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Study: COVID-19 pandemic has negatively influenced subjective well-being
The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected many people's subjective well-being. This is the result of a long-term study involving 979 people from Germany conducted by psychologists from Leipzig University and Saint Louis University. It found that in the early stage of the pandemic average life satisfaction and the experience of positive feelings decreased significantly. The findings have now been published in ''American Psychologist'' (2020-07-28)

K-State researcher, collaborators study virulence of pandemic H1N1 virus
Laboratory studies at Kansas State University and the work of a K-State researcher are making headway in the effort to control the pandemic H1N1 virus. Juergen Richt is leading in vitro research to develop better testing tools, creating a (2009-07-30)

Economists: Lack of COVID-19 preparedness in line with previous findings
The threat of a catastrophic pandemic in 2014 -- the West African Ebola outbreak -- did little to change the perception of US citizens regarding the importance of preparing for future outbreaks, (2020-05-14)

Study shows incorporating telemedicine helps surgical practices
A new study that records patient volume at Stony Brook Medicine's Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center reveals that follow-up telehealth visits are highly effective during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgery, serves as an example that surgical practices can continue to thrive with the help of telemedicine during the pandemic. (2020-12-18)

UTSA researchers study the effects of parental job loss on families during the pandemic
A team of UTSA researchers has discovered that economic implications because of COVID-19 can have a devastating ripple effect on children. Monica Lawson, assistant professor of psychology, Megan Piel, assistant professor of social work and Michaela Simon, psychology graduate student in the UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy, have recently published a research article on the effects of parental job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic and risk of psychological and physical abuse toward children. (2020-12-07)

Research finds increased trust in government and science amid pandemic
New Curtin University research has found a dramatic increase in people's trust in government in Australia and New Zealand as a result of the COVID pandemic. (2021-01-08)

Humans may give swine flu to pigs in new twist to pandemic
The strain of influenza, A/H1N1, that is currently pandemic in humans has been shown to be infectious to pigs and to spread rapidly in a trial pig population. In Journal of General Virology, Dr. Thomas Vahlenkamp from Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Germany, infected five pigs with the human strain of swine flu. Within four days the virus had spread to three uninfected pigs housed with the infected ones. (2009-07-09)

Pneumococcal vaccine could prevent numerous deaths, save costs during a flu pandemic, model predicts
A new predictive model shows that vaccinating infants with 7 valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine -- the current recommendation--not only saves lives and money during a normal flu season by preventing related bacterial infections; it also would prevent more than 357,000 deaths during an influenza pandemic, while saving $7 billion in costs. (2008-10-28)

For nationalistic regimes, similar COVID-19 policies are the sincerest form of flattery
Analysis from a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of public policy suggests that nationalistic governments around the globe are more likely to copy other nationalistic governments in responding to the current pandemic. (2020-12-03)

Family's our focus during pandemic, study finds
More fully appreciating family and engaging in more conflict are among the heightened experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new UC Riverside study. (2021-01-29)

Study calls for action to protect BAME and migrant groups from economic impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 lockdown has had a disproportionate economic impact on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) migrants in the UK, new research, which also calls for racial justice, reveals today. (2020-07-13)

Survey: Most Americans say they'll continue health precautions after COVID-19
A new national survey of more than 2,000 Americans by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center finds most plan to continue many of the pandemic precautions in the name of public health, even when the pandemic is over. (2021-02-08)

CU Denver researcher studies international cooperation in fighting COVID-19
A University of Colorado Denver researcher released a study looking at how a more global approach would have far-reaching societal benefits in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. (2021-02-02)

Effectiveness of wastewater treatment may be damaged during a severe flu pandemic
Existing plans for antiviral and antibiotic use during a severe influenza pandemic could reduce wastewater treatment efficiency prior to discharge into receiving rivers, resulting in water quality deterioration at drinking water abstraction points, according to a new paper in Environmental Health Perspectives. (2011-03-02)

Swine flu: Early findings about pandemic potential reported in new study
Early findings about the emerging pandemic of a new strain of influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico are published today in Science. Researchers from the MRC Center for Outbreak Analysis and Modeling at Imperial College London, working in collaboration with the World Health Organization and public health agencies in Mexico, have assessed the epidemic using data to the end of April. (2009-05-11)

Scientists 'must not become complacent' when assessing pandemic threat from flu viruses
As our ability to assess the pandemic risk from strains of influenza virus increases with the latest scientific developments, we must not allow ourselves to become complacent that the most substantial threats have been identified, argue an international consortium of scientists. (2014-10-15)

USask study finds COVID isolation worsens student diets, inactivity, and alcohol intake
A University of Saskatchewan study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant worsening of already poor dietary habits, low activity levels, sedentary behaviour, and high alcohol consumption among university students. (2021-01-15)

UK plans for pandemic flu don't go far enough
The UK's contingency plans for pandemic flu don't go far enough, argues a director of public health in this week's BMJ. (2006-03-30)

International pandemic influenza preparedness plans lack prioritization
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Ben-Gurion University report that one-third of countries engaged in pandemic influenza planning have not prioritized who should get vaccinations and antiviral medications. Prioritization can play a significant role in international preparedness against pandemic influenza. (2006-10-16)

79% decrease in primary care visits, 56-fold increase in virtual care: COVID-19 pandemic
In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an almost 80% decrease in primary care office visits in Ontario and a 56-fold increase in virtual visits, found new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2021-02-08)

No substantial link between swine flu vaccine and Guillain-Barre syndrome, confirm experts
Adjuvanted vaccines used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic did not increase the risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome substantially, if at all, finds a large Europe-wide study published on bmj.com today. (2011-07-12)

