Medical Notes this week…


Trust for doctors and their treatments has historically been low among African Americans. Now a group of Black physicians has created a task force to vet government decisions about COVID-19, including treatments and a possible vaccine. STAT News reports that the task force from the National Medical Association was created to address fears that covid decisions may be made for political and not medical reasons. The virus has disproportionately affected the Black population.

College students and other young adults have gotten a lot of the blame for recent spikes in COVID-19 rates… but their behavior isn’t because they don’t take the pandemic seriously. Surveys by the University of Michigan show that many youths don’t understand just how strict social distancing has to be in order to work, or that restrictions are more than a short-term requirement. The survey finds youths don’t want to be told only what they can’t do—they want to know what they can do safely.

A small study in the journal Cephalalgia shows that green light exposure cut the number of headache days by about 60%…and cut pain when they did occur by about 60%.

And finally… migraine headaches are the third most prevalent illness in the world. But exposure to the right kind of green light can make sufferers feel much better. A small study in the journal Cephalalgia shows that green light exposure cut the number of headache days by about 60%…and cut pain when they did occur by about 60%. But not just any green light will do. Researchers say it has to be the right intensity, frequency, and exposure time to work.

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