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When will things go back to normal? Experts say that’s the wrong question amid COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world and left countless people longing for a pre-pandemic way of life.



a man riding on the back of a bicycle:  Abdul Djiguiba, of Milwaukee, wears a mask as he gets gas at a fueling station on the corner of Green Tree Road and North 76th Street in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Gov. Tony Evers issued a new public health emergency on Tuesday to extend the statewide mask mandate until late November as cases of coronavirus accelerate around the state. - Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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 Abdul Djiguiba, of Milwaukee, wears a mask as he gets gas at a fueling station on the corner of Green Tree Road and North 76th Street in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Gov. Tony Evers issued a new public health emergency on Tuesday to extend the statewide mask mandate until late November as cases of coronavirus accelerate around the state. – Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

That desire is likely only further straining our mental health.

“Our brains really are very eager to get back to normal, to get back to January 2020,” Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts and author of a book about adapting to “the new abnormal” of COVID-19, told USA TODAY.

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But that’s simply not possible, Tsipursky said. Some losses in recent months are permanent. The dark cloud of coronavirus risk, meanwhile, will continue to linger – possibly for years. 

“Normality” means different things for different people. Tragically, for hundreds of thousands of Americans, a pre-pandemic life would include a loved one who has died of COVID-19 this year. 

For some Americans, a return to normal would mean restored health and financial stability. To others, it’s a world with concerts and gatherings, hugs and handshakes. 

There’s nothing wrong with hoping for a better, more stable future, New York University psychology professor Gabriele Oettingen told USA TODAY. But it’s important to realize that is likely a long-term fantasy, she said. 

Hope isn’t a luxury: It’s essential for mental health.

Is 6 feet really a safe distance?  There are still many questions about COVID-19. We asked experts for the answers.

A lingering threat

The fight against this highly contagious virus continues to define daily life: Cases are rising; the president was diagnosed with COVID-19; Disneyland is still closed and the death toll is comparable to some of our most tragic wars.

That won’t always be the case. Tsipursky described a scenario in which increasingly effective vaccines and treatments will slowly reduce the spread of the virus over the course of years – a gradual process, rather than a quick return to what life was like in January 2020.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has hinted at a similar future, warning that approval of a vaccine would not be an “overnight event” that quickly returns the nation to a normal way of life. Even “getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID” might not arrive until late 2021, he said in early September.

As long as the virus continues to spread, previously normal activities such as going to a bar, attending a crowded concert, or even hosting a family gathering over the holidays will continue to come with significant risks. And those risks aren’t only

Pancreas size, shape can return to normal in diabetes remission, study says

Reversing type 2 diabetes can restore the pancreas to its normal size and shape, a new study finds.

Previous research found that with remission of type 2 diabetes through significant weight loss, natural insulin-production can return to levels similar to people who have never had diabetes.

The new study is the first to show that reversing diabetes can also affect the size and shape of the pancreas, the researchers said.

The study included 64 people with type 2 diabetes and a control group 64 people without diabetes whose pancreas health was monitored for two years. At the start of the study, average pancreas volume was 20% smaller and organ borders were more irregular in people with diabetes than in the control group.

After five months of weight loss, pancreas volume was unchanged in people with diabetes who’d gone into remission — responders — as well as those who had not. But after two years, the pancreas had grown by an average of one-fifth in responders, but only about 1/12th in non-responders, the findings showed.

Responders also lost a significant amount of fat from their pancreas, at 1.6%, compared with non-responders, at around 0.5%, and achieved normal pancreas borders, the study found.

Only responders showed early and sustained improvement in beta-cell function, which is key to making and releasing insulin. After five months of weight loss, responders were making more insulin and levels were maintained at two years. There was no change in non-responders.

The findings were presented recently at an online annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

“Our previous research demonstrated the return to long-term normal glucose control, but some experts continue to claim that this is merely ‘well-controlled diabetes’ despite our demonstration of a return to normal insulin production by the pancreas,” said study leader Roy Taylor, a professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

“However, our new findings of major change in the size and shape of the pancreas are convincing evidence of return to the normal state,” he added.

Taylor noted in an association news release that large amounts of insulin cause tissues to grow or at least maintain their size.

“Normally, inside the pancreas the amounts of insulin present after a meal are very high. But in type 2 diabetes this does not happen. This new study suggests that achieving remission of type 2 diabetes restores this healthy, direct effect of insulin on the pancreas,” Taylor said.

It’s not clear why diabetes remission doesn’t occur in all patients who lose weight, said Elizabeth Robertson, director of research at Diabetes UK, which funded the study.

Type 2 diabetes affects one in 11 — or 415 million — adults worldwide.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more on type 2 diabetes.

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Pancrease size, shape can return to normal in diabetes remission, study says

Reversing type 2 diabetes can restore the pancreas to its normal size and shape, a new study finds.

