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Study reveals why some blame Asian Americans for COVID-19
A blend of racial prejudice, poor coping and partisan media viewing were found in Americans who stigmatized people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. (2020-10-20)
COVID-19 pandemic drives innovation in diabetes care
The COVID-19 pandemic has jumpstarted innovation in health care delivery and allowed for real-world testing of diabetes care models in unprecedented ways, according to a manuscript published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2020-10-20)
Most psoriasis patients taking immunosuppressants survive COVID-19
Patients with psoriasis who are taking drugs that affect their immune system have high rates of survival from COVID-19. (2020-10-20)
New tool predicts risks of hospital admission and death from Covid-19
A new risk tool, developed by UK researchers to predict a person's risk of being admitted to hospital and dying from Covid-19 has been published by The BMJ today. (2020-10-20)
New risk model estimates likelihood of death or hospitalization from COVID-19
Evidence-based model uses a range of factors such as age, sex, ethnicity and existing medical conditions to predict risk of death or hospitalization from COVID-19. (2020-10-20)
Fear of COVID-19 raises risk of depression among Soweto's deprived communities
A STUDY into the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the mental health of people in Soweto has found a significant link between symptoms of depression and how likely people felt they were to be infected. (2020-10-19)
COVID-19 pandemic has dramatic impact on osteoporosis management, finds new global study
A new study published prior to World Osteoporosis Day finds that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected management of non-communicable diseases, is markedly impacting the management of osteoporosis as judged by access to online FRAX fracture risk assessments. (2020-10-19)
Natural disaster preparations may aid businesses' pandemic response
The benefits of preparing for natural disasters may extend to scenarios outside of earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires. (2020-10-19)
Journal series gives in-depth look at COVID-19's impact on the heart
Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the virus on the heart has become more prevalent, with clinicians acting in real time to effectively help heart disease patients and those at higher risk who contract coronavirus. (2020-10-19)
COVID: women are less likely to put themselves in danger
Women's attitudes and behaviors may have contributed to their reduced vulnerability and mortality. (2020-10-16)
In recovering COVID-19 patients, antibodies fade quickly
This week in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers report that antibody levels in the blood of COVID-19 patients drop rapidly during the weeks after their bodies have cleared the virus and symptoms have subsided. (2020-10-16)
LGBTQ+ campus centers 'more important than ever' argue scholars
In a new commentary piece, scholars from Lehigh University and Ohio State University argue that LGBTQ+ college and university campus resource centers are essential to the health, well-being and academic achievement of LGBTQ+ students. (2020-10-16)
The mental health impact of pandemics for front line health care staff
New research shows the impact that pandemics have on the mental health of front-line health care staff. (2020-10-16)
Utilizing telemedicine in the ER can reduce wait times and patient length of stay
Telemedicine has become more common given the current global pandemic. (2020-10-16)
New study highlights the role of risk communication in coping with COVID-19
New research from the International Joint Laboratory of Cognitive and Behavioural Scienc (iLCBC) at ZZNU demonstrates the importance of risk communication aimed at encouraging appropriate countermeasures against virus outbreaks. (2020-10-16)
Congenital heart defects may not increase the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms
People with congenital heart disease had a lower-than-expected risk for severe symptoms from COVID-19, a new study has found. (2020-10-16)
Research finds that blue-light glasses improve sleep and workday productivity
During the pandemic, the amount of screen time for many people working and learning from home as well as binge-watching TV has sharply increased. (2020-10-15)
Personality traits affect shelter at home compliance
A worldwide survey conducted during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic found that people with certain common personality traits were less likely to shelter at home when government policies were less restrictive, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2020-10-15)
Public health experts fear devastating impact of flu and COVID-19 on vulnerable adults
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) issued a new Call to Action report detailing the risks of co-infection with influenza (flu) and COVID-19 in adults with chronic health conditions, and the importance of flu vaccination during the 2020-2021 season. (2020-10-15)
Predicting influenza epidemics
Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, have developed a unique method to predict influenza epidemics by combining several sources of data. (2020-10-15)
Will the COVID-19 virus become endemic?
