Van driving down road toward red rocks

It was only a year ago, in March 2020, that the spread of COVID-19 forced travel restrictions around the world. Few who were traveling during those confusing weeks will forget the commotion that resulted. As borders closed and airlines announced flight cancellations, airports filled with people struggling to get home, and the lineups at security…

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Many have stepped up over the past year to provide support and compassion during the pandemic – but some have stepped up with four legs, not two. Yes, we mean dogs. Very, very good dogs. It’s time those dogs got recognition (and treats) for their service. In particular, we’re grateful for the dogs adopted from…

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During the holiday season, spikes in health-related illnesses and hospital admissions are all too common. Research attributes this to a variety of factors, including weather-related falls, holiday drinking and overeating, seasonal flu, avoidance of care, and emotional stress. How can we flag at-risk individuals to predict, and possibly prevent, health crises at this time of…

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Vaccines, considered one of the most important advances in modern medicine, have greatly improved our quality of life by reducing or eliminating many infectious diseases. Worldwide, immunization can prevent up to 3 million deaths per year. Vaccines are “one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions,” according to the World Health Organization. As…

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When George Floyd was murdered by police on May 25, protests spread quickly throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. In our most recent Carrot Health Insights, we discussed the connection between public health and public safety. Our data tells a clear story: the same behavioral, economic, social, and environmental risk factors that contribute to disparities in…

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“If there ain’t no justice, then there ain’t no peace”– Prince Prince was not alive to write a song about George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. But Baltimore, one of the last singles Prince produced, was about Freddy Gray, a 25-year old Black man who died in police custody in 2015. Referring to…

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Emergency Department

A badly cut hand… a child’s piercing earache in the middle of the night… a car accident that leaves someone fighting for life… hospital emergency departments (EDs) are indispensable resources for treating injuries and sudden illnesses. There are times when the nearby ED may be the best or only option. EDs, however, are healthcare’s most…

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Infectious disease outbreaks like the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are frightening and disruptive. As a society, we have two major toolkits at our disposal to limit the spread of outbreaks, and to minimize their impact on health, life, and the economy. The first toolkit is direct medical intervention. Right now, public health officials, medical researchers…

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Teachers are often evaluated by how well students perform on standardized tests. Yet so many factors driving student performance are beyond their control. Are students properly nourished? Do they have stable home lives and safe communities? Are they suffering from trauma or abuse, or facing emotional and psychological challenges? Do they have ready access to…

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This week, during the end-of-year rush, we took some time out at Carrot Health to analyze how health is affected by the holidays. We were intrigued by one particular question: does loneliness in senior citizens impact their health status? Loneliness is a tricky condition to measure mathematically. But using our vast database of consumer information,…

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