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January 31, 2022 -
Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is Jan. 31-February 4, 2022 (Last Monday in January)
Sales of the iconic yellow rubber ducky we've come to know today soared in Britain in 2001. Why? A British Tabloid, The Sun, reported Queen Elizabeth II had a rubber duck in her bathroom that wore an inflatable crown.
The rubber ducky became a Toy Hall of Fame inductee in 2013. Founded in 1998, the Hall of Fame has only inducted 52 other toys.
January 13, 2022 - New Year's Resolutions? Annual revisions?
January 2nd is National #ScienceFictionDay (in honor of Isaac Asimov's birthday 1/2/20). National Science Fiction Day promotes the celebration of science fiction as a genre, its creators, history, and various media, too.
January 2, 2022 - Twitter, Amazon, Instagram, Netflix, Snapchat, Uber before Y2K; Zoom; Alexa
January 1, 2022 Public Domain Day
Public Domain Day In the US, everything copyrighted by artists and authors who died in 1925 is entered into the public domain as of January 1, 2022.
It is hard to believe that it has been 22 years since I published the first webpages that turned into this Web site. Many thanks to the thousands of visitors who contributed millions of hits during the past 22 years, and for all the nice comments along the way. I will continue to strive to make this Web site a worthwhile place to spend your time and find credible public health and health information. Thank you so much!
March 1, 2012 - THANK YOU!!!
February 1, 2012 - Betty C. Jung's Web site is a Healthy People Consortium Organization
"The Consortium is a diverse, motivated group of agencies and organizations committed to achieving Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives." http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/consortium/default.aspx
I will continue to add new links to and post pertinent updates on my Public Health Blog.
For starters, click on "Map-It" graphic for "MAP-IT: A Guide To Using Healthy People 2020 in Your Community." Also, check out: Healthy People 2020 program planning tools, a toolkit for program development!
What Is a Heart-Healthy Diet? American Heart Association Weighs in With New Dietary Recommendations; High levels of ‘good’ cholesterol may be bad for men; Very High High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels and Cardiovascular Mortality;
Chinese Culture The Hidden, Magnificent History of Chop Suey
Discrimination and mistranslation have long obscured the dish’s true origins; House GOP candidate calls for Texas-wide ban on Chinese students; Chinatowns are struggling to survive. Grace Young is reminding Americans why they matter; Rare 'bionic' armor discovered in 2,500-year-old China burial. It's only the second known ancient armor of its kind;
💕; COVID-19 breakthrough hospitalizations; Omicron: What We Know About the New Coronavirus Variant. In just a few weeks since its discovery, Omicron has turned out to be highly transmissible and less susceptible to vaccines than other variants; New section: Delmicron (Under specific variants); What exactly is ‘Delmicron’? Scientists warn of super strain — Here’s all about its origin, mutation, etc; After ‘Delmicron’, it's ‘flurona’: Israel reports first double infection of Covid and flu: New section: Co-infections; 2022’s Hottest New Illness: Flurona; New variant: B.1.640.2; New corona variant identified in France; Emergence in Southern France of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of probably Cameroonian origin harbouring both substitutions N501Y and E484K in the spike protein; Wastewater samples reveal record levels of coronavirus across U.S. "Wastewater is going to be a leading indicator for what's going on in a given community and what's to come," said a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; Why this Covid-19 surge is 'unprecedented in this pandemic'; Which Fully Vaccinated Adults Are Most at Risk of Severe COVID?; Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes Among Persons Aged ≥18 Years Who Completed a Primary COVID-19 Vaccination Series - 465 Health Care Facilities, United States, December 2020-October 2021; What we know about the symptoms - and the severity - of the omicron variant; Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant: a new chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic;
Effectiveness of BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) mRNA Vaccination Against Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Among Persons Aged 12–18 Years — United States, July–December 2021; The lag between daily reported Covid-19 cases and deaths and its relationship to age; CDC updates are straining already-pressed public health departments. With an already-weary public tuning out rules and with omicron surging, some public health professionals are struggling to explain recent changes in federal guidance; Cyprus reportedly discovers a Covid variant that combines omicron and delta; No, 'Deltacron' Is Probably Not Real - Reports of a 'recombinant' variant likely just hinge on lab contamination; U.S. COVID hospitalizations hit new record high, raising risks for patients; Excess Mortality Among Patients Hospitalized During the COVID-19 Pandemic; What Is ‘Flurona’? Cases of Co-Infections Increase Amid Peak Influenza Season and Omicron Variant Surge; Flurona: Worrisome but No Need to Panic - Viral co-infection isn't new, experts say; Omicron wave prompts media to rethink which data to report; Fact check: The theory that SARS-CoV-2 is becoming milder; Uncounted: Inaccurate death certificates across the country hide the true toll of COVID-19. Some counties, like Cape Girardeau, have seen a spike in deaths that aren’t attributed to COVID-19. Many of them, blamed on natural causes, are likely from the coronavirus; Want to get omicron and just get it over with? Here's why that's a bad idea; States ranked by percentage of population fully vaccinated: Jan. 14; Average charge for COVID-19 hospitalization, by state; The mystery of where omicron came from — and why it matters; Study finds 1 in 10 people with COVID-19 remains infectious beyond 10 days; Persistence of clinically relevant levels of SARS-CoV2 envelope gene subgenomic RNAs in non-immunocompromised individuals; One in ten people may still be infectious for COVID after ten days, new research indicates; What we know about Omicron. The new coronavirus variant is spreading fast and raising concerns despite causing milder infections; Genetic risk factor found for Covid-19 smell and taste loss, researchers say
