May 16, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

Day: April 12, 2021

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New Jersey’s largest healthcare employees’ union is preparing to begin contract negotiations with three Hudson County hospitals, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a drawn-out struggle for ownership over the county’s hospitals.

The Health Professionals and Allied Employees, which represents 14,000 employees statewide, will enter into contract negotiations with Christ Hospital in Jersey City, Bayonne Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, as well as the North Bergen long-term care facility the Harborage.

It’s unclear exactly when the negotiations will begin, but an HPAE press release said the union is “either at the bargaining table now or will

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Tasha Turnbull of T2 Fitness says she’s partnering with the Virginia Beach Department of Health to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to save lives in the Black community.

“I saw a lot of people in our community, not just becoming ill, but severely ill, to the point that they had to be hospitalized,” said Turnbull about the toll COVID-19 is taking on the Black community. “I’m not talking about elderly people. I’m talking about people in their 50s. I’m talking about people in their 40s. I’m talking about people in our 30s. [COVID-19] is affecting a

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Editorial writers weigh in on these public health issues.


San Diego Union-Tribune:
Genome Sequencing Can Lead To Life-Changing Care For Infants. California Should Make It More Available 


Innovative medical technology is constantly being developed, and with it comes the possibility for incredible breakthroughs in modern medicine. California has never seen scientific advancements within closer reach than they are today. For critically ill infants hospitalized with unexplained rare diseases, the opportunity to benefit from a medical miracle has arrived. (Brian Maienschein, Patrick Frias, Stephen Kingsmore, 4/9)

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Vitamin supplements are marketed as easy ways to provide your body with the nutrients it needs without the hassle of eating the perfect diet—but did you know some are the unhealthiest supplements you shouldn’t take? If you’re on a daily vitamin supplement regimen, you may assume you’re doing something healthy for your body. But in some cases, you’re doing the exact opposite.

“Numerous investigations show the alleged benefits are unproven and in the worst cases, vitamins and supplements can be harmful,” says Dr. Mike Varshavski, DO. Want to make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk with your “healthy”

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Despite an increasing pace of vaccinations, several states are experiencing a surge in covid cases — and covid hospitalizations.


The Wall Street Journal:
Recent Rise In U.S. Covid-19 Cases Driven By Younger People 


Younger people who haven’t been vaccinated are helping drive a rise in new Covid-19 cases, health officials are finding. Five states—Michigan, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey—account for some 42% of newly reported cases. In Michigan, adults aged 20 to 39 have the highest daily case rates, new data show. Case rates for children aged 19 and under are at a record, more than quadruple from

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April 9 (UPI) — The Affordable Care Act has slowed increases in out-of-pocket costs for those with health insurance coverage under the law by about 80%, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found.

Since the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was enacted in 2010, average out-of-pocket expenses for doctor visits, prescription drugs and other services have risen by an average of 0.2% per year, the data showed.

However, during the nine years before the law’s passage, from 2000 to 2009, these fees, which are charges over and above what insurance pays, increased by an average of 1% per

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