10 Tips To Protect Your LiverLiver BasicsThe liver is the largest organ inside the human body. When something goes wrong with the liver, it can have a serious effect on almost every other organ in the body. A little more than 1.5 quarts of blood pump through the liver every minute, allowing the liver to quickly and effectively remove toxins and waste products from the bloodstream. At the same time, the liver stores important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and iron. Click through the slideshow for tips to keep this important organ happy and healthy.
In China, many watching the events in Washington D.C. immediately made comparisons to the violent occupation of Hong Kong’s legislature in mid-2019. Protests in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, began in June 2019 as a series of large-scale, peaceful demonstrations against an extradition bill that critics feared would be used by China as a weapon to silence dissenters. But the Global Times posted a side-by-side comparison of scenes of the Hong Kong protests and Trump protesters inside the Capitol building. Ann Chiang, a pro-Beijing lawmaker in Hong Kong posted a video of the turmoil in Washington D.C. on her Facebook page. The U.S. government has passed several pieces of legislation supporting the protest movement in Hong Kong, and the city has become a political flashpoint between China and the U.S.Get The Brief.
Here are some common issues and how you can ensure you receive the full stimulus you’re eligible for:You Haven’t Received Your Second Stimulus Payment YetMany people will receive stimulus payments by direct deposit, according to the IRS. Generally, you can expect to receive your payment in the same form you received the first stimulus payment under the CARES Act in early 2020. And if your first stimulus payment arrived via paper check, you could receive a debit card this time, and vice versa. The best way to track how and when you’ll receive your stimulus payment is with the IRS’ Get My Payment tool. Before filing, if you still haven’t received payment, continue to monitor the Get My Payment tool.
Fewer TV characters are HIV positive. In fact, in the 2020–2021 TV season, out of a total of 773 series regulars, only three characters were living with HIV—and all three were on the same show, FX’s Pose. This marks a “drastic decrease” from the previous year, which included nine characters with HIV, according to new study findings from GLAAD, an advocacy group that focuses on LGBTQ representation in the media. GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV Report—2020” marks the 25th year the group has analyzed LGBTQ characters on television, including characters living with HIV. The site also offers an analysis by Raina Deerwater, an entertainment research associate at GLAAD, in a separate GLAAD blog post.
During his tenure, Kessler oversaw FDA efforts to speed the development and approval of antivirals to treat HIV, notably a class of meds known as protease inhibitors. .@DavidAKesslerMD gets picked to run Operation Warp Speed. This is a smart choice.”At the FDA, Kessler worked alongside Anthony Fauci, MD, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to develop HIV meds. They made the case that the United States should launch a program to supply the world with COVID-19 vaccines, similar to what the nation did with HIV meds. For a collection of articles in POZ on the intersection of COVID-19 and HIV, click #COVID-19.
For the investigation, researchers looked at sperm epigenetics—the molecular processes that affect gene expression—in 13 men who fathered sons with autism and 13 who had children without the disorder. Researchers identified 805 different DNA methylation regions that could serve as epigenetic biomarkers associated with whether a man might father a child with autism. Researchers tested their theory by trying to pinpoint dads who did or did not reproduce children with autism based solely on their sperm samples. Skinner said further research of the biomarkers could also help scientists trace how epigenetic changes initially happened. “We found out years ago that environmental factors can alter the germline, the sperm or the egg, epigenetics,” Skinner said.
