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    (CNN)As nations around the world grapple with how to safely reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic -- or whether to reopen at all -- two new studies turn a spotlight on strategies that could be key in bringing children back to the classroom: scaled-up testing for cases, effective tracing of the contacts of those who test positive, and isolation of those who test positive or have symptoms.Researchers in Britain found that schools could reopen safely so long as enough contact tracing is in place. Contact tracing strategies involve enough testing to find cases, isolating those people, then tracking down and quarantining their contacts. And a team in Australia found that even though schools remained open in New South Wales between...
    (CNN)Experiencing adversity early in life is likely to make children reach puberty more quickly, increase cellular aging and alter brain development. That's according to a new meta-review of dozens of studies published in Psychological Bulletin, a journal of the American Psychological Association.And as the nation confronts a legacy of systemic racism and inequality, there is a need to empower pediatricians to recognize these adverse impacts early and help guide children's development earlier. That's key to reducing known health disparities among African Americans, who are at higher risk for conditions such as depression, heart disease and diabetes, the study's authors said. Racial discrimination may harm Black peoples cognitive health, study finds "This study shows the effects that systemic exposure to violence...
    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Donald Trump and his billionaire heiress and non-educator Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continue their relentless push for school reopenings, even threatening to cut off federal funds to those schools that hesitate to throw open their doors, exposing millions of public school children, parents and teachers to the potentially lethal effects of COVID-19. One of their loudest talking points has been the supposedly low rate of transmission of the virus by children. New research indicates that, although they don’t suffer the same degree of ill effects as adults, children aged 5-17 are actually bastions of COVID-19 contagion to other children, as well as adults such as parents, grandparents, and teachers. More on that in a moment. As CNN...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Two new studies published in JAMA Cardiology are giving new insight into the effects of COVID-19 on the human heart. One study identified coronavirus in the heart tissue of COVID patients who died — the other found that among 100 adults who recently recovered from the virus, 78-percent showed some kind of cardiac involvement on MRI scans and 60-percent had ongoing inflammation. “COVID affects all organs,” said Dr. Tu Le, a cardiologist with Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Texas Health Physicians Group. “So the heart is no different than the kidneys that we see involvement, lungs, liver all of the organs, and that’s the really unfortunate thing.” Dr. Le said since the pandemic began, he’s seen an...
    (CNN)Since the coronavirus pandemic first began, evidence has emerged showing that Covid-19 can damage more than the lungs.The disease caused by the novel coronavirus can harm other organs in the body -- including the heart -- and now two separate studies, published in the journal JAMA Cardiology on Monday, provide more insight into how Covid-19 may have a prolonged impact on heart health in those who have recovered from illness and may have caused cardiac infection in those who died.JUST WATCHEDDoctors baffled as virus triggers mysterious health issuesReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHDoctors baffled as virus triggers mysterious health issues 02:47"We've understood for a few months now that Covid-19 is not only a respiratory infection but a multi-system infection," said cardiologist Dr....
    As you live from day to day in challenging times, it is absolutely necessary to maintain a hopeful emotional state of mind in order to maintain your focus and to achieve your desired results. Yes! Studies remind us that there is nothing new under the sun. Success stories, decades ago, shared strategies that provided positive results in challenging times. Let’s review a few: 1. Internationally known Joe Osteen reminds us to begin your day with meditation and a positive book or recording versus listening to the news. Studies share that regular reading reduces stress and increases learning and creativity in the brain which can assist in offsetting dementia. 2. Be determined to increase your brain focus and overall health by...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Friday that newly enrolled international students won’t be allowed to enter the U.S. if their fall courses are taught entirely online. Newly enrolled students, however, could obtain valid visas if they plan to enroll in programs that offer at least one in-person course during the fall term. The new rules will not affect international students who have already been enrolled at U.S. colleges or universities, and they will be allowed to continue their studies in whatever instructional model their schools deem appropriate during the COVID-19 pandemic. “These individuals do not need a new visa to continue their programs of study. Students engaged in 100 percent online coursework will be able...
    A network of California churches filed a lawsuit Saturday against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, alleging that his recent coronavirus lockdown order — which temporarily banned all indoor church operations, including in-home Bible studies — is unconstitutional. What are the details?Harvest International Ministry, which has church campuses in Pasadena, Corona, and Irvine, argued in the complaint that churchgoers in California are having their gatherings severely restricted while protesters are being permitted to demonstrate without any restriction, the Washington Times reported. "While the Governor has unilaterally and significantly restricted the number of individuals permitted to 'gather' in Plaintiffs' churches, he has imposed no similar restrictions on the untold thousands of protesters who have gathered all throughout California cities with no threat of...
