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The state has passed a peak of new infections driven by the omicron variant, but a backlog of positive tests is keeping daily numbers high.
Can the label "consumer complaint" on a chocolate chip cookie sway how people think it tastes? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams explores a study that highlights the power of negativity in people's food preferences.
While there are encouraging signs that the worst of omicron is over, hospitalizations remain high.
Social distancing means fewer people are giving out hugs. In this "Health Fusion" column, Viv Williams explores the health benefits of human touch and shares info she's learned about safe hugging practices.

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An injection of your own fat into the sole of your foot may help plantar fasciitis pain. In this episode of NewsMD's Health Fusion, Viv Williams checks out the details of a new study.
The federal government has mandated 100% staff vaccination in order to receive Medicaid or Medicare funds. That draws closer as 100% of nursing home staff must have their first dose on Thursday, Jan. 27. The state nursing home member association believes 30-35 facilities could face loss of federal funding at the final deadline in March.
The state health department on Wednesday, Jan. 26, reported 1,553 hospitalizations and 15,572 new cases of COVID-19.
Modeling scientists say cases and hospitalizations now in decline, but have a long way to go. With 1 in 4 residents already infected, the state could see up to 1 in every 2 Minnesotans having been infected by mid-March.
Essentia Health serves as a clinical research site supporting ACTIV-6 by referring eligible study participants. It will enroll and monitor patients’ progress throughout the study’s 90-day follow-up period and will assist them with any questions or concerns that arise.
What do your eyes have to do with heart disease? In this episode of NewMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams explains how a trip to the optometrist could help predict your risk of heart attack, thanks to AI technology.

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A recent surge in cases may have reached its peak statewide, though hospitalizations and new cases remain high.
Men who worry may be at increased of getting heart disease younger. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams has details of a new study about the potential negative effects of worrying.
The ACTIV-6 clinical trial will include the study of fluticasone, fluvoxamine and ivermectin to treat mild to moderate COVID infection.

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