Irregular heartbeat still shortens life even with drop in deaths

Death related to an irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation, have declined over the past 45 years but still take years off a patient's life.

Boston University • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: heart-disease death health-and-medicine hearts

I'm a COVID-19 long-hauler and an epidemiologist – here's how it feels when symptoms last for months

Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what's happening to long-haulers like her.

Margot Gage Witvliet, Assistant Professor of Social Epidemiology, Lamar University • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  health  medicine  covid-19  coronavirus  death  pandemic  science  chronic-disease  fatigue  family  neurology  neurotoxins

Rising temps could kill millions a year by century’s end

Deaths due to temperatures rising as a result of climate change could match the global death rate for all infectious diseases combined, researchers say.

Edward Lempinen-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change death temperature featured health-and-medicine

Grief tweets about Mars rover sound very ‘human’

New research examines how people articulate their sadness when a robot "dies," such as NASA's Opportunity rover.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media robots death emotions science-and-technology society-and-culture

Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what's known about coronavirus and children

Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.

Shipra Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, West Virginia University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: children public-health coronavirus immune-system school death transmission sars-cov-2 disease reopening infection masks kawasaki-disease kids covd-19

For each COVID-19 death, 9 family members grieve

While it's obvious that each death from COVID-19 has a ripple effect, new research is the first to nail down how many people will face that grief.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 death emotions featured health-and-medicine

How deadly is COVID-19? A biostatistician explores the question

The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.

Ron Fricker, Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus death statistics flu video deaths biostatistics

Remdesivir can save more COVID patients where hospitals are maxed out

With news that the US bought almost the entire global supply of remdesivir, new research shows the drug saves more lives in places with overwhelmed ICUs.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 death intensive-care hospitals united-states south-africa featured health-and-medicine medications emergency-medicine

Uncurbed COVID would cost more lives than economic shutdown

New research provides a lives-for-lives comparison of economic shutdown versus business as usual during the pandemic.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 death economics money united-states featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Is the COVID-19 pandemic cure really worse than the disease? Here's what our research found

Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.

Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor in Nursing and Public Health, University of Michigan • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus death economics pandemic social-distancing recession cost-benefit-analysis job-loss value-of-life

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