News from ACOI

Nutrition, Hunger, and Public Health

Processed foods and fast foods are a public health threat and create a risk of obesity and contribute to the rise of chronic diseases. MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI, discusses public health and nutrition, and the role of physicians in identifying patients suffering from food insecurity.

Omicron - Have Vaccines Met Their Match?

Why are there so many breakthrough infections with the Omicron variant? Dr. Dery advises us to remind our patients that vaccines are like seat belts and explains why the Omicron variant is creating such a dramatic rise in cases.

How the Expansion of Medicaid Affects Healthcare Inequities

Inequity in healthcare starts when states don’t expand Medicaid. MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI, discusses how states that have expanded Medicaid have the money and resources to provide much-needed care access to vulnerable communities compared to the twelve states that have not.

The Omicron Variant and Inequity of Vaccine Distribution

As the newest variant, Omicron has reared its head, causing new concerns about its potential effects, MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI, says the underlying problem is inequity of vaccine distribution.

Social Determinants of Health

A World Economic Forum survey shared at the UN General Assembly last week revealed that very few people see health in the context of being influenced by social determinants such as the influence of housing, food insecurity, employment and inequities. Tune in to see MarkAlain, Dery, DO, FACOI, discuss the findings and how better health policy can be shaped when lawmakers have the full picture.

Gun Violence is a Public Health Threat

Gun violence is on the rise and is a dangerous public health threat. MarkAlain, Dery, DO, FACOI, believes that practicing deep listening with patients helps spot potential concerns like domestic violence and helps to identify patients trending toward acts of violence. Find out about one organization founded by a physician that views gun violence as a public health threat that must be treated based on the fundamentals of chronic disease management.

What is Long COVID and What Are The Symptoms?

A recent study finds that those previously hospitalized with COVID-19 have a significant risk of developing cardiovascular disease even a year after. MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI also discusses the inflated price of the new Merck COVID drug and some hopeful news about a malaria vaccine.

How Physicians Can Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

Too many Americans are making the decision to forgo the COVID-19 vaccine based on misinformation oftentimes spread on social media. MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI, discusses how some of those consequences have been fatal and how physicians can help stop the rumors.

Physician Suicide Awareness and the Lorna Breen Act

As rates of suicide are increasing, we are seeing an “epidemic within a pandemic.” MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI explores the facts and what DOs can do to recognize at-risk patients and well as signs from colleagues who may have suicidal ideations. Physicians are at risk as one of the occupations with the highest suicide death rates. Let’s be there for each other.

The Impact of Hurricane Ida on COVID-19

On the morning after Hurricane Ida, MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI reports from City Hall in New Orleans on the impact of the storm in terms of the COVID-19 surge hitting the US and specifically the South where the vaccinated population is under 50%. He advises providers to remind patients in hurricane-prone areas to get vaccinated.

Intimate Partner Violence and HIV; Transgender Health Policies in the US

MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI discusses a study that reveals that intimate partner violence leads to worse HIV outcomes and an additional study revealing the urgent need for prioritizing transgender health policies in the US.

COVID-19 in Children; Updates on Vaccination for Pregnant Women

Kids are going back to school and school districts are pitted against some governors on mask mandates; we have a large population of unvaccinated pregnant women and the danger of the Delta variant; some hotspots that are putting hospitals over capacity creating a strain on all of us in healthcare.

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