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Vitamin D deficiency raises COVID-19 infection risk by 77%, study finds

2 weeks ago from UPI

Vitamin D deficiency increases a person's risk for catching COVID-19 by 77% compared to those with sufficient levels of the nutrient, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found.

Watch: Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander play Gloria Steinem in 'The Glorias'

2 weeks ago from UPI

"The Glorias," a biopic featuring Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander as older and younger versions of Gloria Steinem, will be released Sept. 30.

COVID-19 antigen assay set to triple US testing capacity

2 weeks ago from C&EN

Abbott aims to produce 50 million of the 15-minute, $5 tests per month

San Diego State hits pause button as COVID-19 cases grow

2 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

The news, nine days after the start of SDSU's fall semester, was a significant setback for a university that brought 7,997 of 35,485 students back to campus.

Safe thresholds for antibiotics in sewage needed to help combat antibiotic resistance

2 weeks ago from Physorg

New research reveals current understanding of safe antibiotic levels in rivers may not prevent evolution of antibiotic resistance and fully protect human health. The study suggests the need to introduce...

New method of detecting illnesses including coronavirus and cystic fibrosis

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

A new and quicker method of diagnosing diseases in patients has been created by researchers. The team has developed a system of examining individual molecules to detect the presence of...

Retest for COVID-19 4-plus weeks after symptoms first appear to curb infection risk, say researchers

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

People who've had COVID-19 should be swab tested again four or more weeks after symptoms first appear to minimize the risk of onward infection, suggests a large population-based study in...

Toxins from e-cigarette chemical mixture can affect heart, lungs

2 weeks ago from UPI

There's more bad news about electronic cigarettes: Researchers have identified previously unknown toxins that can affect the heart and lungs of those who vape.

Scientists use two powerful immunotherapies to eradicate solid tumors

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

Scientists have combined two potent immunotherapies -- an oncolytic virus and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy -- to target and eradicate solid tumors that are otherwise difficult to...

Anxiety and depression are associated with medical care avoidance during the pandemic

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

New research shows U.S. adults who experience common symptoms of anxiety and depression are at greater risk of delaying medical care and not receiving non-COVID-19 medical care amidst the pandemic.

Acts of kindness provide givers a boost of good health

2 weeks ago from UPI

Acts of kindness are often associated with selflessness, the opposite of selfishness, but new research suggests doing good is good for the giver, too.

Signs of depression have tripled in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic got underway

2 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

The prevalence of depression symptoms in the U.S. has more than tripled in the COVID-19 era compared to the period before the pandemic.

Signs of depression have tripled in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic got underway

2 weeks ago from LA Times - Science

The prevalence of depression symptoms in the U.S. has more than tripled in the COVID-19 era compared to the period before the pandemic.

Have we just stumbled on the biggest productivity increase of the century?

2 weeks ago from Physorg

One of the most striking responses to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the sudden, shift of around half the workforce to working at home.

Dog helps save 10-year-old boy from cougar attack near Lillooet, B.C.

2 weeks ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A group of women and children out for a walk near Lillooet, B.C., earlier this week managed to fight off a cougar that was attacking a 10-year-old boy — with...

India to surpass Brazil as it sees a record 83K new cases

2 weeks ago from UPI

India reported a record daily increase of more than 83,000 infections on Thursday as the Asian nation threatens to surpass Brazil for the second-most infected country to the pandemic.

Getting a flu shot during the COVID-19 era: Here's what you need to know

2 weeks ago from CBC: Health

Public health and infectious disease experts say to avoid a "twindemic" of flu on top of COVID-19, it's more important than ever to get the flu shot.

Team engineers new treatment for drug-resistant bacterial infections

2 weeks ago from Physorg

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prioritized finding effective treatment of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the most common bacterial pathogens and the single most deadly...

New weight-loss program may help low-income Americans, study says

2 weeks ago from UPI

Lifestyle interventions can help people lose weight, but experts have worried whether such programs can work in low-income communities where obesity rates can be high and access to health care...

Experimental drug shows promise against ALS

2 weeks ago from UPI

An experimental treatment may help slow the progression of the deadly brain disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a new study finds.

COVID-19 sparks 12-fold increase in remote delivery of mental health care across the US

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a remarkable number of psychologists across the United States to shift to delivering mental health care to patients remotely, according to a national study.

Opinion: Can we leave Nancy Pelosi's hair alone?

2 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

Nancy Pelosi shouldnt have gone to a hair salon but her hair sure looks good.

Depression worsens over time for older caregivers of newly diagnosed dementia patients

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

Caring for a partner or spouse with a new diagnosis of Alzheimer's or related dementia is associated with a 30 percent increase in depressive symptoms, compared to older adults who...

Health officials worry the U.S. isn't ready for a COVID-19 vaccine

2 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

Underfunded health departments say they lack the staff, money and tools to distribute, administer and track doses of COVID-19 vaccine for millions of people.

Health officials worry the U.S. isn't ready for a COVID-19 vaccine

2 weeks ago from LA Times - Science

Underfunded health departments say they lack the staff, money and tools to distribute, administer and track doses of COVID-19 vaccine for millions of people.

Man accused of paying $200K to Georgetown coach in college admissions scandal

2 weeks ago from UPI

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted another parent in the sweeping college admissions scandal for allegedly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to have his daughter admitted to Georgetown...

New treatment for drug-resistant bacterial infections

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

A new antibacterial agent that has been engineered to essentially hide from the human immune system may treat life-threatening MRSA infections. A new article provides details on the agent, which...

Effective cancer immunotherapy further linked to regulating a cell 'suicide' gene

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

Researchers have added to evidence that a gene responsible for turning off a cell's natural 'suicide' signals may also be the culprit in making breast cancer and melanoma cells resistant...