Previous research found that with remission of type 2 diabetes through significant weight loss, natural insulin-production can return to levels similar to people who have never had diabetes.

The new study is the first to show that reversing diabetes can also affect the size and shape of the pancreas, the researchers said.

The study included 64 people with type 2 diabetes and a control group 64 people without diabetes whose pancreas health was monitored for two years. At the start of the study, average pancreas volume was 20% smaller and organ borders were more irregular in people with diabetes than in the control group.

After five months of weight loss, pancreas volume was unchanged in people with diabetes who’d gone into remission — responders — as well as those who had not. But after two years, the pancreas had grown by an average of one-fifth in responders, but only about 1/12th in non-responders, the findings showed.

Responders also lost a significant amount of fat from their pancreas, at 1.6%, compared with non-responders, at around 0.5%, and achieved normal pancreas borders, the study found.

Only responders showed early and sustained improvement in beta-cell function, which is key to making and releasing insulin. After five months of weight loss, responders were making more insulin and levels were maintained at two years. There was no change in non-responders.

The findings were presented recently at an online annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

“Our previous research demonstrated the return to long-term normal glucose control, but some experts continue to claim that this is merely ‘well-controlled diabetes’ despite our demonstration of a return to normal insulin production by the pancreas,” said study leader Roy Taylor, a professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

“However, our new findings of major change in the size and shape of the pancreas are convincing evidence of return to the normal state,” he added.

Taylor noted in an association news release that large amounts of insulin cause tissues to grow or at least maintain their size.

“Normally, inside the pancreas the amounts of insulin present after a meal are very high. But in type 2 diabetes this does not happen. This new study suggests that achieving remission of type 2 diabetes restores this healthy, direct effect of insulin on the pancreas,” Taylor said.

It’s not clear why diabetes remission doesn’t occur in all patients who lose weight, said Elizabeth Robertson, director of research at Diabetes UK, which funded the study.

Type 2 diabetes affects one in 11 — or 415 million — adults worldwide.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more on type 2 diabetes.

Copyright 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Normal Or Pediatric Dentistry

Are you afraid of the dentist? Now, I’m ready of not being able to afford dental care in any respect; even a cleaning is more than I pays. Still, many opponents of common healthcare in America will not be convinced. Many dentists feel that they seem too “salesy” if the workplace calls to comply with up and schedule therapy.

– Typically tumors, most cancers, or trauma may cause the emergency removal of tooth and typically insurance does not cover full restore or implants because they may think about it cosmetic. As soon as a tooth rotted away, these strands of pulp would be seen protruding from the gums.

When individuals snore a lot they go away their mouth open and air dries out the gums, causing them to change into infected. Nevertheless, patients often opt for cosmetic dentistry to enhance enamel whiteness. Dental hygiene practices normally handle to maintain your enamel wholesome.

You can find a veterinary dentist near you by visiting the American Veterinary Dental College web site. In most cases, dental sufferers go to the clinic when in a number of ache and it is subsequently essential that they are attended in the most skilled method and within the shortest period of time potential.

However, in case your gums present a distinct aspect or start to bleed often, it is very important go to a dentist. She or he is within the enterprise of maintaining and fixing teeth-that’s the place the true money is-and so all promotions should replicate the dentist’s companies, not facet jobs.…

Normal Dentistry

Should you’re searching for a dentist in Derby, you’re actually spoiled for selection (not like some elements of the UK where patients are pressured to wait lengthy durations for dental appointments). After years of great tooth decay and direct restoration, fillings which at present are made from amalgam, composites, porcelain and different blends of materials including gold, the affected person approaches the dentist with the choice of indirect restoration, implants.

Thanks on your nice hub miss healthcarepro. In case you still have dental issues, either you aren’t brushing your enamel correctly or you’re forgetting different supplementary strategies of oral hygiene. Once the gums have healed around the abutments, Dr Afar started making the customized prosthesis, requiring several workplace visits.

People who are careworn get sick more typically, and endure more deeply, and sufferers confused -typically by the monetary prices of their therapies- have a much tougher time recovering. I never thought, nor even DARED to compare an expert dental office to what most people incorrectly label as “sleazy automobile salesmen”.

An excessive amount of gum tissue makes it very prominent and bothers some folks, whereas others have receding gums. Sufferers depart the dental workplace with an exquisite new smile with totally practical teeth. Flossing is also crucial for wholesome gums. Numerous studies have shown that patients who have experienced gum illness should have their enamel cleaned every three months to forestall recurrence or continuation of the disease.

Some sufferers could also be allergic to mercury or silver used in amalgam, inform your dentist earlier than present process any dental treatment. Vita Choose is a technique kills the damaging micro organism in pockets of gums 3 times deeper than another standard means.…