TB kills 1.6M annually. Stem cells play a role

"...Mtb hijacks the immune response at the very early phase of infection by accessing the bone marrow and manipulating stem cells."

McGill University • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: stem-cells tuberculosis health-and-medicine immune-systems

More vitamin D in first year may cut later obesity risk

Higher levels of vitamin D in a child's first year may offer a shield against obesity and high blood pressure during the teen years, a new study shows.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: obesity vitamin-d blood-pressure childrens-health health-and-medicine metabolic-syndrome

‘Conspiracy effect’ outweighs belief in real COVID science

Just one exposure to COVID-19 conspiracy theories makes people less likely to believe real scientific information and less likely to follow safety measures.

Jennifer French Giarratano-Georgia State • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet featured health-and-medicine

Construction workers 5X as likely to be in hospital for COVID

A team of researchers predicted in April that COVID-19 would hospitalize construction workers. New findings show they were right.

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 jobs united-states texas health-and-medicine race-and-ethnicity

Studies link COVID-19 deaths to air pollution, raising questions about EPA's 'acceptable risk'

Air pollution can weaken people's respiratory, immune and cardiovascular systems, leaving them more vulnerable when they get COVID-19.

Michael Petroni, PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pollution pandemic air-pollution particulates

'Nature doesn't judge you': how young people in cities feel about the natural world

Nature is a promise of escape, a moment of relief and a relationship worth cherishing.

Jo Birch, Research Associate, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: mental-health nature urban-life young-people parks green-spaces bame

Mimicking coronavirus could be key for COVID-19 vaccine

Designing a COVID-19 vaccine that mimics the structure of the coronavirus itself may be the path to an effective shot, researchers say.

Barbara Branning-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 vaccines viruses health-and-medicine immune-systems

Drug being tested for at-home treatment in hopes of slowing virus

A new trial at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is aiming to disrupt COVID-19’s attack early in its course by treating patients immediately after symptoms appear with a widely used antiviral drug that, if it works, could be rapidly repurposed to fight the coronavirus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center antiviral nathan-shapiro treat-now

If health is core to identity, people stick to COVID guidelines

Getting people to think of health as a core part of their identity can help them stick to following COVID-19 guidelines like wearing a mask.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 personality health-and-medicine beliefs identity

Study measures effectiveness of different face mask materials when coughing

A team of researchers have tested everything from t-shirts and socks to jeans and vacuum bags to determine what type of mask material is most effective at

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: engineering public-health covid-19 coronavirus materials

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