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Florida COVID-19 infection rate for young people among highest in 2020

Florida ranked among the states with the highest COVID-19 infection rates for younger residents in 2020, putting the state’s large elderly population at an increased risk for the coronavirus, according to a study from a researcher at Florida Atlantic University. Florida counties with younger populations experienced higher COVID-19 infection rates among residents under 25 years […]

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Prevalence of multiple chronic conditions up among veterans

The prevalence of multiple chronic conditions (MCC) is higher for male and female veterans versus nonveterans, according to a study published online Feb. 23 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Peter Boersma, M.P.H., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, and […]

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Exposure to superbacteria among visitors to the tropics more extensive than previously thought

Exploring exposure to superbacteria, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital got unexpected results from an international collaborative study conducted in real time among 20 travelers to Southeast Asia. All the participants were found to contract superbacteria within a week after arriving in the destination. A detailed sequence analysis showed that the […]

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Preventing loneliness among children of depressed mothers may help prevent adolescent suicidality

Children of mothers experiencing depressive symptoms are more at risk, as adolescents, of experiencing suicidal thoughts and attempting suicide. New research suggests that this link may be explained by loneliness, potentially opening new ways for youth suicide prevention. The study—by the universities of Exeter, Montréal, Laval and McGill—used data from more than 1,600 families from […]

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COVID-19 awareness and understanding among the public has increased, while skepticism declined, researchers report

When sweeping lockdowns changed nearly every aspect of daily life in March, the world sat up and took notice of the novel coronavirus. Since then, terms such as social distancing, aerosols, asymptomatic, and superspreaders have become common parlance. And the general public has begun paying attention to news about testing and vaccine development and trusting […]

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Response to adjuvant bevacizumab among patients with resected melanoma may vary by age

Younger patients with resected melanoma had some benefit from adjuvant treatment with the anti-VEGF therapeutic bevacizumab (Avastin) while older patients with resected melanoma did not, according to results published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Preclinical data showed that VEGF, a protein that promotes angiogenesis and is the […]

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Study finds self-harm may be socially contagious among adolescents

A new study led by University of Ottawa epidemiologist Dr. Ian Colman suggests non-suicidal self-injury—behaviors like cutting oneself without the intent to die—may be contagious among teenagers, who are more likely to harm themselves when they know someone who has. The study, titled ‘Adolescents’ knowledge of a peer’s non-suicidal self-injury and own non-suicidal self-injury and […]

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Survey finds confusion among public about pandemic news

For a story that has dominated the news during the past four months, a survey out Monday illustrates the difficulty that many Americans have in finding information they can believe about the coronavirus pandemic. Three in 10 Americans say they trust President Donald Trump and his administration to get the facts straight all or most […]