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Study: COVID-19 vaccination rates among health care workers by immigrant background. A nation-wide registry study from Norway. Image Credit: Orpheus FX/ Shutterstock

Substantial differences in vaccination rates among immigrant health care workers in Norway

Earlier studies have shown that minority groups tend to have lower vaccination rates compared to the general population. A new preprint examined the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination rates among health care workers (HCWs) in Norway, according to immigrant background. Study: COVID-19 vaccination rates among health care workers by immigrant background. A nation-wide registry study …

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The checkup is in the mail? Soliciting letter carriers to help deliver health care

The checkup is in the mail? Soliciting letter carriers to help deliver health care

Two of America’s toughest problems can be tempered with one solution. The baby boom generation is graying, creating an ever-larger population of older people, many isolated, whose needs the nation is ill equipped to meet or even monitor. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service has gone $160 billion into debt, in part as digital communications have …

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COVID-19 may have had a greater impact on mental health of aging women with trauma histories

COVID-19 may have had a greater impact on mental health of aging women with trauma histories

Beyond the physical dangers of COVID-19, the pandemic has wreaked havoc mentally and emotionally. A new study suggests the pandemic may have had a greater impact on the mental health of women with a history of childhood abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV) than with women without such histories. Study results will be presented during …

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Research reveals how a year of change affected Californians' health

Research reveals how a year of change affected Californians’ health

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Although more Californians than ever had health insurance in 2020, disparities in access to health care among the state’s racial and ethnic groups was magnified during a year of unprecedented challenges and changes. Those are among the key findings of the latest California Health Interview Survey, which is conducted by the …

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Public health experts ‘flabbergasted’ that Biden still hasn’t picked an FDA chief

Public health experts ‘flabbergasted’ that Biden still hasn’t picked an FDA chief

President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis. The pandemic has taxed the FDA, an 18,000-person agency whose chiefs …

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What Nigerians told us about their mental health under COVID-19 lockdown

What Nigerians told us about their mental health under COVID-19 lockdown

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In Nigeria, mental illness is highly stigmatized and mental healthcare is not widely available. Resources, facilities and health staff are in short supply and disorders may not be well understood at the primary healthcare level. It’s been estimated that 80% of individuals with serious mental health needs in Nigeria cannot access …

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Systematic review focuses on women's health associated with menopausal hormone therapy

Systematic review focuses on women’s health associated with menopausal hormone therapy

Treatment with estrogen in menopause is both good and bad for women’s health. The picture is complex and the scientific evidence sometimes scanty or only moderately solid, a study shows. University of Gothenburg researchers took part. The study, now published in the journal PLOS Medicine, is a systematic review and critical analysis of previous research …

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Living with Alzheimer's: China's health time bomb

Living with Alzheimer’s: China’s health time bomb

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The first time Chen Shaohua went missing and was picked up by police, the 68-year-old’s family put it down to confusion. When he disappeared a second time, they realised he was deeply unwell—but it was already too late. “We missed the early signs,” daughter Chen Yuanyuan explained, adding: “For several years …

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Men, jobless and people with mental health diagnoses most vulnerable in 2020 overdose spike

Men, jobless and people with mental health diagnoses most vulnerable in 2020 overdose spike

Credit: CC0 Public Domain At the same time as COVID-19 has claimed more than 600,000 lives across the United States, drug overdose deaths across the nation reached unprecedented heights. Rhode Island has been particularly affected: In December 2020, the state had the highest rate in the country of COVID-19 cases and deaths relevant to population; …

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Shared language must be clear enough to help people working together in public health, experts say

Shared language must be clear enough to help people working together in public health, experts say

A large group of family medicine researchers, educators and clinicians propose a framework of definitions to clarify the similarities, differences and relationships between common terms used by those involved in population health, community health and public health. They write that shared language must be clear enough to help and not hinder people working together as …

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