Health and Fitness News

Health and Fitness News Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

In the midst of this pandemic, the message from the CDC is that we should all stay home this Thanksgiving to protect our loved ones so we can celebrate with them after this is under control. We are all bored with the isolation and feel a need to to escape but now is not the time. People who get infected over Thanksgiving will struggle to enter packed hospitals by the middle of December, and be in the ground by Christmas. If you love someone, stay home.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has been missing from her show for nearly two weeks. She returned Thursday to explain her absence. Her partner, Susan, tested positive for Covid-19 and is still recovering, and implores viewers to consider their loved ones when they calculate their own Covid-19 risk.

Health and Fitness News

FDA Authorizes Arthritis Drug Combo for COVID-19

The combination is meant for patients who need supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

Pfizer Seeks COVID Vaccine OK As Roll Out Planned

If the committee approves Pfizer’s vaccine, distribution could begin within 24 hours. The Pfizer vaccine has already been manufactured under a $1.95 billion contract with the government. And some states have already made plans for how to distribute the vaccine.

Why Are COVID Cases Increasing So Fast Right Now?

If it seems to you like the number of new cases of COVID-19 is speeding up, you’re right. In only 6 days last week, we leapt from 10 million to 11 million cases, and the daily count of new cases has increased 77% from the average 2 weeks ago.

Thanksgiving Guide: Finding Antibiotic-Free Turkeys

Of the 15 brands evaluated, eight got the green light, four a caution light, and three brands a red light, based on information about antibiotic use in the turkeys found on the companies’ websites.

Losing Your Hair Because of Pandemic Stress?

If you do have hair loss, it’s a good idea to have a doctor check for a thyroid issue or anemia. If stress is the cause, hair loss supplements and time can help.

WHO Says No to Remdesivir as COVID-19 Treatment

In the new assessment, the WHO panel of experts analyzed data from four international randomized trials that assessed several treatments for COVID-19 and included more than 7,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

CDC Urges Americans to Forgo Thanksgiving Travel

With cases already climbing at alarming rates, CDC officials said they were concerned that the holidays may further drive up cases and deaths, particularly for older family members.

Delta Will Block Middle Seats Through Spring 2021

In September, Southwest Airlines announced that it will start filling every seat beginning Nov. 30. Similarly, JetBlue announced that all seats will be sold starting Jan. 8, 2021. Other major airlines, like United and American, have been selling middle seats since the summer, CNN Travel reports.

Ode to Joy: Christmas Song for Dogs Released

The track is called “Raise the Woof!” and features squeaky toy sounds, barks, common commands, and bells and whistles — all on top of a reggae beat.

COVID in Pregnancy Won’t Affect Outcomes: Study

In fact, 95% of these women have good outcomes, and just 3% of their babies test positive for COVID-19, researchers say.

How Much Does Wearing a Mask Protect You?

Yes, you should still wear a mask, despite the findings of a new study out of Denmark that tested whether paper surgical face masks protect the people who wear them.

‘Unrelenting’ COVID Pushes U.S. Deaths Past 250,000

During the last 4 weeks, the number of deaths has jumped by 42%, according to an NBC News analysis. In early October, the weekly average was about 821 deaths per day, which increased to 1,167 deaths per day last week.

Restaurants Scramble Amid Cold, COVID Surge

But infectious disease experts are skeptical that dining out can be made safe during a winter COVID-19 surge without either ruining the experience for patrons or undermining the economics for the business owner.

Data Shows Oxford COVID Vaccine Safe, Effective

A COVID-19 vaccine under development at Oxford University in England appears safe and triggers an immune response in older adults, researchers report.

Fauci Says COVID Vaccine May Be Available by April

Anthony Fauci, MD, says the coronavirus vaccine which Pfizer will be seeking emergency FDA approval for might be available on a widespread basis as early as April.

U.S. Leads Wealthy Nations in Pregnancy-Related Deaths

In 2018, the U.S. maternal mortality rate stood at 17 for every 100,000 births — more than double the rate of most other countries. Those figures capture deaths during pregnancy and within 42 days of the end of pregnancy.

FDA Approves First At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit

It’s available only by prescription, which can be given by a doctor who suspects a patient may have contracted the coronavirus