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Hospitals and clinics among most dangerous workplaces; 4,000 steps a day may keep death at bay; Extreme heat could impact birth control - Morning Medical Update


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Hospitals and clinics among most dangerous workplaces

According to the Associated Press, before COVID, health care workers suffered more violence than law enforcement officers. Now, things have gotten even worse. For example, Scripps Health found at least one staff member is attacked on the job every day across its health system. There are ongoing efforts in hospitals and in Congress to make these settings safer.

4,000 steps a day may keep death at bay

New research shows that people may no longer need to take 10,000 steps a day to improve their health. The new threshold is now 4,000 steps a day, with every additional 1,000 steps lowering death risk by 15%. The study followed almost a quarter of a million participants from across the globe.

Extreme heat could impact birth control

Emergency contraceptives, condoms, and pregnancy tests can all sustain damage from extreme heat exposure. Those in the states experiencing the highest temperatures are also living in states with abortion bans. Experts warn people not to keep these supplies in their cars where temperatures can soar to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Many of the supplies sustain damage above 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

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