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Coronavirus is revealing exactly what obesity does to the human body

By |2020-12-09T18:09:34+00:00December 9th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the obesity epidemic once again into the spotlight, revealing that obesity is no longer a disease that harms just in the long run but one that can have acutely devastating effects. New studies and information confirm doctors’ suspicion that this virus takes advantage of a disease that our current U.S. [...]

How baby’s first breath triggers life-saving changes in the brain

By |2020-12-09T18:09:33+00:00December 9th, 2020|

There are few moments in life as precious, as critical and as celebrated as a baby’s first breath. New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine sheds light on the lifelong changes in breathing systems that occur precisely with that first breath—and may offer important insights into sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. A [...]

A Short History of Yogurt

By |2020-12-09T18:09:32+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Rumor has it that the combination of yogurt and honey is the “food of the gods.” I can’t vouch for that since I have not had the chance to query the gods about their diets. Yet just the other day, while enjoying artisanal Greek-style yogurt topped with local raw honey, I closed my eyes and [...]

Seasonal Flu

By |2020-12-09T18:09:31+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Workplace Safety and the FluThis page includes information for workers and employers about reducing the spread of seasonal flu in workplaces. It provides information on the basic precautions for all workplaces, including additional precautions for healthcare settings. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic to:     SDI Productions [...]

Healthy diet plays vital role in warding off COVID-19

By |2020-12-09T18:09:30+00:00December 9th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, with over 62.26 million people infected. With the rapid spread of its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), it is crucial to determine ways to prevent infection. The immune system protects the host from pathogenic organisms, including viruses, bacterial, fungi, and parasites. To deal with [...]

Study: Kids, adults equally susceptible to in-home COVID-19 spread

By |2020-12-09T18:09:28+00:00December 9th, 2020|

A study published today in Pediatrics found that children in two states were just as likely as adults to become infected with COVID-19 within their households, and while kids spread the virus in one fifth of homes, their lack of severe symptoms may have allowed their infections to otherwise escape detection. Led by researchers from the Centers for Disease [...]

Crowding has consequences: Prevention and management of COVID-19 in informal urban settlements

By |2020-12-08T17:58:41+00:00December 8th, 2020|

Abstract COVID-19 spreads via aerosols, droplets, fomites and faeces. The built environment that facilitates crowding increases exposure and hence transmission of COVID-19 as evidenced by outbreaks in both cool-dry and hot-humid climates, such as in the US prison system and dormitories in Singapore, respectively. This paper explores how the built environment influences crowding and COVID-19 [...]

The tree of cortical cell types describes the diversity of neurons in the brain

By |2020-12-08T17:58:40+00:00December 8th, 2020|

The tree of life describes the evolution of life and seeks to define the relationships between species. Likewise, the tree of cell types aims to organize cells in the brain into groups and describe their relationships to each other. Scientists have long pondered just what the brain’s tree of cell types looks like. Now, an international collaboration led by [...]

Big data analysis suggests role of brain connectivity in epilepsy-related atrophy

By |2020-12-08T17:58:39+00:00December 8th, 2020|

An international study has found a link between the brain’s network connections and gray matter atrophy caused by certain types of epilepsy, a major step forward in our understanding of the disease. In neuroscience, it is becoming increasingly clear that the brain’s connectome is as important as its anatomy when studying human disease. The connectome is a [...]

COVID-19 disruptions may have fueled hospital superbug outbreak

By |2020-12-08T17:58:38+00:00December 8th, 2020|

A case report from a New Jersey hospital highlights how drug-resistant pathogens can take advantage of COVID-related disruptions to standard infection and prevention control (IPC) practices. In a paper published yesterday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), and Rutgers University report on an [...]