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U.S. Adults’ Blood Pressure Levels Increased During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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U.S. Adults’ Blood Pressure Levels Increased During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is associated with higher blood pressure levels among middle-aged adults across the U.S., according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease, and nearly 75% of all cases remain...

Pandemic Stress Affects Black Adults More Than Their White Peers
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Pandemic Stress Affects Black Adults More Than Their White Peers

A recent study finds that Black adults experience more pronounced mental health challenges than white adults in response to stresses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also found that younger white adults were less adversely affected by stress related to COVID-19 than older white adults. “We wanted to see how race and age affected...

Facial Filler Is Not a DIY Project; Covid Shutdown Led to Rise in Self-Administered Cosmetic Procedures
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Facial Filler Is Not a DIY Project; Covid Shutdown Led to Rise in Self-Administered Cosmetic Procedures

The COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for a nationwide healthcare and economic slowdown. Surprisingly, even during months of quarantine and isolation as masks and face coverings became the norm, people continued to spend money on products to enhance their attractiveness and to seek out cosmetic procedures. “During the lockdown, doctor-patient interactions slowly resumed largely in the...

Visualization of the virus’ spike protein (cyan) surrounded by mucus molecules (red) and calcium ions (yellow). The viral membrane is shown in purple. (Credit: UC San Diego’s Lorenzo Casalino, the Amaro Lab, and the research team.)
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Covid Gets Airborne

In May 2021, the Centers for Disease Control officially recognized that SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—is airborne, meaning it is highly transmissible through the air. Now University of California San Diego Professor and Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rommie Amaro, along with partners across the U.S. and around the world, has modeled the delta...

Covid Tech Took a Toll on Work-From-Home Moms
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Covid Tech Took a Toll on Work-From-Home Moms

It’s no secret that being a work-from-home mom during the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic was a drag. And those tech tools – video meetings and texting – designed to make remote work easier? They just added to the stress and exacerbated the mental health toll on burnt out moms trying to hold everything together....

Stimulus Designed to Help Restaurant Workers Led to More Covid Cases
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Stimulus Designed to Help Restaurant Workers Led to More Covid Cases

A new paper in The Economic Journal indicates that a large-scale government subsidy aimed at encouraging people to eat out in restaurants in the wake of the first 2020 COVID-19 wave in the United Kingdom accelerated a second COVID19 wave. The COVID19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus hurt economies around the world. The hospitality sector was...

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Shadow Loss: Young Adults Cope with Missing Out During Pandemic

A new paper featuring college students’ experiences with loss during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that although few directly experienced a close death, everyone lost something that impacted their lives. Researchers collected the stories as part of class assignments where students reflected on their earliest and most significant losses regarding COVID-19. The new paper, titled “Young...

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Africa Tries to End Vaccine Inequity by Replicating Its Own

In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world’s poorest people. The energy in the gleaming labs matches the urgency of their...

Scientists Search for Cause of Mysterious Covid-Related Inflammation in Children
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Scientists Search for Cause of Mysterious Covid-Related Inflammation in Children

Like most other kids with covid, Dante and Michael DeMaino seemed to have no serious symptoms. Infected in mid-February, both lost their senses of taste and smell. Dante, 9, had a low-grade fever for a day or so. Michael, 13, had a “tickle in his throat,” said their mother, Michele DeMaino, of Danvers, Massachusetts. At...