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Black Hispanic Individuals Hardest Hit by COVID-19
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Black Hispanic Individuals Hardest Hit by COVID-19

Results from a new study led by Boston Medical Center (BMC) demonstrate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Hispanic groups within the US, with the most severe outcomes, including death and intensive care, among Hispanic Black individuals. Analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found differences between Hispanic groups, with higher...

Researchers Find Confusion Over Masks for Wildfire, COVID-19 Crises
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Researchers Find Confusion Over Masks for Wildfire, COVID-19 Crises

To mask or not to mask – and which mask to use? With public health guidance about masks in the United States confused by political hedging, clarity around mask use is increasingly important, especially as the western U.S. battles the twin crises of wildfire smoke and COVID-19. “The CDC is the gold standard of where...

COVID-19 Vaccine Nationalism Could Cost World Up to .2 Trillion
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COVID-19 Vaccine Nationalism Could Cost World Up to $1.2 Trillion

Nationalistic behaviour by governments may exclude some countries from gaining access to COVID-19 vaccines and cost the global economy up to $1.2 trillion a year in GDP, according to a new study from the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe. If countries demonstrate ‘vaccine nationalism’ – prioritising their own citizens and insisting on first access to...

Alcohol Use Changed Right After COVID-19 Lockdown
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Alcohol Use Changed Right After COVID-19 Lockdown

One in four adults reported a change in alcohol use almost immediately after stay-at-home orders were issued, according to a study of twins led by Washington State University researchers. The study, published recently in Frontiers in Psychiatry, surveyed more than 900 twin pairs from the Washington State Twin Registry from March 26 to April 5, 2020, just...

Physical Activity in the Morning Could Be Most Beneficial Against Cancer
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Physical Activity in the Morning Could Be Most Beneficial Against Cancer

One potential cause of cancer is circadian disruption, the misalignment of environmental cues (light, food intake, etc.) and our endogenous circadian rhythms. It is established that regular physical activity throughout lifetime can reduce cancer risk. This protective effect could be the most beneficial when physical activity is done in the morning -this is the main...

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Study Links Eating Disorders with Body Dysmorphia

People with eating disorders are 12 times more likely to be preoccupied with perceived flaws in their physical appearance than those without, according to new research published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) surveyed more than 1,600 health club members recruited via social media. They found the number of...

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Empathy Prevents COVID-19 Spreading

Empathy for vulnerable people in risk groups motivates us to use face masks and keep our distance, so that we help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the study, which has just been published in the journal Psychological Science. “We show that empathy for the most vulnerable is an important factor, and that it...

Perception of Risk and Optimism Barriers in Behavior During Coronavirus
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Perception of Risk and Optimism Barriers in Behavior During Coronavirus

Until a vaccine and/or effective cure for COVID-19 becomes available, battling the current pandemic strongly relies on how well people follow behavioural advice, such as adhering to local restrictions, social distancing rules, and engaging in effective personal hygiene. However, overcoming the relationship between risk perceptions and comparative optimism during the pandemic is a major hurdle...