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HIV Care May Have Slipped During the Pandemic

HIV care suffered setbacks during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Black patients may have been disproportionately affected, according to an analysis by tech company Komodo Health. The company analyzed insurance claims and reported drops in HIV screening, new diagnoses, and new preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions, as well as changes in PrEP adherence. …

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Thigh Muscle Fat Predicts Risk of Developing Heart Failure

A higher level of intramuscular fat infiltration in the thighs was associated with a higher risk of developing heart failure, in a new study. The association was independent of other cardiometabolic risk factors and measures of adiposity such as body mass index. The observation raises the possibility of new avenues of research aimed at modifying …

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A Viral Reprise: When COVID-19 Strikes Again and Again

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. For New York musician Erica Mancini, COVID-19 made repeat performances. March 2020. Last December. And again this May. “I’m bummed to know that I might forever just get infected,” said the 31-year-old singer, who is vaccinated and boosted. “I don’t want …

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Race Drives Disparities in Life Expectancy Across States

Life expectancy in the United States plateaued in recent years, and persistent racial disparities vary by state, according to an analysis of death records and Census data from 1990 to 2019. “Life expectancy is an important measure of the health of the entire population,” corresponding author Gregory Roth, MD, a cardiologist at the University of …

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Nurse Who Won't Give Viagra to White Conservative Men Resigns

An Illinois advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who vowed on Twitter she would refuse to prescribe Viagra (sildenafil) to white Conservative male patients resigned the day after her now viral post. BREAKING: Registered nurse Shawna Harris, who said she prescribes meds based on the political affiliation of her patients, has resigned. https://t.co/5MZRttNtzt — Libs of …

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Immigration Status Does Not Affect Depression-Diabetes Link

Immigration status does not modify the bidirectional association between diabetes and depression, new data suggest. In a retrospective cohort study that included almost 43,000 participants, depression was associated with an increased risk for diabetes in nonimmigrants (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 1.39) and immigrants (adjusted OR, 1.60). “The lack of effect modification by immigration status in …

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Children With Migraine at Risk of Comorbid Anxiety, Depression

Children and adolescents with migraine are about twice as likely to have an anxiety or depressive disorder as those without migraine, results from a new review and meta-analysis suggest. Dr Serena Orr “This is compelling, high-level evidence showing there’s this established comorbidity between migraine and anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders in this age group,” …

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Alabama Cites Roe Decision in Call to Ban Transgender Healthcare

Alabama urged a federal court on Tuesday to drop its block on the state’s ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth, citing the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said the high court ruled that abortion isn’t protected under the 14th Amendment because it’s not “deeply rooted” …

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Losing weight can double your sperm count and improve fertility

By UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN – THE FACULTY OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES Obese men can double their sperm count Men all throughout the globe are experiencing declining semen quality, which is commonly referred to as an outright fertility crisis. However, there may be some good news for some of the males who are having difficulties. Researchers …

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Massive meat rendering facility with robotics, AI systems and railroad offloading integration raises eyebrows

(Natural News) A massive meat rendering facility is due to begin construction in Rapid City, South Dakota next year, with plans for its completion by 2026. The $1.1 billion facility is known as the, “Western Legacy Development Corporation,” and it promises to bring large-scale production to the beef industry, rendering an estimated 8,000 cattle per …

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