Testing Shortages Force Extreme Shift In Strategy By Local Health Officials

Public health officials in California’s state capital region announced this week they have stopped tracing the contacts of patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. They’ve also ceased recommending quarantines for residents exposed to people confirmed to have the virus.

It was a grim recognition of the virus’ infiltration — and is yet another sign of the detrimental effects of a lack of capability in the U.S. to test people for the deadly coronavirus as it continues to spread.

“The reason we have to move on is because testing did not occur. We’re still able to do about 20 tests a day,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, director of Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services. “If you really wanted to quarantine and contain the situation, you would have wanted to know who was positive and quarantine them. Because we

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Prevent injury—embrace the pre-shovel prep | Health Beat

It’s much easier on your back if you can push the snow to one side, rather than scooping it up and tossing it. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Almost everyone gets stuck shoveling snow at some point during the winter.

To prevent back pain and strain, one spinal expert has some advice.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Srinivasu Kusuma, from the University of Chicago Medicine Medical Group, noted it’s all in the precautions you take before you tackle your snow-covered driveway.

Decide if it’s safe 

If you already have back issues and don’t exercise often, or if you are prone to lightheadedness or shortness of breath, maybe you shouldn’t be shoveling.

Instead, consider using a snowblower. For those with heart problems or chest pains during exercise, Kusuma urges they check with their doctor about shoveling.

Warm up your muscles

“Make sure to warm up before you shovel, just as you would before a

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Why are some foods irresistible? | Health Beat

Your brain has a whole lot more to do with cravings than you might think. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

For some people, it’s an almost daily mystery. They’ll start the day with a healthy breakfast, and follow it up with a respectable lunch.

But by the time evening comes, the siren song of half a pizza, a bag of chips or a pint of ice cream lures them in.

And even if they sit down to a balanced dinner, they often lose their grip on standard portion control, eating too-large amounts of healthy foods.

Most people beat themselves up over their lack of willpower. But researchers are learning more all the time about the ways simple biology overrules people’s best intentions.

New research from the University of Georgia, for example, has isolated a specific circuit in the brain that alters food impulsivity—that thing that makes us cave in for yet

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