Cross-country comparisons of medicine prices are like comparing apples to oranges
Looking at differences in medicine prices between the United States and other countries can be misleading, often ignoring the complexities in the U.S. system and the repercussions of other countries ’ reliance on government price-setting policies. As the discussion unfolds, here are five often overlooked facts that are critically important to keep in mind. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - March 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Breaking Down What COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Means
The U.S. now has three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines being shipped around the country and making it into people’s arms. All meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s threshold for protecting people from COVID-19 disease. Yet two of them are about 95% efficacious, while another is 66% efficacious, which may make it tempting to rank them, and assume that people receiving the 66% efficacious shot are somehow less protected against COVID-19. That’s not the case, however, since it’s not really possible to compare the vaccines to each other. In the table below, we’ve laid out what goes int...
Source: TIME: Health - March 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

‘We Will Handle It.’ An Army of Women Is Taking on the Hunger Crisis in Local Communities
Just before 3 p.m. on a warm Wednesday in February, 30-year-old Jammella Anderson—­donning heart-shaped glasses, a Black Lives Matter tee and 2-in. platform boots—strolls up to a small bicycle-­repair shop just north of Albany, N.Y. She’s here to persuade Troy Bike Rescue to let her use an electrical outlet so she can plug in a new refrigerator just outside the shop’s front door. “It’s just two prongs,” she explains to one of the employees. “All I need is an outlet.” Anderson, who works as a part-time doula and yoga instructor, is here on behalf of the one-woman...
Source: TIME: Health - March 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Vesoulis and Mariah Espada Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature food insecurity Magazine Women in Crisis Source Type: news

Apples boost brain function and 'can reduce Alzheimer's risk'
Experts from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) observed the creation of memory-boosting neurons in the brain, due to compounds from apples. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Food waste researcher: We must learn that brown fruit isn't bad fruit
(University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science) We tend to avoid choosing apples with brown spots, assuming that they taste bad. But if we are to end food waste, we'll need to upend that assumption. UCPH researcher emphasizes that there's nothing wrong with oddly shaped or bruised apples. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Has a year of living with Covid-19 rewired our brains?
The pandemic is expected to precipitate a mental health crisis, but perhaps also a chance to approach life with new clarityShow your support for rigorous, independent Guardian journalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen the bubonic plague spread through England in the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton fled Cambridge where he was studying for the safety of his family home in Lincolnshire. The Newtons did not live in a cramped apartment; they enjoyed a large garden with many fruit trees. In these uncertain times, out of step with ordinary life, his mind roamed free of routines and social distrac...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Paula Cocozza Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Mental health Society Science Psychology World news Medical research Neuroscience Source Type: news

The Nightmare Pandemic Economy Joe Biden Is Inheriting, in 5 Charts
When President-elect Joe Biden steps into White House in January, he will inherit two inextricably linked crises: The worsening COVID-19 pandemic and a wide-reaching recession. As U.S. coronavirus cases are spiking to all-time highs, he will be responsible for keeping Americans safe while guiding a fragile economy through recovery. That’s a tall order—and a somewhat paradoxical one. A fully open economy will most certainly lead to more viral spread and likely result in more deaths, while a closed economy could contain the virus but bring about even more financial hardship. And as the weather cools and fewer peo...
Source: TIME: Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Apples, Berries, and Tea: Flavanols Effective for BP Lowering? Apples, Berries, and Tea: Flavanols Effective for BP Lowering?
A high intake of dietary flavanols, compounds found in plant-based foods, is associated with significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - October 23, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Flavanols Effective for Lowering Blood Pressure
Apples, Berries, and Tea: Flavanols Effective for BP Lowering? (Source:
Source: - October 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Diets rich in tea, berries and apples could lower blood pressure – study
Effect of greater flavan-3-ol intake is bigger in people with hypertension, research findsDiets rich in tea, berries and apples could lower blood pressure, according to the first study using objective measures of thousands of UK residents ’ eating habits.Foods and drinks such as tea, apples, grapes, red wine, and cocoa contain flavan-3-ols, which are naturally occurring compounds found in plants known to be associated with lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Tags: Medical research Health Science Society Source Type: news

High flavanol diet may lead to lower blood pressure
(University of Reading) People who consume a diet including flavanol-rich foods and drinks, including tea, apples and berries, could lead to lower blood pressure, according to the first study using objective measures of thousands of UK residents' diet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ex-Astros GM Jeff Luhnow Claims Team Still Employing Tons Of Cheaters
The Astros are STILL employing a bunch of cheatin'-ass cheaters ... despite having "pretty clear" evidence of who the bad apples are --... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can using honey on wounds help with healing?
Honey with tea, toast, apples and oatmeal – that all sounds normal and delicious. Honey on wounds, though? It may sound a little out of the ordinary, but honey has actually helped wounds heal for thousands of years. While there are plenty of advanced healing tools available today, honey's antibacterial properties and unique pH balance still make it a helpful treatment for certain wounds. Here's what to know about using honey for healing wounds: Honey has powerful healing properties. The type of honey Wound-care professionals typically use medical-grade honey for healing chronic wounds, although Manuka ...
Source: Advanced Tissue - October 7, 2020 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound healing Wound care products Source Type: news

Pre-cut watermelon, apples, other fruit recalled over listeria concerns: FDA
Buyer beware: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced an expansion of County Fresh’s voluntary recall of pre-cut... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Grant to help researchers prevent apple fire blight in U.S.
(Cornell University) A $779,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food Agriculture will help Cornell University researchers prevent fire blight disease in apples and pears before it starts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 5, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news