Distance learning makes it harder for kids to exercise, especially in low-income communities

With many schools closed, children's health could suffer.

Keshia Pollack Porter, Professor of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus school exercise pandemic health-disparities childrens-health physical-education

Breakthrough blood test developed for brain tumors

Researchers have developed a liquid biopsy that can more accurately detect the most common type of adult brain tumors.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-medicine

3 factors shed light on COVID-19 oxygen level mystery

Researchers have begun to solve the mystery of how COVID-19 causes "silent hypoxia," where oxygen levels in patients become abnormally—and dangerously—low.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs oxygen health-and-medicine

Is the slow approach to reopening schools failing kids?

Harvard Chan School’s Joseph Allen gives America an “F” on school reopening efforts, and says we’re in danger of losing thousands of virtual dropouts and wasting mild late summer/early autumn weather we could use to boost in-person learning.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 14, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: education covid-19 coronavirus schools health-medicine alvin-powell harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health joseph-allen reopening ventilation hepa-filter colleges mask

Higher doses of vitamin D slow frailty in mice

Higher doses of vitamin D, referred to as "hypersufficiency," slows the progression of frailty in mice, a new study shows.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aging vitamin-d health-and-medicine frailty

Popular COVID-19 conspiracies linked to vaccine ‘hesitancy’

An international study finds that people who rate coronavirus conspiracy theories as more reliable are much less likely to say they will get vaccinated.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 conspiracy fake-news

Crystal insecticide is 12x better at killing malaria mosquitoes

A new crystal form of deltamethrin—a common insecticide used to control malaria—is up to 12 times more effective against mosquitoes than the existing form.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pesticides malaria science-and-technology health-and-medicine mosquitoes

Asthma interventions keep kids out of the hospital

Several asthma interventions are associated with reduced medical costs and a reduced likelihood a child will need to go to the ER or stay in the hospital.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: asthma childrens-health health-and-medicine

Technique recovers lost single-cell RNA-sequencing information

Boosting the efficiency of single-cell RNA-sequencing helps reveal subtle differences between healthy and dysfunctional cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry broad-institute ragon-institute research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes

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