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What kind of filter should I use in my home HVAC system to help protect my family from COVID-19?

By |2020-12-13T18:51:56+00:00December 13th, 2020|

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, or MERV, reports a filter’s ability to capture particles. Filters with MERV-13 or higher ratings can trap smaller particles, including viruses. Many home HVAC systems will have a MERV-8 filter installed as the default. Upgrading to a MERV-13 rated filter, or the highest-rated filter that your HVAC system fan and filter [...]

7 ways to reduce stress and keep blood pressure down

By |2020-12-13T18:51:54+00:00December 13th, 2020|

When it comes to preventing and treating high blood pressure, one often-overlooked strategy is managing stress. If you often find yourself tense and on-edge, try these seven ways to reduce stress. Get enough sleep. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health.     Credit: iStock, adamkaz Read [...]

A new view of how the brain decides to make an effort

By |2020-12-12T18:44:07+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Neuroscientists have provided clear visual evidence that a region of the human brain known as the ventral striatum kicks in during decision-making to weigh the costs versus the benefits of making a physical effort. Nature Human Behavior published the research by scientists at Emory University. It gives the first detailed view of ventral striatum activity during three phases of [...]

Maternal Mortality and Maternity Care in the United States Compared to 10 Other Developed Countries

By |2020-12-12T18:44:06+00:00December 12th, 2020|

ABSTRACT Issue: Most maternal deaths are preventable, but they have been increasing in the United States. Other high-income countries with success in preventing maternal deaths offer potential lessons for the U.S. Goals: To compare maternal mortality rates in the U.S. with 10 other high-income countries and identify differences in maternal care workforces, postpartum care access, and paid [...]

Mycobacterium tuberculosis MmsA (Rv0753c) Interacts with STING and Blunts the Type I Interferon Response

By |2020-12-12T18:44:05+00:00December 12th, 2020|

ABSTRACT Type I interferon (IFN) plays an important role in Mycobacterium tuberculosis persistence and disease pathogenesis. M. tuberculosis has evolved a number of mechanisms to evade host immune surveillance. However, it is unclear how the type I IFN response is tightly regulated by the M. tuberculosis determinants.     Credit: iStock, Dr_Microbe Read more… Download Citation: Yifan Sun, Wei Zhang, Chunsheng Dong, Sidong Xiong mBio Dec 2020, 11 (6) e03254-19; DOI: 10.1128/mBio.03254-19 The post Mycobacterium tuberculosis MmsA [...]

Simplified estimation of the risk of infection by aerosol-bound viruses in ventilated rooms

By |2020-12-12T18:44:05+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Introduction The continuing risk of infection with COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) has led to intensive discussions in many countries about how different rooms can be used in the future. It should be noted that there will always be a risk of infection in rooms with several people, as transmission of the virus cannot be ruled out without [...]

Built environment and the metropolitan pandemic: Analysis of the COVID-19 spread in Hong Kong

By |2020-12-12T18:44:05+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Abstract The COVID-19 reported initially in December 2019 led to thousands and millions of people infections, deaths at a rapid scale, and a global scale. Metropolitans suffered serious pandemic problems as the built environments of metropolitans contain a large number of people in a relatively small area and allow frequent contacts to let virus spread [...]

Clinical trial results address concerns about pharmacogenetic testing

By |2020-12-12T18:44:04+00:00December 12th, 2020|

A person’s genetic make-up can influence whether they might experience side effects from certain medications. Some laboratories now offer pharmacogenetic tests that allow patients to learn whether they carry genetic variants known to be associated with adverse drug effects. Such tests might help patients and their doctors choose safer, more effective treatments, but the U.S. [...]

Fulvic Acid Benefits: Hope or Hype? + Testimonials

By |2020-12-12T18:39:12+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Fulvic acid benefits health for some people because it is rich in nutrients like trace minerals and has a lot of compounds thought to boost our immune system health and reduce inflammatory conditions as well. But if you haven’t heard of fulvic acid, you aren’t alone.  In Western societies, fulvic acid is relatively new on the [...]

45+ Simple Uses for Sauerkraut that are Surprisingly Tasty

By |2020-12-12T18:39:10+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Uses for sauerkraut in meals can go as far as your imagination goes, but if you are lacking inspiration when it comes to fermented foods, this post is for you.  Learn how to include sauerkraut into just about any kind of mealin ways that your whole family will love. Tips included here go way beyond topping your [...]