10 Tips To Protect Your Liver
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10 Tips To Protect Your LiverLiver BasicsThe liver is the largest organ inside the human body. When something goes wrong with the liver, it can have a serious effect on almost every other organ in the body. A little more than 1.5 quarts of blood pump through the liver every minute, allowing the liver to quickly and effectively remove toxins and waste products from the bloodstream. At the same time, the liver stores important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and iron. Click through the slideshow for tips to keep this important organ happy and healthy.

CDC: COVID-19 Was Third Leading Cause of Death in 2020
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Since emerging in late 2019, COVID-19 has killed almost 2 million people. These data showed that over 310,000 deaths were associated with COVID-19, placing it third among the leading causes of death in 2020. According to the mathematicians, there was enough distance between the number of U.S. deaths caused by cancer (the second leading cause of death in 2019) and those caused by unintentional injuries (the fourth leading cause of mortality in 2019) to conclude that COVID-19 fell at number three on the list in 2020. Heart disease was still the leading cause of death in the United States. During the week of December 5, researchers at the University of Washington said COVID-19 had actually surpassed ischemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in America that week, reported NBC News.

Most Women Who “Go Flat” After Mastectomy Feel Good About the Choice
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For the survey, UCLA researchers asked 931 women who had a mastectomy without undergoing breast reconstruction to assess the motivating factors for forgoing the procedure. The researchers also measured whether surgeons provided them with sufficient information and support for going flat. Women who experienced this kind of resistance tended to be less satisfied with their decision, the study found. Women who choose to go flat should be supported by their treatment team and not treated as if they aren’t concerned about their post-surgery appearance. “This study is an important first strike at dismantling the (often unconscious) patterns of paternalism and misogyny that have festered—unseen and unexamined—in breast cancer care for decades,” she told Cancer Health.

Screening Rates for Lung Cancer Lower Than Previously Shown
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Compared with findings from previous studies, fewer people are heeding lung cancer screening advice, according to findings recently published in JAMA Network Open. “We found that periodic screening rates for lung cancer were much lower—55% in our overall pooled analysis—than the rates reported in clinical trials,” Maria Lopez-Olivo, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and colleagues wrote. The researchers looked at adherence rates for lung cancer screening in the United States, traits of people who adhered to screening and diagnostic testing rates following screening. Across all studies, the adherence rate for lung cancer screening varied between 12% and 91%, which the researchers attributed to differences in the eligibility criteria used. The pooled lung cancer screening adherence rate was 55% for follow-up periods ranging from 12 to 36 months.

Your Genes May Determine Whether You Favor Certain Foods Over Others
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Now, new findings published in the journal Nature Human Behavior suggest that individuals’ predilection for different types of foods may be linked to their genetics, CNN reports. Scientists sought to find any evidence that might link people’s food preferences to specific genetic markers. Researchers found genetic links for 13 dietary habits, including consumption of alcohol, other drinks and foods, as well as human diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Nine gene locations were associated with the consumption of coffee, tea, alcohol, yogurt, cheese, fermented soybeans, tofu, fish, vegetables and meat. Because only Japanese natives were studied, experts said the genetic variations associated with food preferences might be different among other populations around the world.

Democrats' Push to Impeach Donald Trump Puts Joe Biden in a Bind
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Less than a week after President Trump incited a violent insurrection at the Capitol that sent hundreds of lawmakers into hiding and left five people dead, House Democrats are preparing to impeach him for the second time in 13 months. Dodd thinks an impeachment push at this moment would rally the GOP around Trump. Without even mentioning impeachment, Biden has said that he wants Congress to “hit the ground running” on legislation mitigating the health and economic crises paralyzing the country. Experts on both sides of the aisle believe Democrats can build a strong legal case for impeachment. A conviction in the Senate would require 67 votes, meaning least 17 Senate Republicans would need to join Democrats in voting to remove Trump from office.

Sex and the City Is Nothing Without Samantha Jones
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And just like that, Sex and the City is back. Well, all of them except for Kim Cattrall‘s Samantha Jones; in recent years, as rumors swirled of discord between the actor and her cast mates, Cattrall has said she’s done with the franchise. (Suggestions ranged from the dilettante purse designer played by Jennifer Coolidge in the original series to Leslie Jones, who seemed to have Samantha confused with Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But trust that I am dead serious when I insist that—whether you call it And Just Like That or 2 Sex 2 City or Governor Miranda Hobbes—there’s no classic show to resurrect without Samantha. To have any chance of relevance in 2021, Sex and the City would need to lean hard on 60-year-old Samantha Jones as she navigated the increasingly app-based, gender-fluid, kink-savvy dating scene she helped to bring about.

