Coming out as bisexual linked to smoking

A new survey identifies one LGB+ group that is more likely to start smoking cigarettes after coming out. Previous research suggests that LGB+ individuals are more likely to smoke cigarettes. However, a new study from the School of Public Health at Boston University (BU), MA, looks more closely at sexual identity and smoking. The research finds that the association applies […]

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Homemade masks: Study tests various fabrics

A new study demonstrates that the fabrics typically used in homemade face masks effectively block droplets that could contain SARS-CoV-2. New research has found that the typical materials in homemade facemasks effectively block droplets that may carry SARS-CoV-2. The research, which appears in the journal Extreme Mechanics Letters, reinforces current studies on the efficacy of homemade face masks for blocking […]

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‘To be safe means to be healthy’ — Expert on racial health disparities

In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19, it is time to rethink notions of public safety and public health. In fact, it is time to see that ‘being safe is a key dimension of being healthy,’ said Prof. Hedwig Lee, a health disparities expert, in an exclusive interview for MNT. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests […]

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US administration erases transgender and nonbinary health protections

The United States government has modified the text of the Affordable Care Act, in a move that leaves room for healthcare providers to discriminate on the basis of gender identity. On Friday, June 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the administration of President Donald Trump, has finalized a rule affecting the text of the Affordable […]

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Discussing COVID-19 and hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is highly prevalent in the United States and beyond. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, researchers are keen to understand whether hypertension or the drugs that treat it might interact with the virus. To date, the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has reached every continent on Earth other than Antarctica. The disease that it causes — COVID-19 — […]

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Air pollution may affect the lethality of COVID-19

New research suggests that air pollution may have an effect on the number of people who die from COVID-19. Stay informed with live updates on the current COVID-19 outbreak and visit our coronavirus hub for more advice on prevention and treatment. A team of researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Siena in Italy has explored the […]

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Marine life can bounce back by 2050 — but only if we act now

Scientists have identified proven interventions that, if scaled up, could almost completely restore ocean ecosystems within a generation. In the past 4 decades, populations of marine creatures have suffered catastrophic declines. Data from a 2018 report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) show an overall decline of 60% on average for mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians, an average drop […]

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COVID-19 quarantine of cruise ship may have led to more infections

Researchers have used mathematical models to assess the effectiveness of the public health measures taken to contain the COVID-19 outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The conclusion? More cases could have been prevented if those aboard had been allowed to disembark. For live updates on the latest developments regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, click here. On February 3, […]

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Increased exposure to ozone may increase the risk of death

Scientists have found an association between an increase in ozone exposure and short-term risk of death. An international team of scientists has found an association between increased exposure to ozone and the short-term risk of death. The findings, which appear in the BMJ, suggest that stricter air pollution policies would significantly reduce these deaths. Ozone pollution Ozone is a type […]

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