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Get free tools to keep your workplace happy in spite of COVD-19 - positive sharing

Get free tools to keep your workplace happy in spite of COVD-19

I’m taking a brief break from my sabbatical to offer some free tools to workplaces who want to keep their employees happy despite COVID-19. Here’s what we’ve got so far: Download my books “Happy Hour Is 9 To 5” and “Leading With Happiness” free of charge – no email signup or anything required. Join a … Continue reading Get free tools to keep your workplace happy in spite of COVD-19 →
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Free webinar: How to keep your workplace happy in spite of COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world in so many ways. Remote work, social distancing, and staying home is the new normal. Businesses are affected, and many of them switched to the “survival mode”, trying to keep their business afloat. During our Webinar, we will talk about the COVID-19 crisis, in what … Continue reading Free webinar: How to keep your workplace happy in spite of COVID-19 →
Colon Cancer Signs in Young Adults Often Dismissed  - web md

Colon Cancer Signs in Young Adults Often Dismissed

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You Ain’t Michael Jordan – so don’t learn the wrong lessons from “The Last Dance” - positive sharing

You Ain’t Michael Jordan – so don’t learn the wrong lessons from “The Last Dance”

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COVID-19 Cases Drop in Warm Weather, But Not Much  - web md

COVID-19 Cases Drop in Warm Weather, But Not Much

In search of an answer, researchers at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., studied the effects of temperature, precipitation and sunlight (UV index) on the number of COVID-19 cases across the United States during the spring.
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Metformin Recalled for Possible Cancerous Chemical

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COVID Rates Lower Than Thought for Pregnant Women  - web md

COVID Rates Lower Than Thought for Pregnant Women

The new study included 770 hospital patients who hadn't previously been diagnosed with coronavirus infection. Of those, 30 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those who tested positive, 22 had no symptoms -- meaning the rate of positive tests among asymptomatic women was 2.9%.
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Postponed Surgeries Resume, Stretching Hospitals  - web md

Postponed Surgeries Resume, Stretching Hospitals

For months, the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals to delay elective surgeries as doctors turned their attention to treating COVID-19 patients, but the spigots on non-urgent procedures are about to reopen.
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Get my books (Happy Hour is 9 To 5 and Leading With Happiness) free of charge - positive sharing

Get my books (Happy Hour is 9 To 5 and Leading With Happiness) free of charge

Times are tough for for workplaces all over the world right now. I would like to share some of my tools in the hope that maybe it can help a little. So I’m making my two main books available as pdf downloads free of charge for anyone who wants them. There’s also no annoying email … Continue reading Get my books (Happy Hour is 9 To 5 and Leading With Happiness) free of charge →
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

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.
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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

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

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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.
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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.
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The Fellows Behind the COVID-19 Literature Updates

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COVID-19 May Trigger Rare Complication In Children

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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.
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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.
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Do adults really need tetanus booster shots?

Do adults really need tetanus booster shots?

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If you havent had a tetanus booster shot in the past decade, your doctor may recommend getting one. Many people think of a tetanus shot as something you only need if you step on a rusty nail. Yet even in the absence of a puncture wound, this vaccine is recommended for all adults at least every 10 years. But why? A group of researchers recently questioned whether you need to repeat tetanus vaccines on a regular schedule.

What is a tetanus booster?

Booster shots are repeat vaccinations you receive after your first series of immunizations as a child. Protection from certain vaccines can wane over time, which is why doctors advise boosters. The tetanus vaccine is not just for tetanus though. Its bundled with a vaccine for diphtheria and sometimes one for pertussis (the bacteria that causes whooping cough).

What are tetanus and diphtheria?

Tetanus and diphtheria are rare but serious diseases that can cause severe complications in those infected.

Tetanus, sometimes known as lockjaw, is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. When this bacteria invades the body, it can produce a toxin that leads to painful muscle tightening and stiffness. In severe cases, it can lead to trouble breathing, seizures, and death. Tetanus does not spread from person to person. Usually it enters the body through contaminated breaks in the skin stepping on a nail that has the bacteria on it, for example. There are about 30 reported cases of tetanus in the US each year. These cases almost always occur in adult patients who have never received a tetanus vaccine, or adults who have not been up to date on their 10-year booster shots.

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection caused by a type of bacteria called Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Diphtheria can cause a thick covering on the back of the throat and may lead to difficulty breathing, paralysis, or death. It typically spreads person-to-person. There have been fewer than five cases reported to the CDC in the past 10 years.

What are the current vaccine recommendations?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends tetanus vaccines for people of all ages. Adolescents and adults receive either the Td or Tdap vaccines. These vaccines protect over 95% of people from disease for approximately 10 years. Currently the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends a booster shot every 10 years. Injury or wound management and pregnancy may affect this schedule.

What does the new study on tetanus boosters suggest?

A recent paper published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases suggested that tetanus and diphtheria booster vaccines are not necessary for adults who have completed their childhood vaccination series. This advice aligns with the current World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. The researchers reviewed WHO data from 31 North American and European countries between 2001 and 2016, amounting to 11 billion person-years. (Person-years is a measurement that reflects the number of people in the study multiplied by years followed). After comparing the incidence of tetanus and diphtheria, they found no significant difference in disease rates in countries that require adults to receive booster shots compared with those that do not. Based on this, the authors suggest that childhood vaccination alone protects sufficiently against tetanus and diphtheria without booster shots.

So, what should you do?

The question of whether to have ongoing booster vaccines is more complicated than looking at frequency of a disease. The conclusions of this study focus on the lack of change in tetanus or diphtheria incidence rates among countries that routinely vaccinate children. However, other factors influence the number of cases, such as the overall amount of the bacteria in the environment, or wound management and hygiene measures.

Immunity from antibodies to tetanus and diphtheria may persist for many years. Over time, though, antibody levels  decrease. We know that even if antibodies are present, low levels may not always be protective. Even though this study was well executed and raises some important questions, further studies are needed to examine whether a childhood vaccination series offers lifelong protection without repeated adult boosters.

Even though it happens rarely, people can still get tetanus and experience serious or deadly effects. There is no cure for tetanus, and no definitive proof that you will have lifelong immunity with childhood vaccinations alone. So for now, the CDC continues to recommend booster vaccines every 10 years to help your immune system protect against these infections. If you have questions about the tetanus and diphtheria vaccine, talk to your doctor.

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