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2020

Why Will It Take So Long for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Why Will It Take So Long for a COVID-19 Vaccine?MONDAY, April 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Public health officials have been warning that a COVID-19 vaccine will not be available to the public for 12 to 18 months, dampening hopes that there will be a quick end to the global pandemic nightmare. But Chinese researchers cracked the virus' genetic code within weeks of its emergence late last year, and two vaccine candidates are already in early human trials -- one in China and the other in the United States. What's the hold up? Essentially, you can speed up the vaccine development process to respond to a pandemic, but you don't want to speed it up so much that you allow a bad vaccine to enter the market, explained Dr. Greg Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "The process of developing, testing and licensing...

College Students Feeling the Strain of Coronavirus

6 April 2020
College Students Feeling the Strain of CoronavirusMONDAY, April 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The lives of college students have been turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic, so an expert offers some advice to help them cope with the situation. Along with having to switch from in-person classes to online sessions, students have lost many other parts of their daily routine, so it's important to maintain a "foundation of coping skills" such as good sleep habits, healthy eating, self-care and taking breaks from screen time, said Caitlin Nevins, director of psychological services at McLean Hospital's College Mental Health Program in Belmont, Mass. Students also need to seek mental health support if they feel they need it. Even if they can't get an in-person session, assistance may be available over the phone and through...

School Closures Will Force Many U.S. Health Care Workers...

6 April 2020
School Closures Will Force Many U.S. Health Care Workers to Stay HomeMONDAY, April 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- At least 1 in 7 U.S. health care workers have to miss work to care for their children if the coronavirus pandemic keeps schools closed -- and their absence could result in more patient deaths, researchers say. Teams from Yale University and Colorado State University used U.S. Census data to project the child care needs of health care workers. "Closing schools comes with many trade-offs, and can create unintentional child care shortages that put a strain on the health care system," said study co-lead author Eli Fenichel, associate professor of bioeconomics and ecosystem management at Yale. About 29% of U.S. health care workers have children between 3 and 12 years of age, the analysis showed. In households without a non-working adult or a...

A Pill Left Out, a Child's Life Lost: Maisie's Story a...

3 April 2020
A Pill Left Out, a Child`s Life Lost: Maisie`s Story a Warning to All AdultsFRIDAY, April 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nine-month-old Maisie Gillan spent just a few moments crawling around on a neighbor's floor, near the end of a dinner party meant to welcome her family to the community. The next morning her parents woke to discover Maisie cold and lifeless. Paramedics responded quickly but couldn't revive the baby. Police later figured out Maisie had accidentally ingested methadone that a relative of the neighbor's had carelessly dropped on the floor a few days earlier. "We had her on the kitchen floor for about five minutes. Everyone was there with her. She was never by herself," said Maisie's father, Adam Gillan. "Our best guess is, as she was crawling around on the floor the pill stuck to her hand, and then her hand went in her mouth." Now that the...

How Ritalin Works in the Brain

1 April 2020
How Ritalin Works in the BrainWEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new study dispels a common belief about how stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall work in the brain. The drugs are usually prescribed to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but are sometimes used by otherwise healthy people to boost their thinking. Many assume these drugs improve focus, but researchers found that they actually get the brain to emphasize the benefits, rather than the costs, of demanding tasks. "People tend to think, 'Ritalin and Adderall help me focus,'" said study co-senior author Michael Frank, a professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University. "And they do, in some sense. But what this study shows is that they do so by increasing your cognitive [thinking]...
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