5 Rules to Live By During a Pandemic

While it might feel as if the coronavirus crisis is over, it’s not. The virus is still out there. But some things have changed. To start, lockdowns are ending because cases are low or falling in some areas or because state leaders have decided to move ahead despite the risk. Testing has increased, giving us…

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Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns

Adam Rapoport, the editor in chief of Bon Appétit magazine, resigned on Monday, hours after a 2004 photo of him and his wife, Simone Shubuck, resurfaced on Twitter. In a statement on Instagram, he said he would “reflect on the work that I need to do as a human being and to allow Bon Appétit…

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Medical interventions and diversity: A multidisciplinary issue

Multidisciplinary Interventions for People with Diverse Needs is a book written from an interdisciplinary perspective with the objective of helping readers to understand the problems faced by people with special needs. Key Features: * Provides an updated theoretical and contextual foundation of medical issues * Provides information about the meaning, evaluation and intervention of the…

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The neurobiology of social distance

Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. A new paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences explores the wide-ranging, negative consequences that social isolation has on our psychological well-being and physical health, including decreased life span. The paper was co-authored by…

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Study reveals birth defects caused by flame retardant

A new study from the University of Georgia has shown that exposure to a now-banned flame retardant can alter the genetic code in sperm, leading to major health defects in children of exposed parents. Published recently in Scientific Reports, the study is the first to investigate how polybrominated biphenyl-153 (PBB153), the primary chemical component of…

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COVID-19 loneliness linked to elevated psychiatric symptoms in older adults

Although social distancing is crucial in thwarting the spread of COVID-19, isolation and the ensuing loneliness may be severely detrimental for older adults. A new study conducted by researchers at Bar-Ilan University and the University of Haifa has linked COVID-19-based loneliness in older adults with elevated psychiatric symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms that…

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Antihistamines and similar drugs could slow down Huntington’s disease

Scientists have described a potential new therapeutic strategy for slowing down early-stage Huntington’s disease in a new study published today in eLife. The research in mice indicates that targeting the histamine H3 receptor (H3R) — a well-established drug target for other conditions such as hay fever — could help to prevent imbalances in dopamine signalling…

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Health services should learn long-term lessons of earlier coronavirus outbreaks

Patients recovering from COVID-19 could suffer significant long-term effects, according to research into the experiences of people hospitalised by previous coronavirus outbreaks. Researchers at the universities of Leeds, Manchester and Hull have for the first time collated evidence on physical, psychological and social impacts among patients who fell victim to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)…

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