Healthcare Knuggets

Jun 07, 2024

Hey there, health enthusiasts! I’ve got some exciting news to share with you today. First up, Harvard Medical School has just launched a Better Balance Online Course to help improve your stability and prevent falls. This course includes 44 exercise videos narrated by fitness instructor Michele Stanten and offers practical tips to help you stay steady on your feet. It’s a great way to stay active and confident, no matter your age!

In other news, researchers are advocating for hospitals to implement routine screening practices for cannabis use, similar to alcohol. A study found that 17% of patients had used cannabis within the past three months, and understanding how patients use weed to manage symptoms could be critical information for healthcare providers.

On the vaccine front, Finland is preparing to offer bird flu vaccines to people at risk of exposure to the H5N1 bird flu, and the FDA’s vaccine advisory panel has recommended updating this fall’s Covid-19 shots to target viruses in the Omicron’s JN.1 lineage.

Additionally, there’s a growing awareness of the impact of climate change on public health, with two-thirds of Americans seeing it as a significant threat. And a Medicaid experiment supporting comprehensive and crisis mental health care at community clinics is expanding to 10 new states, providing sustainable funding to help clinics that serve low-income patients.

Lastly, water-based exercise has been highlighted for its unique advantages that can’t be achieved on land. So, whether it’s improving your stability, staying updated on vaccine news, or prioritizing mental health, there are plenty of ways to stay proactive and healthy this season. Stay tuned for more updates, and remember to prioritize your well-being!

Stay healthy and active,


Stay Well!