Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health

Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

by James Paidoussis, Cronkite News Sunday, February 21, 2021 Phoenix     Nearly a year of isolation and widespread closures has harmed the mental and physical health of many Americans. But Arizona state parks saw record visitation over…

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Posted in Coronavirus Hospitals

Dying on the waitlist

In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.  by David Armstrong and Marshall Allen Thursday, February 18, 2021 In early December, Miguel…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News

Vaccination disarray leaves seniors confused about when they can get a shot

In Arizona, “it’s up to each county to come up and execute a plan for vaccine distribution,” said Dana Kennedy, state director of AARP Arizona. by Judith Graham Thursday, January 14, 2021 For weeks, doctors’ phones…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Health

How COVID-19 hollowed out a generation of young black men

They were pillars of their communities and families, and they are not replaceable. To understand why COVID-19 killed so many young Black men, you need to know the legend of John Henry. by Akilah Johnson and…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here’s what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Wildfire smoke is far more complex and dynamic than meets the eye. It contains thousands of different compounds, most of which are molecules containing various amounts of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen atoms. by Brett B….

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health

Vaccinating Black Americans is essential. Key states aren’t doing the work to combat hesitancy

States and the federal government also don’t reliably collect data so we won’t have a good idea of whether the vaccine is reaching these critical populations. by Caroline Chen, Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders Though African…

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Posted in Accountability Health Care Investigations

This system Is supposed to protect people with developmental disabilities. It is falling apart.

Arizona’s Independent Oversight Committees helped make it one of the best places to live as a person with DD. But now they say the state isn’t giving them what they need. by Amy Silverman for Arizona…

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Posted in Investigations News Pro Publica Town Hall

Join us for an event about our investigation into Arizona’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services

Hear from people featured in our investigation into services for people with developmental disabilities living in Arizona, at a free, virtual event on Dec. 16. The event will also feature people who were instrumental in making…

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Posted in Analysis Safety Net Unemployment

Shoplifting of essentials on rise as millions struggle to feed families

“This state of austerity is an artificial cruelty designed to redistribute wealth, enrich the obscenely wealthy, and keep us under the thumb of employers and politicians.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 10, 2020 With…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance Private Insurance

Think your health care is covered? Beware of the ‘junk’ insurance plan

  by Michelle Andrews December 4, 2020 Looking back, Sam Bloechl knows that when the health insurance broker who was helping him find a plan asked whether he’d ever been diagnosed with a major illness, that…

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Posted in Aging Coronavirus Health The Conversation

These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19

Staying active can be challenging, as many older adults are remaining at home most, if not all, of the time to avoid the novel coronavirus. As a result, the very changes in lifestyle that keep people…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Take it from an expert: Fauci’s hierarchy of safety during COVID

Elisabeth Rosenthal Thursday, November 19, 2020 As a health journalist, a physician and a former foreign correspondent who lived through SARS in Beijing, I often get questions from friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know…

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Posted in Aging Analysis Kaiser Health News Safety Net

Starving Seniors: how America fails to feed its aging

Millions of seniors across the country quietly go hungry as the safety net designed to catch them frays. Nearly 8% of Americans 60 and older were “food insecure” in 2017. Laura Ungar and Trudy Lieberman September…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine

Clots, strokes and rashes: is COVID a disease of the blood vessels?

by Will Stone Friday, November 13, 2020 Whether it’s strange rashes on the toes or blood clots in the brain, the widespread ravages of COVID-19 have increasingly led researchers to focus on how the novel coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness

More than half of the 52 patients in the study tested positive for autoantibodies. In patients with the highest levels of c-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) in the blood, more than two-thirds displayed evidence that…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health News The Conversation

An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

Despite the change, most public health professionals have been clear for months that there is nothing magic about six feet. In the same way, there is nothing magic about 15 minutes. These should be used as…

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Posted in Analysis Censored News Environment Oceans Radiation Water

Greenpeace warns of ‘Potential Damage to Human DNA’ at risk with Japan’s plan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into ocean

“The policy of the Japanese government to dump nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean is not based on scientific or environmental protection principles and has no justification.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, October 23 Greenpeace…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Race for the White House 2020

Trump White House embraces ‘fringe’ declaration pushing herd immunity

“It’s being presented as if it’s a major alternative view that’s held by large numbers of experts in the scientific community. That is not true.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Public health experts…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Ro Khanna says Democrats have ‘moral obligation’ to pursue deal with White House on Covid relief

‘People Are Suffering’ “We are the party that stands for the working poor,” said the California Democrat. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 Still alone among progressive members of Congress in publicly urging House…

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Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on May 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams News Politics Public Policy

Senator demands HHS official Michael Caputo be fired for deranged ‘sedition’ rant against CDC scientists

The former Trump campaign aide-turned-federal official baselessly claimed “there are hit squads being trained all over this country” to prevent the president from winning reelection. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Sen. Patty Murray…

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New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Wild Fire

The Climate Crisis is happening right now. Just look at California’s weekend.

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. ProPublica reporter Elizabeth Weil spoke to former California Gov. Jerry Brown about the state’s converging apocalypses. by Elizabeth Weil Wednesday, September 9 Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes…

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Rodney Lavalais holds a photo of his mother, Sarah Johnson, outside her New Orleans home. (Kathleen Flynn/ProPublica)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

Sent home to die

In New Orleans, hospitals sent patients infected with the coronavirus into hospice facilities or back to their families to die at home, in some cases discontinuing treatment even as relatives begged them to keep trying. by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk

After months of asserting pregnant women were not at high risk for the coronavirus, the CDC recently released a study with sobering findings for expectant mothers. Experts say the data gaps are almost as worrisome as…

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