Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off

A social media post, which in April was shared widely on Facebook and made appearances on a conservative online discussion forum, asserts that former President Barack Obama signed legislation that caused companies to manufacture medical devices overseas, including items essential for the current coronavirus pandemic.

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Sensible steps for cold-weather woes | Health Beat

An emergency kit with jumper cables and other essential tools is a must-have in cold-weather months. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

As temperatures plummet across the U.S., people should take steps to prevent weather-related threats to their health, one expert says.

Seniors and children are at particular risk, the American College of Emergency Physicians warns.

“Winter storms raise the risk of car accidents, frostbite, hypothermia and other emergencies,” ACEP president Dr. William Jaquis said in a college news release. “A little preparation goes a long way. If you encounter bad weather, try to stay off the roads and limit your time outside.”

A major threat is hypothermia, which occurs when body temperature cools too fast and drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Signs of hypothermia include drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech, weak pulse or shallow breathing. Slower thinking abilities, impaired decision making and declining motor skills can make it harder to protect yourself.

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Heart patients, meet Omega-3s | Health Beat

Omega-3 supplements might deliver some benefit, but researchers have long touted the superiority of natural sources such as fish and nuts. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Omega-3 fatty acids have drawn attention for their potential to keep people’s thinking sharp as they age—and new research appears to support that notion for some heart patients.

The study found taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements was associated with better brain function in people with coronary artery disease, which increases risk for dementia.

The study included 250 people with coronary artery disease.

For 30 months, half took omega-3 supplements, the other half served as a control group. The group taking the supplements had better coordination, reaction speed, memory and recall at one year and at 30 months, compared to the control group.

“Other researchers have looked at omega-3 fatty acids in people who already have cognitive impairment or dementia,” said Dr. Francine Welty, a cardiologist

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