Weekly Health Digest: Seasonal Flu Shot, Wearable for Alzheimer’s, Cholesterol-lowering Drug, COVID-19 Quarantine, Exercise Nutrition

This season’s flu shot 45 percent effective, an improvement over last season’s vaccine By: Erika Edwards The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the overall effectiveness of the influenza vaccine this season is 45%. Experts say, however, that this number may change as we are still currently in the middle of our flu season…

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Weekly Health Digest: Relevance of the Film Contagion, Widespread Flu, Reducing Stress, Loneliness

A summary of important health news from the past week. The 2011 film Contagion is even more relevant in 2020, and not just because of coronavirus By: Alissa Wilkinson Remember the 2011 film Contagion? It’s not surprising you don’t. When it came out, the film was lauded for its accurate, scientific depiction of how the…

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Weekly Health Digest: Coronavirus, Healthcare Tech, Surgeon General’s Warning, Kids and Cooking Shows

A summary of important health news from the past week Coronavirus explained: What you need to know By Jen Christensen and Meera Senthilingam The current Chinese coronavirus, similar to the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since its initial outbreak in December. While not much is known about the virus, it is known that it causes…

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Weekly Health Digest: Once a Month Birth Control Pill, Hair Chemicals Increase Cancer Risk, Vaping, and Sickle Cell

A summary of important health news from the past week Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill in tests By: Michelle Roberts A team of researchers funded by the Gates Foundation have started testing a once a month oral contraceptive pill on pigs. The pill is designed “to resist immediate attack by stomach acid.” It slowly releases pregnancy…

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Weekly Health Digest: Better Flu Vaccine, Reversal of Life Expectancy Trends, Fire Related Power Outages, and More

Photo by Michael Held on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week Building a better flu vaccine — one you don’t have to get every year By: Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield The effectiveness of the current flu shot depends on how accurate scientists are at predicting what strains should be targeted every year.…

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Weekly Health Digest: Improving Campus Mental Health, Samoa Measles Outbreak, Poor Diabetes Care, and Mosquito Interventions

Photo by Егор Камелев on Unsplash A summary of important health news from the past week UT Health Services Center hosts summit to improve campus mental health By: Joseph Choi On November 22, 2019, faculty and staff from University of Tennessee campuses gathered for the 2019 Academic and Student Affairs Summit to discuss prevention of worsening mental health…

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Weekly Health Digest: Google and “Legal” Health Data, Hidden Hunger, Cardiac Arrest, and Insulin Shortages

A summary of important health news from the past week Google Is Slurping Up Health Data—and It Looks Totally Legal By: Gregory Barber and Megan Molteni Current health privacy laws allow tech giants, like Google, access to our personal medical information. Google’s discreet partnership with Ascension, the second largest health system, was revealed recently. This…

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Weekly Health Digest: Measles Impact on Immune System, Contaminated Stool Kills Patient, Brain Aging, and More

A summary of important health news from the past week Measles makes body ‘forget’ how to fight infection By James Gallagher Several studies on unvaccinated individuals have shown that measles has an immense impact on the immune system. It has been shown that the measles virus attacks our B-cells, a type of immune cell that…

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Weekly Health Digest: Stressful Pregnancies, Eradication of 2 out of 3 Types of Polio, Sugary Drink Ban

A summary of important health news from the past week A stressful pregnancy reduces the chances of having a boy, a study shows By: Sandee LaMotte Pregnancies with boys are more vulnerable in utero to mishaps and a recent study, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of…

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