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The mathematical strategy that could transform coronavirus testing

By |2020-07-22T17:21:43+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

Scientists say that widespread testing is needed to get outbreaks of the new coronavirus under control. But in many regions, there’s a shortage of the chemicals needed to run diagnostics. In several countries, health officials have started using a strategy that was first proposed in the Second World War: group testing. By testing samples from [...]

Laos see dengue cases double since May

By |2020-07-22T17:21:43+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

Health officials in Laos have seen the number of dengue fever cases double since May 30. According to the most recent numbers from the Lao Ministry of Health Thursday, 2,661 people has been diagnosed with dengue fever. This is up from 1,394 reported the week ending May 30.  Almost one quarter of the cases have been [...]

Socioeconomic bias in influenza surveillance

By |2020-07-22T17:21:42+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

Abstract Individuals in low socioeconomic brackets are considered at-risk for developing influenza-related complications and often exhibit higher than average influenza-related hospitalization rates. This disparity has been attributed to various factors, including restricted access to preventative and therapeutic health care, limited sick leave, and household structure. Adequate influenza surveillance in these at-risk populations is a critical precursor [...]

‘Huge hole’ in COVID-19 testing data makes it harder to study racial disparities

By |2020-07-22T17:21:41+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

At a virtual meeting last month, cardiologist Garth Graham shared data that shine a narrow flashlight beam into a vast, shadowy crisis. As vice president of community health at CVS Health, he oversees nine centers offering free, rapid COVID-19 tests in low-income neighborhoods with high proportions of racial and ethnic minorities. From those sites, the [...]

Why the WHO won’t say the coronavirus is airborne and driving the pandemic

By |2020-07-22T17:21:39+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

Lack of ‘definitive’ evidence on the threat of the coronavirus through the air divides experts The World Health Organization has refused to cave to pressure from more than 200 experts calling for it to update its messaging on the threat of the spread of the coronavirus through the air, citing a lack of “definitive” evidence. In an open letter first [...]

WHO: Aggressive action needed to turn COVID-19 around

By |2020-07-22T16:25:23+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the global number of COVID-19 cases has more than doubled over the last 6 weeks, and there’s a lot of work ahead. Meanwhile, a WHO team is on its way to China to meet with researchers to plan a joint mission to probe the zoonotic source of the [...]

College Drinking

By |2020-07-22T16:25:22+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of students on campuses across the United States. Drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience. Many students come to college with [...]

When to worry about worrying

By |2020-07-22T16:25:21+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

There is no shortage of things to worry about — from personal concerns about job security or health, to fears related to larger issues such as political conflicts or natural disasters. Temporary anxiety can be a healthy response to uncertainty and danger, but constant worry and nervousness may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder. Do [...]

2 new community Covid-19 patients linked to family cluster at Tampines Street 11 HDB block

By |2020-07-22T16:25:20+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

SINGAPORE – Two of the new community coronavirus patients announced on Friday (July 10) are family members of a known family cluster at a Tampines Housing Board block where nine people were earlier found to be infected. They are a seven-year-old Singaporean girl who had no symptoms, and an 18-year-old Singaporean boy who started having symptoms on [...]

10 Things That Happen to Your Body When it’s Over 90 Degrees

By |2020-07-22T16:25:19+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

Perspiring actually does you a favor by sending fluids to cool your largest organ. 1. YOU SWEAT It’s unpleasant to talk about, but perspiring actually does you a favor by sending fluids to cool your largest organ, your skin. “That’s when things are going well,” Dr. Feinstein says. “If you can exercise before the sun rises or after [...]