On January 21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first complete injectable HIV treatment regimen that does not require daily pills. They were randomly assigned to either stay on their current oral regimen or switch to Cabenuva injections after an oral lead-in. Reasons included greater convenience, having to think about HIV treatment only 12 times a year and not having pill bottles that could reveal their HIV status to others. Once-monthly Cabenuva for HIV treatment was first approved in Canada in March 2020. “Cabenuva once-monthly injections showed comparable efficacy to daily oral antiretroviral treatment in maintaining viral suppression—a first in the treatment paradigm.”Click here for full prescribing information for Cabenuva.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that people who engage in oral sex have an 80% higher risk of developing mouth and throat (oropharyngeal) cancers. The risk was particularly high for those who first had oral sex before age 18 and for those who had multiple oral sex partners. Like sexual intercourse, oral sex can transmit the human papillomavirus (HPV). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV infection is responsible for 70% of all oropharyngeal cancer cases. For more on how number of lifetime sexual partners affects health, read “People With 10-Plus Lifetime Sexual Partners More Likely to Develop Cancer.” And to learn more about how HPV vaccination can reduce oropharyngeal cancer risk, read “FDA Approves HPV Vaccine for Prevention of Oral Cancer.”
A new study finds that alcohol consumption accounts for a considerable portion of cancer incidence and mortality in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The article, which appears in Cancer Epidemiology, states that the proportion of cancer cases attributable to alcohol consumption ranged from a high of 6.7% in Delaware to a low of 2.9% in Utah. Similarly, Delaware had the highest proportion of alcohol-related cancer deaths (4.5%) and Utah had the lowest (1.9%). By sex, alcohol-related cancer cases and deaths for most evaluated cancer types were higher among men, in part reflecting higher levels of alcohol consumption among men. In the U.S. on average, alcohol consumption accounted for 4.8% of cancer cases and 3.2% of cancer deaths, or about 75,200 cancer cases and 18,950 cancer deaths annually, during 2013 to 2016.
The evening before President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President–elect Kamala Harris take their oaths of office, the Biden Inaugural Committee will host a nationwide COVID-19 memorial to remember those lost to the pandemic. On Tuesday, January 19, join us for a nationwide moment of unity as we honor and remember the 400,000 American lives lost to COVID-19. #COVIDMemorial — Biden Inaugural Committee (@BidenInaugural) January 18, 2021As the United States exceeds 400,000 deaths from COVID-19, tackling the pandemic will present one of the greatest challenges for the new administration. The national memorial will take place January 19 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will include a live ceremony that will feature the first-ever lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with 400 lights to honor those who have died.
But when she arrived in Wuhan on Feb. 8, 2020, she saw panic on the tear-streaked faces of her team members. Liu was charged with setting up a field hospital for COVID-19 patients outside Tongji Hospital in Wuhan. The city of 11 million had been sealed since Jan. 23 in an unprecedented lockdown that was to last 76 days. As Wuhan marks the first anniversary of its unprecedented lockdown, the city’s experiences are the cause of both hope and caution as the virus again takes hold in the country where it was first discovered. Nevertheless, one year after the start of the Wuhan lockdown, officials must be nervous.
He added that the government would release all remaining vaccine doses it was holding, after President-elect Joe Biden vowed to do the same when he takes office. Many people who received their first dose soon after the vaccines were authorized in mid-December have now had their second dose. Some experts urged prioritization of older people, who are at much higher risk for severe COVID-19 and death. The CDC’s list of conditions that increase COVID-19 risk includes obesity, smoking, diabetes, cancer, compromised immunity and chronic heart, kidney or lung disease. Can the Second Dose Be Delayed?
President Joe Biden will continue to restrict travel to the U.S. from the U.K., Ireland and 26 countries in Europe, and will extend the ban to South Africa, to slow transmission of Covid-19, said a White House official familiar with the plan. The latest ban would prevent most non-U.S. citizens from entry if they have recently been in South Africa, where a new strain of the virus has been identified. The U.S. is warily viewing new coronavirus strains that have originated in South Africa and Brazil, as well as one recently identified in the U.K. that’s more transmissible and potentially more harmful. Reuters first reported the U.S. plan to ban travel from South Africa for most non-U.S. citizens, citing officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Everything you need to know about the global spread of COVID-19 Please enter a valid email address.
