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Happy Earth Day from Moxie Woman Health!
04/22/2022

Happy Earth Day from Moxie Woman Health!

Earth Day is tomorrow. Women have had a large impact on conservation movements. These 5 women are pioneers who serve as ...
04/21/2022
5 American Women Environmentalists to Celebrate this Earth Day | Blog | American Masters | PBS

Earth Day is tomorrow. Women have had a large impact on conservation movements. These 5 women are pioneers who serve as trailblazers that paved the way for environmental activism. http://ow.ly/83Pk50IP3J5

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans across hundreds of cities mobilized to express their support for our environment. With this monumental action, the modern day environmental movement was created. Since that day, several landmark environmental laws in the United States have been passed, the Par...

There is no single definition of the “food as medicine” concept, but it generally refers to prioritizing food & diet in ...
04/19/2022
Food as medicine: A debated concept

There is no single definition of the “food as medicine” concept, but it generally refers to prioritizing food & diet in an individual’s health plan, w/ the goal of preventing, reducing symptoms of, or reversing a disease state. http://ow.ly/ujnj50IMJUg

Can we use food and diet as medicine? If so, to what extent? What are the pros and cons of this approach to healthcare? We investigate.

Moxie Woman Health wishes you Happy Easter!
04/17/2022

Moxie Woman Health wishes you Happy Easter!

The intent of a proposed healthcare act is “to improve mental health among health care workers.” But a Dr. thinks Congre...
04/16/2022
Stop telling physicians to be more resilient

The intent of a proposed healthcare act is “to improve mental health among health care workers.” But a Dr. thinks Congress could help find ways to stop forcing Dr.s to see patients in 10 minutes & incentivizing invasive procedures. http://ow.ly/v5PP50IKZNK

I have finally found a niche in medicine where I am allowed to spend time with my patients and to provide the care that I deem necessary. I am forever grateful for the convoluted journey that has led me to this place. I am so lucky, and beyond grateful, to work for a health care system that does ver...

Many women w/ fibroids never notice anything amiss, but approximately 25-50% struggle w/ heavy menstrual bleeding, frequ...
04/16/2022
Facing invasive treatments for uterine fibroids, Black women advocate for better care

Many women w/ fibroids never notice anything amiss, but approximately 25-50% struggle w/ heavy menstrual bleeding, frequent urination & pain, which can lead to depression, reproductive health issues & lower work productivity. http://ow.ly/VScB50IKZRY

Black women are more likely to get the noncancerous growths, at a younger age, and have higher rates of hysterectomy. A growing movement calls for more compassionate care.

Researchers found people 50+ who had a COVID infection were 15% more likely to develop shingles, vs. people who were nev...
04/13/2022
Could COVID Infection After Age 50 Leave You Vulnerable to Shingles?

Researchers found people 50+ who had a COVID infection were 15% more likely to develop shingles, vs. people who were never infected. That risk climbed to 21% in people hospitalized with a severe case of COVID. http://ow.ly/ReGk50IIOXe

MONDAY, April 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Catching COVID-19 appears to increase an older person's risk of developing a case of shingles.Researchers found that people 50 and older who had a COVID infection were 15% more likely to develop shingles, compared to people who were never infected. That ris...

No national data shows how often patients/families receive medical bills that were previously paid or forgiven, but hosp...
04/10/2022
Never-Ending Costs: When Resolved Medical Bills Keep Popping Up

No national data shows how often patients/families receive medical bills that were previously paid or forgiven, but hospital billing experts say it frequently happens. Sometimes reminder statements arrive even after payment. http://ow.ly/ejXe50IG0gI

A bill one family considered paid wrongfully resurfaced, resurrecting painful memories. It’s a scenario that’s not uncommon but grievously unsettling.

Samantha Roecker uses nursing & running to raise awareness of mental health challenges facing nurses. She plans to run t...
04/08/2022
Why this nurse is running the Boston Marathon in her scrubs

Samantha Roecker uses nursing & running to raise awareness of mental health challenges facing nurses. She plans to run the Boston Marathon in scrubs & break the Guinness World Records title for fastest marathon run in scrubs. http://ow.ly/vTOJ50IFhCW

Samantha Roecker hopes to break the Guinness World Records title for fastest marathon in scrubs during the Boston Marathon to raise awareness of nurses' mental health.