Older adults's faced mental health issues during the pandemic
Older adults experienced greater depression and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers, and relationship strength (perceived closeness to network members) moderated the relationship between loneliness and depression. (2020-08-27)

Momentum of unprecedented Chilean uprising stalled by COVID-19 pandemic
The uprising that erupted in fall 2019 in Chile against the post-dictatorship government may be diminished by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2020-09-17)

Nearly half of public health employees unlikely to work during pandemic
Over 40 percent of public health employees surveyed said they are unlikely to report to work during an influenza pandemic. Local public health workers would play a vital role in responding to a pandemic. The survey, conducted in Maryland by the Bloomberg School's Center for Public Health Preparedness, also found that 66 percent of public health workers felt they would put themselves at risk of infection if they were to report to work during a pandemic. (2006-04-17)

COVID-19 amplifies inequalities in healthcare access for ethnic minority and migrant women
In their recent research paper, published in the Feminist Legal Studies journal, City, University of London's Dr Sabrina Germain and Dr Adrienne Yong say existing barriers to medical care for these marginalised women have been intensified by the pandemic, and must be examined so as to understand their poorer health outcomes. (2020-11-27)

Analysis indicates a third H1N1 pandemic wave unlikely in 2010
Analysis of H1N1 antibody levels (seroprotection rates) after the 2009 pandemic suggest that a third wave is unlikely in 2010, although adults over age 50, particularly those with chronic conditions, should be immunized for the fall flu season, states a research paper in CMAJ. (2010-10-18)

Flu pandemic medical help left in the waiting room
GPs are not an integral part of Australian influenza planning, despite the important role they will play in limiting deaths in the event of a pandemic hitting the country, according to research from the Australian National University. (2008-05-27)

Editorial: US healthcare must take a more proactive approach to prepare for future disasters
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed major deficiencies and inequities in the US healthcare system, shining a spotlight on improvements that must be made to steel the country for future disasters, argues Maia. (2020-05-07)

COIVD-19: A barometer for social justice in New York City
In an editorial for the American Journal of Public Health, faculty from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) led by Dean Ayman El-Mohandes highlight the long-standing public health-related inequities among people of color in the United States--which have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic--and call upon New York City lawmakers to put forth policies to achieve a more equitable distribution of basic necessities such as employment, food, health care, housing, and education. (2020-09-11)

Use of telehealth jumped as pandemic shutdown began
As the pandemic shutdown occurred, emergency regulations were enacted to promote the use of telehealth. A new study finds that use of telehealth jumped sharply during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, with the approach being used more often for behavioral health services than for medical care. (2021-01-11)

An effective adjuvanted intradermal flu vaccine for humans
An intradermal vaccine equipped with an immune response-boosting adjuvant protected ferrets and humans against one of the more lethal strains of pandemic flu, researchers report. Their approach represents the first adjuvanted vaccine designed for intradermal delivery, which, because it does not require immunization expertise could one day be sent through the mail for self-administration. (2018-09-12)

FSU researchers find resilience, not loneliness in nationwide study of pandemic respon
Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans. That's the takeaway from a comprehensive, nationwide study by Florida State University College of Medicine researchers who surveyed more than 2,000 people before and during the enactment of stay-at-home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-06-22)

Spanish flu-like virus with pandemic potential could emerge in bird populations
Emerging bird flu viruses continually threaten to cause pandemics, underscoring the need for better ways to predict potential outbreaks. A new study shows that circulating bird flu viruses are very similar to the flu virus that caused the 1918 pandemic -- the most devastating disease outbreak ever recorded. Only a few amino acids separate viral proteins currently found in bird populations from proteins in the 1918 virus, suggesting that a similar deadly virus may emerge. (2014-06-11)

Corona pandemic: What dashboards do not show
How can the course of the corona pandemic and its effects be illustrated? In recent months, dashboards - interactive, graphically depicted online summaries - have become the new norm of displaying infection rates, deaths and patterns of spread. This is problematic, as geographer Professor Jonathan Everts at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) writes in a commentary for the journal ''Dialogues in Human Geography''. He criticises the way the programmes are handled and explains which aspects of the pandemic they are not taking into account. (2020-08-26)

Caregiver burden in dementia during the COVID19 crisis
Caregivers of people with dementia and milder forms of neurocognitive disorder bear a heavy burden. They are constantly confronted with challenging symptoms and behaviors and feel they are up against their limits. The latest results from a study indicate that the COVID 19 crisis affects this burden since the pandemic has mental health implications (2020-12-07)

Research: COVID-19 is echoed in dreams
Research has shown that the exceptional circumstances brought about by the novel coronavirus have affected the nightmares people have. The Sleep and Mind research group at the University of Helsinki employed artificial intelligence to investigate people's dreams. (2020-10-01)

Community MRSA is re-emergence of 1950's pandemic
An early type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that caused a global epidemic of infections in the 1950s has re-emerged as one of the community-acquired MRSA 'superbugs', according to a study published in the Lancet tomorrow (Saturday 2 April 2005). (2005-04-01)

H1N1 pandemic virus does not mutate into 'superbug' in UMd lab study
In the first study to examine how the H1N1 pandemic virus interacts with other flu strains, laboratory research by the University of Maryland found no evidence of (2009-09-01)

1918 Spanish flu records could hold the key to solving future pandemics
Ninety years after Australian scientists began their race to stop the spread of Spanish flu in Australia, University of Melbourne researchers are hoping records from the 1918 epidemic may hold the key to preventing future deadly pandemic outbreaks. (2008-11-09)

The pandemic lockdown's psychological impact on pregnant women
During the lockdown in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, pregnant women had higher symptoms of depression and anxiety. The finding comes from a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, which also revealed that women with higher body mass index and lower social support were most affected. (2021-02-03)

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