Six months after contracting Covid, as many as 1.6 million people in the U.S. are still unable to smell or have experienced changes in their ability to smell;
20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history; The world’s largest condom manufacturer has had a surprisingly bad pandemic; I Saw Firsthand What It Takes to Keep COVID Out of Hong Kong. It Felt Like a Different Planet; This Year’s Largest Healthcare Data Breaches
More than 550 organizations reported healthcare data breaches to HHS in 2021, impacting over 40 million individuals;
Is It Flu, COVID-19, Allergies, or a Cold? Staying Healthy This Winter; From blood clots to infected neurons, how COVID threatens the brain; Study raises doubts about rapid Covid tests’ reliability in early days after infection; Do I qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine booster and which one?; New section: At-home Testing; Why and how to report your Covid-19 self-test result; How to Report COVID-19 Laboratory Data; You should report your at-home Covid test results, experts say — here's how; New section: Vaccine and women; COVID-19 vaccination associated with a small, temporary increase in menstrual cycle length, suggests NIH-funded study; COVID-19 Vaccines Can Cause Lumps That Mimic Breast Cancer; Scientists try to pinpoint why rapid Covid tests are missing some cases; Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Coronary Vascular Thrombosis. Correlation with Neutrophil but Not Endothelial Activation; A guide to COVID tests: When to test, what kind to use and what your results mean; Ventilation for Industrial Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic; COVID-19 Resources; COVID-19: Workers Need Respirators; Face Masks Cut Distance Airborne Pathogens Could Travel in Half, New Study Finds. The findings suggest that masks can be highly effective in preventing the spread of airborne diseases, such as COVID-19, and could allow for the use of reduced social distancing; Quietly and over some objections, a national digital vaccine card has emerged. The SMART Health Card is voluntary and minimal by design to protect personal information. About 80 percent of vaccinated people in the U.S. most likely have access to it.; When COVID Pushes Other Conditions Past the 'Tipping Point' — Is the patient hospitalized "for" COVID, "with" COVID, or somewhere in between?; Brain Injury Biomarkers Elevated in Hospitalized COVID Patients - Some markers reach levels seen in dementia patients; Blood Markers of Brain Damage Are Higher Over Short Term in Patients Who Have COVID-19 Than in People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease; (When) to Boost or Not to Boost, That Is the Question - Countless complex questions remain;
New section: Subgenomic RNA (sgRNA); Persistence of clinically relevant levels of SARS-CoV2 envelope gene subgenomic RNAs in non-immunocompromised individuals; New section: Paxlovid; Caution: Paxlovid Interacts With Many Heart Meds - The Skeptical Cardiologist asks clinicians and patients to take note; Lopinavir-Ritonavir in SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Drug-Drug Interactions with Cardioactive Medications; How to Find a Quality Mask (and Avoid Counterfeits). Knowing which mask to pick and making sure it’s not a fake requires the sleuthing skills of a forensic investigator. Our guide can help; SARS-CoV-2 may cause fetal inflammation even in the absence of placental infection; Even mild COVID-19 cases can result in lingering heart issues;
Multi-organ assessment in mainly non-hospitalized individuals after SARS-CoV-2 infection: The Hamburg City Health Study COVID programme;
Healthy Diet in Early Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Gestational Diabetes; Gestational Diabetes Rates Climb Among All Racial, Ethnic Groups - Variation in rates between subgroups highlight racial disparities, editorialists say; National Clinical Care Commission Issues Final Report on Improving Diabetes Prevention and Treatment; Patient Education Material;
Fitness Exercise alters brain chemistry to protect aging synapses
Enhanced nerve transmission seen in older adults who remained active; Get moving to put the brakes on early Parkinson’s. Study finds as little as 4 hours of moderate exercise a week may make a difference;
Public Health Sites D-G CVD risk factors associated with cannabis use; Combining cannabis with prescription drugs could lead to harmful interactions. It could amplify the negative side effects and inhibit the positive effects of prescription drugs; Marijuana users’ risk of deadly complication doubles after rare type of bleeding stroke; Phthalate and novel plasticizer concentrations in food items from U.S. fast food chains: a preliminary analysis; A New Look at Earth’s Lightning; Study reveals how triclosan, likely found in toothpaste, is triggered to harm the gut; Cannabis poisoning in young children increased nine times after legalization;
Senior Health Taking it easy as you get older? Wrong; Exercise alters brain chemistry to protect aging synapses. Enhanced nerve transmission seen in older adults who remained active; Those Who Married Once More Likely Than Others to Have Retirement Savings;
Teens not getting enough sleep may consume 4.5 extra pounds of sugar during a school year says BYU research;
Social Media The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter
A minority of Twitter users produce a majority of tweets from U.S. adults, and the most active tweeters are less likely to view the tone or civility of discussions as a major problem on the site;
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