Its National Walking Day. A study found women who walked had less body fat. It also lowers blood clot risks since the ca...
04/06/2022
12 Benefits of Walking | Arthritis Foundation

Its National Walking Day. A study found women who walked had less body fat. It also lowers blood clot risks since the calf acts as a pump, contracting & pumping blood from the feet & legs back to the heart, reducing load on the heart. http://ow.ly/OpGa50ICcis

Get more information on how walking offers many health and pain reduction benefits for people with arthritis.

A contributor tells MNT when she’d express distress/emotions that didn’t fit the ‘strong Black woman” trope she would be...
04/04/2022
Endometriosis: How discrimination blocked my access to care

A contributor tells MNT when she’d express distress/emotions that didn’t fit the ‘strong Black woman” trope she would be looked at like she’d sprouted a 2nd head. Her Dr. would say: There’s no cure, but it won’t kill you.’ http://ow.ly/GN8q50IzZNT

Nadine Dirks writes about how doctors blocked her timely access to appropriate endometriosis care, and what this meant for her health.

Experts say the legislation, which passed 232-193, would provide significant relief for privately insured patients with ...
04/01/2022
House passes $35-a-month insulin cap as Dems seek wider bill

Experts say the legislation, which passed 232-193, would provide significant relief for privately insured patients with skimpier plans and for Medicare enrollees facing rising out-of-pocket costs for their insulin. http://ow.ly/JrAn50IxKTj

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed a bill capping the monthly cost of insulin at $35 for insured patients, part of an election-year push by Democrats for price curbs on prescription drugs at a time of rising inflation.

One hope about AI is that we’ll be able to use it for drug discovery. However, any system powerful & accurate enough to ...
03/30/2022
When scientific information is dangerous

One hope about AI is that we’ll be able to use it for drug discovery. However, any system powerful & accurate enough to identify drugs safe for humans will also be good at identifying drugs that are incredibly dangerous. https://t.co/ucuE0A52OO

A new study shows the risks that can come from research into AI and biology.

The FDA said in making its decision, it had determined that the known and potential benefits of second boosters outweigh...
03/29/2022
FDA authorizes second booster shots for adults age 50 and older

The FDA said in making its decision, it had determined that the known and potential benefits of second boosters outweigh the known and potential health risks, notably for high-risk individuals. http://ow.ly/6ImN50IvjvK

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines to allow adults age 50 and older to get a second booster as early as four months after their first booster dose of any Covid-19 vaccine.

Chronic cough can challenge a patient’s quality of life. It can be caused by many diseases but most cases are caused by ...
03/28/2022
What to know about chronic cough

Chronic cough can challenge a patient’s quality of life. It can be caused by many diseases but most cases are caused by asthma, upper airway cough syndrome (due to post nasal drip) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). http://ow.ly/Iv0u50IuoTB

Chronic cough tends to create a significant burden on the patient’s quality of life. The vast majority of cases are caused by asthma, upper airway cough syndrome, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.

A new screening model relies only on a patient’s medical history to confirm their eligibility for medication abortion. W...
03/23/2022
Abortion pills are just as safe to prescribe based on a patient's medical history as after an in-person exam, new research finds

A new screening model relies only on a patient’s medical history to confirm their eligibility for medication abortion. Women can even get the medication via mail after a remote telehealth consultation w/ a clinician. http://ow.ly/rsfg50IqOiY

During the pandemic, health care providers began prescribing abortion pills safely based solely on a patient’s medical history. Continuing this practice could help remove barriers to abortion care.