How $10M From Drugmaker Gilead Sciences Promotes Racial Equity
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A series of new grants totaling $10 million aims to address this challenge by supporting organizations that promote racial equity and social justice. Gilead Sciences, perhaps best known for its line of HIV drugs, awarded a total of $10 million in grants to 20 organizations as part of its newly launched Racial Equity Community Impact Fund, according to an announcement by Gilead. Groups that organize and mobilize communities to join the quest for racial equity and social justice, working toward an equitable distribution of resources for Black communities. “The Racial Equity Community Impact Fund will provide resources to groups that are working on the front lines to combat social inequities directly impacting the health and wellness of the Black community. And for a collection of articles about COVID-19 and the Black community, click Real Health’s tag #COVID-19.

Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Death Inspires Bill for ‘Cultural Awareness’ Training
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So she’s drafting a bill that would require cultural awareness training for the state’s health care professionals. In addition to an internal review, IU Health CEO Dennis Murphy said in a statement that outside experts will examine her complaints. She says Black women like Moore—even in her death—have been essential for speaking out on health disparities. “As Black women, we tend to really just continue to be disrespected, devalued, dismissed,” she says. How do we start living the life we deserve?”This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.

The U.S. Capitol Riot Was Years in the Making. Here's Why America Is So Divided
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There is no advanced industrial democracy in the world more politically divided, or politically dysfunctional, than the United States today. The Capitol riot was not just years in the making, but decades. That has manifested itself both in politics—see redistricting and voter suppression schemes—as well as the violence we witnessed at the Capitol. Years in the making, these feelings of resentment hit a fever pitch in the Trump years, culminating in last week’s deadly riot. The same tech companies that power our modern world have also brought a revolution in our media consumption.

FDA Approves Cabenuva, the First Complete Long-Acting Injectable HIV Treatment
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On January 21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first complete injectable HIV treatment regimen that does not require daily pills. They were randomly assigned to either stay on their current oral regimen or switch to Cabenuva injections after an oral lead-in. Reasons included greater convenience, having to think about HIV treatment only 12 times a year and not having pill bottles that could reveal their HIV status to others. Once-monthly Cabenuva for HIV treatment was first approved in Canada in March 2020. “Cabenuva once-monthly injections showed comparable efficacy to daily oral antiretroviral treatment in maintaining viral suppression—a first in the treatment paradigm.”Click here for full prescribing information for Cabenuva.

Dangerous Disparities in Canada for Life-Saving Cancer Screening
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“We already have high-quality evidence showing that recommended cancer screening saves lives. “These findings show we need more measures to eliminate socioeconomic-related health disparities in our communities, even where healthcare is publicly funded. The most powerful intervention to improve screening rates would be to invest more in primary care and make sure every individual is linked to a family physician who can track their adherence to recommended screening tests.”Abdel-Rahman looked at self-reported data for 99,820 people eligible for colorectal cancer screening, 59,724 people eligible for breast cancer screening, and 46,767 in the cervical cancer screening cohort, based on Canadian guidelines from 2007 through 2016. “Colorectal cancer screening had the lowest compliance with over a third reporting not being screened. Complimentary access to “Patterns and Trend of Cancer Screening in Canada; Results from a Contemporary National Survey” is available until April 10, 2021.

Certain Changes in Children’s Physical Health Linked to Mental Illness as Adults
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Among those in the group with consistently high BMI during childhood and adolescence, researchers noted no greater risk of depression in adulthood. Researchers warned that these physical health measures alone cannot foretell the probability that a child will develop these mental disorders in adulthood. “These findings are an important reminder that all young people presenting with mental health problems should be offered a full and comprehensive assessment of their physical health in tandem with their mental health,” said Benjamin Perry, a PhD research fellow in Cambridge’s Department of Psychiatry and the study’s first author. Next, researchers plan to determine why consistently high blood sugar levels during childhood heighten an individual’s psychosis risk in adulthood. For related coverage, read \"Can Chronic Illness Lead to Mental Health Problems for Kids?\"

Wuhan One Year After Lockdown
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But when she arrived in Wuhan on Feb. 8, 2020, she saw panic on the tear-streaked faces of her team members. Liu was charged with setting up a field hospital for COVID-19 patients outside Tongji Hospital in Wuhan. The city of 11 million had been sealed since Jan. 23 in an unprecedented lockdown that was to last 76 days. As Wuhan marks the first anniversary of its unprecedented lockdown, the city’s experiences are the cause of both hope and caution as the virus again takes hold in the country where it was first discovered. Nevertheless, one year after the start of the Wuhan lockdown, officials must be nervous.

