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Preventing the Next Pandemic

Thus far, COVID-19 has cost at least $2.6 trillion and may cost ten times this amount. It is the largest global pandemic in 100 years. Six months after emerging, it has killed over 600,000 people and is having a major impact on the global economy. “How much would it cost to prevent this happening again?...

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Frequent Social Media Use Influences Depressive Symptoms Over Time Among LGBTQ Youth

Frequent social media use can impact depressive symptoms over time for LGBTQ youth, according to research from a Washington State University communication professor. Traci Gillig, an assistant professor in the College of Communication at Washington State University, found that when LGBTQ adolescents attended a social media-free summer camp, they experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms,...

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Combining Handwashing, Mask-Wearing and Social Distancing Best in Preventing COVID-19

Both self-imposed prevention measures such as hand-washing, mask-wearing and social distancing, as well as government-imposed social distancing can help mitigate and delay a COVID-19 epidemic, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Alexandra Teslya of University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands and colleagues. The coronavirus disease COVID-19 has spread to nearly...

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How Should Hospitals Ask Patients for Donations?

As many hospitals and health centers face dramatic drops in revenue from ramping down services during the coronavirus pandemic, donations from grateful patients and philanthropists become more important than ever. A new study looks for the first time at patients’ views of hospital fundraising, including legally allowable practices that encourage physicians to work with their...

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81 Million Americans Lacking Space or Bathrooms to Follow COVID Quarantine Recommendations

An article published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that 25 million dwellings that house 81 million Americans lack adequate space or plumbing to allow compliance with recommendations that a person who may have COVID-19 maintain physical separation from others in their household. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Mindfulness Training Helps Men Manage Anger

The last few months have been particularly difficult for people living in a violent relationship. But a few glimmers of hope are finally emerging from the coronavirus nightmare. “For a lot of people, the shutdown has been an extreme situation with a lot of stress. Those of us who work with people on anger management...

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NIH Project Homes In on COVID Racial Disparities

While the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic Americans is no secret, federal officials have launched studies of the disparity that they hope will better prepare the country for the next great epidemic. The National Institutes of Health began the ambitious “All of Us” research project in 2018 with the goal of enrolling...

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For COVID Tests, the Question of Who Pays Comes Down to Interpretation

In advance of an upcoming road trip with her elderly parents, Wendy Epstein’s physician agreed it would be “prudent” for her and her kids to get tested for COVID-19. Seeing the tests as a “medical need,” the doctor said insurance would likely pay for them, with no out-of-pocket cost to Epstein. But her children’s pediatrician...

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Texas Public Health Experts Launch Real-Time COVID-19 Data Dashboard with Prediction Modeling

A new COVID-19 tracking tool that can tell Texans what is happening in real time in their own communities and anticipate how one person can infect dozens more was recently launched by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). TexasPandemic.org, developed by public health researchers in collaboration with biostatisticians and data scientists, is...