Losing a pet can affect children’s mental health, study finds

Mass. General study finds that the loss of a pet can potentially trigger mental health issues in children.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Steroids cut COVID-19 death rates, but not for everyone – here’s who benefits and who doesn’t

Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?

Bryan McVerry, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Simpler ultrasound tech also costs way less

"Conventional ultrasound imaging probes can cost upward of $100,000... We can make ultrasound receiver-display units for $100 or so."

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~4 min

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COVID-19 patients get needless antibiotics, data suggests

More than half of patients hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 in Michigan during peak months got antibiotics. Later tests showed 96.5% didn't need them.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

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Cell phone location data can help monitor COVID-19 rates

Study findings support use of county-level cell phone location data as tool to estimate future trends of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacqueline Mitchell • harvard
Aug. 31, 2020 ~4 min

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More patients in hospital beds ups COVID-19 deaths

"These deaths may not only come from those who are hospitalized, but also from those who should have been hospitalized but were not."

Jake Ellison-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Mass. General tests new therapy for pregnant coronavirus patients

Mass General study shows the benefits of inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pregnant patients with severe and critical COVID-19.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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Synthetic lining offers better drug delivery to small intestine

Researchers have developed a synthetic lining that could deliver drugs in a sustained way to the small intestine, offering hope for those suffering from lactose intolerance, diabetes, and obesity.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 26, 2020 ~4 min

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Fall risk rises for older adults before and after hospitalization

The risk older adults will fall rises before and after a hospitalization. The research indicates that falls can be a sign of underlying health issues.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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What happens when COVID-19 and influenza collide? Can hospitals handle the strain?

Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.

Leslie Ruyle, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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