The 9 top health and medicine breakthroughs of 2020

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Teamwork, rapid data monitoring needed to improve nation’s heart health

DALLAS, Dec. 3, 2020 — For cardiovascular health to improve in the general population, healthcare systems will need to collect and assess treatment data, establish collaboration between researchers and healthcare professionals, and evolve patient care in real-time based on those data, according to “Achieving Optimal Population Cardiovascular Health Requires an Interdisciplinary Team and a Learning […]

Public health officials expect COVID-19 cases to spike like never before

On Sunday, a number of leading infectious disease and public health experts warned Americans that there could be another surge in cases brought on by Thanksgiving travel. (Pixabay/) Despite coronavirus cases surging in most of the country, and the Centers for Disease Control’s plea last week to forgo traveling this past holiday weekend, more than […]

Unemployment insurance, health-related social needs, health care access, mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

What The Study Did: This observational study assessed whether receiving unemployment insurance is associated with lower health-related social needs, better health care access and better mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Authors: Seth A. Berkowitz, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed study: Visit our […]

How lockdown may lead to ‘avoidable harm’ for the health of under 16s — ScienceDaily

Decreases in hospital attendances and admissions amid fears of COVID-19 may result in avoidable harm for under 16s say researchers, who warn against the “unintended consequences of pandemic control measures.” Research led by Dr Rachel Isba from Lancaster University, Dr Rachel Jenner from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and Dr Marc Auerbach from Yale University analysed […]

Molecule that promotes muscle health when magnetised

Associate Professor Alfredo Franco-Obregón and his team from the NUS Institute for Health Innovation and Technology examined how low amplitude magnetic fields may be used to enhance muscle metabolism. The images on the screen show the cells of two types of muscles—the blue fibres (left) are rapidly fatiguing muscles, the green fibres (right) are slowly […]

Measuring broken hearts: divorce has negative effects on physical and mental health

Going through a divorce is extremely challenging and previous research has highlighted the adverse effects that it can have on divorcees. A recent study in open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology is the first to examine health impacts immediately after a divorce. The study found that the mental and physical health of recent divorcees was worse […]

New insights on health effects of long-duration space flight — ScienceDaily

The historic NASA Twins Study investigated identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly and provided new information on the health effects of spending time in space. Colorado State University Professor Susan Bailey was one of more than 80 scientists across 12 universities who conducted research on the textbook experiment; Mark remained on Earth while Scott […]

U.S. should look at how other high-income countries regulate health care costs, experts urge — ScienceDaily

Structuring negotiations between insurers and providers, standardizing fee-for-service payments and negotiating prices can lower the United States’ health care spending by slowing the rate at which healthcare prices increase, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, examined how other high-income countries that use a fee-for-service model regulate health care […]