Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations

On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, California, waved goodbye to her 3-year-old son and drove to her regular Wednesday dialysis appointment.

The roads were deserted. No traffic. Jimenez, 30, said it is hard to admit what she thought next: No traffic meant no car accidents. And that meant she’d be on the waiting list for a kidney transplant even longer.

“I don’t want to be mean, but I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Nobody’s going to die,’” she said. “I’m not going to get my transplant.”

Jimenez was 20 and pregnant with her first child when doctors discovered she had been born with only one kidney, and

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The trouble with salt | Health Beat

Homemade meals offer the best opportunity to control salt content. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Too much salt has long been linked to high blood pressure. In fact, one way to help control blood pressure is to reduce your salt intake.

Research done at Vanderbilt University and published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that salt may also be involved in weight gain.

Traditional thinking has been that salty foods make people drink more water, but the scientists found that it actually reduces thirst and makes people more prone to overeating, weight gain and even metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes and other serious conditions.

Packaged foods with high salt content:

  • Smoked and cured meats, like frankfurters
  • Frozen dinners
  • Canned meals
  • Salted nuts and seeds
  • Processed cheeses
  • Crackers and croutons

Since most Americans eat 50% more salt than recommended on a daily basis, it’s more important than ever to

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