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With First Dibs on Vaccines, Rich Countries Have ‘Cleared the Shelves’ – The New York Times

Read article – Quotes Kendall Hoyt, assistant professor of medicine, in an article about COVID-19 vaccine distribution and how wealthy countries have laid claim to more than half the doses that could come on the market by the end of next year. Though wealthy nations have reserved a large number of vaccines, they have to wait to get their orders fulfilled. “Just because you’ve purchased 100 million doses doesn’t mean you’ll get 100 million doses in December,” said Hoyt.

The Biology Behind Eating Disorders – IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society

Read article – Quotes James Greenblatt, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, in an article about how researchers are finding evidence suggesting that genetics is a primary driver in anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. “It hopefully will change this concept that these are disorders of will and frustration and control,” says Greenblatt. “It does provide a better sense in the community of, okay, this is not your fault. This is not a disorder of control. There is a genetic underlying that triggers this neurobiological process that distorts how your body responds to food and how your brain thinks about your body.”

Children’s Health Before Profits – New Food Magazine

Read article – Quotes Jennifer Emond, assistant professor of biomedical data science and of pediatrics, about a study she led which found that current gaps in the regulation of commercial educational websites by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are exposing children to unhealthy food advertising. “Our main issue is that if the USDA does not deem products to be nutritious enough to sell in schools, companies shouldn’t be allowed to advertise them on school-issued devices that children now need to use because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Emond.

COVID-19 ‘Long Haulers’ Have Been Sick for Months. in N.H., More Care May Be on the Way (Audio) – NHPR

Listen now – Comments by Jose Mercado, assistant professor of medicine, are included in a segment about people who are dealing with the long-term health impacts of COVID-19. Mercado explains that those lasting effects can include heart and lung complications, abnormal blood clotting, the loss of smell and taste, difficulty with concentration, and memory problems. Mercado says that care needs to be decentralized so that doctors and researchers can better understand the range of impacts.

COVID-19 Vaccines Could Arrive in NH By End of 2020; 2nd Company Files for FDA Approval (Video) – WMUR

Watch video – Features comments by Elizabeth Talbot, professor of medicine, in a segment about Moderna’s request for emergency authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine. “As a society, as a species, it’s hard to overstate the enthusiasm within the expert community for some of the data we’re seeing right now,” Talbot said. “In terms of safety, in terms of efficacy across age populations.”

Study Finds Silver Lining in Horror of Pandemic: Dramatic Drop in Non-Covid Hospitalizations – Pix 11

Read article – Quotes John Birkmeyer, adjunct professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Process, and Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor in Economics, in an article about a study they co-authored with colleagues at The Dartmouth Institute and Sound Physicians. The study estimated that there have been 700,000 fewer hospitalizations for non-COVID cases from March through July. “As time passed and patients began getting their surgical procedures, started getting back to outpatient doctors visits, it was interesting that there were still far fewer patients getting admitted to the hospital,” said Birkmeyer. “Perhaps the largest reason is that fewer patients are getting sick in the first place.”