Researchers develop a model that predicts whether COVID-19 restrictions have any effect

What happens when municipalities in the Copenhagen area experience a COVID-19 flare-up? Would closing the schools have any effect, or would a better choice be directing the parents to work from home? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities worldwide have several times implemented steps to keep the pandemic in check. Now, researchers from the Department of Computer Science at Aalborg […]

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COVID-19 will have a long-term impact on rural communities

Although vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun in the UK, the effects of the pandemic on the economy and society will continue to be felt for a long time. Rural communities, in particular, will be hit hard. The closure of local hubs such as pubs and community centers in rural and remote areas has been a trend in recent years. The […]

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US gun violence: Too many people have died in 2020 – and COVID played a larger part than you think

Recent reports here and elsewhere in the media have focused on gun violence in the US, reporting a dramatic rise in mass shootings in 2020—despite the pandemic—which by November had overtaken the total for 2019. The term mass shooting conjures up images of Columbine and Parkland, but the story for 2020 is more complex. How many mass shootings there have […]

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Will the US ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?

As the coronavirus epidemic worsens, U.S. health experts hope Joe Biden’s administration will put in place something Donald Trump’s has not—a comprehensive national testing strategy. Such a strategy, they say, could systematically check more people for infections and spot surges before they take off. The health experts say it would be an improvement from the current practice, which has professional […]

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Role of birth order on career choice might have been overestimated in previous research

In a new study that could turn what we know about birth order upside down, a University of Houston researcher has found that the role of birth order on career types, occupational creativity and status attainment might have been overestimated in previous research. The only finding that replicated previous research was a small effect of birth order on educational attainment, […]

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Man becomes the fourth person in his family to have testicular cancer

Man becomes the fourth person in his family to have testicular cancer — and it may just have saved his life Salesman Matt Inman-Shore first heard about testicular cancer when he was a boy — his father, grandfather and uncle had all been through it. ‘I was nine when my dad, Steven, now 60, got his diagnosis and 12 when the […]

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Vegans Have Increased Risk for Total, Main-Site Fractures

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 — Vegans have increased risks for total fractures and some site-specific fractures compared with meat eaters, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in BMC Medicine. Tammy Y.N. Tong, Ph.D., from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a prospective study to examine differences in fracture risks between vegetarians, vegans, and […]

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Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home have worse heart function as adults

The more secondhand tobacco smoke children breathe at home while growing up, the higher chance they have of developing markers of decreased heart function as adults, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. “We already know from previous studies that children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have structural differences […]

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Observed COVID-19 variability may have underlying molecular sources

People have different susceptibilities to SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, and develop varying degrees of fever, fatigue, and breathing problems—common symptoms of the illness. What might explain this variation? Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and University of Southern California may have an answer to this mystery. In a paper published in Informatics in Medicine Unlocked, the […]

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