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COVID-19 Second Wave in Myanmar Causes Dramatic Increases in Poverty
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COVID-19 Second Wave in Myanmar Causes Dramatic Increases in Poverty

In September 2020, 59 percent of 1000 households surveyed in urban Yangon and 66 percent of 1000 households surveyed in the rural Dry Zone earned less than $1.90/day (a common measure of extreme poverty), according to a new study from researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The study provides new insight into...

New Therapy for Flu May Help in Fight Against COVID-19
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New Therapy for Flu May Help in Fight Against COVID-19

A new therapy for influenza virus infections that may also prove effective against many other pathogenic virus infections, including HIV and COVID-19, has been developed by Purdue University scientists. In an average year, more than 2 million people in the United States are hospitalized with the flu, and 30,000 to 80,000 of them die from...

COVID-19 Highlights Risks of Wildlife Trade
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COVID-19 Highlights Risks of Wildlife Trade

Many diseases, such as COVID-19, have made the jump from animals to people with serious consequences for the human host. An international research team, including researchers from the University of Göttingen, says that more epidemics resulting from animal hosts are inevitable unless urgent action is taken. In order to protect against future pandemics which might...

Blacks, Hispanics Comprised More Than Half of All Inpatient Deaths From COVID-19
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Blacks, Hispanics Comprised More Than Half of All Inpatient Deaths From COVID-19

More than half of all in-hospital deaths due to COVID-19 during the first six months of 2020 were among Black and Hispanic patients, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Duke University. The researchers did not find any racial or ethnic differences in mortality rates among...

Study Reveals How Smoking Worsens COVID-19 Infection in the Airways
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Study Reveals How Smoking Worsens COVID-19 Infection in the Airways

UCLA researchers using a model of airway tissue created from human stem cells have pinpointed how smoking cigarettes causes more severe infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the airways of the lungs. The study, led by scientists at the Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA and published...

Are E-Cigarette Users at Greater Risk of Poor Immune Response to Flu, COVID?
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Are E-Cigarette Users at Greater Risk of Poor Immune Response to Flu, COVID?

In a controlled study of smokers, nonsmokers, and e-cigarette users, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette users exhibited significantly altered immune responses to a model of influenza virus infection, suggesting increased susceptibility to disease. The findings, published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, show that vaping changes...

Here’s Why Conservatives and Liberals Differ on COVID-19
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Here’s Why Conservatives and Liberals Differ on COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, political ideology has been perhaps the strongest predictor of consumers’ perceptions of the coronavirus’ threat. According to a new study from Lehigh University’s College of Business, the differences between conservative and liberal responses to COVID-19 are mitigated when people perceive the virus itself to have agency — the ability to control...

Employment Insecurity Linked to Anxiety and Depression Among Young Adults During COVID-19
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Employment Insecurity Linked to Anxiety and Depression Among Young Adults During COVID-19

Young adults may be less susceptible to the serious adverse health effects of COVID-19, but they have not been absolved from economic and employment downturns — and there has been little research on how employment insecurity has affected them. New research now shows a strong association between employment insecurity and common symptoms of anxiety and...

Health Care Use Drops During Pandemic; Switch to Telemedicine Creates Disparities
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Health Care Use Drops During Pandemic; Switch to Telemedicine Creates Disparities

During the first two months of the pandemic lockdown, Americans dramatically reduced their use of preventive and elective health care, while increasing use of telemedicine — but the switch was not enough to offset reductions in in-person care, according to a new study. The analysis, one of the first to quantify the cuts in elective...