Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests

Domestic violence is always a problem, but especially during the pandemic. A recent study found that friends and family can help, but they, too, need support.

Krista M. Chronister, Professor, psychology, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus-2020

Five cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home

As the UK heads into a recession, here are some simple - and cheap - tips to reduce utility bills and make less of an impact on the planet.

Stephen McCarthy, Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Business Information Systems, University College Cork • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus-2020 recession insulation carbon-footprint electricity-usage home-insulation-program electricity-bills home-heating

Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Several schools find harmful bacteria in water systems, reminding all reopening buildings to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health children public-health bacteria covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic water coronavirus-2020 viruses buildings legionella legionnaires-disease plumbing

School bus safety during the COVID-19 pandemic: 8 recommendations

A researcher explains what it will take to make sure children are reasonably safe from catching the coronavirus aboard school buses.

Jesse Capecelatro, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  sars-cov-2  coronavirus-2020  buses  k-12-education  transportation  aerosols

I'm a public health researcher, and I'm dismayed that the CDC's missteps are causing people to lose trust in a great institution

The CDC has long been a trusted source of health information, keeping the public not only safe but calm in times of disease outbreaks. Public health officials fear now for its reputation.

Catherine Lynne Troisi, Associate Professor of Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston • conversation
Aug. 31, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus-2020 centers-for-disease-control

FDA is departing from long-standing procedures to deal with public health crises, and this may foreshadow problems for COVID-19 vaccines

The rushed emergency approval for a treatment that might help COVID-19 patients has raised questions: Is the FDA abandoning its own guidelines?

Yaniv Heled, Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State University • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 fda coronavirus-2020 covid-19-vaccine convalescent-plasma

While the US is reeling from COVID-19, the Trump administration is trying to take away health care

In the middle of the pandemic, the Trump administration is pursuing policy and a court ruling that would take away health care from millions. Two scholars explain the details.

Nicole Huberfeld, Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights and Professor of Law, Boston University • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus-2020 2020-us-elections

Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever because of COVID-19

The flu vaccine will be available in most places Sept. 1. A public health nurse explains why it's especially important to get vaccinated for it this year.

Libby Richards, Associate Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: influenza covid-19 coronavirus-2020 flu-shot flu-vaccine

Coronavirus: the pandemic is changing our brains – here are the remedies

Whether you had COVID-19 or just stressed out about getting it, your brain's hippocampus may have shrunk in the last few months.

Deniz Vatansever, Junior Principal Investigator, Fudan University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  brain  neuroscience  covid-19  depression  anxiety  psychology  coronavirus-2020  lockdown

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