Valentine’s Day – celebrated on February 14 – is just around the corner. It’s a time for loved ones and friends to share cards, candy, flowers, and gifts. Right on the heels of Valentine’s day is National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th. This a great opportunity to brighten someone’s day with an act of kindness – checking in on a neighbor, helping an overburdened co-worker, send a “thinking of you” text or email. The possibilities are endless! Did you know that research shows that kindness has health benefits?
Speaking of possibilities, what is the likelihood of the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics taking place on the same day? Well, it is happening this Sunday. Whether you love watching the running back sprint to the goal line or prefer speed skating’s team pursuit, Sunday’s broadcasts have something for you!
This Weekend Reading Series begins with a Tribute to African American History and the story Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston, the first African American woman to assume leadership of a bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1986, while working at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gaston published the results of a sickle cell disease study that led to a nationwide screening program to test newborns for immediate treatment. She dedicated her work to making quality healthcare accessible to all individuals regardless of income, race, or other factors. Next, check out Out of Bounds for information on issues that plague healthcare. Do not miss Safety with articles on new opioid prescribing guidance, toxic weedkiller, price transparency and more. In Heart Break explore articles on the impact of loneliness and COVID-19 on the heart and more. Last but not least, check out For the Win – and my favorite, Who Would Win in a Real-World Battle: A Bengal Tiger or a Ram?
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Tribute to African American History
- NIH: Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston
2. Out of Bounds
- NPR: What a bottle of ivermectin reveals about the shadowy world of COVID telemedicine
- The Hill: One in three Americans exposed to toxic weedkiller
- Healthcare Finance News: Survey finds just 14% of hospitals are compliant with price transparency
- MedPage: Over 1 Million Years of Life Lost to Fatal Overdoses in Youth— Study finds “unacceptable” death burden from unintentional overdoses in young people
- WebMD: CDC Releases Updated Draft Guidance on Opioid Prescribing
- New York Times: F.D.A. Panel Rejects Lilly’s Cancer Drug Tested Only in China
- HealthDay: Many Who Use Both Pot & Booze Say They’ve Driven Intoxicated
- Kaiser Health News: Don’t Nurse That Moscow Mule — It Could Be a Health Hazard
4. Heart Break
- Nature: Heart-disease risk soars after COVID — even with a mild case. Massive study shows a long-term, substantial rise in risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, after a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- Kaiser Health News: After Miscarriages, Workers Have Few Guarantees for Time Off or Job-Based Help
- HealthDay: Loneliness Can Be Unhealthy Heartbreaker for Older Women
- Business Wire: Validation Institute Independently Certifies that Hello Heart Delivers a $1,865 Per Participant Per Year Reduction in Total Medical Claims
5. For the Win
- Smithsonian Magazine: Who Would Win in a Real-World Battle: A Bengal Tiger or a Ram?
- NFL: The Digital Athlete and How it’s Revolutionizing Player Health & Safety
- Associated Press: EXPLAINER: The drug behind Russia’s Olympic doping case
- The Conversation: The high-speed physics of how bobsled, luge and skeleton send humans hurtling faster than a car on the highway
Enjoy the Weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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