Coronavirus: Study shows people want more scientific expert analysis and less political guess-making

Since the UK government introduced late afternoon press conferences in March, these have tended to dominate the news cycle. But our research with news audiences suggests that many people want the wider human impact of the disease brought into sharper focus. They also want a greater emphasis on what experts are saying, including those advising the government—beyond their appearances at […]

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The second virus wave: How bad will it be as lockdowns ease?

From the marbled halls of Italy to the wheat fields of Kansas, health authorities are increasingly warning that the question isn’t whether a second wave of coronavirus infections and deaths will hit, but when—and how badly. In India, which partly relaxed its lockdown this week, health authorities scrambled Wednesday to contain an outbreak at a huge market. Hard-hit New York […]

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Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing

Spending time in the garden is linked to similar benefits for health and wellbeing as living in wealthy areas, according to a new large-scale study. Research conducted by the University of Exeter and the Royal Horticultural Society charity, published in Elsevier’s Landscape and Urban Planning, analysed data from nearly 8,000 people collected by Natural England between 2009 and 2016. The […]

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Study reports high level of hazardous drinking among Pacific Islander young adults in US

Pacific Islander young adults in the United States have an extremely high level of hazardous drinking and potential alcohol-use disorders, a study led by a health disparities researcher at the University of California, Riverside, has found. The study, published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, found 56% of Pacific Islander young adults screened positive for hazardous drinking, a level that […]

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Can Air Conditioning Spread COVID-19? Probably Not

A new study reported that an air conditioning system at a restaurant in China may have contributed to the spread of the new coronavirus among diners. Experts, however, say it’s unlikely proper air conditioning units used in stores, restaurants, and other businesses can transmit the virus. The air conditioning industry has set up a pandemic task force to look into […]

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COVID-19: Study highlights sources of misinformation

A study finds that those who learn about the new coronavirus from conservative outlets, social media, and online news aggregators are more likely to be misinformed. Though the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is still relatively new, people already know much about it, including its means of transmission, and how we can slow that transmission down. Conveying this information to […]

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FHIR-based system for EHRs cut search time from 3 minutes to 5 seconds

The Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, faced a challenge: How to make health information from the Indiana Network for Patient Care, the nation’s largest inter-organizational clinical data repository, available more efficiently and effectively to clinicians. THE PROBLEM “Imagine the often huge collection of information about a patient as an iceberg,” said Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Dr. Titus Schleyer. “When the […]

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