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Emerging arboviruses in the urbanized Amazon rainforest

By |2020-11-24T15:35:31+00:00November 24th, 2020|

Degradation of rainforest, extreme weather events, and climate change affect the spread of mosquito borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, write Rachel Lowe and colleagues. Urgent action is needed The rapidly changing fate of the Amazon, an ecosystem we all depend on, has been highlighted by rampant wildfires, extreme droughts, and deforestation in recent years. [...]

How to Fight Indoor Air Pollution and Save on Home Insurance at the Same Time

By |2020-11-24T15:35:27+00:00November 24th, 2020|

Americans are spending more time at home and indoors than ever before due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. When the pandemic hit, not only did the unemployment rate skyrocket to its worst level since the Great Depression, but those who were able to work remotely started doing so in record numbers. In fact, according to [...]

Plant protein may help you live longer

By |2020-11-24T15:35:25+00:00November 24th, 2020|

Men need sufficient protein to help maintain muscle mass and strength as they age. A study published online July 13, 2020, by JAMA Internal Medicine suggests the source of that protein also may dictate how long they live. Scientists examined the diets of more than 400,000 people ages 50 and older, who consumed protein from plant sources, [...]

Cold Air Fosters the Spread of Cold Germs

By |2020-11-24T15:35:24+00:00November 24th, 2020|

Cooler air — both inside your nasal cavity and in the air around you — can help the common cold virus replicate thanks to an immune response, a new study from Yale University found. This finding gives some credence to the old wives’ tale that you should bundle up — and cover your nose — to [...]

Are you taking too much anti-inflammatory medication?

By |2020-11-24T15:35:23+00:00November 24th, 2020|

You might call them pain relievers. You might take them for back pain, headache, or arthritis. Your doctor calls them “NSAIDs,” which stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Whatever you call them and for whatever reason you take them, NSAIDs are among the most popular medications worldwide. In fact, estimates suggest that about 15% of the [...]

Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

By |2020-11-24T15:35:22+00:00November 24th, 2020|

A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95% effective, early data from US company Moderna shows. The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer, and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their vaccines. [...]

Sorting out the health effects of alcohol

By |2020-11-24T15:35:21+00:00November 24th, 2020|

When it comes to your beverage of choice, alcoholic beverages are unique. For millions, they are a regular part of the dining experience. They’re often an important component of social events, celebrations, and milestones; we toast people, events, and memories with alcohol. They play a key role in many religious traditions. And, of course, the [...]

Risk Assessment and Management of COVID-19 Among Travelers Arriving at Designated U.S. Airports, January 17–September 13, 2020

By |2020-11-24T15:35:20+00:00November 24th, 2020|

What is already known about this topic? As an early effort to prevent importation of SARS-CoV-2, CDC established entry screening at designated airports for passengers from certain countries. What is added by this report? Passenger entry screening was resource-intensive with low yield of laboratory-diagnosed COVID-19 cases (one case per 85,000 travelers screened). Contact information was missing for a [...]

AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION OF SARS-CoV-2

By |2020-11-21T15:05:53+00:00November 21st, 2020|

INTRODUCTION AND WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES With the rapidly evolving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers are racing to find answers to critical questions about the virus that causes the disease severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Understanding how the virus1 is transmitted is among the most important questions, as it will inform efforts to stop its spread. [...]