Quarantines and other non-medical tactics cut COVID deaths

Non-pharmaceutical interventions can reduce the peak number of COVID infections, daily infection rates, cumulative infections, and overall deaths.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses social-lives health-and-medicine

Testing sewage to home in on Covid-19

Letting an algorithm decide which maintenance holes to test for evidence of coronavirus could improve pandemic containment efforts.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: public-health cities artificial-intelligence covid-19 pandemic disease viruses research computer-science-and-technology idss health-sciences-and-technology mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

People's bodies now run cooler than 'normal' – even in the Bolivian Amazon

'Normal' body temperature has declined in urban, industrialized settings like the US and UK. Anthropologists find the trend extends to Indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon – but why?

Thomas Kraft, Postdoctoral Scholar in Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: anthropology amazon infection temperature infections physiology body-temperature bolivia metabolic-rate population-health indigenous-bolivians

This Halloween, trick-or-treating could be down 41%

COVID-19 is having a chilling effect on Halloween plans this year, a new report confirms. But a lot of people are also still unsure of what they'll do.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 food halloween holidays featured health-and-medicine

How affordable health care can fight climate change

Affordable health care could be a key tool in the fight against climate change, research from Indonesia finds.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability conservation health-care-costs forests indonesia indigenous-people earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing COPD to hang on after smoking ends

A new discovery offers hope for ways to treat a debilitating disease that has become a leading cause of death in the US..

Bradley Richmond, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine inflammation smoking tobacco lungs antibodies lung-disease breathing cigarettes copd

Calculating possible fallout of Trump’s face mask remarks

Looking at the public health effects, and perhaps mortality rate, from President Trump’s running dismissal of wearing face masks to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Christina Pazzanesse • harvard
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine donald-trump christina-pazzanese harvard-chan-school vish-viswanath masks centers-for-disease-control president robert-hahn

How a worm may yield insights into the gut-brain relationship

Gurrein Madan, brain and cognitive sciences graduate student and MathWorks Fellow, studies gut–brain signaling with implications for human health.

Alison Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health neuroscience research students awards-honors-and-fellowships graduate-postdoctoral school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

Nanofoam could make football helmets safe for longer

A liquid nanofoam lining filled with tiny pores could help football helmets better stand up to impacts strong enough to cause concussions.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology sports health-and-medicine concussions

Stress shows up in your spit after work interruptions

Lots of interruptions at work can raise the level of stress hormones our bodies produce, researchers report. But not all interupptions are the same.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention stress jobs featured social-lives health-and-medicine

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