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Deaths from Alcohol Use Disorder Surged During Pandemic
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Deaths from Alcohol Use Disorder Surged During Pandemic

Deaths involving alcohol use disorder increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators. The study also found that young adults 25 to 44 years old experienced the steepest upward trend in alcohol use disorder mortality. In the study, published this month in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Network Open, investigators used predictive modeling...

U.S. Deaths from Covid Hit 1 Million, Less Than 2 1/2 Years In
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U.S. Deaths from Covid Hit 1 Million, Less Than 2 1/2 Years In

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died...

New Study Shows Hybrid Learning Led to Significant Reduction in Covid-19 Spread
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New Study Shows Hybrid Learning Led to Significant Reduction in Covid-19 Spread

As communities continue a shift toward normalcy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have helped quantify the effectiveness of one of the most commonly-debated mitigation measures taken across the country. A new study published in BMC Public Health shows that hybrid learning utilizing alternating school days for children offers a significant...

Under 6 Percent of Criminal Justice Cases Get Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
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Under 6 Percent of Criminal Justice Cases Get Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

About 4 million people who reported use or misuse of prescription opioids or heroin in 2014 also reported having a concurrent arrest or active probation or parole status. Individuals who report opioid use are significantly more likely to have been arrested compared to those who do not use opioids. Opioid agonist treatment, which includes federally...

Covid-19 Beliefs Influenced by Politicians, Not Scientists, Researchers Suggest
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Covid-19 Beliefs Influenced by Politicians, Not Scientists, Researchers Suggest

As COVID-19 upended societal norms when it swept through the United States in 2020, a second pandemic — or “infodemic”— was also on the rise. An analysis of Twitter users by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and University of Texas, Austin, suggests that Republican-identifying individuals who believe their local government has positive intentions...

Individuals in England Reduced Social Contacts by Up to 75% During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Individuals in England Reduced Social Contacts by Up to 75% During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Transmission of respiratory viruses depends partly on the rate of close social contacts in a population. A study publishing March 1st in PLOS Medicine by Amy Gimma at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues suggests that during the most restrictive period of lockdown in the United Kingdom, the number of reported contacts decreased by...

The Future of Work: What Have We Learned During the Pandemic?
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The Future of Work: What Have We Learned During the Pandemic?

The extraordinary pivot to a work-from-home (WFH) mode for a large segment of the world’s working population since March 2020 intensified an existing trend that began with the proliferation of digital technologies. As COVID-19 variants have cycled up and down over the past two years, flexible hybrids of the workplace modality emerged and evolved. The...

Covid Still Threatens Millions of Americans. Why Are We So Eager to Move On?
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Covid Still Threatens Millions of Americans. Why Are We So Eager to Move On?

Iesha White is so fed up with the U.S. response to covid-19 that she’s seriously considering moving to Europe. “I’m that disgusted. The lack of care for each other, to me, it’s too much,” said White, 30, of Los Angeles. She has multiple sclerosis and takes a medicine that suppresses her immune system. “As a...

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As Politics Infects Public Health, Private Companies Profit

For some counties and cities that share a public health agency with other local governments, differences over mask mandates, business restrictions, and other covid preventive measures have strained those partnerships. At least two have been pushed past the breaking point. A county in Colorado and a small city in Southern California are splitting from their...

Which Political Ideologies Make People More Likely to Dismiss the Risk of Covid-19?
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Which Political Ideologies Make People More Likely to Dismiss the Risk of Covid-19?

A study published in the journal Risk Analysis suggests that people who embrace the ideologies of libertarianism and anti-egalitarianism are more likely to disregard the risks of COVID-19 and oppose government actions. Assistant professor Yilang Peng of the University of Georgia analyzed data from two surveys to investigate the relationship between attitudes toward COVID-19 and specific political...