A cost-effective program to fight COVID-19 in resource-challenged countries

BOSTON — A public health strategy that combines contact tracing and community-based screening with isolation and quarantine centers can substantially reduce infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 while being cost-effective in low-and-middle-income countries like South Africa, a study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found. In a paper published in The Lancet Global Health, the…

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Study of infants finds that sleep differences by race, income emerge early

As almost any new parent will attest, the issue of infant sleep can be a nightmare. But the challenges and consequential health effects of infant sleep problems may, like so many other health disparities, disproportionately affect families of different racial/ethnic backgrounds and household socioeconomic statuses. A new study led in part by researchers from Brigham…

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Inclusion of patient headshots in electronic health records decreases order errors

Each year, health care practitioners at Brigham and Women’s Hospital place over a million orders through the electronic health records (EHR) system. Even though studies indicate that practitioners place more than 99.9 percent of orders for the correct patients, researchers at the Brigham analyzed that remaining 0.1 percent to determine and address the root causes…

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UTSA professor develops open-access software for cytoskeleton

NOVEMBER 13, 2020 — Researchers around the world now have access to an open-access software designed to further characterize cytoskeleton filaments. Most computational neuroscience software centers around neuronal network systems. Marcelo Marucho, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, designed a software that focuses on fundamental research of how a single neuron…

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Diabetes drug can treat and reverse heart failure and reduce

Empagliflozin, a recently developed diabetes drug, can effectively treat and reverse heart failure in both diabetic and non-diabetic patients, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Their clinical trial showed that this medication can improve the heart’s size, shape, and function, leading to better exercise capacity and quality of life,…

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David Easton, Architect for an American Gentry, Dies at 83

David Easton, an architect and interior designer who created English-style palaces for an American aristocracy, died on Oct. 29 at his home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 83. James Steinmeyer, his husband and only immediate survivor, said the cause was complications of dementia. In 1981, Mr. Easton was already an established architect and decorator when…

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Pearl Chin Dies at 71; Her Knitting Store Was a Haven and a Hub

Pearl Chin, the founder of Knitty City, a yarn shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that became an inclusive sanctuary for urban knitters — even offering a men’s night — as well as a hub for social activism through the craft arts, died on Oct. 27 in Manhattan. She was 71. Her husband,…

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Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating’

Before the pandemic, Aya Raji’s days were jam-packed. She woke up at 6:30 a.m. and took the subway to school. At night, she practiced kick-flips with her skateboarding club and hosted “Twilight” movie nights for friends. Once her school in Brooklyn turned to remote learning, starting last spring and continuing this fall, the days grew…

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Meet the Fashion Insider Making Always-on Style Look Effortless

Conquering the to-do list takes a little extra motivation in 2020. Many of us have found ways to rise to the everyday, but thriving under the pressures of the new norm is just part of the job for Sandy Pierre. A marketer for Elle’s publisher, Hearst, Sandy navigates a demanding schedule while still finding time…

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