Health

Monkeypox Declared A Public Health Emergency In The U.S.

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Alex Wong / Getty As the number of monkeypox cases has risen in the United States, the federal government has seen enough to declare it a public health emergency. On Thursday (August 4th), the Biden administration declared that the monkeypox outbreak was a significant enough risk to Americans to declare a public health emergency. The declaration by Health Secretary Xavier Becerra makes it the fifth time it has been used since 2001, and it allows federal agencies the power to expeditiously direct money towards evaluating and developing drugs and vaccines. The declaration also releases emergency funding and allows for the hiring of additional workers. “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level,” Secretary Becerra said during the briefing held at...

Say What?: Unvaccinated New Yorker Contracts Polio Becoming The First Known In Case In A Decade

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Smith Collection/Gado / Getty The world just can’t seem to catch a break from these viruses. First COVID-19, then Monkeypox, and now POLIO. An Unvaccinated New Yorker Contracted Polio In A Unique Way The Associated Press reports an unvaccinated young adult from New York contracted polio, becoming the first known case in the United States in a decade, health officials said. The infected individual lives in Rockland County and developed paralysis a month ago, one of the virus’s devastating symptoms it inflicts on its host. Health officials say the person did not travel outside of the country. Health officials are currently trying to determine how the person caught polio, but it appears they had “a vaccine-derived strain of the virus,” possibly catching it f...

Monkeypox Surges In DC, Health Officials Move To Distribute Vaccines As They Become Available

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: YUKI IWAMURA / Getty It feels like America is in a “fresh out the frying pan into the fire” situation as the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to settle and another virus is starting to emerge. Monkeypox, y’all—f***** monkeypox. According to WTOP News, Washington D.C. is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of monkeypox per capita in the nation with a reported 122 cases, which, fortunately, no one has died from. And now, D.C.health officials are distributing a monkeypox vaccine to citizens as fast as federal healthcare sources can make them available. (If you listen closely, you can hear the faint sound of a million anti-vaxxers revving up their “it’s all a leftist government conspiracy theory” engines simultaneously.) “Anyone who comes into contact with...

WHO Advisor Suggests Monkeypox Spread by European Raves

Dr. David Heymann, former head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergencies department and now a leading advisor, suggested that sexual transmission at two raves in Spain and Belgium may have spurred the recent outbreak of Monkeypox. However, names and details of the events were not shared. “We know monkeypox can spread when there is close contact with the lesions of someone who is infected, and it looks like sexual contact has now amplified that transmission,” Heymann told The Associated Press. Symptoms of Monkeypox—similar to past cases of smallpox though clinically less severe—include fevers, chills, muscle pains, headaches, and lesions on the face or genitals. The recovery period is usually a few weeks and does not require hospitalization. In the past, Monkeypox has typically s...

Killer Mike Teams Up With Black Barbers For Mental Health Awareness

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: The Confess Project / The Confess Project Killer Mike is all about helping the community, and the latest example of that has him teaming up with a non-profit that trains Black barbers to be mental health advocates for a new initiative. Source: The Confess Project / The Confess Project The Confess Project announced on Wednesday, May 12 that they are hosting a Mental Health Awareness Day and that they’re partnering with The Swag Shop, a barbershop run by veteran MC and one half of Run The Jewels, Killer Mike, to host the event. Founded in 2016 in Arkansas, The Confess Project is a movement dedicated to training Black barbers about mental health awareness so that they can help foster a strong culture of good mental health among Black men and boys in a safe s...

Halsey Reveals Detailed Health Struggles Ahead of Tour: ‘I’ve Been Sick Most of My Adult Life’

Halsey isn’t a woman, she’s a god. At least, that’s what some might think upon hearing how fiercely she’s powering through her various medical issues. In an Instagram Stories video reel posted Tuesday (May 10), the 27-year-old “Nightmare” singer opened up about what they’ve been going through these past few months — from learning about allergies to “literally everything” to several health condition diagnoses — as well as how all of it is going to affect their upcoming Love and Power tour. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news “I know a lot of you guys have been wondering what’s going on with my health,” the star began, addressing fans’ concern over an Instagram photo showing her wearing a heart monitor and a recent TikTok she made revealing t...

