Month: January 2021

Posted in Living

Stuck inside your home this Groundhog Day? Be like Phil the weatherman, and try some mindfulness

Jeremy David Engels, Penn State Many of us will recall the American comedy film “Groundhog Day.” Originally released in 1993, it stars the incomparable Bill…

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Why it takes 2 shots to make mRNA vaccines do their antibody-creating best – and what the data shows on delaying the booster dose

William Petri, University of Virginia With the U.S. facing vaccination delays because of worker shortages and distribution problems, federal health officials now say it’s OK…

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Taking Tylenol or Advil before getting a coronavirus vaccine cold block production of antibodies and make the shot less effective, infectious disease specialists say

Coronavirus vaccines from both Pfizer-BioNTech are known to come with side effect such as pain at the site of injection, headaches, fever These are signs…

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Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster

Joshua Schrock, University of Oregon You know what it’s like to be sick. You feel fatigued, maybe a little depressed, less hungry than usual, more…

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Posted in COVID-19 Hydrogen

Lightweight of periodic table plays big role in life on Earth

Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut Although hydrogen is the lightweight of the chemical elements, it packs a real punch when it comes to its role…

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More than HALF of hospitalized Covid-19 patients develop a psychiatric disorder after being discharged

More than half of patients who receive hospital treatment for Covid-19 later develop a psychiatric disorder, a study reveals.  A total of 402 coronavirus patients…

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People with schizophrenia are THREE TIMES more likely to die from Covid-19 than those without mental health issues – with old age the only higher risk factor.

Researchers studied records of more than 7,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients.  Age was the biggest risk factor, with over 75s at 35 times increased risk of death.  …

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TikTok’s sea chanteys – how life under the pandemic has mirrored months at sea

Jessica Floyd, Community College of Baltimore County If you’ve perused social media in recent weeks, you may have come across people singing chanteys, which were…

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And you thought nose swabs were bad! China begins using anal swabs to test for Covid in Beijing

The city of Beijing is using Covid anal swabs on residents amid a fresh outbreak The nucleic acid swab needs to be inserted about 1.2…

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Two antiviral enzymes transform pre-leukemia stem cells into leukemia

Since stem cells can continually self-regenerate, making more stem cells, and differentiate into many different specialized cell types, they play an important role in our…

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