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Warmer temperatures lessen COVID-19 spread, but control measures still needed, study finds — ScienceDaily

New research shows transmission of the virus behind COVID-19 varies seasonally, but warmer conditions are not enough to prevent transmission. The study, led by Imperial College London researchers and published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to incorporate environmental data into epidemiological models of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the […]

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Study at one hospital suggests the pandemic initially slowed down conception rates, but a baby boom may be coming soon — ScienceDaily

A different type of surge may be on the way more than a year into the pandemic — a baby surge. The COVID-19 shutdown initially seemed to hit pause on pregnancy and birth rates, new research from one major hospital system suggests, but that trend is quickly reversing. “Birth rates declined early on in the […]

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Study shows online gambling soared during lockdown, especially among regular gamblers — ScienceDaily

Regular gamblers were more than six times more likely to gamble online compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Bristol and published today (17 May) in the Journal of Gambling Studies, showed regular male gamblers were particularly prone to gambling more often online during the […]

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Study suggests improving social and educational resources could alleviate risk — ScienceDaily

A new USC study suggests that certain neighborhoods — particularly those characterized by poverty and unemployment — may pose an environmental risk to the developing brains of children, impacting neurocognitive performance and even brain size. The research was published May 3 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. These findings highlight the importance of neighborhood environments for […]

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New study urges ERs to bring in advocates to close health care gap — ScienceDaily

When COVID-19 patients began filling up ICUs throughout the country in 2020, health care providers faced difficult decisions. Health care workers had to decide which patients were most likely to recover with care and which were not so resources could be prioritized. But a new paper from the University of Georgia suggests that unconscious biases […]

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Study finds excess cases and deaths highest among those of working ages — ScienceDaily

Hispanic Americans have died of COVID-19 at a disproportionately high rate compared to whites because of workplace exposure to the virus, a new study suggests. It’s widely documented that Hispanics are overrepresented among workers in essential industries and occupations ranging from warehousing and grocery stores to health care and construction, much of which kept operating […]

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Study finds green spaces linked to lower racial disparity in COVID infection rates, study finds — ScienceDaily

A higher ratio of green spaces at the county level is associated with a lower racial disparity in coronavirus infection rates, according to a new study. It is the first study to report the significant relationship between the supply of green spaces and reduced disparity in infectious disease rates. The research team included William Sullivan, […]