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COVID Spreads Quickly in Crowded Homes, Poor Neighborhoods

COVID Spreads Quickly in Crowded Homes, Poor NeighborhoodsTUESDAY, June 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Poverty and crowded living conditions increase the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a new study suggests. Researchers reached that conclusion after testing nearly 400 women who gave birth at two hospitals in New York City during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak. "Our study shows that neighborhood socioeconomic status and household crowding are strongly associated with risk of infection. This may explain why Black and Hispanic people living in these neighborhoods are disproportionately at risk for contracting the virus," researcher Dr. Alexander Melamed said in a Columbia University news release. Melamed is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York...

Yes, Bad Sleep Does Make People Grumpy

22 June 2020
Yes, Bad Sleep Does Make People GrumpyMONDAY, June 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Not getting enough sleep can kill your mood the morning after, Norwegian researchers report. "Not in the sense that we have more negative feelings, like being down or depressed," said lead author Ingvild Saksvik-Lehouillier of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. "But participants in our study experienced a flattening of emotions when they slept less than normal. They felt less joy, enthusiasm, attention and fulfillment." For the study, 59 volunteers spent seven nights in their own beds and slept as long as they usually do. Next, they slept two hours less than normal for three nights. On several mornings, participants were shown more than 300 pictures on a computer screen over 14 minutes. They were asked to tap...

Stubbed Your Toe? Only Real Swear Words Help Dull the Pain

22 June 2020
Stubbed Your Toe? Only Real Swear Words Help Dull the PainMONDAY, June 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Ouch! Many of us swear when we get hurt, and a new study shows it actually does help. Turns out that swearing can significantly increase your pain tolerance -- but only if you use real swear words, and not G-rated versions that mimic them, British researchers report. For the study, 92 volunteers held their hands in an ice bath. To assess their pain threshold, researchers timed how long it took them to begin to feel pain, and their pain tolerance was determined by how long they were able to keep their hands in the freezing water. Each participant did the experiment four times. In random order, they were instructed to repeat either actual expletives or the fake swear words "twizpipe" and "fouch." Using actual swear words increased their...

Despite Predictions, Loneliness Not Rising for Americans...

22 June 2020
Despite Predictions, Loneliness Not Rising for Americans Under LockdownMONDAY, June 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, experts have worried that social distancing and stay-at-home orders would lead to a surge in loneliness. But a new U.S. study suggests it has not played out that way. In a national survey, researchers found that one month into state lockdowns, Americans were no more likely to feel isolated and lonely than they were pre-COVID-19. In fact, people often said they felt more connected to others. The findings, researchers said, are a measure of how well people have adjusted during the pandemic. "It's always interesting to be proven wrong," said psychologist James Maddux, referring to expert forecasts that loneliness would increase, possibly dramatically. Maddux, who was not involved in the study,...

Practice Gun Safety for Your Kids' Sake, Especially During Pandemic

20 June 2020
Practice Gun Safety for Your Kids` Sake, Especially During PandemicSATURDAY, June 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With kids staying at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, it's vitally important to keep guns locked up, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. "To keep children safe, you must lock guns in a safe or with gun locks, and store the ammunition in a separate, locked location," said Dr. Alison Tothy, a pediatric emergency medicine physician in Chicago. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that gun deaths are one of the top three causes of death among American children: 73 children are injured and 14 die from gun injuries each day. "It shouldn't be mysterious that gun injury is a leading cause of death among children, because children are curious and constantly exploring, and teenagers are well-known for having...

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