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Virus's Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing
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Virus's Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The eruption of COVID-19 last year caused the proportion of people working from home in the U.S. to nearly double, with the shift most pronounced among college graduates and workers in such fields as finance and... Read More

Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
Research
Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
2021-07-22 12:32:27
by Reece Nations

One of the more disturbing trends of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the susceptibility of diabetic Americans to the virus. Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso conducted a study that indicates unmanaged diabetes is a decisive... Read More

Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII
Health
Pandemic Drives Largest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII
2021-07-21 13:12:05
by Dan McCue

U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest overall decline since World War II, the Centers for Disease Control reported Wednesday. The decline to 77.3 years was driven by the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC’s... Read More

Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain
Science
Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain
2021-07-16 13:49:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

Stanford researchers recently published a study which examines the brains of those who died from COVID-19, finding they resembled those with Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative conditions.  “We want to understand how the brain responds to this virus and people with... Read More

Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
Congress
Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
2021-07-14 21:15:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel called a group of virologists together Wednesday to figure out the source of the COVID-19 virus but ended their hearing by concluding they still don’t know. However, they did agree the virus that has killed... Read More

US Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in Pandemic Last Year
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US Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in Pandemic Last Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous... Read More

Study: Eating Disorders May Affect Reward Response Within the Brain
Health
Study: Eating Disorders May Affect Reward Response Within the Brain
2021-07-06 13:38:25
by Alexa Hornbeck

Eating disorders can affect the reward response within the brain which may reinforce the eating disorder itself, based on the results of a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health. “The eating disorder behavior sensitizes or desensitizes the... Read More

Healthy Diet Impossible for Majority of SNAP Holders
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Healthy Diet Impossible for Majority of SNAP Holders
2021-06-30 14:38:58
by Alexa Hornbeck

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a recent report which showed that for 88% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants there is a barrier to achieving a healthy diet throughout the month.  “It’s vital that the program helps enable participants... Read More

Small Dog Research Center Opens in Kansas
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Small Dog Research Center Opens in Kansas
2021-06-25 11:54:15
by Ansley Puckett

TOPEKA, Kan. - The American pet food company Hill’s Pet Nutrition opened its new Small Paws Innovation Center in Topeka, Kansas, on Wednesday.   The 25,000-square foot nutrition center will focus completely on the nutrition needs of small dogs, which make... Read More

NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
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NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
2021-06-23 14:20:13
by Brock Blasdell

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide among young adults.  In a study released Tuesday, the finding involving over 280,000 young adults found a statistical association between... Read More

Study Offers Insight into Combating Male Infertility
Health
Study Offers Insight into Combating Male Infertility
2021-06-16 14:12:17
by Alexa Hornbeck

Researchers from the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center in China published a study this week in the medical journal Development, offering new insight into preventing infertility in men.  Currently, at least 30 million men worldwide are infertile, and one... Read More

More Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Was in US by Christmas 2019
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More Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Was in US by Christmas 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before... Read More

Library of Congress Acquires Digital Archive of Frontline Workers
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Library of Congress Acquires Digital Archive of Frontline Workers
2021-06-10 11:23:14
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress has acquired a digital archive of the real-time impressions of more than 200 frontline health care workers documenting the country in crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. The audio diaries from health care workers were collected... Read More

FDA Approves Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Despite Potential Harm
Health
FDA Approves Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Despite Potential Harm
2021-06-07 19:38:35
by Reece Nations

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted its approval to aducanumab, an Alzheimer’s treatment developed by Biogen for use in patients, despite mixed clinical trial results for the drug.  Prescribed under the brand name “Aduhelm,”... Read More

Researchers: More Voices Needed to Shape Future of Work
In The News
Researchers: More Voices Needed to Shape Future of Work
2021-06-07 17:04:32
by Dan McCue

A quartet of researchers in the United Kingdom say while the COVID-19 pandemic forced employers and employees alike into a “mass experiment” of workplace adjustments, the real work on what the future of work will look like is only just... Read More

Harvard Researchers Recommend Census Not Use Privacy Tool
In The News
Harvard Researchers Recommend Census Not Use Privacy Tool

A group of Harvard researchers has come out against the U.S. Census Bureau's use of a controversial method to protect privacy with the numbers used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts, saying it doesn't produce data good enough for redistricting.... Read More

Study: Healthy Diet Before and During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Complications
Health
Study: Healthy Diet Before and During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Complications
2021-06-03 12:12:39
by TWN Staff

A healthy diet around the time of conception through the second trimester may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. Expectant women in the study who scored high... Read More