Celebrating the Gift of COVID-19 Vaccines
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Celebrating the Gift of COVID-19 VaccinesPosted on December 22nd, 2020 by Dr. Francis CollinsCredit: NIHThe winter holidays are traditionally a time of gift-giving. As fatiguing as 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have been, science has stepped up this year to provide humankind with a pair of truly hopeful gifts: the first two COVID-19 vaccines. And the accomplishments don’t end there—several other types of COVID-19 vaccines are also on the way. Unfortunately, the gift of COVID-19 vaccines comes too late for the more than 313,000 Americans who have died from complications of COVID-19, and many others who’ve had their lives disrupted and may have to contend with long-term health consequences related to COVID-19. When your chance for immunization comes, please roll up your sleeve and accept the potentially life-saving gift of a COVID-19 vaccine.

X-Ray Diffraction: Still Beautiful After All These Years
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X-Ray Diffraction: Still Beautiful After All These YearsPosted on December 14th, 2012 by Dr. Francis CollinsThis year marks the 100th anniversary of X-ray diffraction technology. More than 85% of the protein structures we know today have been determined via this method. For more information about x-ray diffraction, I recommend Structural Biology Fact Sheet and The Structures of Life: X-ray Crystallography. Here you see the X-ray diffraction image that James Watson and Francis Crick used to decipher the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. After which famous scientist, responsible for the image used by Watson and Crick, is my guitar named?

Has an Alternative to Table Sugar Contributed to the C. Diff. Epidemic?
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Has an Alternative to Table Sugar Contributed to the C. Diff. And that’s not all: a diet containing trehalose significantly increased the severity of symptoms in a mouse model of C. diff. C. diff is a common bacterium that many people already have in their gut. These drugs can upset the normal balance of healthy gut microbes, and because C. diff. This shows the two C. diff strains have adapted to feed on trehalose in two completely different ways!

HeLa Cells: A New Chapter in An Enduring Story
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HeLa Cells: A New Chapter in An Enduring StoryPosted on August 7th, 2013 by Dr. Francis CollinsOne of the first things a biomedical researcher learns is that it’s very hard to grow most human cells in the lab for an extended period. These “HeLa” cells had an amazing property not seen before: they could be grown continuously in laboratory conditions. That’s right, the HeLa cell lines were perpetual, everlasting, death-defying, or whatever other word you want to use to describe immortal. HeLa cells have been used to explore the complex processes involved in the growth, differentiation, and death of cells—processes that underlie a vast array of human diseases. Their generosity extends to the millions of people who have benefited, or will benefit in the future, from research using HeLa cells.

Why the Capitol Attack Makes Holocaust Remembrance Day Vital
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To scholars of the history of anti-Semitism and Holocaust history, however, the anti-Semitism on display was shocking, but not new. More than 75 years after the end of World War II, the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill attack became the latest reminder of how Nazi ideas still endure. What is the significance of the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill as we approach International Holocaust Remembrance Day? This is why we need a Holocaust Remembrance Day because these battles are constantly being waged over and over again. They went off to [World War II] simply because Japan bombed us.

Watch Jill Biden Talk Cancer and COVID-19 at an HIV and LGBTQ Clinic
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Two days after the presidential inauguration, First Lady Jill Biden shone the national spotlight on cancer prevention and COVID-19 by discussing health care issues as she toured one of the sites of Whitman-Walker Health, which provides wellness and health services to the LGBTQ and HIV communities in Washington, DC. Biden was joined by Naseema Shafi, the CEO of Whitman-Walker Health, and Kim Thiboldeaux, the CEO of Cancer Support Community. 1 priority at this moment.”Why tour an LGBTQ-focused health clinic to discuss cancer and COVID-19? Each year, Whitman-Walker Health provides about 12,000 cancer screenings—including on-site colonoscopies, which results in fewer referrals, Shafi said. Whitman-Walker Health, through its several DC locations, aims to “provide stigma-free care to anyone who walks through our doors.

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