• EyeSustain aims to reduce ophthalmology's environmental footprint

    11 days ago - By Healio

    Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, a global health emergency that has killed millions, the WHO called climate change the single biggest health threat facing humanity.
    “The climate crisis creates many public health problems related to food, water, sanitation and infectious diseases,” OSN Cataract Surgery Board Member David F. Chang, MD, said. “These problems disproportionately fall on the poorest parts of the globe and the poorest societies.”
    Climate change is not a new threat, but the potential negative health concerns that accompany it have many in the health community,
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  • Exposure to children associated with less severe COVID-19 among adults

    Exposure to children associated with less severe COVID-19 among adults

    11 days ago - By Healio

    Exposure to young children was associated with less severe COVID-19 illness among adults, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
    Matthew D. Solomon, MD, a cardiologist and researcher at Kaiser Permanente, and colleagues suggested that cross-immunity from exposure to endemic coronaviruses might provide some protection.
    “Ever since the pandemic started, the medical community has been working feverishly to learn everything we can about the COVID-19 virus, and one of the most striking features of the virus is how
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  • Smoking quit attempts declined during COVID-19 pandemic

    Smoking quit attempts declined during COVID-19 pandemic

    11 days ago - By Healio

    Among U.S. adults, there was an immediate decrease in smoking-cessation activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data published in JAMA Network Open.
    “This cross-sectional study found that, starting in 2020 quarter 2, the prevalence of past-year quit attempts among U.S. adults decreased to its lowest level since 2011,” Priti Bandi, PhD, principal scientist in surveillance and health equity science at the American Cancer Society, and colleagues wrote. “Simultaneously, observed nicotine replacement therapy retail sales across 31 U.S. states decreased by a mean
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