Girls more negatively affected by pot than boys

Early use of cannabis affects the working memory of adolescents, but its deleterious effect is more pronounced in girls, posing a risk to their academic success as well as to their memory when they reach adulthood. These are the findings of a study conducted by Sima Noorbakhsh of the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, under the direction of Professor Patricia Conrod […]

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Who hasn’t heard of COVID-19 by now? More than you think

A half-year into the most momentous pandemic in decades, it’s hard to imagine that anyone, anywhere has not heard of the coronavirus. But scores of migrants arriving in Somalia tell United Nations workers every day that they are unaware of COVID-19. Monitors for the U.N. migration agency interview people at the border in Somalia, a crossroads on one of the […]

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Parents twice as likely to be concerned about ticks than of mosquitoes

Not all bloodsuckers are created equal in parents’ eyes. When it comes to bug bites, parents are twice as likely to be concerned about ticks as they are about mosquitoes transmitting disease, a new national poll finds. But as children spend more time outside, families may not always know the best way to protect them from both of these pesky […]

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More than 3 weeks into safer-at-home, Colorado leaders see promising signs — but are girding for the long fight

So far, so good. That’s the restrained refrain espoused by Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado’s public health officials more than three weeks after the statewide stay-at-home mandate ended and the new, longer-term safer-at-home phase of the state’s coronavirus response began. Coloradans have done their part in flattening the curve and preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed, the governor and health officials […]

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Slower clearance of coronavirus infection may explain why men fare worse than women

Researchers at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine may have solved a mystery surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic: Why men infected by the virus generally show more severe symptoms and are more likely than women to die from COVID-19. In collaboration with the Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Mumbai, India, the scientists showed for the first […]

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Research: Lockdowns need to last more than six weeks to contain COVID-19

People around the world are wondering how long COVID-restrictions have to last in order to curtail the pandemic. A research study on 36 countries and 50 U.S. states has found that aggressive intervention to contain COVID-19 must be maintained for at least 44 days. The study is co-authored by Professor Gerard Tellis of USC Marshall School of Business, Professor Ashish […]

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Women older than 75 may not reap death benefit from continued mammography screening

Healthy women over the age of 75 years might not benefit from continuing breast cancer screening. Researchers used data from the Medicare program to estimate the risk of breast cancer mortality under two strategies: continuing versus stopping screening in older women. They found a small mortality benefit for continuing to screen women between the ages of 70 to 74, but […]

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