Commuting patterns could explain higher incidence of COVID-19 in Black Americans

The disproportionately high COVID-19 infection rates observed in Black Americans could be linked to their daily commuting patterns, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The research found that increased exposure to other ethnic groups, for example as a result of an individual’s job or use of public transport, can result in […]

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Study profiles immune cells fighting COVID-19, may help guide next-gen vaccine development

Even as the first vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are being distributed, scientists and clinicians around the world have remained steadfast in their efforts to better understand how the human immune system responds to the virus and protects people against it. Now, a research team—led by Johns Hopkins Medicine and in collaboration with ImmunoScape, a U.S.-Singapore biotechnology […]

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Rapid COVID spread not seen in several studies of schools

Schools that practice social distancing, mask-wearing and other precautions have not seen rapid spread of coronavirus, but indoor sports activities should be avoided, researchers said Tuesday. The researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed studies of school settings in the United States and other countries. “As many schools have reopened for in-person instruction in some […]

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Aetna Agrees to Expand Coverage for Gender-Affirming Surgeries

Allison Escolastico, a 30-year-old transgender woman, has wanted breast augmentation surgery for a decade. By 2019, she finally thought her insurance company, Aetna, would pay for it, only to find that it considered the procedure cosmetic, not medically necessary, and refused to cover it. “I knew from my case, it wasn’t cosmetic,” said Ms. Escolastico, who contacted a lawyer after […]

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Nixing bone cancer fuel supply offers new treatment approach, mouse study suggests

An innovative approach to treating bone tumors—starving cancer cells of the energy they need to grow—could one day provide an alternative to a commonly used chemotherapy drug without the risk of severe side effects, suggests a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Studying human cancer cells and mice, the researchers said that a two-drug combination […]

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Social connection, social support and physical exercise key to overcoming adversity

David Creswell and his daughter recently bought ice skates, and on a good week, they hit the ice every couple of days. The new winter tradition is more than just fun, said Creswell, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The activity combines exercise and social interaction—two evidence-based strategies that can […]

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Colorado making progress against COVID-19, but expect masks and social distancing into summer, official says

Colorado is making progress beating back the coronavirus, but residents likely will need to keep wearing masks and practicing social distancing into the summer, a member of the state’s COVID-19 modeling team said Monday. Overall, the news is good as January comes to a close, though virus-related hospitalizations aren’t dropping as fast as they were a few weeks ago, said […]

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DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions

‘Why do I keep getting these painful mouth ulcers?’: DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions I have recurring mouth ulcers, which my research suggests is something called Sutton disease II. My doctors haven’t mentioned this, though. I am otherwise healthy but the ulcers make me feel run down and treatments don’t work. I am 57. Dave Keeping, via email. […]

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For New Coronavirus Variants, Double Masking Is The Way To Go

As news of new coronavirus variants becomes better understood, public health officials are calling for additional precautions to be taken in addition to your standard mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing — now, experts recommend double masking or using face mask filters in addition to a cloth mask to optimize the effectiveness of your mask.  Related story The World Is a […]

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