Continued strict control measures needed to reduce new COVID-19 strains

A group of scientists is calling on governments to consider the continued use of strict control measures as the only way to reduce the evolution and spread of new COVID-19 variants. The experts in evolution, virology, infectious disease and genomics – at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Earlham Institute and University of Minnesota – […]

Friends are most valued in cultures where they may be needed most — ScienceDaily

Friends are more than just trusted confidantes, say Michigan State University researchers who have examined the cultural and health benefits of close human relationships in a new study. “Friendships are one of the untapped resources people can draw on to pursue a happier and healthier life. They literally cost nothing and have health and well-being […]

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 […]

How much snow is needed for an official ‘White Christmas’?

Every December, many of us begin to dream of a white Christmas, of marshmallow worlds and walking in a winter wonderland. Classic holiday songs like “White Christmas” are filled with frosty imagery of deep, pristine snow. But in reality, exactly how much snow is needed to officially declare a Christmas “white”? The answer, according to […]

Tuberculosis screening needed for methotrexate users in at-risk locales

ATLANTA — New research presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that tuberculosis (TB) screening and ongoing clinical care is needed for people on methotrexate who live in areas where the highly infectious illness is common. Methotrexate users who also take corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant therapies are at particular risk […]