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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The role of social media

Worldwide, statistics suggest mental health has declined since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Is social media partly to blame?

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What are the links between mental health status and social media use during the pandemic? We investigate. Image credit: Koukichi Takahashi/EyeEm/Getty Images

On a global scale, social media can be a way for people to gather information, share ideas, and reach out to others facing similar challenges. It can also be an effective platform to relay information quickly during a national or worldwide crisis.

This global reach is what has made social media a critical communication platform

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FederSalus in deal looking at supplements’ role in nutrition

Announced this week, FederSalus says the partnership is, ‘a natural and necessary step to accelerate the change in the approach to people’s health, which promises an active rather than reactive attitude.’

The Association adds it recognises the role of primary prevention and the nutraceutical sector that is increasingly being recognised as key to maintaining individual well-being.

“FederSalus and the Giovanni Lorenzini Foundation are perfectly aware of the strong potential of the nutraceutical , probiotic and other sectors,”​ the association says, “and the contribution that products such as food supplements can make to drive this transformation.”

The agreement

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Valerie Bertinelli Speaks Out Against Criticism of Her Past Jenny Craig Spokesperson Role

  • Valerie Bertinelli is responding to criticism of her work as a Jenny Craig spokesperson in the 2010s.
  • The criticism comes after the former Hot in Cleveland and One Day at a Time actress posted an emotional Instagram video last week responding to body-shaming comments about her weight.
  • “I have been buying into the diet industry my whole life and then I became part of the problem, so here I am today receiving the karma of my actions,” she shared in a response on Twitter.

    Editors’ Note: This article contains discussion of weight loss, and mentions calories, pounds, and/or other terms

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    Do plant-based and fish diets play a role?

    • A new small study finds a link between plant-based and pescatarian diets and milder cases of COVID-19.
    • The study is based on the experiences of doctors and nurses with heavy exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
    • People whose diet is plant- or fish-based had a significantly lower risk of developing severe COVID-19.

    For some people, COVID-19 is a life threatening illness, while for others, it is little more than a short-term annoyance. To some extent, this is a function of an individual’s comorbidities. However, why SARS-CoV-2 manifests so differently in different people remains a mystery.

    Some research has indicated that this may have

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