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Furman University

Reflecting now, on a job, relationship or other life issue can help us through the pandemic and on the other side

2-Apr-2020 4:40 PM EDT, by Furman University

Rolyn Rollins, MSW, is director of student programs at the Furman University Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection. The Cothran Center helps students find their calling, i.e. "how we’re supposed to live our life and what kind of person we want to be."

She's a terrific interview -- engaging, speaks plainly, easy to relate to.

https://www.furman.edu/people/rolyn-rollins



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28-Jul-2021 11:15 AM EDT
LEDs Light the Way to Coronavirus Disinfection
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

LEDs are commonly used for sterilization, and in the continued effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, LEDs can also help inactivate SARS-CoV-2. A team in Pakistan designed far-ultraviolet LEDs at a targeted wavelength of 222 nanometers, chosen both for its ability to inactivate the virus and for being safe on human skin. They based their design on the material aluminum gallium nitride, part of a set of materials called III-nitrides which are efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.

Newswise: Text-Message ‘Nudges’ Can Encourage Holdouts to Get COVID Vaccination, Study Finds
Released: 4-Aug-2021 8:50 AM EDT
Text-Message ‘Nudges’ Can Encourage Holdouts to Get COVID Vaccination, Study Finds
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

New UCLA-led research indicates that simple text messages emphasizing the easy availability of COVID-19 vaccines successfully boosted the number of people who got the shot.

Newswise: The Future of Masking Post-Vaccination
Released: 4-Aug-2021 8:45 AM EDT
The Future of Masking Post-Vaccination
Rush University Medical Center

The COVID-19 vaccine is your best defense against the virus, but when and where should you continue to wear a mask? Rush infectious disease expert Michael Lin, MD, answers questions about wearing a mask post-vaccination.

Newswise: COVID-19 Infection Rate Low Among Rural Health Care Workers
Released: 4-Aug-2021 8:40 AM EDT
COVID-19 Infection Rate Low Among Rural Health Care Workers
South Dakota State University

Antibody testing of health care workers in three rural counties in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota showed 15% had antibodies to the novel coronavirus.

Newswise: New Study Details Enzyme That Allows Coronavirus to Resist Antiviral Medications
Released: 3-Aug-2021 12:20 PM EDT
New Study Details Enzyme That Allows Coronavirus to Resist Antiviral Medications
Iowa State University

A new Iowa State University study details the structure of a critical enzyme present in SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This enzyme removes nucleoside antiviral medications from the virus’s RNA, rendering many treatments ineffective. Scientists could use data uncovered in the new study to find ways to inhibit the enzyme, possibly leading to more effective treatments.

Released: 2-Aug-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Rethinking Remdesivir
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego researchers modify remdesivir, creating oral version that can be taken earlier in COVID-19 diagnoses. In cell and animal studies, revised drug proved effective and safe.

Newswise: Researchers from Hackensack Meridian University Medical Center and Colleagues Develop New Model to Help Clinicians Predict Risk of Death in Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19
Released: 2-Aug-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Researchers from Hackensack Meridian University Medical Center and Colleagues Develop New Model to Help Clinicians Predict Risk of Death in Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19
Hackensack Meridian Health

New COVID-19 40-day mortality risk model, published in The Public Library of Science ONE, has potential for use in patient treatment planning, comparisons of therapeutic strategies, and public-health preparations.

Released: 2-Aug-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Town Hall on Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccination in Immunosuppressed Patients Hosted by the American College of Rheumatology
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

How effective COVID-19 vaccines have been in immunosuppressed and rheumatic disease patients remains an incompletely answered question. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has organized an expert panel to share what we are learning from real-world data and answer questions.

Released: 2-Aug-2021 2:00 PM EDT
CDC withdrawing its request for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test does not mean the test failed
Newswise

Social media is now rife with claims about why the CDC is withdrawing its request for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test after December 2021.


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