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Medical News

Could High Blood Pressure at Night Have an Effect on Your Brain?

Most people’s blood pressure goes down during the night, which doctors call “dipping.” But for some people, especially those with high blood pressure, their nighttime pressure stays the same or even goes up, called “reverse dipping.” A new ...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


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COVID-19 possibly striking more children than expected

The number of children infected with the coronavirus is far more extensive than what is currently reported -- a hidden detail that could vastly underestimate the demand on health care systems and pediatric intensive care units (PICUs).

– University of South Florida

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Indoor precautions essential to stem airborne COVID-19

World-leading air quality and health expert QUT Professor Lidia Morawska and Professor Junji Cao from Chinese Academy of Sciences in an article in Environment International published this week called on health bodies to initiate research into the air...

– Queensland University of Technology

Environmental International

When Damaged, the Adult Brain Repairs Itself by Going Back to the Beginning

When adult brain cells are injured, they revert to an embryonic state, say researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine. In their newly adopted immature state, the cells become capable of re-growing new connections that, under the right conditions,...

– University of California San Diego Health


Depression, anxiety may be side effects as nation grapples with COVID-19

Millions of Americans are being impacted by the psychological fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic aftermath

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

New England Journal of Medicine

UNH Research Finds Rural Areas with Seasonal Homes Hit Hard by COVID-19

In a nationwide effort to get people to stay at home and not travel between states or to vacation homes, new research out of the University of New Hampshire finds rural counties across the United States with high numbers of seasonal homes saw higher ...

– University of New Hampshire

Rural Areas with Seasonal Homes Hit Hard by COVID-19

Engineers design UV sterilization stations to aid healthcare workers during coronavirus pandemic

Engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have designed sterilization stations that use ultraviolet light to kill the coronavirus on any contaminated personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks and face shields.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

COVID-19 vulnerability maps warn of NYS counties’ risk factors

Rural counties in upstate New York are likely to be the state’s most vulnerable to a COVID-19 outbreak that could strain local health care infrastructure, according to an analysis by Cornell University demographers.

– Cornell University

UC Davis Health specialists are seeing a big increase in cooking-related burns

Since California's stay-at-home order took effect, specialists at the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center have seen a nearly six-fold increase in patients with burns related to at-home food preparation.

– UC Davis Health

Rural dwellers who value self-reliance don't take COVID-19 seriously

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Science News

Cloud Sourcing Electricity Usage

What do energy usage in buildings and traffic congestion have in common? Crowdsourcing.

– Michigan Technological University

IEEE Transactions; National Science Foundation projects 1541000 and 1538105; State Grid Corporation Technology project 5455HJ180018

The Best Defense Could Well Be a Beard.

Scientists Ethan A. Beseris, Steven E. Naleway and David R. Carrier recently discovered that though having a beard won’t save you from getting knocked out in a fight, it will likely save you from collateral damage.

– Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

The Journal of Integrative Organismal Biology

Human handling stresses young monarch butterflies

Every year thousands of monarch butterflies are caught, tagged and released during their fall migration by citizen scientists helping to track their movements. But how do the monarchs themselves feel about being handled by humans?

– University of Georgia

Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society

New Research Helps Explain Why the Solar Wind Is Hotter Than Expected

When the sun expels plasma, the solar wind cools as it expands through space — but not as much as the laws of physics would predict. UW–Madison physicists now know the reason.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

PNAS April 14, 2020

Study of Earth Day at 50: Good weather increases commitment to environmental activism, can lower birth defects

In a first-of-its-kind study, University of Notre Dame investigated the long-term effects of that momentous eco-celebration, studying how the event and the weather that day affected people’s attitudes toward conservation and their health years lat...

– University of Notre Dame

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

‘I saw you were online’: How online status indicators shape our behavior

After surveying smartphone users, UW researchers found that many people misunderstand online status indicators but still carefully shape their behavior to control how they are displayed to others.

– University of Washington

2020 ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Political polarization leads to non-compliance with pandemic health advice, study finds

Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Economics Kirsten Cornelson and her co-author found that in states with governors who won by close margins, compliance with stay-at-home orders and other health advice is lower among people with the opposite party af...

– University of Notre Dame

Harris Poll: Most Americans want government intervention to reduce inequality

A new poll finds that a majority of Americans now say the federal government should actively seek to reduce inequality, amid the worsening economic crisis produced by Covid-19.

– Lehigh University

Harris Poll

UVA Darden Professor Frames 3 Myths of Economic Crises as Global Downturn Lurks

While the economic fallout from the global coronavirus outbreak remains nearly impossible to quantify at present given the growing nature of the pandemic, University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor and Dean Emeritus Bob Bruner suggest...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Fandoms and virtual engagement in a time of social distancing

With many people remaining in physical isolation due to the coronavirus, some are turning to old hobbies and even older TV shows to stay engaged socially.

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– DePaul University





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