Uncertainty Is Hope

I wake up every day now with uncertainty, wondering what new and frightening updates there will be about the coronavirus pandemic, the protests, the climate and the economy. I read headlines about the pain and uncertainty of soaring jobless rates, the uncertain promise of a Covid-19 vaccine and the uncertainties surrounding the presidential election. Even…

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Certain pre-existing conditions may double, triple mortality risk for COVID-19

HERSHEY, Pa. — A large, international study of COVID-19 patients confirmed that cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, stroke and cancer can increase a patient’s risk of dying from the virus. Penn State College of Medicine researchers say their findings may help public health officials improve patient care and develop interventions…

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Low-hanging fruit

For seven years now, the University of California system has been working hard to reduce its carbon emissions as part of its Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Each campus has been charged with finding ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions through a variety of measures — such as increased energy efficiency and replacement of fossil fuel sources…

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Young people hospitalized with COVID-19 face substantial adverse outcomes

While older age is widely recognized as a risk factor for increased morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19, younger patients have received less attention as a population vulnerable to adverse clinical outcomes. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed records from 419 hospitals using the Premier Healthcare Database to study the clinical trajectories of 3,222…

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