A new article in the journal Science by Columbia Mailman School researchers Jeffrey Shaman and Marta Galanti explores the potential for the COVID-19 virus to become endemic, a regular feature producing recurring outbreaks in humans. (2020-10-15)
New study to assess pandemic's impact on Canadian veterans and their spouses
Lawson Health Research Institute and the Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are partnering with a population at high risk of mental illness - Canadian Veterans and spouses of Canadian Veterans - to study how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-10-15)
Swallowing, communication management of tracheostomy, laryngectomy in context of COVID-19
This review synthesizes the literature regarding tracheostomy and laryngectomy management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-10-15)
Fraction of money earmarked for COVID-19 recovery could boost climate efforts
Global stimulus plans for economic recovery after the pandemic could easily cover climate-friendly policies, suggests new study. (2020-10-15)
Survey: More US Adults want the government to have a bigger role in improving peoples' lives than before the pandemic
The share of US adults who support an active government role in society increased by more than 40 percent during the initial pandemic response--up from 24 percent in September 2019 to 34 percent in April 2020. (2020-10-15)
Chronic disease and public health failures fuel COVID-19 pandemic
Australia was not spared as a 30-year global rise in chronic illness and related risk factors such as obesity, high blood sugar, and outdoor air pollution created a perfect storm to fuel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, new research shows. (2020-10-15)
What San Diego's Hepatitis A outbreak can teach us during COVID-19
The disconnect between the public and government agencies, and how information is communicated on social media during an outbreak was the focus of a study by San Diego State University researchers. (2020-10-15)
Only 7% of US school districts in poorer, ethnic minority populations to reopen this fall
US schools in poor districts with large non-white student populations are less likely to reopen fully this academic year, according to a major new study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of School Choice. (2020-10-14)
Biggest CO2 drop: Real-time data show COVID-19's massive impact on global emissions
While the ongoing Corona pandemic continues to threaten millions of lives around the world, the first half of 2020 saw an unprecedented decline in CO2 emissions -- larger than during the financial crisis of 2008, the oil crisis of the 1979, or even World War II. (2020-10-14)
Studies offer new evidence for possible link between blood type & COVID-19 susceptibility
Two studies published today in Blood Advances suggest people with blood type O may have a lower risk of COVID-19 infection and reduced likelihood of severe outcomes, including organ complications, if they do get sick. (2020-10-14)
New study suggests crucial role for lymphocytes in asymptomatic COVID-19 infection
A retrospective study of 52 COVID-19 patients, published this week in mSphere, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, may help researchers better understand why not everyone show symptoms of the disease. (2020-10-14)
Stay in touch with your emotions to reduce pandemic-induced stress
The coronavirus has ushered in a lot of stress. A team of psychologists at the University of Iowa say people can reduce stress by identifying their emotions and taking mindful action to address them. (2020-10-14)
A new toolkit for capturing how COVID-19 impacts crime
A new set of assessment tools shows promise in capturing how the COVID-19 pandemic affects patterns of criminal activity. (2020-10-14)
Blood test could identify COVID-19 patients at risk of 'cytokine storm' hyperinflammation
Southampton researchers have identified a blood profile that could help identify COVID-19 patients at greatest risk of deterioration and direct them towards trials of specific treatments that could modify their immune systems' responses. (2020-10-14)
COVID-19 lockdowns averted tens of thousands of premature deaths related to air pollution
Scientists at Notre Dame found that particulate matter concentrations in China dropped by an unprecedented 29.7 percent, and by 17.1 percent in parts of Europe, during lockdowns that took place between Feb. (2020-10-14)
The Lancet: Herd immunity approaches to COVID-19 control are a 'dangerous fallacy', say authors of open letter
A group of 80 researchers warn that a so-called herd immunity approach to managing COVID-19 by allowing immunity to develop in low-risk populations while protecting the most vulnerable is 'a dangerous fallacy unsupported by the scientific evidence'. (2020-10-14)
Concerns about violence increase in California amid COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been linked to an estimated 110,000 firearm purchases in California and increases in individuals' worries about violence, according to a new study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Program (VPRP). (2020-10-14)
Pandemic lockdowns caused steep and lasting carbon dioxide decline
Climate experts today released an assessment of carbon dioxide emissions by industry, transportation and other sectors from January through June, showing that this year's pandemic lockdowns resulted in a 9 percent decline from 2019 levels. (2020-10-14)
Forty percent of renters can't afford essentials as a result of COVID-19
Almost 40% of Australian tenant households can't afford essentials such as bills, clothing, transport and food, after paying rent, because their incomes have reduced significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has found. (2020-10-14)
Perception of risk and optimism barriers in behavior during coronavirus
Until a vaccine and/or effective cure for COVID-19 becomes available, battling the current pandemic strongly relies on how well people follow behavioural advice, such as adhering to local restrictions, social distancing rules, and engaging in effective personal hygiene. (2020-10-13)
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