What Is Shrinkflation? The Sneaky Way Manufacturers Are Raising Prices

Tweet Edgar Dworsky, consumer activist, Somerville, MA. News release, Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 13, 2021. Business Insider: “Take a look at how companies hide rising costs by shrinking the size of everyday products, from toilet paper to candy bars.” Feeding America: “The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity in 2020 2021.” Craig Gundersen, PhD, ACES distinguished professor, Department...
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Poll: Half of U.S. Adults Uncomfortable Seeing Unvaccinated Doctor

Tweet WebMD/Medscape polls, July 8-9, 2021, July 7-18, 2021.  Article source: https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210728/poll-half-of-us-adults-uncomfortable-seeing-unvaccinated-doctor?src=RSS_PUBLIC
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Pfizer Vaccine Protection Wanes After 6 Months Study Finds

Tweet July 28, 2021 – Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine continues to show strong protection against serious illness and hospitalization after 6 months, but overall protection against the virus appears to wane after a half a year, according to a new study. The July 28, 2021, pre-print report of the study, which has not been peer-reviewed, suggests a gradual “declining trend in vaccine efficacy”...
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Simone Biles Withdraws From Olympic Team Competition

Tweet July 27, 2021 — American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympics finals in the team competition on Tuesday and said she was dealing with mental health issues. After the U.S. women won the silver medal, finishing second to the Russian Olympic Committee team, Biles said she was withdrawing to “focus on my well being.” “There’s more to life than just gymnastics,”...
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High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

Tweet “I think patients should be aware that ACE inhibitors can cause cough and angioedema, and if you develop those symptoms, tell your primary care provider,” Lawrence said. But, like Hripcsak, he said that patients who are faring well with an ACE inhibitor have no reason to make a change. More information The American Heart Association has advice on managing high blood pressure. SOURCES:...
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Poll: Minorities Less Comfortable Discussing Sensitive Issues With a Doctor

Tweet American Heart Association: “Heart and Stroke Risk Factors Inadequately Treated in Hispanic Stroke Survivors.” BuzzFeed News: “A Viral TikTok is Sparking a Conversation About Racial Bias Against Black People in Healthcare.” CDC: “Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Information.” David L. Hill, MD, hospitalist pediatrician, Goldsboro Pediatrics. Jennifer Lincoln, MD,...
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Should Deferrals Be Lifted for Gay Blood Donors?

Tweet Brian Custer, PhD, vice president of research and scientific programs, Vitalant Research Institute, San Francisco; adjunct professor of laboratory medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer, GLAAD. JoeBiden.com: “The Biden Plan to Advance LGBTQ+ Equality in America and Around the World.” AdvanceStudy.org. NHS Blood and Transplant:...
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Study Identifies Racial Differences in Patient Safety in Hospitals

Tweet Urban Institute: “Do Black and White Patients Experience Similar Rates of Adverse Safety Events at the Same Hospital?” Shannon Welch, senior director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Article source: https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20210726/racial-differences-patient-safety-hospitals?src=RSS_PUBLIC
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Most Unvaccinated Americans Want to Stay That Way: Poll

Tweet MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Eight in 10 American adults who haven’t received a COVID-19 shot say they are unlikely to get one, a new survey shows. The results mean “that there will be more preventable cases, more preventable hospitalizations and more preventable deaths,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,...
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Why Exercise Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Tweet National Institutes of Health: “Physical activity and motor ability associated with better cognition in older adults, even with dementia.” Wendy Suzuki, professor of neuroscience and psychology, New York University Center for Neural Science. Neurology: “Midlife cardiovascular fitness and dementia: A 44-year longitudinal population study in women.” The New...
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