DanceSafe Upgrades Drug-Checking Instructions for Maximum Harm Reduction

Non-profit organization DanceSafe has officially released their updated drug-checking instructions. Although they have always been precise and user-friendly, these lifesaving guides are now as transparent as possible so anyone can understand and use them correctly. “After over a year, many 12-hour co-working days, blood, sweat, tears, discussions with global allies in drug checking, nit-picky editing, designing and redesigning and redesigning, we’ve completely upgraded ALL of our drug checking instructions,” DanceSafe announced in an Instagram post. “We’re really proud of them. Please take advantage of them.” Now shipping with every new order, the instructions are also available as PDFs on the DanceSafe store product pages. Operating under the principles...

This Portable Sauna Blanket Is The Antidote To Post-Workout Soreness

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SPIN may receive an affiliate commission. If you’ve abandoned your grand New Years’ plan of finally getting back into pre-pandemic shape, you’re not alone. Only 25-percent of people follow through with their plans to actually get into shape. Much of this is due to the initial workout hangover, which is the post-exercise soreness that makes it difficult to hit the gym. Luckily, you can ease your recovery by visiting a sauna or, with HigherDOSE’s Infrared Sauna Blanket, you can do so without even leaving your house. The HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket brings all the benefits of visiting the sauna to your home. This portable blanket will intensify calorie-burning workouts and promote recovery while a...

Real health benefits will come when medicine and the Metaverse collide

The world is becoming more connected as cryptocurrency, blockchain, nonfungible token projects, the Metaverse and other online communities gain popularity. However, we’re also seeing rates of depression and feelings of isolation and loneliness skyrocket. This development is certainly not causal, but it is something to consider as younger generations become more involved in virtual spaces. The global COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a national mental health crisis. Mental Health America reported that 47.1 million people in the U.S. are living with a mental health condition. That’s one in five Americans, folks.  Unsettling as those figures may be, progress is being made with modern therapies and treatments in and out of virtual worlds. Would you consider logging onto your computer to m...

New York State To End Indoor School Mask Mandate This Week

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / Getty The governor of New York State has seen enough of a decline in coronavirus rates to make the decision to end the statewide mask mandate in schools, which will take effect this week. On Sunday (February 27th), Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the mandate would be lifted after consulting with health and educational experts and taking declining COVID-19 trends into account. The lifting of the mandate would take place throughout the state on March 2nd. “With more New Yorkers getting vaccinated, and the steady decline over the past several weeks in cases and hospitalizations from Omicron, we are now entering a new phase of the pandemic. Because New Yorkers have stepped up, we can confidently remove the statewide mask requirement in...

What Exactly Is “Red Covid”?

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Andrew Lichtenstein / Getty As the COVID-19 pandemic is in its third year in the United States, an unfortunate reason it has stuck around so long has been due to those engaging in partisan politics debating its existence and refusing to take the vaccines and other measures. Now that divide is represented in a new phenomenon – “red Covid”. In a detailed report from the New York Times, there is a noticeable disparity between those who identify as Republican voters and those who identify as Democrat voters who opted to get the COVID-19 vaccination shots. This gap, which at one point in a poll last October showed that 86 percent of Democratic voters got at least one shot as opposed to 60 percent of Republican voters, seems to be narrowing but only slightly. A...

The virus killer: How blockchain contributes to the fight against COVID-19

On Jan. 30, the South China Morning Post reported that one of the largest Asian pharmaceutical companies, Zuellig, had launched a blockchain-based system to track the quality of COVID-19 vaccines. Called “eZTracker,” it allows any user to “instantly verify the provenance and authenticity” of vaccines by scanning the QR code on the package. Somewhat surprisingly, throughout the pandemic, there have not been many reports of blockchain-based products adopted by big pharma or global healthcare organizations to bolster the anti-COVID effort. Here is a rundown of the major cases of such adoption, along with possible reasons for the limited interest in blockchain among healthcare officials.  South Korea: Blockchain vaccine passports In April 2021, the South Korean government became the first...