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In a recent Viewpoint Column in the April 13 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, co-authors Carlos del Rio and Treeti Malani, both infectious disease specialists, discuss areas of continuing uncertainty about the coronavirus pandemic and review frequently asked questions.

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The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to avoid hand sanitizers from Mexico, which may contain a toxic form of alcohol. Some of these products use methanol or wood alcohol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin.

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In case people might be interested in some specifics about the New Zealand response and success rate against Covid-19 after reading my last column, here are some stats.

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A year after Covid-19 upended life for millions of Americans, there are troubling signs that the coronavirus may have also slowed progress against another deadly health threat: smoking.

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SUNRISE SUMMIT — Hampshire Memorial Hospital is bringing surgical care close to home with Dr. Javeed Khan, a general surgeon joining the Valley Health team and serving the Hampshire County community.

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CHARLESTON — More than 1,000 health professional students from colleges and universities across West Virginia have volunteered to administer vaccines in coordination with local health departments and community health partners. 

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Some folks are seemingly obsessed with bargain hunting or extreme couponing. Assumed to be a habit copied from parents, a new study published in The Journal of the Association for Consumer Research suggests there might actually be a genetic component.

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In a recent Washington Post Opinion piece (March 11), authors Matthew Milner and Richard Gnata discussed the success that New Zealand had in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic in their native country.

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March is National Women’s History Month. The following are some historical firsts involving women in the field of medicine. 

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Roshni Kamta remembers that spring day 2 years ago when she left for work on her usual crowded New York City subway line, carrying precious cargo. Inside the light white bag, which she stored inside the refrigerator at work, were her egg freezing supplies — syringes and the hormone medicatio…

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President Joe Biden has asked Americans to embrace mask-wearing for at least the first 100 days of his administration, an effort to stanch the spread of COVID-19. Many Americans say they are amenable and supportive, but that doesn’t mean you’ll see many of them actually wearing masks.

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans start doubling up on masks. The new guidelines suggest that a cloth mask or gaiter be layered on top of a surgical mask to better protect the wearer and others from Covid-19.

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As frustratingly slow as the COVID-19 vaccination rollout has been in the United States, it’s a lot worse in many parts of the world, especially lower-income nations. The International Rescue Committee estimates that only 20% of populations in these nations are likely to be vaccinated in 2021.

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The good news on the Covid-19 front is that there are extensively tested vaccines that have Emergency Use Authorization.

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WINCHESTER — Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center has been named a 2020 “Top Hospital” in the small teaching hospital category by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization for health care safety and quality.

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If a weightlifter is pregnant, she may get conflicting medical advice about how much she can safely lift at the gym. One doctor might say she shouldn’t exceed 90 pounds. Another might draw the line at 25. Still another might suggest that she suspend her workouts entirely.

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New research published in Nature Neuroscience reports that our hunger for social contact, made worse by the pandemic, starts in the same part of the brain as our desire for food.

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1. Don’t start smoking tobacco or if you are smoking, quit. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

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The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors.

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Johnson & Johnson’s long-awaited vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just 1 shot – not as strong as some 2-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses.

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A growing number of commercial and homemade remedies suggest that you can control mosquitoes (OK, not a problem right now, but they’ll be back) by deploying pools of attractive but super-salty solutions. The idea is that the insects slurp up so much of the tasty saline water that they become…

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How parents can help children develop a positive self-image and relationship with food

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MORGANTOWN — Jason Hubbart, an educator and researcher at West Virginia University, is acutely aware of the importance of quality drinking water in a society and for its people and he is compelled to help others understand that as well.

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KEYSER — In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis caused by Covid-19, the West Virginia University School of Nursing on the Potomac State Campus partnered with KVC West Virginia to incorporate a new clinical rotation during the fall 2020 semester in the Alterations in Mental Hea…

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When a doctor told Toni Stammler her 4-week-old son Milo needed urgent surgery because only 1 of his lungs was functioning, there was barely time to pack a bag — let alone try to shop around.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials believe the coronavirus mutation that set off alarms in parts of Britain is no more apt to cause serious illness or be resistant to vaccines than the strain afflicting people in the United States but it still must be taken “very seriously,’’ the government’…

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Viruses and bacteria aren’t the only microbial pathogens that plague us. Fungal diseases abound, too, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are unaware of them, even though they result in more than $7 billion in health costs annually.

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KEYSER — Potomac State College’s nursing program is accepting applications for fall 2021 admission until Jan. 15. Acceptance into the program is competitive and spaces are limited to 24 students each fall.

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