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Steeply rising pandemic activity led by India, surges elsewhere

By |2020-10-24T10:16:48+00:00October 24th, 2020|

The pace of global COVID-19 cases showed no letup today, with an ongoing surge in India, some Middle East countries logging record numbers, and some European hot spots reporting more worrying developments. In other developments today, global health officials warned that false information about COVID-19 is hampering the response and urged countries to do more to [...]

THE MESSED UP HISTORY OF MERS

By |2020-10-23T10:06:10+00:00October 23rd, 2020|

Per the World Health Organization, MERS, also known as MERS-CoV, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, is a virus transferred to humans from infected animals — in this case, dromedary camels, the ones with one hump. MedicalNewsToday reports that MERS-CoV was first discovered in Saudi Arabia September 20, 2012, when the Program for Monitoring Emerging [...]

Why Poor Sleep Can Lead to Weight Gain

By |2020-10-23T10:06:06+00:00October 23rd, 2020|

Not getting enough sleep or having inconsistent sleeping patterns is associated with a higher body mass index (BMI). Researchers in a studyTrusted Source published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine used Fitbit wearable technology to collect sleep data from more than 120,000 people over a 2-year period. “We examined the hypothesis that shorter sleep duration (hours slept at night) [...]

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 [...]