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September 29, 2020

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Early interventions were effective at stamping out coronavirus infections before they spread, according to a new study. Combining virus genomics with epidemiologic ...

COVID-19 Lockdown Caused 50 Percent Global Reduction in Human-Linked Earth Vibrations

The lack of human activity during lockdown caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50 percent between March and May ...

World Population Likely to Shrink After Mid-Century, Forecasting Major Shifts in Global Population and Economic Power

With widespread, sustained declines in fertility, the world population will likely peak in 2064 at around 9.7 billion, and then decline to about 8.8 ...

Why Some Words May Be More Memorable Than Others

Researchers have found that our brains may recall some common words, like 'pig,' 'tank,' and 'door,' much more often than others, including 'cat,' 'street,' and 'stair.' By combining memory tests, ...
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Social Media Use Linked With Depression, Secondary Trauma During COVID-19

Can't stop checking social media for the latest COVID-19 health information? You might want to take a break, according to researchers who discovered that excessive use of social media for ...

Pandemic Sets Off Future Wave of Worsening Mental Health Issues

Long after a COVID-19 vaccination is developed and years after the coronavirus death toll is tallied, the impact on mental health will linger, continuing to inflict damage if not addressed, according ...

COVID-19: Social Distancing Is More Effective Than Travel Bans, Study Finds

Travel bans will delay the peak of infection with days, while social distancing has a much stronger impact, amounting in up to 4 weeks delay, scientists ...

One in Three Parents Plan to Skip Flu Shots for Their Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Finds

According to a new U.S. poll, COVID-19 may not influence parents' beliefs about the flu vaccine, with just one third believing it's more important for children to get vaccinated this year, ...

The Testimony of Trees: How Volcanic Eruptions Shaped 2000 Years of World History

Researchers have shown that over the past two thousand years, volcanoes have played a larger role in natural temperature variability than previously thought, and their climatic effects may have ...

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey ...

U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-COVID-19 Have Only Partially Rebounded from Initial Decline

While declines in U.S. hospital admissions during the onset of COVID-19 has been well-documented, little is known about how admissions during the rebound varied by age, insurance coverage and ...

Historical Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities Account for Disproportionate COVID-19 Impact

A new article examines the ways in which COVID-19 disproportionately impacts historically disadvantaged communities of color in the United States, and how baseline inequalities in our health system ...

New Study Highlights Success of a Mobile Clinical and Outreach Van in Helping People on the Street With Opioid Addiction

A novel mobile health program has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly to marginalized individuals, particularly the ...

Study Shows Massachusetts Response to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes Helped Stem Infection Rate

A new paper found that adherence to infection control processes, especially proper wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cohorting strategies, such as grouping residents based on their ...

COVID-19 Spurs Anxious, Upsetting Dreams

The anxiety, stress and worry brought on by COVID-19 is not limited to daytime hours. The pandemic is affecting our dreams as well, infusing more anxiety and negative emotions into dreams and ...

What New Research Reveals About Rude Workplace Emails

A new study finds that rude emails at work can lead to significant distress for employees. Researchers say that 'active' email rudeness is overloaded with strong negative emotions. By ...

Age Restrictions for Handguns Make Little Difference in Homicides, Study Finds

In the United States, individual state laws barring 18- to 20-year-olds from buying or possessing a handgun make little difference in the rate of homicides involving a gun by people in that age ...

During Pandemic, Racism Puts Additional Stress on Asian Americans

People of Asian ancestry face yet another set of challenges posed by racism and xenophobia which has soared during the COVID-19 ...

COVID-19 Shapes Political Approval Ratings

During the early days of the pandemic, COVID-19 created a rally effect around political leaders, according to new study. The rise of COVID-19 cases was associated with a 15- to 20-point boost in ...

How Do Americans View the Virus? Anthropology Professor Examines Attitudes, Perceptions of COVID-19

A new study looks at how Americans' attitudes and responses have changed during the time of the pandemic and how to many people, the virus is not a biological agent but instead a malicious ...

Loneliness Levels High During COVID-19 Lockdown

During the initial phase of COVID-19 lockdown, rates of loneliness among people in the UK were high and were associated with a number of social and health factors, according to a new ...

Researchers Examine COVID-19 Impact on Manufacturing

A new study finds that manufacturing response to COVID-19 has been largely reactive and uncoordinated, and many firms' crisis communication plans do not include managing an infectious-disease ...

Job Security, Finances Strongly Related to Increased Anxiety During Pandemic

For people still employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, job insecurity and financial concern are associated with greater symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a new ...

Remote Neuropsychology Tests for Children Shown Effective, Study Finds

Administering neuropsychology evaluations to children online in the comfort of their own homes is feasible and delivers results comparable to tests traditionally performed in a clinic, a new study ...

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