Health leaders need to use their newfound popularity to fight for greener healthcare

Health leaders have found themselves projected onto the public stage as never before. Professor Chris Whitty, the UK government’s chief medical adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance, its chief scientific adviser, have occupied the front pages and dominated the airwaves for months. They have become household names, better known than most ministers. Anthony Fauci, the veteran […]

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Muscle pain and energy-rich blood: Cholesterol medicine affects the organs differently

600,000 Danes take medicine containing statins. Statins lower the cholesterol level and thus helps prevent cardiovascular disease and blood clots. But there is a different side to the coin. Treatment with statins may also have negative side effects, some of which are so severe that people suffering from elevated cholesterol choose to stop treatment. One […]

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Positive student-teacher relationships benefit students’ long-term health

Teens who have good, supportive relationships with their teachers enjoy better health as adults, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Perhaps surprisingly, although friendships are important to adolescents, the study did not find the same link between good peer relationships and students’ health in adulthood. “This research suggests that improving students’ relationships […]

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Hikikomori: understanding the people who choose to live in extreme isolation

It’s pretty normal to sometimes feel like you want to hide away from the stresses and pressures of the outside world. In fact, shortlived periods of withdrawal can reduce acute stress responses and can help us overcome illness and exhaustion. Periods of solace and isolation can also help with important phases of developmentā€”such as exploring […]

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Two million lost health coverage, thousands died prematurely in Trump’s first 3 years

A new analysis of federal surveys on health insurance coverage concludes that the number of uninsured Americans increased by about 2.3 million between 2016 and 2019. The analysis by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York’s Hunter College, published today in Health Affairs blog, concludes that the contraction of coverage […]

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