A look at three of the top health stories in the news from the past week to keep you Health Smart.
YORK, Pennsylvania —
Low vitamin D increases the risk of diabetes in black Americans
Ohio State University researchers analyzed two studies involving nearly 9,000 people to see how low levels of vitamin D affect black Americans.
They found that as blood levels of vitamin D fell in the study population, the risk of developing diabetes increased. Researchers say they want more studies done in the future to find out why this is so.
Reinfection with COVID-19 can be more deadly than the first case
A new study found that patients who got COVID-19 more than once had double the risk of death and more than three times the risk of hospitalization compared to those who got the virus just once.
Researchers say people with repeated infections were also more than three times more likely to develop lung problems or heart disease and 60% more likely to develop neurological disorders.
Amazon launches virtual health clinic
“Amazon Clinic” is a virtual platform where users can connect with healthcare providers to help treat common ailments and get their medication delivered to their homes.
In 2018, the company purchased online pharmacy PillPack to complement its own pharmacy that allows users to purchase over-the-counter medications through Amazon Prime memberships that are delivered in two days.
Amazon says its new virtual clinic will operate in 32 states, but it doesn’t include health insurance and prices, which vary depending on the provider.
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