Health Advice



Alexa on Drugs

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The drug and medical device database company First Databank has partnered with Amazon Alexa to allow consumers to ask the device more specific information about a drug and its side effects.

Consumers can now ask an Alexa device common drug-related questions such as "What is Tylenol?" or "What is the difference between Advil and Tylenol?" The answers are stored in the First Databank databases.

The Heavy Burden of Obesity Stigma

An international panel of experts representing major health organizations is calling for an end to the stigma faced by individuals who are obese. "Weight stigma and discrimination are pervasive and cause significant harm to affected individuals," they wrote in a statement published in the journal Nature Medicine.

They said such discrimination can lead to those with obesity having reduced access to care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 42% of American adults are obese, almost 10% severely so.


Body of Knowledge

Charley horses are muscle spasms that occur (most commonly in the legs) when a muscle suddenly tightens and doesn't release for several minutes. Among the reasons: poor circulation, overexertion, insufficient stretching, dehydration and potassium deficiency.

Get Me That, Stat!

With the novel coronavirus spreading, rural hospitals, whose resources tend to be much more limited than urban hospitals, are at particular risk -- as are their patients. The pandemic threat follows a year of bad news. In 2019, says the Chartis Center for Rural Health, 19 hospitals in rural America shut their doors -- the most ever. Nearly 1 out of every 4 open rural hospitals has early warning signs that indicate it is also at risk of closing in the near future.


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