Status racial y pandemia: una mezcla combustible

A principios de marzo, Madalynn Rucker, entonces de 69 años, no tenía claro si cerrar su oficina de consultoría en Sacramento.

El 16, finalmente se rindió ante el aluvión de mensajes y llamadas de su hija sobre el aumento del riesgo de coronavirus, y les pidió a sus empleados que trabajaran desde casa. Eso ocurrió tres días antes de que el gobernador de California, Gavin Newsom, promulgara la orden de quedarse en casa.

Su hija tenía razón en más de un sentido. Si bien la edad de Rucker por sí sola la ponía en riesgo de hospitalización o muerte por COVID-19, ella y muchos de sus empleados comparten otro factor de riesgo: son de raza negra.

Rucker se pregunta si más mensajes de salud pública dirigidos a los a los afroamericanos y a los latinos (de todas las razas) podrían haber ayudado a millones de personas como ella a

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Make your garden one of delights, not dangers | Health Beat

Protect yourself while gardening. There are more dangers in the soil than you might expect. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

What’s not to like about gardening? It beautifies your home, produces great food, plus it’s relaxing, stress reducing and a fun calorie-burner.

But it’s not without its hazards.

“A lot of outdoor diseases can be avoided with clothing and precaution,” said Christina Leonard, MD, an infectious disease specialists with the Spectrum Health Medical Group. “Prevention is key in avoiding problems.”

Avoiding infection in the garden

To protect yourself from diseases caused by mosquitoes and ticks, use insect repellent containing DEET and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants tucked into your socks. You may also want to wear high rubber boots since ticks are usually located close to the ground.

It’s also important to be up-to-date on your tetanus/diphtheria vaccination. Tetanus lives in the soil and enters the body through breaks in

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9 tips to a gluten-free Thanksgiving | Health Beat

If you want to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner with healthier, tastier options, aim for plant-based whole foods and gluten-free ingredients. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

If you’re aiming to create a Thanksgiving meal rich with gluten-free options, it’s easier than you think.

A wide variety of whole plant foods are naturally gluten-free, offering tasty new options for friends and family this holiday season.

Looking for a delicious main dish to serve as a centerpiece of the meal? Try roasted acorn squash with quinoa and cranberries with nuts, herbs and spices.

In smaller batches, this dish even makes a great side.

And that’s just one example.

Kristi Artz, MDE, CCMS, medical director for the Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine program, suggested the following tips for designing a gluten-free gathering:

1. Focus on fresh fruits, veggies

There’s always room at the table for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Artz tells her patients

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