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Using a simulation modeling approach, researchers estimate that closing syringe services programs, even for one year, will cause cases of HIV to rise — ScienceDaily

Syringe services programs — sites where people who use drugs can access sterile syringes and dispose of injection equipment — often face political backlash. But a new study shows the effectiveness of these programs in both curbing HIV transmission among people who use drugs and preventing future outbreaks. In a rural American setting that had […]

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Babies born during pandemic’s first year score slightly lower on a developmental screening test — ScienceDaily

Columbia researchers found that babies born during the pandemic’s first year scored lower on a developmental screening test of social and motor skills at 6 months — regardless of whether their mothers had COVID during pregnancy — compared to babies born just before the pandemic. The study, which included 255 babies born at a NewYork-Presbyterian’s […]

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Undocumented infections accounted for estimated three-quarters of infections last year — ScienceDaily

A new study published in the journal Nature estimates that 103 million Americans, or 31 percent of the U.S. population, had been infected with SARS-CoV-2 by the end of 2020. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers modeled the spread of the coronavirus, finding that fewer than one-quarter of infections (22%) were accounted for […]

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Study of global climate-related mortality links five million deaths a year to abnormal temperatures — ScienceDaily

More than five million extra deaths a year can be attributed to abnormal hot and cold temperatures, according to a world first international study led by Monash University. The study found deaths related to hot temperatures increased in all regions from 2000 to 2019, indicating that global warming due to climate change will make this […]

Health and Wellness

Boredom in the Year of Quarantine

Many parents have heard plenty of boredom-based lamentations from their kids, even before the age of coronavirus. But COVID-19 and the resulting quarantines have brought boredom into our lives on a whole new level. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the child is four or fourteen, being trapped at home and without regular interaction with […]

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Avoidable consequences cost NHS upwards of £98 million and 1700+ lives every year — ScienceDaily

More than 237 million medication errors are made every year in England, the avoidable consequences of which cost the NHS upwards of £98 million and more than 1700 lives every year, indicate national estimates, published online in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety. The harms caused by medication errors have been recognised as a global […]