COVID Takes Challenge of Tracking Infectious College Students to New Level

As the return of college students to campuses has fueled as many as 3,000 COVID-19 cases a day, keeping track of them is a logistical nightmare for local health departments and colleges.

Some students are putting down their home addresses instead of their college ones on their COVID testing forms — slowing the transfer of case data and hampering contact tracing across state and county lines.

The address issue has real consequences, as any delay in getting the case to the appropriate authorities allows the coronavirus to continue to spread unchecked. Making matters worse, college-age people already tend to be hard to trace because they are unlikely to answer a phone call from an unknown number.

“With that virus, you really need to be able to identify that case and their contacts in 72 hours,” said Indiana University’s assistant director for public health, Graham McKeen.

And if the students

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An obesity-malnutrition link? | Health Beat

Malnutrition can arise just as easily from over-consumption of the wrong foods. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

When you see the word malnutrition, you might think of woefully undernourished children in developing nations.

Would you be surprised to hear that people who are overweight or obese can also be malnourished?

It’s true.

Obesity, which affects about 40% of the U.S. adult population, can lead to increased inflammation in the body. This can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and other conditions.

Even at optimal health, it can sometimes be a challenge to follow a proper diet.

When illness and other ailments are thrown in, it becomes even more challenging to eat properly. And this can increase the risk of malnutrition.

Burning muscle

Malnutrition develops from a poor diet. It can lead to loss of muscle mass and other health issues.

When a person battling obesity

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