People with mild symptoms can develop immunity against coronavirus, says research

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French researchers have found that even mild cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) can produce antibodies in almost all patients. In addition, they reveal that the patient’s defenses against the virus increase as he starts recovery.

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White House Plan to Address Antibiotic Resistance Is Too Weak to Protect Human Health

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According to the CDC, drug-resistant antibiotics in the American food supply pose “a serious threat” to public health and “should be phased out”

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How the USDA Can Make or Break Public Health, and Why It Has Chosen the Latter

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Since its inception, the USDA has been granted powers by both Congress and presidential executive orders that have made it the policy-setter for both agricultural policies and nutritional guidelines Continue reading

Long Overdue FDA Action on Agricultural Antibiotics Still Unlikely to Protect Your Health…

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Antibiotic-resistant disease is a major threat to public health, and the primary cause for this is the widespread misuse of antibiotics—primarily in agriculture

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The Dangers of Carrageenan

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…consuming this “natural” food additive can have fatal consequences?

Although it’s usually listed as a “natural” ingredient on food labels, a common food additive called carrageenan (a highly processed derivative of red seaweed) is anything but healthful. Continue reading

Light Therapy Could Brighten the Outlook for Depressed Seniors

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One in 20 people suffer from clinical depression in this country, and the rate is significantly higher among seniors. It’s higher still among senior women (women are twice as likely to be depressed as men). When you include the widespread prevalence of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this time of year, it’s clear there’s big public health problem out there. New research findings in the Netherlands show that bright light therapy (BLT) may be part of the answer. Call it a lightbulb moment in the treatment of depression.

The details: The study of depression and light therapy involved 89 people aged 60 and over. Half received three weeks of one-hour-a-day BLT. For comparison, the others were “treated” with a pale, not therapeutically significant light for the same duration. Treatment sessions occurred in the early morning each day. At the end of three weeks, those receiving BLT experienced significant improvements in mood, sleep quality,  Continue reading