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.

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What To Cook


Salmon appetizer | Jacques Pépin Cooking At Home

Jacques Pépin shares another no-fuss appetizer idea for your next dinner party. To make this gravlax plate, cut 1 – 2 oz of salmon into thin slices. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper on a serving plate and place the salmon slices on top, adding more salt and pepper to finish. Cover the dish in plastic wrap and refrigerate until it’s time to add the garnish of your choice and serve. Jacques uses capers, onion, scallion, and basil here. Serve with bread.

Health and Fitness News
CDC Says Schools Can Safely Reopen, But Will They?

The agency says that it’s been shown that schools can reopen safely if they follow strict mitigation strategies,” whether or not teachers and staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. But, the agency also urges states and local communities to prioritize educators for vaccines as soon as supplies allow it.

Is Any Amount of Coffee Safe for Baby During Pregnancy?

New research finds too much coffee during pregnancy could lead to kids with behavior problems later on.

Southern California Is Origin of New COVID-19 Variant

A new variant of COVID-19 found in Southern California is coursing across the United States and around the world, a new study finds.

At Current Vaccination Pace, When Is Herd Immunity Likely?

If reluctance to receive the vaccines increases, the timeline could even stretch into 2023. But, if educational efforts and other factors persuade more people to get immunized, the timeline could shorten.

Fauci: ‘Open Season’ for Shots May Start in April

Anthony Fauci, MD, says the government’s coronavirus vaccination program is ramping up so quickly that the vaccine should be available by April for almost all Americans, not just people in high-risk groups.

White House Weighing Domestic COVID Travel Restrictions

The Biden administration is weighing whether to implement travel restrictions within the U.S. as more coronavirus variants emerge.

Variants Spread as CA Surpasses NY in COVID Deaths

California has surpassed New York in COVID deaths amid reports that the South African coronavirus variant has been detected in the San Francisco Bay area.

Shortages Force Los Angeles Vaccine Sites Closures

Los Angeles will have to temporarily close Dodger Stadium and four other city-run vaccination sites because of a shortage of vaccines.

Give Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Blood Thinners

Giving blood thinners to COVID-19 patients soon after they’re hospitalized could reduce their risk of dying.

COVID Vaccine Reaction Can Mimic Breast Cancer Symptoms

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can cause lymph nodes to swell, particularly those in the armpit on the side where the shot was received, experts say.

Study: Diabetes Drug May Help Manage Weight

A diabetes drug called semaglutide helped people who are overweight or obese lose an average of 15% of their body weight over 16 months.

Prior Exposure to Common Cold Won’t Shield You From COVID

A bout of the common cold won’t protect you against the new coronavirus infection, researchers report.

Child Suicides Rising During Lockdown

Parents really need to be on the lookout for one in particular: an increased risk of suicide among vulnerable teens.

Obesity Helps Drive Half of New Diabetes Cases

Obesity is the culprit in up to half of new diabetes cases among Americans each year, a new study estimates.

CDC: Proper Double-Masking Raises COVID Protection

Researchers found that if two people are both wearing surgical masks that are knotted and tucked flush to the face — or if both are wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask — exposure to viral particles is cut by more than 95%.

FDA Grants Emergency Use to Two New COVID Treatments

A total 11, or 2%, of people treated with the combined therapy were hospitalized, compared to 36 or 7% of the placebo group. Ten participants died during the study, all in the placebo arm.

Can Gut Parasites Slow the Aging Process?

Perhaps, the researchers say, it would be a good idea to introduce these parasites back into humans in a therapeutic way to slow aging and offer protection against heart disease and other ailments.

High BP at Night, Alzheimer’s Risk May Rise, Too

Older men whose blood pressure rises at night may be at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.

Daily Coffee Tied to Lower Risk for Heart Failure

Having one or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day may reduce your risk of heart failure, new research suggests.