Lost On The Frontline | Kaiser Health News

America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to patients in hospitals, treating them, serving them food and cleaning their rooms. Others at risk work in nursing homes or are employed as home health aides.

“Lost on the Frontline,” a collaboration between KHN and The Guardian, has identified 586 such workers who likely died of COVID-19 after helping patients during the pandemic.

We have published profiles for 105 workers whose deaths have been confirmed by our reporters.

Some cases are shrouded in secrecy. Our team contacts family members, employers and medical examiners to independently confirm each death. Many hospitals have been overwhelmed and workers sometimes have lacked protective equipment or suffer from underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to the highly infectious virus. In the chaos, COVID casualties might otherwise get overlooked.

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Study: Eat healthy, be happy | Health Beat

Healthier food choices may lead to mood improvements within just a few weeks. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Kids have long heard the refrain: Eat your vegetables to grow up big and strong.

But a healthy diet may make you happier, too, according to Australian researchers.

That was the effect eating healthier had in a small study of young adults with poor diets and moderate-to-high symptoms of depression.

Those who embraced healthier food choices reported less anxiety and much better moods within weeks, according to findings published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.

“There is certainly evidence that eating a diet high in processed foods increases the risk of depression,” said study lead author Heather Francis, a lecturer in neuropsychology at Macquarie University in Sydney.

The study included 76 university students between 17 and 35 years of age. All reported eating a diet heavy in processed foods, sugar and saturated fats.

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