U.S. to Buy $1 Billion Worth of Rapid COVID Tests | Health News

By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster, HealthDay Reporter


WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that it plans to purchase $1 billion worth of rapid, at-home coronavirus tests and take other actions to quadruple the number of tests available to Americans by December.

By the end of the year, the number of at-home tests should increase to 200 million a month, according to the White House, which will also expand the number of pharmacies in the federal government’s free testing program to 20,000, an administration official told the Washington Post.

Increasing access to

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What’s the Best Diet for Runners? Nutrition Tips and More

Before you grocery shop for optimal foods for running, it’s important to know the science behind them.

The three macronutrients important for your overall diet are:

Along with this, eating a diverse diet will ensure you’re also obtaining micronutrients and antioxidants, which play a key role in muscle function and recovery.


Carbohydrates are the body’s main energy source and are critical for long-distance running.

When you consume them, your body breaks down dietary carbohydrates into their simplest form, the sugar glucose.

Glucose is a vital energy source for humans. This is because your body needs it to produce the

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Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology Curbed Using Aromatic Compound in Basil

Scientists at the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) have discovered a new mechanism that helps neurons sense signals from the gut microbiome. The finding explains how fenchol—a natural compound found in basil and other plants—reduces Alzheimer’s disease-associated neurotoxicity in cell culture and in animal models.

The preclinical study was reported in the article, “Activation of Microbiota Sensing-Free Fatty Acid Receptor 2 Signaling Ameliorates Amyloid-β Induced Neurotoxicity by Modulating Proteolysis-Senescence Axis,” published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Beneficial bacteria in our gut are known to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) as a byproduct of

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Don’t panic, GOC tells Lagosians as Army flags off Exercise Still Water

By Evelyn Usman

THE 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, yesterday, flagged off the Exercise Still Water in Lagos, designed to curtail activities of militants, armed robbers, cultists and other forms of criminality in the state.

To this effect, a 24-hour joint Military patrol will be witnessed in Lagos between October 4, and December 23, 2021.

Flagging off the exercise at the Digital Bridge Institute, Oshodi, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu, said: “The essence of Exercise Still Water, formerly known as Exercise Crocodile Smile, is to practice what we have been learning in our

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New analysis of 118 studies conducted over 30 years could help refine, improve food labelling policies — ScienceDaily

A new analysis has integrated findings from 134 studies of the impact of color-coded nutrition labels and warnings found on the front of some food packaging, indicating that these labels do indeed appear to encourage more healthful purchases. Jing Song of Queen Mary University of London, UK, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine.

Some countries have introduced mandatory front-of-package labeling in hope of improving people’s diets and reducing the burden of diseases associated with poor diets. These labels may employ color coding to indicate nutrition, or they may warn consumers about unhealthful features of products.

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Ananya Panday kicks off the week with Yoga headstand, here’s why you should too | Health

By Zarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Marking her return to Yoga this Monday, Bollywood actor Ananya Panday was seen sweating it out in a Pilates studio with a variation to Shirshasana or Yoga’s headstand. Her Yoga and wellness trainer, Anshuka Parwani, gave a sneak-peek of her workout session that inspired fans and fitness enthusiasts to roll out their Yoga mats already.

Taking to her social media handle, Anshuka shared a picture, featuring Ananya in a white sports bra teamed with a pair of pink and peach shaded short tights. Kneeling on a Yoga mat spread on the floor, Ananya stood completely

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Praising the role of community health workers in COVID-19 response

By Anne Blythe

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, a Duke physician who has elevated Latino voices from humble lunch tables to halls of power throughout the coronavirus pandemic, testified before members of the U.S. Congress in late September about one of the silver linings from the past 18 months.

Community health workers.

Known as “promotores de salud” in Spanish, and widely deployed throughout Latin America, community health workers are the trained people who go into neighborhoods and workplaces to deliver crucial public health information. They have helped increase vaccination rates, guided parents and children to critical COVID testing, and provided a

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The role of diet in the rise of modern shark communities — ScienceDaily

The availability of prey and the ability to adapt to changing environments played key roles in the evolution of sharks. A new study, in which over 3,000 shark teeth were analysed, provides new insight into how modern shark communities were established. The results are published in the journal Current Biology.

The new research investigated the diversity of shark teeth from the final stages of the Mesozoic (approximately 80 million years ago) to the present day. In particular, it sought to understand why there are only 15 species of mackerel sharks living today (scientific name: Lamniformes), whereas there are more than

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Huntington’s Disease Effects Detected in First Two Weeks of Embryonic Development

Huntington’s disease (HD) was the first neurological disorder to be linked to a mutation in a single gene—a discovery made more than 25 years ago. However, neither the pathogenic mechanisms leading to neurodegeneration nor the normal functions of huntingtin (HTT) are well understood. In addition, no therapy exists to treat or slow the progression of the disease—a fatal condition involving the death of brain cells.

HD typically strikes people in midlife. But new findings suggest the disease process starts decades earlier. Although symptoms emerge in adulthood, researchers have been able to detect the earliest effects of Huntington’s in the first

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Insecurity: Army launches exercise Golden Dawn in South-East

In view of the rising security challenges in the South-East zone, the Nigerian Army, on Monday flagged-off ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’.

The new military operation was flagged-off by the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, who was on a visit to the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu.

The Army Chief said similar exercises took off simultaneously in other zones of the country, noting that they were borne out of the need to combat emerging security challenges.

He said while Exercise Golden Dawn is for the South-East, South-South and parts of South West will experience Exercise Still

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