Eerie Emptiness Of ERs Worries Doctors As Heart Attack And Stroke Patients Delay Care

The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the Washington state resident waited almost a week.

When Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary finally saw her, he discovered she had a brain bleed that had gone untreated.

The neurosurgeon did his best, but it was too late.

“As a result, she had multiple other strokes and ended up passing away,” said Chowdhary, director of the Overlake Neuroscience Institute in Bellevue, Washington. “This is something that most of the time we’re able to prevent.”

Chowdhary said the patient, a stroke survivor in her mid-50s, had told him she was frightened of the hospital.

She was afraid of the coronavirus.

The fallout from such fear has concerned U.S. doctors for weeks while they have tracked a worrying trend: As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, the number of patients

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Freezer foods sure to please | Health Beat

Egg muffins are among 11 foods that are great for quick meals from the freezer. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

As we aim to be more efficient with our at-home meal prep, keep this in mind: The freezer is your friend.

If you have the freezer space, you can stock up on sale items or freeze meals you have prepared ahead of time.

Most items store well in the freezer for about three months. After three months, the quality of frozen foods may worsen while remaining safe to eat.

For specific food concerns or more information about storage recommendations, check out

While some foods do not freeze well (think cooked pasta, cooked egg whites, cucumbers, mayo or sour cream to name a few), I am frequently surprised by what we can freeze.

Check out these 11 foods made for freezing:

1. Egg muffins are amazing. Grab them out of

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Economic Blow Of The Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers

Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater.

It’s probably good, he said, to not have too much time to think.

“Diversion therapy is the best treatment for farmers right now,” said the 70-year-old from Atchison County, Missouri. “Being busy helps.”

In an industry rocked over the past year by record rates of bankruptcies, suicides and mental health crises spurred by weather extremes, trade wars and faltering economics, COVID-19 has fostered even more uncertainty for the future of America’s farms. Already the pandemic has decimated agricultural markets.

For the men and women struggling to operate farms and associated businesses across the country, concerns are rising that the existing mental health crisis in farm country is about to get worse.

“If you look back over the last 20 or

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