Some Hospitals Continue With Elective Surgeries Despite COVID-19 Crisis

In the same week that physicians at the University of California-San Francisco medical center were wiping down and reusing protective equipment like masks and gowns to conserve resources amid a surge of COVID-19 patients, 90 miles away teams of doctors at UC Davis Medical Center were fully suited up performing breast augmentations, hip replacements and other elective procedures that likely could have been postponed.

Across the nation, hospitals, nurses and physicians are sending out desperate pleas for donations of personal protective gear as supplies dwindle in the regions that have emerged as hot spots for the fast-spreading new coronavirus. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) have urged hospitals to curtail non-urgent elective procedures to preserve equipment. Washington state, Colorado, Massachusetts, Ohio, Kentucky, New York City and San Francisco have gone further, placing moratoriums on elective surgeries.

Still, in

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Don’t let the weather fool you | Health Beat

Drink up to stay hydrated during the dead of winter. Your body needs the fluids, even though you may not realize it. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

When it comes to staying hydrated through the coldest days of winter, don’t let the snowy weather fool you—your body loses water the same way it does during the dog days of summer.

It is vital to replenish that loss.

“Staying hydrated year-round is important regardless of the outside temperature,” said Kim DeLaFuente, MA, Spectrum Health community health exercise educator. “Often dehydration is associated with warm weather, but it is possible to become dehydrated in the winter, too.”

The average healthy adult’s body is 45 to 65% water, and that adult will need to replenish 8-10 cups of water lost each day through the normal processes of breathing, sweating and urinating. Strenuous exercise requires even more replenishment.

One common misconception among casual winter athletes

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Both parents eat veggies? Kids likely will, too | Health Beat

Serving a variety of vegetables, cooked or raw, will give your little ones more opportunity to find something they like. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Mom and Dad, if you want your little ones to eat their fruit and vegetables, both of you must set an example, Finnish researchers say.

They noted that early childhood is a critical time for encouraging healthy eating habits that continue into adulthood.

Researchers surveyed 100 parents to see how they influenced their 3- to 5-year-olds to eat vegetables, fruit and berries. The three food groups were analyzed separately.

Children followed their mother’s example when it came to eating both raw and cooked vegetables, as well as fruit and berries, while a father’s example was the strongest when it came to children eating cooked vegetables.

“This shows that teaching children to eat their greens is not something mothers should be doing alone. A positive example set

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