Coronavirus Threatens The Lives Of Rural Hospitals Already Stretched To Breaking Point

[UPDATED on March 21]

Rural hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open as the coronavirus pandemic saps their cash, their CEOs warn, just as communities most need them.

As the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, all hospitals are facing cancellations of doctor visits and procedures by a terrified populace — profitable services that usually help fund hospitals. Meanwhile, the institutions also find themselves needing to pay higher prices for personal protective equipment such as face masks and other gear that’s in short supply. Vice President Mike Pence called on hospitals nationwide Wednesday to delay elective surgeries to free up capacity and resources for future coronavirus patients.

The American Hospital Association responded Thursday by asking Congress for $100 billion for all hospitals to offset coronavirus costs, citing rural hospitals’ inability

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COVID-19 meals: Keep it simple | Health Beat

If you’re looking for quick, easy and delicious, look no further than mac and cheese—the time-tested, kid-approved favorite. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Meal planning might be the last thing on parents’ minds as they live isolated at home 24/7 with their kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

And that’s completely understandable, says Jessica Corwin, a Spectrum Health registered dietitian.

“I am encouraging families to offer themselves and their children plenty of grace,” Corwin said.

“While I wholeheartedly believe in filling our bellies with whole foods, I also believe we must nourish our mind and spirit first.”

As a mother of three young children, she understands the struggles families face as they balance a job at home, lesson plans for kids and meeting their family’s emotional needs without their usual social outlets.

“Motherhood can feel isolating in many ways already,” she said. “Now the feeling is actually literal.”

Corwin shared her dietitian-mom

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10 things you never knew about folic acid | Health Beat

Dark, leafy greens are full of folic acid, a B vitamin that may just be an elixir of life. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Most people associate folic acid (also called folate or vitamin B9) with preventing birth defects.

And it’s true: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taking folic acid supplements reduces the risk of neural tube defects, including spina bifida, by 70%.

But folic acid isn’t only for during pregnancy, according to Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN, a Spectrum Health community nutrition educator. It creates healthy red blood cells, regulates hormones and creates healthy DNA.

Most adults should get between 400 and 600 micrograms of folate per day, Corwin said. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and dairy products will get you headed in the right direction.

Here’s what you should know about folic acid:

1. It helps

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