For most of my life, I viewed meditation as a repetitive, burdensome practice designed for the devoutly spiritual—or the culturally refined. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Jeff’s How to Meditate series that I discovered how accessible and exhilarating mindfulness could be. When I heard Jeff was launching a daily meditation series called The Daily Trip, I was elated. I’ve managed a walking meditation here, and a soundscape meditation there, but never settled into a consistent routine. So, I decided to put my new meditation cushion to the test, and experience The Daily Trip every single day for a week.
Trying to Make Sense of Long COVID SyndromePosted on January 19th, 2021 by Dr. Francis CollinsCredit: NIHMore than 400,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19. Indeed, new results from the largest global study of this emerging “Long COVID syndrome” highlight just how real and pressing this public health concern really is. A small percentage of respondents, thankfully, seemed to have bounced back from brief bouts of Long COVID, though time will tell whether they have fully recovered. In an earlier survey, this group provided a first-draft description of Long COVID syndrome, based on the self-reported experiences of 640 respondents. Another 22 percent weren’t working at all due to their Long COVID.
In Memory of Sam BernsPosted on January 12th, 2014 by Dr. Francis CollinsThis weekend, in a heartbreaking phone call from his parents, I learned of the death of Sam Berns, a courageous young man with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. Sam’s parents, Scott Berns and Leslie Gordon, both physicians, introduced me to Sam more than a decade ago. That fortuitous circumstance allowed the initiation of a clinical trial for progeria kids (including Sam), just four years after the discovery of the genetic cause. Sam was featured as the narrator of a recent television documentary, “Life According to Sam,” which premiered on HBO this fall, recounting the amazing story of this medical research adventure. In November 2011, he presented me with the “SAM” (Science And Medicine) award from the Progeria Research Foundation.
Celebrating the Gift of COVID-19 VaccinesPosted on December 22nd, 2020 by Dr. Francis CollinsCredit: NIHThe winter holidays are traditionally a time of gift-giving. As fatiguing as 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have been, science has stepped up this year to provide humankind with a pair of truly hopeful gifts: the first two COVID-19 vaccines. And the accomplishments don’t end there—several other types of COVID-19 vaccines are also on the way. Unfortunately, the gift of COVID-19 vaccines comes too late for the more than 313,000 Americans who have died from complications of COVID-19, and many others who’ve had their lives disrupted and may have to contend with long-term health consequences related to COVID-19. When your chance for immunization comes, please roll up your sleeve and accept the potentially life-saving gift of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Muscle Enzyme Explains Weight Gain in Middle AgePosted on May 9th, 2017 by Dr. Francis CollinsThe struggle to maintain a healthy weight is a lifelong challenge for many of us. An NIH-led team recently discovered that the normal process of aging causes levels of an enzyme called DNA-PK to rise in animals as they approach middle age. To see if reducing DNA-PK levels might rev up the metabolism, the researchers turned to middle-aged mice. They found that a drug-like compound that blocked DNA-PK activity cut weight gain in the mice by a whopping 40 percent! The researchers suspected that an increase in DNA-PK in middle age might lead directly to weight gain.
This image offers a striking example of exactly what happens to cells in the human airway when this coronavirus infects them. This colorized scanning electron microscope (SEM) image shows SARS-CoV-2-infected human lung cells (purple) covered in hair-like cilia (blue). Emerging from the surface of those infected airway cells are many thousands of coronavirus particles (red). They first cultured cells from the lining of a human airway, then inoculated them with the virus. The image illustrates the astoundingly large number of viral particles that can be produced and released from infected human cells.
However, visiting bars and restaurants can increase you risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. If eating indoors, ventilation flow in restaurants and bars can cause droplets to spread at distances greater than 6 feet. 2 Poor ventilation can also increase risk as it may cause the virus to accumulate in the air. Poor ventilation can also increase risk as it may cause the virus to accumulate in the air. Check the restaurant or bar’s website and social media to see if you feel comfortable with their COVID-19 safety guidelines.
At Wellness Axis we want to encourage habits of wellness, Increase awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being, Inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and to support a sense of community. Wellness can be thought of as the quality or state of being in good health.