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Long Commutes, Household Crowding Tied to Covid Transmission
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Long Commutes, Household Crowding Tied to Covid Transmission

Long commute times and household crowding may be good predictors for a higher number of transmissible coronavirus cases in metropolitan settings, according to Cornell urban planning, architectural and public health researchers, in a study published in the journal Buildings and Cities. Neighborhoods that had populations with predominantly longer commute times to work – from about 40 minutes to...

Marijuana Use at Historic High Among College-Aged Adults in 2020
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Marijuana Use at Historic High Among College-Aged Adults in 2020

Marijuana use continued to rise among college students over the past five years and remained at historically high levels among same-aged peers who are not in college in 2020, according to survey results from the 2020 Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study. This represents the highest levels of marijuana use recorded since the 1980s. The survey also found that marijuana vaping and nicotine vaping leveled off in 2020 after sharp increases reported every year since 2017...

Covid-19 Hit Indiana Black and Rural Communities Harder Than Other Populations
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Covid-19 Hit Indiana Black and Rural Communities Harder Than Other Populations

In the largest study of its kind to date, Black communities and rural residents were hit harder than other populations by the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrated by data from across the state of Indiana. Researchers at Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University say this information highlights important disparities that need to be addressed by public health efforts. “This large-scale study shows that racial and ethnic minorities as well...

A Drug Costing Less Than €2 a Day Helps in the Treatment of Severely Ill Covid-19 Patients
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A Drug Costing Less Than €2 a Day Helps in the Treatment of Severely Ill Covid-19 Patients

Metoprolol, a drug widely used to treat cardiovascular disease, is beneficial when administered to COVID-19patients. This is the finding of a study by investigators at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC), published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). The most severe form of COVID-19 is severe respiratory failure, which requires intubation and is...

Simple Safety Measures Reduce Musical Covid-19 Transmission
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Simple Safety Measures Reduce Musical Covid-19 Transmission

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe in 2020, musicians around the world were desperate for the answers to two pressing questions: Can playing musical instruments transmit COVID-19? And if so, what can be done? Now, halfway through 2021, the first official research results are in—and it’s good news: The show can go on. Published...

One in Three Americans Had Covid-19 by the End of 2020
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One in Three Americans Had Covid-19 by the End of 2020

A new study published in the journal Nature estimates that 103 million Americans, or 31 percent of the U.S. population, had been infected with SARS-CoV-2 by the end of 2020. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers modeled the spread of the coronavirus, finding that fewer than one-quarter of infections (22%) were accounted for in cases...

Young Age, Housing Insecurity Primary Factors in Vaccine Hesitancy Among African Americans
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Young Age, Housing Insecurity Primary Factors in Vaccine Hesitancy Among African Americans

A survey of mostly African American adults living in and around one of Georgia’s largest cities found that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy was greatest among those age 18 to 29, investigators say. “Age is the main driver,” says Dr. Justin Xavier Moore, epidemiologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, with those 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed having 21-fold...

Opioid Lawsuit Payout Plans Overlook a Vital Need: Pain Management Care and Research Focused on Smarter Use of Addictive Drugs
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Opioid Lawsuit Payout Plans Overlook a Vital Need: Pain Management Care and Research Focused on Smarter Use of Addictive Drugs

The opioid crisis has resulted in more than 500,000 overdose deaths over the past two decades. The federal government, states and other entities have filed litigation against drug manufacturers, suppliers and pharmacies as one approach to address the harm and suffering caused by inappropriate opioid prescribing practices. Billions of dollars of funds have since been...