Researchers expect viral transmission of COVID-19 may increase as temperatures drop

Last winter, infectious disease specialists hoped the transmission rates of SARS-CoV-2—the virus behind COVID-19—would rapidly decline like the seasonal flu with the coming of warmer months. Unfortunately, this big drop didn’t materialize, or so we thought. Preliminary results from research at Johns Hopkins Medicine suggest that a large component of the pandemic’s initial spread was indeed dependent on temperature. In […]

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Q&A: How parents can identify anxiety warning signs as students return to school

When students across British Columbia head back to school, they’ll enter a new world of COVID-19 precautions and protocols. Consequently, students of all ages, from kindergarten to Grade 12, may experience higher levels of anxiety with varying symptoms and consequences. Steven Taylor, professor at UBC’s department of psychiatry, a clinical psychologist, and author of “The Psychology of Pandemics” has some […]

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Brazil tops 4 mn cases as probe launched into origin of virus

Brazil surpassed four million coronavirus cases on Thursday, as an international panel looking into the global response to the pandemic vowed to uncover how it was able to spread worldwide. “This is a strong panel poised to ask the hard questions,” said former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, co-chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR), which […]

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Strength training is as important as cardio, and you can do it from home during COVID-19

We often get bombarded with the message “regular physical activity is the key to good health and well-being.” To most of us, when we hear “physical activity,” we typically think of aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, and cycling. But recent evidence suggests muscle-strengthening exercise is very beneficial to our health. In our study, published today, we argue muscle-strengthening exercise […]

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Researchers pinpoint hierarchy of breast cancer cells as potential cause for treatment resistance

You might have heard the old proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” University of Cincinnati instructor Syn Yeo, Ph.D., thinks the same analogy applies when it comes to cells and the growth of cancer, particularly breast cancer. In his recent study, published in the journal eLife, Yeo, research instructor in the department of cancer biology at the […]

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Coronavirus experts and survivors urge taking these steps as the pandemic claims lives

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, elected leaders, public health officials and virus survivors who contracted the virus early and after longs, painful treatments, are now in recovery are speaking up about what others can do to keep safe—and plan ahead. When the pandemic hit in March, Lynus Parker, for instance, thought he was mostly safe and not at much […]

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France weighs mask mandate at work as virus reawakens

France’s government is conferring with unions Tuesday about requiring masks in workplaces to contain growing virus infections. France’s High Council for Public Health recommended obligatory masks in all workplaces this weekend as the country’s daily infection count jumped past 3,000 for the first time since May. While masks are routinely worn in many Asian countries and increasingly required in public […]

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Patients with privacy concerns three times as likely to withhold details from their doctors

Have you ever kept information from a doctor or other health care provider because you were concerned about the privacy or security of your medical record? If so, new research at The Ohio State University College of Medicine finds you’re not alone, and that could have negative implications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers with CATALYST—the Center for the Advancement of […]

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Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge – The Denver Post

Shannon Dunn has to report to her job this week as a cafeteria manager at an elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but she has no idea what she will do when her daughter starts kindergarten with online-only instruction. With a new school year beginning this week in some states, Dunn, like many other working parents, is struggling to balance […]

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Advocates raise alarms as COVID-19 cases rise inside Colorado’s juvenile prisons

The ACLU of Colorado and a coalition of juvenile justice advocates are calling for changes to the state’s juvenile prisons as COVID-19 cases increase among youth and staff members. Four youth and three staff members tested positive for the novel coronavirus inside the Pueblo Youth Services Center in the past week, a Colorado Department of Human Services spokesperson said, while […]

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