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    Popular food truck chef now free of COVID-19, but still has long road to recovery

    MIAMI – Ray Burdier is weak, but he’s grateful to be alive. The 56-year-old who runs the popular Pizza En Fuego food truck in Miami spent part of the summer in a coma and hooked to a ventilator at Mercy Hospital after contracting COVID-19 in July. “I still got the scar from the mask where they turn you upside down,” he said. In total, seven members of his family tested positive for COVID-19. Neither his family nor his own doctors knew if he’d survive in the hospital’s Covid wing. “Everybody in the room, there were six people there, I was   Read More

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    War On Vaccines: Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine Claims A Vegetarian Diet Makes COVID-19 Mortality Drop

    The animal rights activist group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has an op-ed in American Journal of Medicine claiming that if you want the COVID-19 vaccine to work ‘better’, whatever that is supposed to mean, adopt a vegetarian diet. It’s easy to dunk on people taking ivermectin, they are dumb Republicans according to science-y Twitter, but this kind of nonsense is just as reckless if we want the public to trust in decision-making. I certainly would not want to visit Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where the lead author of the opinion piece teaches. Ivermectin uses bad correlation, as do   Read More

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    Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable? A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian (those that exclude meat but include fish) had a lower risk of developing moderate-to-severe COVID-19. Additionally, the study found that those who said they eat a low-carbohydrate or high-protein diet seemed to have an increased risk of contracting moderate-to-severe COVID-19. This may make it   Read More

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    Got your COVID-19 shot? Here’s how to get free sandwiches and beer.

    We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining on patios. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world. Here’s what you may have missed this week: Gourmet Kreyòl food truck. —BeYou Photos There’s a new food truck in the works: Haitian food truck Gourmet Kreyòl gets ready to hit the streets. Top Shelf Cookies will open in Dorchester soon   Read More

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    Black and Latinx people with HIV: Resilience during COVID-19

    Share on PinterestA new study looks at the experiences of Black and Latinx long-term survivors of HIV during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic who come from low income households. Valeriia Kuznetsova/Getty Images People of color from low income households have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For people living with HIV, surviving a pandemic is not a completely novel experience. A new study explores the strategies of Black and Latinx long-term HIV survivors in the early months of the current pandemic. All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication.   Read More

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    Can zinc levels predict COVID-19 severity?

    Share on PinterestA new study looks at the links between zinc and COVID-19 severity. Stefania Pelfini, La Waziya Photography/Getty Images A recent study examined the links between zinc levels in people hospitalized with COVID-19 and both disease progression and outcome. The study found that participants with low zinc levels had a 21{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} mortality rate compared with 5{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} in those with healthy zinc levels. The time to clinical recovery was approximately three times less in those with healthy serum zinc levels. The authors conclude that serum zinc levels could help predict the outcome of individuals with COVID-19. Zinc is a   Read More

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    Can veganism really lower a person’s COVID-19 risk?

    A vegan or plant-based diet cannot prevent a person from developing COVID-19, but it may help support a healthy immune system. This in turn could aid in SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention and lower the risk of severe symptoms. Plant-based diets can also decrease a person’s risk of obesity and chronic diseases. These are conditions that tend to worsen the outcome of COVID-19. This article explores plant-based diets and their health benefits in relation to COVID-19 and otherwise. It also looks at how a vegan diet could decrease the risk factors for more severe effects of COVID-19. There is no specific diet   Read More

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    EXCLUSIVE: Adams looks to create urban farming sustainability in NYC communities hardest hit by COVID-19

    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams believes it is time to stop placing Band-Aids on the bleeding vein of food insecurity and, instead, take meaningful actions to revolutionize access to affordable and healthy food. Adams is scheduled to host a virtual press conference later this morning — Feb. 21 — where he will discuss new proposals regarding the importance of health during this critical time in the pandemic as New York attempts to carve a path to recovery. amNewYork Metro was given first   Read More

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    I’m A Food Writer And I Lost My Sense Of Taste To COVID-19

    It’s not unusual for human beings to forge strong emotional connections to food. We all know that feeling of satisfaction or pleasant nostalgia when we take a bite of our favorite dish or partake in the ritual of eating. But when you make a living as a food writer, the stakes associated with your personal palate become even higher. I’ve been writing about the food and beverage world as a freelance journalist for several years, and I’ve now reached the point where my entire livelihood comes from sharing stories about ingredients, culinary techniques, recipes and memorable flavors. And that’s why,   Read More

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    Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response

    When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households. Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options. Reports from various countries highlight concerns about the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic response measures on food supplies, whether due to shortages, price rises or cash constraints. Even in rich countries, anxiety about possible shortages   Read More

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