Diet of ultra-processed foods linked to higher depression risk long term
“The more that a person’s daily calories come from ultra-processed foods, the more likely they are to experience depression long-term, a new study suggests. The association between these foods and depression persisted regardless of sex, body mass index, age, marital status, social living situation, or level of physical activity.”

Produce Prescription Programs Yield Positive Health Benefits for Participants, Study Finds
“Around the country, non-profits and local governments are testing the idea of food as medicine through “produce prescription programs”—with promising results, according to researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Expands Access to HIV PrEP, but Inequities Remain a Challenge
“On August 22, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention recommendations in JAMA. Cases of HIV in the United States declined by nearly 10 percent between 2017 and 2021, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), partially because of expanded access to antiviral medication called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) — but gross inequities remain an issue.”

FDA warns against using certain eye drops over microbial contamination
“(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against buying or using certain eye drops from Dr. Berne’s and LightEyez due to microbial contamination.”

COVID EG.5 Variant Symptoms Experts Say You Need To Watch For
“The symptoms of Eris are similar to previous strains of the virus, but Eris may be able to more easily elude antibodies that people have developed from previous infection or vaccines.”

Bayer and Kroger Team to Help Improve Access to Health and Nutrition in Rural America
“WHIPPANY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bayer, one of the country’s largest life-sciences companies, announced today its campaign to remind rural America to “Take Care, Now” and help alleviate care deserts in rural America, areas significantly impacted by both food insecurity and limited access to healthcare. Today, 90 percent of counties with the highest food insecurity rates are rural and rural communities represent nearly two-thirds of primary care health professional shortage areas in the country.”

Popular AI Tools Can Hurt Your Mental Health, New Study Finds
“However, treading lightly is essential with generative AI tools. According to recent research from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, popular AI tools have been providing users with harmful content surrounding eating disorders around 41% of the time. This has the potential to encourage or exacerbate eating disorder symptoms.”

What is silent walking? The latest viral workout trend has some intriguing benefits
“We’ve all heard the advice that going for a run will clear your head or that spending time outdoors can give you a fresh perspective on a problem, but a recent viral TikTok trend is marrying the two in an unexpectedly helpful way. It’s called silent walking, and it combines the health benefits of nature, exercise and meditation to center and calm its many participants.”