Reviewing data from past pandemics, researchers suggest some of those exposed to COVID-19 could have an increased risk of developing neurological and mental health disorders in the long term. Acute viral infections can result in encephalopathy, psychosis, depression, demyelination disorders, and problems with neuromuscular function.
From anti-vaccine rhetoric to the over-prescription of antibiotics, researchers suggest we should try to work together to improve public health, rather than socially shun those who ignore scientific evidence.
Study reveals 412 counties, mainly in the Midwest and South, are at the highest risk of opioid deaths in the US. Researchers propose new strategies for improving treatment for opioid addiction.
According to new research, the 9/11 terror attacks may have caused 1 million former smokers to take up and maintain the habit once again.
A team of Canadian researchers has isolated SARS-CoV-2, the viral agent responsible for COVID-19. Isolating the virus will help researchers worldwide to develop better diagnostic tests, treatments, and vaccines for the pandemic virus. It will also help researchers to better understand the virus biology, evolution, and viral shedding.
Study reveals the official number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is dramatically understated. Data shows, due to insufficient and delayed testing, countries throughout the world have only discovered about 6% of COVID-19 cases. The true number of infections worldwide may already have reached several tens of millions.
Intermittent social distancing may have to be employed to reduce the burden on the health care system as a result of COVID-19. If COVID-19 is a seasonal ailment, like the flu, a new model shows physical distancing occurring between 25 and 75% of the time would help build up herd immunity and prevent health system overload.
Preliminary results from a new model suggest the COVID-19 lockdown should last for more than six weeks. The advice is based on data which shows it takes countries almost three weeks to see a growth rate staying below 10% and doubling time over seven days. It takes a month to keep the growth rate under control and at 1%, and 45 days to achieve containment.
Study identifies 275 ways to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 when countries eventually attempt to reduce social distancing pract
The effects of heavy drinking extend beyond those who use alcohol, a new study reports. Each year, one in five American adults are harmed as a result of someone else's drinking. People report threats of harassment, vandalism, physical aggression, financial and family problems, and harm from DUIs as main problems associated with other people's drinking. Researchers say the type of harm experienced differ by gender, with women more likely to report financial or family problems, and men reporting physical aggression and vandalism more often. Women are more likely to experience harm as a result of a family member's drinking, while men are more likely to be harmed as a result of alcohol use by a person outside the family. Even those who don't drink heavily are at three times higher risk of antisocial behaviors.
Study reveals a link between a person's culture and how they classify feeling ill. Those who are more stoic and those with an income of less than $60,000 are more likely to claim sickness. Also, men with stronger family ties were more likely to report sickness sensations.