Blood Donations Safe Under Current COVID-19 Screening Guidelines
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Blood Donations Safe Under Current COVID-19 Screening Guidelines
2021-06-03 12:06:40
by TWN Staff

A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and their colleagues has found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not appear to pose a threat to the safety of the nation’s blood supply.  The analysis,... Read More

Research Links Coffee Consumption to Longer Life
Research
Research Links Coffee Consumption to Longer Life
2021-05-27 14:35:06
by TWN Staff

Consuming more than three cups of coffee per day can decrease the risk of "all- cause mortality," according to recent research from South Korea published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The researchers were examining the association between... Read More

Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU
Mental Health
Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU
2021-05-26 20:24:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

A study published this week indicates that just one session of storytelling can increase oxytocin, reduce cortisol and pain, and promote positive emotional shifts in children admitted into an intensive care unit. “As a storyteller myself I decided to investigate... Read More

Study Finds Smartwatch Data Able to Predict Blood Test Results
Technology
Study Finds Smartwatch Data Able to Predict Blood Test Results
2021-05-25 19:03:43
by Alexa Hornbeck

Researchers from Stanford University published the results of a study Monday which found smartwatches can signal physiological changes, such as a change in red blood cell count, as well as early signs of dehydration, anemia and illness.  The study is... Read More

Scientists Analyze Dry-Sanitizing Device for Reusable PPE
Research
Scientists Analyze Dry-Sanitizing Device for Reusable PPE
2021-05-24 18:12:49
by TWN Staff

In response to the global need for effective sterilization techniques, researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory collaborated on a study evaluating the efficacy of a dry-sanitizing device. Subhash Verma, Ph.D., associate... Read More

Pandemic Meets Epidemic: Obesity and COVID-19
Health
Pandemic Meets Epidemic: Obesity and COVID-19
2021-05-21 19:25:56
by Alexa Hornbeck

Marna Gatlin, a 58-year-old from Portland, Ore., is the administrator of a Facebook support group for morbidly obese individuals. Gatlin has struggled with obesity for several years but found this past year to be more challenging.  “I decided during the... Read More

NOAA Says Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season is Expected in 2021
Weather
NOAA Says Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season is Expected in 2021
2021-05-21 17:08:24
by TWN Staff

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. However, experts do not anticipate... Read More

Library of Congress to Reopen First Reading Rooms in June
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Library of Congress to Reopen First Reading Rooms in June
2021-05-21 13:27:11
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress will reopen four reading rooms beginning Tuesday, June 1, to allow research access for a limited number of registered readers by appointment only, the library announced Thursday. This is first step in the library’s... Read More

The Knowns, And Known Unknowns of Achieving a National-Scale Renewable Electric Grid
Energy
The Knowns, And Known Unknowns of Achieving a National-Scale Renewable Electric Grid
2021-05-19 18:51:09
by TWN Staff

As the Biden administration continues to push for a deal on an infrastructure bill that includes a sweeping number of renewable energy related projects, a team of researchers at the Department of Energy say they have growing confidence that reliable,... Read More

Malta and Duke Energy to Study Converting Coal Units into Energy Storage Facilities
Energy
Malta and Duke Energy to Study Converting Coal Units into Energy Storage Facilities
2021-05-19 17:09:27
by TWN Staff

Malta Inc. and Duke Energy will study the socioeconomic, environmental and operational benefits of converting retiring coal units into long-duration, zero-emissions energy storage systems by integrating Malta’s pumped heat energy storage system into existing infrastructure at a Duke Energy coal... Read More

Researchers Conduct Survey to Understand Menstruation Changes from COVID-19 Vaccine
Science
Researchers Conduct Survey to Understand Menstruation Changes from COVID-19 Vaccine
2021-05-19 14:14:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

Questions are emerging as to whether women's menstrual cycles are impacted by COVID-19 vaccines, and two women researchers are conducting a survey to figure out if there are impacts and if so, why they are happening. “A lot of people... Read More

Report Looks at Why Antipsychotics Are Being Overprescribed in Nursing Homes
Aging
Report Looks at Why Antipsychotics Are Being Overprescribed in Nursing Homes
2021-05-17 21:50:06
by Alexa Hornbeck

A recent report from the Health and Human Services Department finds that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve data used to monitor antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, as insufficient data underestimates the scope of the antipsychotic... Read More

Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air
Health
Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air
2021-05-12 13:35:42
by Alexa Hornbeck

Researchers from Emory University are working on a National Institutes of Health-supported project to develop a sensor capable of detecting COVID-19 in the air, called Rolosense.  “It’s tricky to anticipate what the real-world implementation will be of this technology, but... Read More

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