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Alabama Hospitals Preparing For Possible Second Wave of COVID-19

Hospitals across Alabama are bracing for a second wave of COVID-19 cases. Those who monitor our hospitals say we are in good shape when it comes bed capacity. However, there is still a real fear that COVID-19 cases could come roaring back.

Dr. Don Williamson, Director of the Alabama Hospital Association, says the fear is real.

“I fear, looking at the numbers, we are beginning to see a real increase in both the number of new cases diagnosed on a weekly basis and an increase in hospitalizations,” said Williamson.

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Study Finds Health Systems, Government Responses Linked To Coronavirus Tolls

BERLIN, Germany — Scientists say a comparison of 21 developed countries during the start of the coronavirus pandemic shows that those with early lockdowns and well-prepared national health systems avoided large numbers of additional deaths due to the outbreak.

In a study published Wednesday by the journal Nature Medicine, researchers used the number of weekly deaths in 19 European countries, New Zealand and Australia over the past decade to estimate how many people would have died from mid-February to May 2020 had the pandemic not happened.

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Working From Home: Building Relationships and Healthy Habits

Since mid-March, home has taken on a new role in many of our lives. It has become the office, school and primary entertainment source during the pandemic. And with Gov. Mike DeWine advising 50,000 state employees to expect to work from home through the end of the year, and many large corporations following suit, it looks like the atypical work-life balance will stay this way for the unforeseeable future.

On top of working 40+ hours per week, employees are also supervising online or hybrid school for their children and in some cases, taking care of an elderly parent. If people aren’t aware of how to monitor everyone’s mental health in the household, they could face much bigger challenges than looking good on a Zoom call.

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The Social Dilemma: What Can The Biotech Industry Learn From The Failures Of The Social Media Industry?

By now, we’re all aware that Big Tech has a problem. Social media giants in particular, like Facebook and Twitter, were originally intended to connect people online. But instead, the rise of hate speech, political extremism, and a fundamental distrust of science and facts has become a painful example of how our best intentions can go awry. So, what does this mean for Big Biotech? Social media has shaken our world with words and images. If the same failings were to occur in the biotech industry, the consequences could be unimaginable.

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LA County Board of Supervisors To Investigate COVID-19 Safety of Fast-Food Workers

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Responding to allegations by union leaders that workers at a Boyle Heights McDonald’s were fired for raising COVID-19 safety concerns, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to investigate and examine working conditions across the fast-food industry.

Supervisor Hilda Solis authored a motion calling for public health workers to look into complaints by alleged whistleblowers.

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US Pharma Company Eli Lilly Pauses Trial of Antibody Drug Trump Touted As COVID-19 ‘Cure’

Eli Lilly and Co said on Tuesday (US time) that the government-sponsored clinical trial of its COVID-19 antibody treatment similar to one taken by US President Donald Trump has been paused because of a safety concern.

Trump touted the Lilly drug, along with the antibody treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals that he received for his COVID-19, as tantamount to a cure in a video he posted last week.

The announcement comes one day after Johnson & Johnson said it was forced to pause a large high-profile trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine because a volunteer fell ill. J&J said it does not yet know if that person was given the vaccine or a placebo.

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St. Vincent’s Foundation Takes Holistic Approach To Breast Cancer Patient Care

Nearly seven years ago, Susan Sellers was offered the position as president of St. Vincent’s Foundation. “The next day I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.

As a patient who went through surgery and treatment, Sellers said she better understands those who face the disease and spends a lot of time in activities for survivors and patients currently undergoing treatment.

“These programs are important. Not only do they get great clinical care, but we try to make sure we’re nurturing the other parts of their being, physically, mentally and spiritually,” said Sellers, who was diagnosed after a mammogram.

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Here Are Minnesota’s New COVID-19 Guidelines For Visiting Nursing Homes

MDH said facilities with less COVID-19 transmission risk should allow in-person visits. Here’s what you need to know.

MINNESOTA, USA — On Monday, Minnesota health officials announced new visitation guidelines for nursing homes and other assisted living facilities.

The changes, which go into effect on Oct. 17, are in response to new federal guidance. MDH officials have said social isolation due to the pandemic is a big concern for people in assisted living, so balancing COVID-19 safety and residents’ mental wellbeing is a priority.

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Mental Health

A ‘Second Wave’ of Mental Health Devastation Due To Covid-19 is Imminent, Experts Say

While the world struggles to manage the initial waves of death and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is mounting evidence accumulating that “a second wave” linked to rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders could be building, according to an article published Monday in the medical journal JAMA.

“A second wave of devastation is imminent, attributable to mental health consequences of Covid-19,” wrote authors Dr. Naomi Simon, Dr. Glenn Saxe and Dr. Charles Marmar, all from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.
At Home Work Out

Health Matters: What is Lifestyle Medicine?

While it’s not a quick fix—doctors say, it can bring permanent results. “It does take a lot of effort. You have to bring your mind, your whole body and your whole heart into it and you have to be willing to make a commitment to changing things,” said Dr. Tatianna Pizzutto, a family medicine resident physician.

Lifestyle medicine is helping patients improve different areas of their health. “So from a medical perspective, we’re discussing how you sleep, your ability to eat healthy, exercise, whether you’re smoking and what your risk factors might be,” said Dr. Pizzutto.

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