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School Closures Led to More Sleep and Better Quality of Life for Adolescents
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School Closures Led to More Sleep and Better Quality of Life for Adolescents

The school closures in spring 2020 had a negative effect on the health and well-being of many young people. But homeschooling also had a positive flipside: Thanks to sleeping longer in the morning, many teenagers reported improved health and health-related quality of life. The study authors from the University of Zurich therefore believe school days...

Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Green Infrastructure
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Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure (GI) refers to a system of interconnected ecosystems, ecological–technological hybrids, and built infrastructures providing contextual social, environmental, and technological functions and benefits. As a planning concept, GI brings attention to how diverse types of urban ecosystems and built infrastructures function in relation to one another to meet socially negotiated goals. Green infrastructure has been...

Matter and Antimatter Seem to Respond Equally to Gravity
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Matter and Antimatter Seem to Respond Equally to Gravity

As part of an experiment to measure—to an extremely precise degree—the charge-to-mass ratios of protons and antiprotons, the RIKEN-led BASE collaboration at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, has found that, within the uncertainty of the experiment, matter and antimatter respond to gravity in the same way. Matter and antimatter create some of the most interesting problems in...

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Economic Benefits of Earlier Social Distancing Revealed Through Impacts of Rainy Weather on Coronavirus Outbreaks

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, rainy weather prompted behaviors similar to early social distancing in some counties across the U.S. the weekend before the first wave of stay-at-home orders were issued, and health data indicate that these behavior changes likely saved lives. Economists at UC Santa Cruz used this as a natural experiment...

The Toilet of a First Temple Period Luxury Villa Reveals: Due to Poor Sanitary Conditions, the Jerusalem Elite Suffered from Infectious Disease
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The Toilet of a First Temple Period Luxury Villa Reveals: Due to Poor Sanitary Conditions, the Jerusalem Elite Suffered from Infectious Disease

The toilet of a First Temple period luxury villa reveals: Due to poor sanitary conditions, the Jerusalem elite suffered from infectious disease The 2,700-year-old remains of intestinal parasite eggs were discovered in a cesspit beneath the toilet in the garden of a luxury estate uncovered at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade in Jerusalem. The researchers: These...

Tobacco-Style Health Campaigns Needed to Spell Out Ultra Processed Food Harms
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Tobacco-Style Health Campaigns Needed to Spell Out Ultra Processed Food Harms

Tobacco-style public health campaigns are needed to spell out the full extent of the harms of ultra processed foods, argue public health experts in the open access journal BMJ Global Health. Despite strong evidence linking these products to serious health consequences, the public are in the dark about the real dangers of these ‘foods’ and have...

BU Study Suggests Replacing the Term ‘Race’ with Underlying Factors That Increase Risk for Heart Attacks, Strokes, in Blacks Compared to Whites
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BU Study Suggests Replacing the Term ‘Race’ with Underlying Factors That Increase Risk for Heart Attacks, Strokes, in Blacks Compared to Whites

Why should two individuals with exactly the same risk factor profile for developing heart attacks or strokes be treated differently based purely on their race? Is it race that alters risk of these people or is race a surrogate for other factors that may be elevating risk? And how large can these race-related differences in...

Alcohol Consumption During the Covid-19 Pandemic Projected to Cause More Liver Disease and Deaths
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Alcohol Consumption During the Covid-19 Pandemic Projected to Cause More Liver Disease and Deaths

Alcohol sales and consumption increased during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the effect of the increase in consumption on population health is not fully understood. In new research published in Hepatology, a team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) projected rates of liver disease and associated deaths due to increased alcohol consumption...

Millions Embrace Covid-19 Misinformation, Which Is Linked to Hesitancy on Vaccination and Boosters
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Millions Embrace Covid-19 Misinformation, Which Is Linked to Hesitancy on Vaccination and Boosters

Twenty-one months into the global pandemic, millions of Americans continue to believe misinformation about vaccination and Covid-19, and these beliefs are associated with hesitancy to get themselves and their children vaccinated – or, if they are vaccinated, to get a booster for added protection against the omicron and delta variants. In the fourth survey conducted...

Study Explores Pandemic-Related Shifts in Alcohol Sales Across 16 U.S. States
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Study Explores Pandemic-Related Shifts in Alcohol Sales Across 16 U.S. States

An analysis of data from 16 U.S. states suggests that the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic saw increases in wine and spirit sales, accompanied by notable changes in the relationship between alcohol sales and people’s visits to businesses that sell alcohol. University at Buffalo researchers Yingjie Hu, Brian M. Quigley and Dane Taylor...