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Study says crowdsourced data could help map urban food deserts

New research from The University of Texas at Dallas suggests food deserts might be more prevalent in the U.S. than the numbers reported in government estimates. In a feasibility study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, scholars found that the methods used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to identify areas with […]

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COVID-19 hospitalizations could mean significant out-of-pocket medical costs for many Americans

If past hospitalizations for pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses are any guide, many Americans could face high out-of-pocket medical costs for COVID-19 hospitalizations despite the fact that many insurers have waived their cost-sharing requirements, a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. For their study, the researchers analyzed out-of-pocket costs […]

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Newly discovered hormone could adjust thirst levels

A newly discovered hormone called phoenixin could play a major role in adjusting a person’s level of thirst to the body’s needs. The discovery of the hormone, which is made in the human body, bolsters scientific data showing that the amount of daily hydration is just as critical as how much food we eat. Phoenixin […]

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Could sewage monitoring help track COVID-19 hotspots?

Scientists suggest the COVID-19 virus could be tracked through a closer watch on sewage systems worldwide. The virus has been detected in the feces of patients with coronavirus in the Netherlands, U.S., France and Australia. Dr. Pattanathu Rahman, a microbiologist at the University of Portsmouth and Director of TeeGene, and colleagues at Bharathiar University, India […]

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Sewage could provide early warning sign of COVID-19 outbreaks

Two researchers at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences are undertaking an unusual way of monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 in a community—by analyzing its sewage. The concentration of the virus that appears in a community’s sewage entering the wastewater treatment plant can give scientists a broad picture of the extent of the illness in […]

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New hope for ACL injuries: Adding eccentric exercises could improve physical therapy outcomes

People with anterior cruciate ligament injuries can lose up to 40% of the muscle strength in the affected leg––with muscle atrophy remaining a big problem even after ACL reconstruction and physical therapy. Now, a new University of Michigan study challenges conventional wisdom about which exercises are most beneficial during post-injury physical therapy, and findings suggest […]

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Poxviruses could yield protein pathways for coronavirus vaccine

A vaccine first introduced in the late 1700’s could help researchers today looking for a way to fight the coronavirus. Dr. Amy MacNeill, a veterinary pathologist at Colorado State University, and her team are using the vaccinia virus—used as the very first vaccine, for smallpox—to make a vaccine that would protect against coronavirus. MacNeill’s lab […]