Analysis: He Got Tested For Coronavirus. Then Came The Flood Of Medical Bills.

By March 5, Andrew Cencini, a computer science professor at Vermont’s Bennington College, had been having bouts of fever, malaise and a bit of difficulty breathing for a couple of weeks. Just before falling ill, he had traveled to New York City, helped with computers at a local prison and gone out on multiple calls as a volunteer firefighter.

So with COVID-19 cases rising across the country, he called his doctor for direction. He was advised to come to the doctor’s group practice, where staff took swabs for flu and other viruses as he sat in his truck. The results came back negative.

In an isolation room, the doctors put Andrew Cencini on an IV drip, did a chest X-ray and took the swabs.

By March 9, he reported to his doctor that he was feeling better but still had some cough and a low-grade fever. Within minutes, he got

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Opioid-meth addiction complicates treatment | Health Beat

Poverty and other societal woes have no doubt contributed to America’s long-running methamphetamine and heroin troubles. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Opioid addiction is tough enough to beat, but new research shows that having an accompanying methamphetamine habit may make quitting far more difficult.

For the study, researchers looked at 799 people receiving opioid addiction treatment at three sites in Washington State.

They found that methamphetamine use was associated with a more than twofold higher risk of dropping out of treatment for opioid addiction.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.

The study was published recently in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Study author Judith Tsui, a University of Washington School of Medicine clinician specializing in addiction treatment, noticed that an increasing number of patients she was treating for opioid addiction disorder were also using methamphetamine.

Tsui would start the patients on buprenorphine, a medication

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A likely sleep thief: The carb-heavy meal | Health Beat

Certain types of pasta have a high glycemic index, which can trigger a rise in blood sugar—potentially instigating sleep issues. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Pasta, white bread, sugary candy and baked goods: Americans love them, but could all those “refined” carbohydrates and sugars be keeping people up at night?

About 30% of Americans have insomnia—and a new study finds carb-heavy diets may share part of the blame.

The study looked at diet-linked fluctuations in blood sugar, said lead author James Gangwisch. He is assistant professor of clinical psychiatric social work at Columbia University in New York City.

“Highly refined sugars”—added sugars, sodas, white rice, refined wheat flour—have what’s known as a high glycemic index, which can trigger a sudden rise in blood sugar.

“When blood sugar is raised quickly, your body reacts by releasing insulin, and the resulting drop in blood sugar can lead to the release of hormones such

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