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1/27/2020

CDC officials said Sunday that five people in the US who all recently traveled from Wuhan, China, have contracted the new coronavirus, and at least 100 more possible cases are under investigation. The virus has infected thousands in China, and the country's health minister Ma Xiaowei said the disease could spread before symptoms show, but Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said there's no clear evidence that is the case, though the agency is investigating the possibility.

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1/27/2020

WebMD has long been a top online source of reliable medical information, and the website was recently overhauled and relaunched with an eye toward becoming more of an interactive platform amid increasing competition. The new WebMD Care includes chiropractors, dentists, acupuncturists and other alternative health care practitioners in its directory of conventional health care providers, and searches return more comprehensive information on pharmacies and insurance plans; WebMD Labs offers testing for nine common sexually transmitted diseases; and WebMDRx searches for the lowest prescription drug prices.

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1/27/2020

Chris Yovanovich felt burned out and ill after a decade as a long-term care social worker, and she eventually found yoga was the solution to feeling better. She opened her own studio, where she says she wants "to reach as many medical workers as I possibly can," including social workers, to help them with compassion fatigue, among other issues.

1/27/2020

Stopping the spread of a virus depends on determining its source, which very often is an animal species, says veterinary professor Scott Weese, who studies emerging and infectious diseases. Most emerging diseases originate in animals, and risks to humans grow as we interact with wild species, Dr. Weese says.

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1/27/2020

The NIH should disclose the names of members of a federal committee that approves high-risk virus studies and make the committee's reviews public, according to an HHS advisory panel. Doing so could violate NIH confidentiality policies, but the NIH and HHS signaled a willingness to make the process more transparent.

1/27/2020

Asking for help at work, whether you're the CEO or a new hire, shows courage and vulnerability, argues Wayne Baker of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in a new book. "You have to be clear on why you are making the request, the goal you are trying to achieve, and use SMART criteria," he says, with SMART being defined as specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.

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1/27/2020

A study published in the Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews found that adults with type 2 diabetes and low levels of osteocalcin have a higher risk of developing ketosis, compared with those with higher levels of osteocalcin. Researchers established 11.68 ng/mL of osteocalcin as the "threshold for predicting ketosis," noting that 75.6% of the participants with ketosis registered below the threshold, while 34% of those without ketosis registered above it.

1/27/2020

Type 2 diabetes is more likely to develop in adults with obstructive sleep apnea compared with adults without OSA, with an 8% increased risk for every additional five episodes of apnea/hypopnea per hour, according to a study in the Journal of Diabetes. Researchers, who analyzed data from 338,912 adults with and without OSA, stated that "intermittent hypoxia and sleep fragmentation are pathophysiologic features of OSA and are likely in the pathway leading to type 2 diabetes."

1/27/2020

The micro-hospital is a newer care model that could expand across the US, said Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela during groundbreaking for the system's new micro-hospital in Weslaco, Texas. Chief Strategy Officer Jennifer Bartnesky-Smith said micro-hospitals focus on low-acuity patients.

1/27/2020

The race is on to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus spreading from China across the globe, including to the US. Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Stoffels believes his company can develop a vaccine in coming months, but it could take a year to get it to market, while US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said trials on new vaccines could begin within three months.