A healthcare journalist & podcaster says dementia often begins in the brain decades before the 1st symptom of memory los...
03/23/2022
A Brief But Spectacular take on how to eat like a genius

A healthcare journalist & podcaster says dementia often begins in the brain decades before the 1st symptom of memory loss. We know a healthy dietary pattern can be very protective of the brain & that exercise is ‘brain medicine.’ http://ow.ly/1enH50IpRev

When healthcare journalist and podcaster Max Lugavere's mother was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease, he drew on medical studies to train himself on best practices for improving brain health through food. Lugavere is now releasing a cookbook entitled “Genius Kitchen,” which uses bra...

The pandemic has impacted delivery of care in patients w/ conditions other than COVID-19, including cancer. But this stu...
03/21/2022
COVID-19 Led to Dangerous Delays in Care for Women With Gynecologic Cancers

The pandemic has impacted delivery of care in patients w/ conditions other than COVID-19, including cancer. But this study is the first to examine how a COVID-19 diagnosis affects care & outcomes for gynecologic cancer patients. http://ow.ly/46CL50IoqI9

MONDAY, March 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A COVID-19 diagnosis can lead to potentially life-threatening treatment delays for women with gynecological cancers, a new study finds. That's especially true for non-white patients, the researchers said."We found that concurrent COVID-19 had significant n....

For several months at the beginning of the pandemic, American workers felt genuinely cared for by their bosses. But thos...
03/18/2022
Does your boss care about you? Here's what most workers say

For several months at the beginning of the pandemic, American workers felt genuinely cared for by their bosses. But those feelings didn't last. By February 2022 employee cynicism had returned to pre-pandemic levels. http://ow.ly/9ttm50ImSPj

During parts of the pandemic, American workers said they felt genuinely cared for by their bosses, according to a new survey. But those warm fuzzies soon went away.

Even though she’d been triple vaxxed, she had a constant headache for 9 days that involved visual disturbances. Covid br...
03/17/2022
It Feels Surreal When Covid Hits — but It’s Very Real

Even though she’d been triple vaxxed, she had a constant headache for 9 days that involved visual disturbances. Covid brought the symptoms of a bad cold, a hoarse voice, no appetite, a loss of taste & smell, & fatigue. http://ow.ly/SzN050Im2AZ

When I found out my dad tested positive, my mind raced. I started sobbing. I was in shock. I was angry. I was frustrated. I was worried. My baby was only 5 months old, and I feared for him even more than for myself. I felt sure that the damage had already been done and we were doomed for sickness, e...

To help fend off another wave of Covid-19, people will need a 4th dose of vaccine, says Pfizer’s CEO. ‘Many variants are...
03/16/2022
A 4th dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be needed, Pfizer's CEO says, but the company is working on a shot to handle all variants

To help fend off another wave of Covid-19, people will need a 4th dose of vaccine, says Pfizer’s CEO. ‘Many variants are coming & Omicron was the 1st one that was able to evade… the immune protection we're giving.’ http://ow.ly/l4vx50IkYwj

Pfizer is also hoping to make a vaccine that will protect against all variants. "If we are able to achieve that, then I think it is very easy to follow and remember so that we can go back to really the way (we) used to live," th CEO told CBS on Sunday.

Experts are calling for changes to diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) based on reanalysis of data fr...
03/13/2022
Experts Call For Changes to the Way IBS Is Diagnosed

Experts are calling for changes to diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) based on reanalysis of data from recent studies. Researchers suggest loosening the criteria could improve the accuracy of IBS diagnoses. http://ow.ly/3n7a50Ii6LC

A team of experts is calling for a change to diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome based on recent data.

The decision by the Texas Supreme Court, spelled the coming end to a federal lawsuit that abortion clinics filed even be...
03/12/2022
Lawsuit against Texas abortion ban 'effectively over'

The decision by the Texas Supreme Court, spelled the coming end to a federal lawsuit that abortion clinics filed even before the restrictions took effect in September, but were then rejected at nearly every turn afterward. http://ow.ly/Vjiq50IhRRH

Texas abortion providers say their best hope of stopping the nation's most restrictive abortion law is all but over. It comes after the Texas Supreme Court on Friday ended what little path forward clinics had under a federal lawsuit to stop the law known as Senate Bill 8.

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