Dusty air ups infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new study in Sub-Saharan African shows that increases in dust air pollution boosts infant mortality. Climate change could make things even worse, too.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
today ~7 min

Tags: climate-change pollution emissions childrens-health babies featured health-and-medicine sub-saharan-africa dust

Scientists warn of airborne transmission of COVID-19

"It's time to address airborne transmission of COVID-19," declared 230 scientists in a recent letter. One of them explains what that means in practical terms.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
today ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses research featured health-and-medicine pandemics

COVID-19 can have long-term effects on lungs, heart

For some people who get COVID-19, the long-term effects are serious. Here's what we know about the damage it causes to the body.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley • futurity
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs featured health-and-medicine hearts

These are the best and worst materials for face masks

Which masks work best against the coronavirus? What are the best materials for homemade masks? New research puts face masks head-to-head.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses fabric featured health-and-medicine

Remdesivir can save more COVID patients where hospitals are maxed out

With news that the US bought almost the entire global supply of remdesivir, new research shows the drug saves more lives in places with overwhelmed ICUs.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 death intensive-care hospitals united-states south-africa featured health-and-medicine medications emergency-medicine

Uncurbed COVID would cost more lives than economic shutdown

New research provides a lives-for-lives comparison of economic shutdown versus business as usual during the pandemic.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 death economics money united-states featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Experts: A mask cuts your coronavirus risk by 65%

"People who say, 'I don't believe masks work' are ignoring scientific evidence. It's not a belief system. It's like saying, 'I don't believe in gravity.'"

Rick Kushman-UC Davis • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses faces featured health-and-medicine

When companies get political, 4 factors affect profit

The impact of corporate sociopolitical activism on a company's bottom line depends on how the activism aligns with key groups, research finds.

Andy Ober-U. Arizona • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: business politics marketing money consumers featured society-and-culture

How air pollution makes COVID-19 worse

Pollution leads to health problems that can make COVID-19 much more deadly, an expert says. The disparity in pollution exposes more racial inequality, too.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 pollution featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Do your genes make you feel insecure in love?

There may be a connection between genes involved in the opioid system and feelings of insecurity in romantic relationships, researchers find.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution genes pain emotions relationships featured social-lives health-and-medicine love

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