Modeling the trajectory of COVID-19 cases in settings with weaker health systems

A new modeling study evaluating unfolding COVID-19 epidemics among different income countries reports that, in lower income countries, even if risk is reduced because populations are younger, this benefit is largely negated by limited health system capacity and closer inter-generational contact. In these places, efforts to mitigate the virus will need to be maintained or…

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Addressing the drug problem in health and social care will produce better outcomes

The prevalence of drug use has increased for decades all around the world despite the strict measures taken. As the traditional prohibitionist drug policy has created social injustice, public health problems, and high social costs, decriminalization of drug use has emerged as a response. Researchers at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) have…

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Genetics could help diagnose diabetes in Indians, study shows

Genetics could help diagnose diabetes in Indians, study shows A new way of using genetics to diagnose diabetes could pave the way for better diagnosis and treatment in Indians, new research has concluded. Misdiagnosis of diabetes could be an issue in India because of features of diabetes in Indians which might vary from the standard…

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Our sleep during lockdown: Longer and more regular, but worse

Research assumes that many sleep disorders are caused by our modern lifestyle, which is characterized by pressure to constantly perform and be active. Rhythms of work and leisure activities thus set a cycle that is often at a mismatch with the body’s internal biological clock. If the differences in sleep timing and duration between work…

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Zhao receives funding for youth tobacco education campaigns

Xiaoquan Zhao, PhD Director/Faculty, Communication, received $28,707 from the Food and Drug Administration for research support for the FDA’s Youth Tobacco Education Campaigns. Zhao is serving as a consultant to the FDA Center for Tobacco Products to help guide rigorous evaluations of evidence-based public health communication and marketing interventions and media campaigns that target various…

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McCue-Weil assessing COVID-19 mitigation strategies for H-2A farm workers

Leigh McCue-Weil, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, is working with researchers at the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NEC) to develop a computationally efficient model of viral spread that can be utilized to better understand the effectiveness of disease spread mitigation strategies for H-2A farm workers living in employee housing. McCue-Weil received $15,000 from…

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Rapid chip medical tests prototyped for premature babies

Scientists at the University of Southampton’s Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics are developing a rapid bedside test for diagnosing neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (nRDS) in premature babies. The photonic platform combines the complementary capabilities of fingerprint Mid-IR and Raman spectroscopies to create a compact, versatile and easily operable device that could underpin a range…

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Audrey Gelman, Co-Founder and C.E.O. of the Wing, Steps Down

Civil rights movements were good for Audrey Gelman, a founder of the upscale women-only club and co-working space the Wing, until they weren’t. She adroitly navigated the cultural tide of feminism, female empowerment and the #MeToo movement, transforming herself from a publicist to a veritable power broker. Ms. Gelman, 33, resigned Thursday. Shortly after she…

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What Does It Mean to Tear Down a Statue?

ImageProtesters throwing the statue of the slave trader Edward Colston into a harbor last Sunday.Credit…Ben Birchall/Press Association, via Associated Press Confederate statues and statues of other historical figures, including slave traders and Christopher Columbus, are being toppled throughout the U.S. and around the world this week — an outgrowth of weeks of protests over entrenched…

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