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As virus rages, Berkeley's 'Mother Goose' aids homeless people abandoned by the system

As virus rages, Berkeley’s ‘Mother Goose’ aids homeless people abandoned by the system

Andrea Henson, right, walks with a homeless man who helps her deliver supplies to people living in a homeless encampment along a freeway in Emeryville. <span class="copyright">(Josh Edelson/For the Times)</span>
Andrea Henson, right, walks with a homeless man who helps her deliver supplies to people living in a homeless encampment along a freeway in Emeryville. (Josh Edelson/For the Times)

Roughly 150 or so men and women sleep near the Interstate 80 freeway here, sometimes encountering head-to-toe staph infections or families of rats living inside their mattresses. When that happens, they know who to call.

Andrea Henson’s phone has been ringing for weeks, ever since this bustling university town effectively shut down earlier this month to halt the spread of the coronavirus. With local governments slow to house the homeless, activists such as Henson have stepped into the breach, providing food and other supplies to people sleeping on the street.

“This is the first time I’ve heard people say, ‘Andrea, we’re hungry,’” said Henson, who said that in socially conscious Berkeley, donated food is normally never in short supply.

California had

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Does masturbation help your immune system? An orgasm may have benefits

Does masturbation help your immune system? An orgasm may have benefits

Masturbation has many of the same health benefits as sex with a partner.
Masturbation has many of the same health benefits as sex with a partner.

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  • Some research has found that masturbation may help your immune system, and sex — whether solo or with a partner — is known to have health benefits. 

  • An orgasm, through masturbation or sex with a partner, can reduce stress and improve sleep quality. 

  • Masturbation is always the safest way to achieve sexual pleasure, and during the coronavirus outbreak, health officials are advising that ‘you are your safest sex partner.’

  • This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases related to allergies and immunology for internal medicine at NYU Langone Health. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A healthy sex life is beneficial for the body and mind. In fact, it can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve sleep. 

While research is extensive on the benefits of a

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US private health insurance companies clog system amid Covid-19 pandemic

US private health insurance companies clog system amid Covid-19 pandemic

<span>Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA</span>
Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

As Augie Lindmark, a resident physician at Yale University prepared for an onslaught of Covid-19 patients last week, he noticed something at his hospital: there were still patients without the virus, completely stable, in the beds.

These patients, many of whom should have been moved to a rehab facility or released, were stuck waiting until their private health insurance company authorized the next steps, which can take days.

Related: The ER Diaries: inside a California hospital, a sneeze can cause a panic

Usually, the prior authorization process is an expected inefficiency at Yale, and most other American hospitals. But with thousands of Covid-19 patients being admitted every day across the country, and a critical shortage of hospital beds, that red tape now carries much more weight.

“Any sort of slowing in the health system has dire consequences,” Lindmark said.

In the past two weeks the reality of

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As COVID-19 cases rise, UNC Health system needs help to treat patients and health care workers

As COVID-19 cases rise, UNC Health system needs help to treat patients and health care workers

As the leader of UNC Health, a system of 11 hospitals across North Carolina and the dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, to say the last several weeks have been stressful would be a vast understatement. Our collective mission is to promote the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina. In this COVID-19 pandemic our two priorities are the appropriate diagnosis and care of our patients and the safety of our co-workers. Individuals across our state are stepping up to help in this crisis. In our system, we have created a leadership team to oversee vast preparation and operational strategies. The level of coordination from our senior executive team, our affiliate leaders and every clinical and operational aspect of our system has proven truly remarkable. The collaboration with other health systems in our state and the leadership of the Governor and legislative leaders has

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Does alcohol weaken the immune system? Yes, if you drink too much

Does alcohol weaken the immune system? Yes, if you drink too much

More than 1 or 2 drinks a day can harm your immune system.
More than 1 or 2 drinks a day can harm your immune system.

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The immune system is how your body defends itself from infections — like harmful bacteria and viruses — and prevents you from getting sick. But just like a muscle, the immune system can become weak and fail to protect you against infection as well. 

Healthy habits, such as being active, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep, can keep your immune system strong. But unhealthy factors, like stress, smoking, or drinking alcohol, can be taxing for your immune system and make it harder for it to fight off infection. 

Here’s what you need to know about how alcohol affects your immune system. 

Excessive alcohol use weakens the immune system 

According to Mayo Clinic, drinking too much alcohol weakens the immune system and makes you more prone to getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

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By Devjyot Ghoshal

NEW DELHI, March 23 (Reuters) – India could face between around 100,000 and 1.3 million confirmed cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus by mid-May if it continues to spread at its current pace, according to a team of scientists based mainly in the United States.

The estimates reinforce concerns among some medical officials and experts in India that the country of 1.4 billion people could see coronavirus cases jump sharply in the coming weeks and put its health system under severe strain.

The scientists said projections could change as the country conducts more testing, while also putting in place stricter restrictions and measures to stem the spread of the virus.

“Even with the best case scenarios, probably, you are in a very painful crisis,” said Bhramar Mukherjee, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of

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How to boost your immune system through diet and lifestyle changes

How to boost your immune system through diet and lifestyle changes

Lisa Ballehr advises people to "eat the rainbow" in order to boost the immune system.
Lisa Ballehr advises people to “eat the rainbow” in order to boost the immune system.

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  • You can boost your immune system by making sure to get enough of vitamins like A, C, E, B6, D, and minerals like zinc, iron, and selenium.

  • It is also helpful to eat enough protein, consume prebiotic foods, and eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables which contain immune-boosting antioxidants.

  • You should also get sufficient sleep, quit smoking, and get regular moderate exercise. 

  • This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases related to allergies and immunology for internal medicine at NYU Langone Health. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The immune system plays an essential role in helping us fend off attacks from viruses and bacteria. Here’s how diet and lifestyle can maximize your immune system’s ability to protect you from foreign invaders.

How diet

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Cuba warns virus panic bad for immune system

Cuba warns virus panic bad for immune system

By Sarah Marsh

HAVANA (Reuters) – In the face of global panic over the coronavirus pandemic, Cuba’s Communist government has urged calm, saying stress weakens the immune system, and has taken more time than its Caribbean neighbors to introduce drastic measures as it touts the strength of its health system.

The government has suspended large cultural and sporting events, and on Friday said it would start barring entry to tourists. But so far it has steered clear of ordering workers and students to remain at home.

Cuba is renowned for its preparedness in advance of natural disasters such as epidemics and for its medical prowess. It sends its doctors to health crises around the world, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016.

With the world’s highest ratios of physicians to population, according to the World Bank, Cuba has tens of thousands of doctors as well as medicine students

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America's extreme neoliberal healthcare system is putting the country at risk

America’s extreme neoliberal healthcare system is putting the country at risk

<span>Photograph: Vanessa Carvalho/REX/Shutterstock</span>
Photograph: Vanessa Carvalho/REX/Shutterstock

At the final debate of the Democratic presidential primary on Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden clashed on the coronavirus. Sanders contended the pandemic laid bare “the incredible weakness and dysfunctionality” of the US healthcare system, and called for single-payer reform. Biden countered that Italy’s universal system had failed to protect the Mediterranean nation, and asserted that Covid-19 “has nothing to do with Bernie’s Medicare for All”. At first glance, the ex-vice-president seems right: of course single-payer can’t close the door to a novel virus, any more than it can forestall a deadly earthquake or fend off a zombie apocalypse. Nonetheless, a national health program with unified financing and governance – basically the opposite of what we have in America today – is a powerful tool in a health crisis.

Related: Coronavirus has taught Italy hard lessons. Other countries must learn from us | Maurizio Molinari

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