while allowing other businesses to open.
web md - 2 weeks ago
Hospital Volumes Slashed by More Than Half During Pandemic  - web md

Hospital Volumes Slashed by More Than Half During Pandemic

A new report shows the number of patients who sought care at hospitals dropped 54% in late March and early April compared with the prior-year period, suggesting a wave of demand as surgical bans lift.
web md - 2 weeks ago
Obesity Can Shift Severe COVID-19 to Younger Age Groups  - web md

Obesity Can Shift Severe COVID-19 to Younger Age Groups

A new analysis is the first to specifically examine the link between age, obesity, and treatment in ICU. The findings add to evidence indicating threshold for testing should be lowered in this 'susceptible population.'
web md - 2 weeks ago
Do adults really need tetanus booster shots? - harvard

Do adults really need tetanus booster shots?

Can childhood tetanus vaccinations offer sufficient protection during adulthood without regular booster shots? Although a new study posits this, the CDC continues to recommend booster shots every 10 years. The post Do adults really need tetanus booster shots? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 2 weeks ago
COVID-19 in ICE Facilities Could Overwhelm Local ICUs  - web md

COVID-19 in ICE Facilities Could Overwhelm Local ICUs

Results from a new modeling study, along with news of the first reported death of an ICE detainee, increase concerns among experts who fear local hospitals may be unable to care for those who need it.
web md - 2 weeks ago
Case Report: COVID-19 in a Third-Trimester Pregnancy  - web md

Case Report: COVID-19 in a Third-Trimester Pregnancy

A woman at 38 weeks' gestation acquired COVID-19 after attending a religious event. Her case illustrates potential standard practices and questions regarding the impact of those practices on families.
web md - 2 weeks ago
Sepsis in Children  - web md

Sepsis in Children

Children are very susceptible to sepsis, which is caused by a bacterial infection that can be deadly. Doctors are hoping to cut down on deaths by educating themselves and parents about the symptoms.
web md - 2 weeks ago
COMMENTARY: Can We Measure COVID-19 Seroprevalence With a Flawed Ruler?  - web md

COMMENTARY: Can We Measure COVID-19 Seroprevalence With a Flawed Ruler?

Just as an imperfect ruler can measure accurately if its error is constant and known, serology need not have perfect sensitivity and specificity to estimate COVID's prevalence, write Drs Jha and Murthy.
web md - 3 weeks ago
Doctors update warning signs of severe COVID  - web md

Doctors update warning signs of severe COVID

Based on a review of more than 1,000 patients who've already sought care for respiratory illnesses since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March, researchers at Harvard Medical School are offering up a new list of symptoms to watch out for.
web md - 3 weeks ago
Middle Age More Stressful Now Than in 1990s: Study  - web md

Middle Age More Stressful Now Than in 1990s: Study

Before the COVID-19 pandemic upended people's lives, Americans were already feeling more stressed than they did a generation ago. Now, new research finds that no group is feeling the impact of additional stress more than middle-aged people.
web md - 3 weeks ago
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Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications

Lifestyle changes are important even if you take medications

harvard - 1 month ago

A friend of mine takes a statin medication each day to lower his cholesterol. More than once Ive heard him say I ate too much! Im going to have to take an extra pill.

Never mind that it doesnt work that way a single additional statin pill wont make much difference to his cholesterol or his health. And never mind that you shouldnt self-adjust the dose of your medications (talk to your doctor before making any changes in medication dosing).

But my friends overindulging does bring up the question of whether starting medications for conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol might lead people to pay less attention to healthy lifestyle choices. Would my friend have been as likely to overeat before he was started on a statin?

What actually happens to lifestyle changes after medications are prescribed?

The thinking might go like this. If your cholesterol or blood pressure is not ideal, your doctor will likely recommend changes in your diet, regular exercise, and loss of excess weight, as these measures will lower cholesterol and blood pressure in many people. But if that doesnt work well enough, a medication may be prescribed. Once the medicine is doing its job, it may seem like its not so important to continue with the diet and exercise routine.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that this way of thinking might be widespread: people with hypertension (high blood pressure) or high cholesterol seem to let their healthy habits slide once they start taking medications.

Researchers collected data on weight, smoking, physical activity, and alcohol use among more than 40,000 adults with no history of cardiovascular disease. Compared with people who were not prescribed medications for high cholesterol or high blood pressure, those who were prescribed medications

  • tended to gain more weight. In fact, they were 82% more likely to become obese.
  • exercised less. They were 8% more likely to be physically inactive.

The news wasnt all bad. Those starting medications tended to drink less alcohol and to quit smoking more often than those not taking medicines.

Its not okay to slack off on lifestyle changes like diet and exercise if youre taking a statin or blood pressure pill

These results can be interpreted in a number of ways. Perhaps people who start taking medications assume they no longer need to be as careful with how they eat or other lifestyle choices. Its also possible that people who ultimately needed medications were less careful with following a healthy lifestyle even before medications were prescribed and that may explain, at least in part, why they needed medications in the first place. Or, it could be that those destined to require medication therapy inherited more high-risk genes for future obesity.

Whatever the explanation, people with high blood pressure or high cholesterol should maintain a healthy weight and get regular physical activity, regardless of whether medications are prescribed. In fact, it may be even more important for those who were prescribed medications, because if their conditions were severe enough to warrant a prescription, they may be at higher risk for complications (such as heart attack or stroke) than those able to avoid medications.

The bottom line

For many conditions, a medication can only do so much. Healthy lifestyle habits can improve the chances that a medication will be effective.

For people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many other conditions, medications should be in addition to lifestyle changes, not instead of them. Not only will these lifestyle choices improve the chances your medicines will work to lower blood pressure or improve cholesterol, they come with a long list of other health benefits, such as improved mood, a reduced risk of diabetes, and a lower risk of certain cancers. And if you stick with the lifestyle changes, theres a chance you will be able to stop the medication in the future.

If youve been prescribed a medication after trying diet, exercise, or other lifestyle changes, ask your doctor whether its still important to focus on these lifestyle factors. And dont be surprised if the answer is yes.

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