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November 29, 2021
Joe Brady

Masks: Deja vu, All Over Again

After almost two years of dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is unbelievable that we are still having discussions about basic, common-sense public health issues, like vaccines and wearing masks. By now most everyone has noticed that whenever public health officials remove the mask mandates, within a few weeks infections and hospitalizations go up, and whenever mask mandates are in place, the infections go down. Yet in spite of the mountain of scientific evidence available, we still see media and political pundits putting out misinformation and outright lies as to the effectiveness of public health measures. At this point in the pandemic, this is “weapons-grade stupidity”, which will cost lives. “Following the science” does not mean cherry-picking the studies and citing only those that agree with your preexisting political ideas from right-wing publications like “City Journal”. Following science means looking at all the data. This is the purpose of a review study. You must eliminate the articles that are merely someone’s opinion or that unfairly equate apples and oranges. You must look at the actual data, evaluate the quality of that data and look at how many other studies agree with the conclusions you are touting. This is the whole point of a “peer-reviewed scientific journal”. In January of 2021, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published just such a review of studies on the efficacy of mask-wearing in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Jeremy Howard, Austin Huang, Zhiyuan Li, Zeynep Tufekci, Vladimir Zdimal, Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen, Arne von Delft, Amy Price, Lex Fridman, Lei-Han Tang, Viola Tang, Gregory L. Watson, Christina E. Bax, Reshama Shaikh, Frederik Questier, Danny Hernandez, Larry F. Chu, Christina M. Ramirez, Anne W. Rimoin, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jan 2021, 118 (4) e2014564118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2014564118

The science around the use of masks by the public to impede COVID-19 transmission is advancing rapidly. The Proceedings review, recommends using an analytical framework to examine mask usage, synthesizing the relevant scientific literature to look at multiple variables such as population impact, transmission characteristics, source control, wearer protection, sociological considerations, and implementation considerations. 

A Cochrane review (15) on physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses included 67 RCTs and observational studies. It found that “overall masks were the best performing intervention across populations, settings, and threats.” This is not to say that hand washing, physical distancing, and vaccines are not important, on the contrary when you are in a fight for your life you do everything to help win. Defeating COVID is going to involve an all-out effort at disease prevention. 

November 21, 2021
Joe Brady

Vaccines and Complementary Medicine

It’s “And” Not “Or” 

Director’s Page National Center for complimentary and Integrative Health
Helene Langevin, M.D.

Misinformation and disinformation, especially about COVID-19 vaccines, have flourished during the pandemic, leading to an “infodemic” that has exacerbated the harms caused by the virus itself. In many cases, mis/disinformation related to COVID-19 pits “natural” health against the clear and proven benefits of COVID-19 vaccines.

The challenge of accessing high-quality health information isn’t new to those who have worked in the field of complementary and integrative health research. Whether for clout, clicks, or sales, questionable online sources often promise quick fixes, make unsubstantiated health claims, or obscure safety concerns. This mis/disinformation can rob people of their ability to make sound decisions about their health.

That’s why, for two decades, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has worked to establish a rigorous and growing body of scientific knowledge about complementary and integrative health practices to support well-informed health decisions. One of our resources, Know the Science, was specifically designed to help people spot poor-quality information so they can access and apply high-quality information to their decision making.

November 14, 2021
Joe Brady

Sitting More Increases Depression and Anxiety

During the initial COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, a lot of people suddenly became more sedentary as they adhered to stay-at-home orders or opted to self-isolate. Recently published research found people who continued to spend a higher amount of time sitting in the weeks following were likely to have higher symptoms of depression. A closer investigation into this association could play a role in helping people improve their mental health.

As people adhered to stay-at-home orders or self-isolated during the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, daily commutes turned into shuffles between the bedroom and the living room. Clicking Zoom links erased time spent walking to meeting rooms, and Netflix spilled into time otherwise dedicated to the gym.

In short, a lot of people suddenly became more sedentary during the onset of the pandemic. Recently published research found people who continued to spend a higher amount of time sitting between April and June 2020 were likely to have higher symptoms of depression. A closer investigation into this association could play a role in helping people improve their mental health.

“Sitting is a sneaky behavior,” said Jacob Meyer, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University and lead author of the paper. “It’s something we do all the time without thinking about it.”

As the director of the Wellbeing and Exercise Laboratory at ISU, Meyer and his team look at how physical activity and sedentary behaviors are related to mental health, and how changes to those influence the way people think, feel and perceive the world.

November 7, 2021
Joe Brady

Walk with a Doc

Walking was recognized by the Surgeon General of the United States of America as one of the single most important things we can do for our health. Will you join us in making health and happiness accessible for all? Learn about important health topics, then walk and get fit, side-by-side with doctors, nurses, and your friends.

Simple walking improves your health. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar, elevate mood, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes. Join your doctors on a monthly walk to improve your health, learn about important health topics, and meet new friends interested in improving their health with you. You’ll get to spend time with your physicians, get to know them, and ask medical questions in an informal, relaxed, and fun way!

Join us in Park Hill this Saturday at Hiawatha – Davis Rec Center 8:00 am Saturday, November 13, 2021

  • Topic:  Medical Benefits of Exercise Hosted by Dr. Grace Alfonsi, Family Medicine Physician
  • Tai Chi warm-up before the walk

3334 Holly St – Google Maps See directions in link Meet at the corner of 33rd and Holly – Plenty of free parking

Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, Dr. Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move.

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Since that first event in 2005, Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. A doctor gives a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks, coffee, and blood pressure checks are an optional part of a Walk with a Doc event. The Walk added an Executive Director in 2009 and focused on building a program that could easily be implemented by interested doctors in other cities around the country. As a result of these efforts, the reach of Walk with a Doc now extends all around the globe with over 500 chapters worldwide, including Walk with a Future Doc chapters led by medical students!

Walk with a Doc Intro

October 25, 2021
Joe Brady

Social Technologies for Improving Healthy Behavior

New research methods in social technologies can be harnessed to quickly address urgent public health problems.

According to Dr. Sean Young the executive director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT), during the current pandemic, we have seen a tremendous increase in the use of technologies across many life and work settings. From reading books, watching movies, and playing games online to working remotely and obtaining health information through online communities and telemedicine, these technologies are augmenting and replacing many activities. Researchers and public health departments can use them to learn about and promote positive changes in people’s health-related attitudes/behaviors. For example, our group’s Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) opioid intervention teaches peer role models how to use online communities to provide social support to people with opioid use disorder and connect them to treatment. “Hackathons” can bring together key stakeholders across fields to use crowdsourced participation in addressing public health issues. Data from technologies can also inform our understanding of health-related attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes.

Join us for November Lecture on Social Technologies for Predicting/Changing Health Behavior

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) invites you to the virtual lecture for fall 2021 in our Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series.

On Tuesday, November 2 from 1–2 p.m. ET,