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Quantifying and contextualizing the impact of bioRxiv preprints through automated social media audience segmentation

By |2020-10-19T09:25:39+00:00October 19th, 2020|

Abstract Engagement with scientific manuscripts is frequently facilitated by Twitter and other social media platforms. As such, the demographics of a paper’s social media audience provide a wealth of information about how scholarly research is transmitted, consumed, and interpreted by online communities. By paying attention to public perceptions of their publications, scientists can learn whether [...]

As Pandemic Deaths Add Up, Racial Disparities Persist — And In Some Cases Worsen

By |2020-10-19T09:25:39+00:00October 19th, 2020|

Data gathered early in the pandemic showed that communities of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 across the United States. But incomplete data left a muddy picture of these disparities. Today, as the U.S. has surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, and reached nearly 7 million confirmed cases, racial data is more complete, and the trend is crystal [...]

Sheboygan County warns of ‘uptick’ in Legionnaires’ disease, two facilities under investigation

By |2020-10-19T09:25:38+00:00October 19th, 2020|

SHEBOYGAN — Sheboygan County officials are warning the public about a recent uptick in Legionnaires’ disease. According to the Sheboygan County Public Health Department, two facilities are currently under investigation to identify possible sources of Legionella bacteria in their water systems. Both Pine Haven Christian Communities and MilliporeSigma are working with the Wisconsin Department of Health [...]

Study links higher level of exercise to 25% to 32% lower risk of all-cause mortality in people with type 2 diabetes

By |2020-10-19T09:25:34+00:00October 19th, 2020|

New research presented at this year’s Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), held online this year, shows that having a greater exercise capacity is associated with a significantly decreased all-cause mortality risk of between 25-33% in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). The study was conducted by Dr. Yun-Ju [...]

The hidden dangers of protein powders

By |2020-10-19T09:25:33+00:00October 19th, 2020|

Adding protein powder to a glass of milk or a smoothie may seem like a simple way to boost your health. After, all, protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle, bone strength, and numerous body functions. And many older adults don’t consume enough protein because of a reduced appetite. But be careful: a scoop of chocolate [...]

Vaccines Save Lives

By |2020-10-19T09:25:29+00:00October 19th, 2020|

Anti-vaccination groups have been around since the first vaccination programs were developed. Misleading and downright erroneous information has fueled resistance to vaccinations through the years. A British doctor in 1998 published a research paper investigating the alleged relationship between vaccinations and autism and bowel disease among those inoculated. The paper was discredited and shown to [...]

FDA poised to announce tougher standards for a covid-19 vaccine that make it unlikely one will be cleared by Election Day

By |2020-10-18T09:15:32+00:00October 18th, 2020|

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to spell out a tough new standard for an emergency authorization of a coronavirus vaccine as soon as this week that will make it exceedingly difficult for any vaccine to be cleared before Election Day. The agency is issuing the guidance to boost transparency and public trust as [...]

Bilirubin Levels May Reveal Severity, Predict Progression of IPF, Study Finds

By |2020-10-18T09:15:31+00:00October 18th, 2020|

The amount of bilirubin in the blood might predict the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a recent study. If validated in larger studies, bilirubin levels in the blood — or serum bilirubin — could offer a cheaper, simpler, and more convenient blood test than other prognostic markers of IPF. The study, “Correlation between serum bilirubin levels and [...]

The fragranced products phenomenon: air quality and health, science and policy

By |2020-10-18T09:15:24+00:00October 18th, 2020|

Abstract Fragrance is used in consumer products around the world. However, fragrance has been associated with adverse effects on indoor and outdoor air quality and human health. Questions arise, such as the following: Why does fragrance in products pose problems? What are sources of emissions and exposures? What are health and societal effects? What are [...]