New peer reviews of COVID-19 preprints from the MIT Press journal RAPID REVIEWS COVID-19

CAMBRIDGE, MA — September 2, 2020—Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 (RR:C19), is an open-access overlay journal published by the MIT Press that accelerates peer review of COVID-19-related research preprints to advance new and important findings and prevent the dissemination of false or misleading scientific news. For the month of August, the preprints selected for review covered a…

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Historical case studies on pandemics

Whether it’s the plague, cholera or currently COVID-19: epidemics are part of human history. Long before there were vaccinations or microscopes for the investigation of pathogens, societies had to develop coping strategies. These are described in the brochure «Distant Times so Close: Pandemics and Crises reloaded», which is the first in a series of historical-archaeological…

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2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum

Day One (All times East Coast Time) Day 1 September 8, 2020 11 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Mary Woolley, President & CEO, Research!America Elections 2020 Speaker: Steve Clemons, Editor-At-Large, The Hill 11:50 a.m. Panel: Securing a Science-Strong Future Moderator: Victor Dzau, MD, President, National Academy of Medicine Panelists: Valerie Conn, President, Science Philanthropy…

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Study: Why people with knee osteoarthritis experience different kinds of pain

(Boston) — Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. It causes substantial pain, functional limitations, and disability in patients. The pain experience in patients with knee osteoarthritis changes over time. People initially experience primarily weight-bearing related pain, such as with jogging and stair-climbing. Over time, the pain…

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Dr. Seymour Schwartz, Who Wrote the Book on Surgery, Dies at 92

Dr. Seymour Schwartz, an eminent surgeon and prolific polymath who was the founding editor of the 1,800-page surgery textbook, first published in 1969, that became a bible for medical students, died on Aug. 28 in St. Louis. He was 92. Dr. Schwartz died at the home of his son Dr. David Schwartz, whom he was…

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‘Black Love’ Keeps It Simple: Honesty, not Antics

In an episode from 2018, the actor Glynn Turman sat on a sofa with his arm draped affectionately around his wife, Jo-An, as the two recounted their experiences together for the documentary series “Black Love.” Amid talk of marriage, children and a meet-cute at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Turman paused to broaden the…

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Excess Weight May Increase Your Risk of Dementia

Being overweight may be linked to an increased risk for dementia. British researchers used data on 6,582 men and women, age 50 and older, who were cognitively healthy at the start of the study. The analysis, in the International Journal of Epidemiology, tracked the population for an average of 11 years, recording incidents of physician-diagnosed…

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Babies Born at High Altitudes May Be Smaller

Living at high altitudes may be associated with giving birth to smaller babies who grow more slowly through childhood. Researchers studied 964,299 children in 59 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Among them, 106,441 lived above an altitude of 1,500 meters, or about a mile high. The…

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Investing in Lebanese Brands Preserves Beirut’s Culture

Courtesy “All my friends have holes — in their bodies, in their homes and in their hearts,” Lebanese streetwear designer and creative director of La Terre est Folle Joe Arida wrote on Instagram just two weeks after a devastating explosion leveled the port area of Beirut, Lebanon. “Yet all my friends are whole, they are…

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