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‘Food Pharmacies’ In Clinics: When The Diagnosis Is Chronic Hunger

Kaiser Health News
December 10, 2019
There’s a new question that anti-hunger advocates want doctors and nurses to ask patients: Do you have enough food?

Public health officials say the answer often is “not really.” So clinics and hospitals have begun stocking their own food pantries in recent years.

One of the latest additions is Connectus Health, a federally qualified health clinic in Nashville, Tenn. This month, part of LaShika Taylor’s office transformed into a community cupboard.

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Men and women aren’t equal when it comes to concussion

Mosaic Science
December 6, 2019
Women athletes are twice as likely as men to get concussed – and the effects are more severe. But with research focusing mainly on men, what can we do to make sure women with concussion aren’t left behind?

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Late evening eating may compromise women’s heart health

Medical News Today
November 12, 2019
New research finds that eating more calories in the evening is associated with poorer cardiovascular health in women.

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CDC: Childhood Trauma Is A Public Health Issue And We Can Do More To Prevent It

November 5, 2019
Childhood trauma causes serious health repercussions throughout life and is a public health issue that calls for concerted prevention efforts. That’s the takeaway of a report published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experiencing traumatic things as a child puts you at risk for lifelong health effects, according to a body of research. The CDC’s new report confirms this, finding that Americans who had experienced adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, were at higher risk of dying from five of the top 10 leading causes of death.

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12 Innovations That Will Change Health Care and Medicine in the 2020s

Time Magazine
October 25, 2019
Pocket-size ultrasound devices that cost 50 times less than the machines in hospitals (and connect to your phone). Virtual reality that speeds healing in rehab. Artificial intelligence that’s better than medical experts at spotting lung tumors. These are just some of the innovations now transforming medicine at a remarkable pace.

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Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech rivals pose a threat.

Associated Press
October 23, 2019
Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope — the very symbol of the medical profession — is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also pressed against the chest but rely on ultrasound technology, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps instead of doctors’ ears to help detect leaks, murmurs, abnormal rhythms and other problems in the heart, lungs and elsewhere.

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