Must-Reads Of The Week | Kaiser Health News

The Big News

It was a short work week for those still able to work, but there was a considerable amount of health care news. That hasn’t changed.

The story that probably got the most attention was that the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 passed 100,000 people. It can be hard to get a handle on what that means. The Washington Post looked at the people who count the deaths and track the deaths.

There will be more. The Texas Tribune noted how the coronavirus was a threat to people living in homeless shelters. Nursing homes continue to be a major hot spot in this pandemic. Same goes for areas where poorer people live.

The Reopening

But another source of infections just might be the crowds of people who think all danger has passed and it’s time to frolic in close proximity with others.

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9 foods to boost your energy | Health Beat

Get a jolt of energy from fall’s classic harvest foods… and a treat or two. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

As the nights get long and snow starts flying, we may find our energy levels waning.

The antidote? A boost the natural way.

Kristi Veltkamp, a registered dietitian with Spectrum Health, has some suggestions for how we can make the most of our wintertime stash of goodies to ramp up our energy.

Among them are these 9 items:

Pumpkin

Who says pumpkin is only for the holidays?

Did you know pumpkins are a great source of fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A and lutein? The seeds have an extra jolt of nutrition as well, loaded with omega-3s and phytosterols that can help reduce cholesterol.

Pumpkins can help decrease risk for cancer, especially prostate cancer, and improve diabetes control. Enjoy this winter squash warm with cinnamon and nutmeg on top, in a soup,

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