More health inequality: Black people are 3 times more likely to experience pulse oximeter errors

Low oxygen levels can be a sign that a patient is in danger. A device that measures oxygen levels has been shown to miss low oxygen levels in Black people much more often than in white people.

Susan Dorr Goold, Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan Medical School • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

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Why antihistamines don’t always ease chronic eczema itch

Many people with eczema also experience chronic itching that antihistamines don't help. A discovery of why may lead to new more effective treatments.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

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Wildfire smoke’s effects are getting worse

The far-reaching effects of wildfires and wildfire smoke are a growing problem, researchers say. Climate change is the "straw that broke the camel's back."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
yesterday ~11 min

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Remediation gets the lead out of soil, but not kids

A relatively affordable remediation process can remove lead from unregulated battery recycling, but isn't as good at getting it out of children's bodies.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
yesterday ~9 min

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Why cancer cells waste so much energy

MIT study sheds light on the longstanding question of why cancer cells get their energy from fermentation.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~6 min

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Don’t abandon paid sick leave. It’s a cost-effective tool against Covid-19.

OPINION: Requiring companies to give unwell workers compensated time off isn’t a burden. It’s smart public health policy that reduces the spread of disease.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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The simple reason West Virginia leads the nation in vaccinating nursing home residents

West Virginia turned to its local pharmacies for help. Its program's success holds some important lessons for other states and the rest of the vaccine rollout.

Tinglong Dai, Associate Professor of Operations Management & Business Analytics, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing • conversation
Jan. 14, 2021 ~6 min

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Can stinky ‘rotten egg’ gas protect against Alzheimer’s?

Hydrogen sulfide, typically characterized as poisonous, corrosive, and smelling of rotten eggs, may protect aging brain cells against Alzheimer's disease.

Rachel Butch-JHU • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~7 min

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Many summer camps don’t require immunizations

Most children need to provide immunization records to attend school, but many summer camps, which draw in 14 million children a year, don't require them.

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~4 min

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Team links gait change after ACL injury and knee osteoarthritis

A new study with mice links altered gait after surgery for an ACL injury with knee osteoarthritis for the first time.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~4 min

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