County Moves to Protect Health Staff After Deadly Outbreak | Political News


A Maryland health department is taking new steps to protect its workers six months after a coronavirus outbreak killed a veteran employee who was twice denied permission to work from home.

Chantee Mack, 44, died in May. More than 20 colleagues also caught the coronavirus, and some suffer lasting problems.

Now, after a KHN and Associated Press story in July spurred an investigation, Prince George’s County officials say they have added an appeals process to their work-at-home policy and hired a consultant to identify “operational and management needs for improvement” in the department. Union officials say the county has also made personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, more available in recent months and put a greater emphasis on social distancing.

”We’re getting somewhere,” said Rhonda Wallace, leader of a local branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “But we’re not there yet.”

In an

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Utah health department orders 1st round of COVID-19 vaccines


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s health department on Thursday placed the state’s first order for coronavirus vaccines that could arrive as early as mid-December.

Doses will be shipped directly to hospitals in Utah as soon as the Food and Drug Administration issues its final approvals, the agency posted on Twitter. Health officials did not provide any additional information.

The first doses in Utah will go to front-line workers such as doctors and nurses in emergency departments, urgent care facilities and COVID-19 units, as well as housekeeping workers, said Dr. Jeanmarie Mayer, chief of infection prevention at the University of Utah Health hospital.

“It’s just so incredibly important to make sure that we keep our health care systems intact and able to care for the most vulnerable in our populations,” Mayer told reporters.

Public health experts have warned that if people do not follow masking and social distancing guidance, COVID-19

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5 health myths that are making your weight loss journey impossible


You’ve decided you want to start making healthier decisions – and that includes losing weight. You’re always at the gym, carefully monitoring your calorie intake and incorporating healthy snacks into your diet – but the scale hasn’t budged.

If this sounds familiar, your scale isn’t at fault – it’s the commonly believed health myths that are to blame. The good news? With the right information, it’s possible to get back on track, lose weight and start feeling healthier and more productive in no time. Here are a few common myths that might be sabotaging your weight loss goals and how to course-correct.

Myth #1: The more you exercise, the more lenient you can be with your diet

When it’s done in tandem with a healthy diet, exercise can help with weight loss. But if you’re continually justifying having a calorie-dense treat after your workout as having “earned it,” you may

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Vaccine rollout barrels on with health disparity in backseat


Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the right people could change the course of the pandemic in the United States. But who are the right people?

As the decision looms for President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration, a new analysis argues for targeting the first vaccines to the same low-income Black, Hispanic and Native American households that have disproportionately suffered from the coronavirus. But no one at the federal level has committed to the idea, which would be a significant shift from the current population-based method adopted by Operation Warp Speed.

“It’s not just a math problem. It’s a question of implementing a major social justice commitment,” said Harald Schmidt, a medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, who conducted the analysis of the strategies with colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston College.

If the shots get to the right people, Schmidt argues, the benefits could extend to the

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Weight fluctuation can be harmful to your health if you keep losing and gaining


Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life, though, can be harmful.

We should strive to maintain a lifelong, consistent healthy weight. Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life — that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us battle, the so-called “yo-yo dieting” — can tax the cardiovascular system, set the stage for diabetes, slow metabolism and make it increasingly difficult to lose weight. It also can permanently stretch skin out of shape.

Weight fluctuation also increases chances of a heart attack.

“For every one-and-a-half to two-pound change in weight fluctuation, the risk of any coronary or cardiovascular event was increased by 4% and the risk of death by 9%,” Dr. Sripal Bangalore, an interventional cardiologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, told TheCardiologyAdvisor.com.

It’s normal to see your weight vary as much as four to five

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AHA News: Heart Disease, Stroke More Deadly in ‘Socially Vulnerable’ Counties | Health News


By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay)

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke are higher if you live in a county considered socially vulnerable due to factors such as poverty, crowded housing and poor access to transportation, new research shows.

“The findings confirm what we might have imagined – that social and place-based factors play a key role in cardiovascular mortality,” said lead investigator Dr. Quentin R. Youmans, a cardiology fellow at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. “Moving forward, we have to focus on those social determinants of health just as much as we have to focus on therapeutics and other prevention measures.”

Researchers looked at death rates from heart disease and stroke from 1999-2018 for 2,766 counties, representing 95% of counties across the United States. They also looked at each county’s social vulnerability index, a measure created

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CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths | Health News


By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters

(HealthDay)

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that the coming winter months might be the darkest period yet in the coronavirus pandemic.

“I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Wednesday morning, adding that perhaps 450,000 Americans might be dead from COVID-19 by February. Right now, that number now is about 273,000, The New York Times reported.

Another record-breaking day of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths underscored Redfield’s grim warning.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday passed 100,000, nearly double the highest point seen last spring. The daily death toll hit 2,760, surpassing the previous record set in April, the Times reported. With

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29 nutrition tips to improve health for everyone


Good nutrition is a critical part of health and development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), better nutrition is related to improved health at all ages, a lower risk of diseases, and longevity.

People can find it difficult or confusing to navigate the amount of nutrition information now available, and many sources have differing views.

This article offers science-based nutrition tips to help someone lead a healthier lifestyle.

Following these nutrition tips will help a person make healthy food choices.

1. Include protein with every meal

Including some protein with every meal can help balance blood sugar.

Some studies suggest higher protein diets can be beneficial for type 2 diabetes.

Other research indicates balancing blood sugar can support weight management and cardiovascular health.

2. Eat oily fish

According to research, omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish are essential for cell signaling, gene expression, and brain and eye development.

Some

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Relief for unemployed in U.S. could be crucial for health, study says


Americans who lost their jobs this year due to the coronavirus pandemic have remained healthier and more secure thanks to expanded unemployment insurance, a new study reports.

Struggling folks who received benefits reported that they were less likely to go hungry, miss a rent or mortgage payment, delay needed medical care, or suffer from anxiety or depression, according to the findings.

“These programs are doing what they’re meant to do. They’re helping to buffer the economic disruption that’s coming from the pandemic,” said lead researcher Dr. Seth Berkowitz, a professor with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators on Tuesday introduced a $908 billion stimulus proposal that would provide $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits for four months, offering additional relief to tens of millions of jobless Americans.

This study shows why extending unemployment benefits would serve as a powerful weapon in

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Mardi Gras in August? Next health order could determine fate of Carnival


Mobile’s historic annual Mardi Gras celebration has not been halted since World War II.

Saving the 2021 season could be up to whether the area’s Mardi Gras groups are able to hold events in late summer or fall.

In the coming days, the 2021 season could be faced with a reckoning in the form of an anticipated State Health Order announcement by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. The two are likely to roll out the latest amended “Safer at Home” health order before the current one expires on December 11.

And in coastal Alabama, an increasing chorus of public health and city leaders are clamoring for the renewed order to address Mardi Gras parades and other events. The parades are scheduled to kick off in late January, and occur routinely through early February until Fat Tuesday, which is February 16.

Dr. Bernard Eichold, the

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