Pandemics and epidemics could exacerbate racism xenophobia

When viruses, parasites and other pathogens spread, humans and other animals tend to hunker down with immediate family and peer groups to avoid outsiders as much as possible. But could these instincts, developed to protect us from illnesses, generalize into avoidance of healthy individuals who simply look, speak or live differently? Jessica Stephenson, an assistant…

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Entrepreneurs to pitch new health-care innovations in virtual event

WHEN: Competition on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.; winners to be announced on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. WHERE: Both events will be held online; free registration and information is available at http://bit.ly/M2D2ChallengeEvents. WHAT: Entrepreneurs developing medical devices and technologies to improve health outcomes will pitch their innovations to a panel of expert…

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The persistence of plastic

The amount of synthetic microfiber we shed into our waterways has been of great concern over the last few years, and for good reason: Every laundry cycle releases in its wastewater tens of thousands of tiny, near-invisible plastic fibers whose persistence and accumulation can affect aquatic habitats and food systems, and ultimately our own bodies…

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As pandemic progressed, people’s perceived risks went up

In the first week of the coronavirus pandemic, people living in the United States underestimated their chances of catching the virus, or of getting seriously ill from the virus, according to a recently published Caltech-led study. But as the days progressed, those same people became more worried about their personal risk, and, as a result,…

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Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release improves long-term outcomes

Leesburg, VA, September 16, 2020—According to ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release (UGCTR) quickly improves hand function and reduces hand discomfort, making UGCTR a safe, effective, and less invasive alternative to traditional open or endoscopic surgery. Because ultrasound guidance allows carpal tunnel release to be performed with smaller incisions and quicker…

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Celebrities Plan an ‘Instagram Freeze,’ but Reaction Is Icy

BERKELEY, Calif. — One by one, celebrities came forward this week to say they were sick of the misinformation and hate speech on Instagram and Facebook, its parent company. Many of them — Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio — have tens of millions of followers on social media. Then the stars went further.…

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