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Lockdowns have economic and social costs for world’s poorest families

Low socioeconomic families—and particularly women—experienced increased financial hardship, food insecurity, domestic violence and mental health challenges during COVID-19 lockdown measures in Bangladesh, a new research study shows. In the first study of its kind, Australian and Bangladeshi researchers documented the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures on the wellbeing of women and […]

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Pain ‘catastrophizing’ may lead to little exercise, more time sedentary

Chronic pain affects the majority of older adults in the U.S., and getting enough exercise plays a key role in pain management. New research suggests that how people think about their pain can have a significant effect on whether they get enough physical activity—or if they spend more time sedentary. In a study, a team […]

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Socially isolated elderly more likely to use hospital and emergency room resources

Those over age 65 who self-reported as socially isolated were more likely to have a future hospital admission or emergency room visit. The study is published in the peer-reviewed journal Population Health Management. “These results are novel for 2 reasons,” states David Mosen, Ph.D., MPH, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, and coauthors. “It is […]

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Scientists identify the cognitive limitations that hamper our decision-making

The chances of a commercial airliner crashing are vanishingly small—and yet many people are uncomfortable flying. Vaccination for many common childhood diseases entail almost no risk—but parents still worry. Human perception of probabilities—especially very small and very large probabilities—can be markedly distorted and these distortions can lead to potentially disastrous decisions. But why we distort […]

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Cardiology trial shows potential benefit of genetic testing when selecting blood thinners

An international, first-of-its-kind cardiology trial used personalized genetic testing to reduce by 34 percent the number of serious adverse events following balloon angioplasty, a treatment for the most common form of heart disease. For patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)—a non-surgical procedure where physicians inflate a balloon and place a metal stent in narrowed heart […]

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Evaluating treatment for teen anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with approximately 4.4 million children and adolescents affected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These disorders are not only common in children and teens, but, if untreated, result in considerable personal and economic cost over the lifetime,” says Jeffrey Strawn, MD, […]

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Researchers show potential for subseasonal forecasts to predict dengue outbreaks

A new study demonstrates for the first time that subseasonal rainfall and temperature forecasts can be used to predict outbreaks of dengue fever by estimating mosquito abundance. Climate models are often applied to future predictions, but one of the most reliable ways to improve and test the capabilities of these models is to look to […]