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A Strong Coffee Half an Hour Before Exercising Increases Fat-Burning
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A Strong Coffee Half an Hour Before Exercising Increases Fat-Burning

Scientists from the Department of Physiology of the University of Granada (UGR) have shown that caffeine (about 3 mg/kg, the equivalent of a strong coffee) ingested half an hour before aerobic exercise significantly increases the rate of fat-burning. They also found that if the exercise is performed in the afternoon, the effects of the caffeine...

COVID-19 Denial Depends on a Population’s Trust in Social Institutions
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COVID-19 Denial Depends on a Population’s Trust in Social Institutions

An international team of scholars studied how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Europeans’ stress levels and their trust in their national governments and the healthcare systems. They found that respondents were most stressed by the state of the national economy, and only after that, by the risk of catching COVID-19 and possibly being hospitalized. The...

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Mental Health Worldwide
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COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Mental Health Worldwide

A study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health reports a high global prevalence of both depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic and shows how implementation of mitigation strategies including public transportation and school closures, and stay-at-home orders impacted such disorders. The results are published in Psychological Medicine. “Our research found an elevated...

Study Shows Stronger Brain Activity After Writing on Paper Than on Tablet or Smartphone
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Study Shows Stronger Brain Activity After Writing on Paper Than on Tablet or Smartphone

A study of Japanese university students and recent graduates has revealed that writing on physical paper can lead to more brain activity when remembering the information an hour later. Researchers say that the unique, complex, spatial and tactile information associated with writing by hand on physical paper is likely what leads to improved memory. “Actually,...

Novel Coronavirus Circulated Undetected Months Before First COVID-19 Cases in Wuhan, China
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Novel Coronavirus Circulated Undetected Months Before First COVID-19 Cases in Wuhan, China

Using molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the University of Arizona and Illumina, Inc., estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely circulating undetected for at most two months before the first human cases of COVID-19 were described in Wuhan, China in late-December...

Telehealth Growth During Pandemic Occurred Mostly in More Affluent and Metropolitan Areas
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Telehealth Growth During Pandemic Occurred Mostly in More Affluent and Metropolitan Areas

Increases in the use of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic among people with private insurance has occurred mostly among those who are more affluent and those who live in metropolitan areas, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers say the findings raise concerns that the pandemic may be worsening existing disparities in overall health...

Second-Wave COVID Mortality Dropped Markedly in (Most) Wealthier Zones
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Second-Wave COVID Mortality Dropped Markedly in (Most) Wealthier Zones

Wealthier northeastern U.S. states and Western European countries tended to have significantly lower mortality rates during second-wave COVID-19 infections, new research from the University of Sydney and Tsinghua University has shown. However, the pattern was not as general as expected, with notable exceptions to this trend in Sweden and Germany. Researchers say mortality change could...

Ultrasound Has Potential to Damage Coronaviruses
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Ultrasound Has Potential to Damage Coronaviruses

The coronavirus’ structure is an all-too-familiar image, with its densely packed surface receptors resembling a thorny crown. These spike-like proteins latch onto healthy cells and trigger the invasion of viral RNA. While the virus’ geometry and infection strategy is generally understood, little is known about its physical integrity. A new study by researchers in MIT’s...

Pandemic Has Increased Pregnancy Stress for American Women
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Pandemic Has Increased Pregnancy Stress for American Women

COVID-19 has created new problems for pregnant women in the United States, a group that already faced the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world even before the pandemic. One of their biggest concerns is their baby contracting the disease, according to a Washington State University study published recently in the journal BMC Pregnancy and...