    John Beigel’s problem was that not enough people were dying of Covid-19. Not that he wanted them to, of course. It’s just that, as bad as the pandemic has gotten, it hasn’t killed as many people as it seemed like it might. And Beigel, a researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was designing a big study to see if an experimental antiviral drug called remdesivir would work against the disease. He and his team needed the right “end point”—the thing they could count, turn into data, and analyze. Mortality is a great end point. It’s right there in the name. “But when we were thinking of end points, we thought a mortality study would need...
    New studies are shedding light on the possible impact one's blood type has on contracting COVID-19. Findings by a team of European scientists published in the New England Journal of Medicine and based on research involving 1,980 severely ill patients found that those with Blood Type O had the lowest frequency of disease positivity and Blood Type A the highest, the study revealed. Separate studies, conducted at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and the Massachusetts General Hospital, do not share the European findings. Evidence was found in both those studies that those with Type O blood may be less likely to be infected, but the effect is not considered significant. Both studies failed to find that Type A blood...
    Fresh studies give more information about what treatments do or don’t work for COVID-19, with high-quality methods that give reliable results. British researchers on Friday published their research on the only drug shown to improve survival — a cheap steroid called dexamethasone. Two other studies found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help people with only mild symptoms. For months before studies like these, learning what helps or harms has been undermined by “desperation science” as doctors and patients tried therapies on their own or through a host of studies not strong enough to give clear answers. “For the field to move forward and for patients’ outcomes to improve, there will need to be fewer small or inconclusive studies”...
    Fresh studies give more information about what treatments do or don’t work for COVID-19, with high-quality methods that give reliable results. British researchers on Friday published their research on the only drug shown to improve survival -- a cheap steroid called dexamethasone. Two other studies found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help people with only mild symptoms. For months before studies like these, learning what helps or harms has been undermined by “desperation science” as doctors and patients tried therapies on their own or through a host of studies not strong enough to give clear answers. “For the field to move forward and for patients’ outcomes to improve, there will need to be fewer small or inconclusive studies”...
    Fresh studies give more information about what treatments do or don't work for COVID-19, with high-quality methods that give reliable results. British researchers on Friday published their research on the only drug shown to improve survival — a cheap steroid called dexamethasone. Two other studies found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help people with only mild symptoms.   For months before studies like these, learning what helps or harms has been undermined by "desperation science" as doctors and patients tried therapies on their own or through a host of studies not strong enough to give clear answers. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "For the field to move forward and for patients' outcomes to improve, there will need to be...
    The next Hearthstone expansion is taking us back to a familiar place in World of Warcraft’s history — and back in time, to when the school of Scholomance was at its peak. Scholomance Academy takes place before the launch of World of Warcraft, and introduces 135 new cards to Hearthstone, along with some new mechanics to shake things up. The expansion is set to be released in early August, Blizzard announced Tuesday. For those unfamiliar with Warcraft lore, Scholomance was a school for necromancers that fell into disrepair after things went terribly wrong. The academy served as a dungeon in both vanilla World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria, and is considered a fan favorite. The three major mechanics introduced...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lung cancer is by far the number one cause of cancer death in the U.S. for both men and women, claiming more than 140,000 lives last year. That’s one quarter of all cancer deaths nationwide. Now, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is proposing new guidelines for lung cancer screenings. CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez has more on how these guidelines could significantly reduce those grim statistics. MORE: Max Minute: A Realistic Look At How Long It Will Take To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine The screening is a low-dose CT of the lungs that takes less than five minutes. The resulting scan can show a number of lesions or spots on the lungs, some of which may be cancer....
    (CNN) — A gut-wrenching experience. Butterflies in your stomach. Many of us instinctively feel the connection between our gut and our brain. That connection and how the range of bacteria residing in our digestive tract — our microbiome — might help treat mental illness has become a field of interest for scientists in recent years. A new review of medical literature has suggested that probiotics — foods or supplements containing microbes thought to exert a positive influence on our gut — could help ease depression. “This is good quality research but it is a review of relatively preliminary data,” Allan Young, a professor of mood disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, told the Science Media Centre...
    Unlike many international students, Grace Wang of Claremont McKenna College opted against returning to Beijing and moved to a friend’s home in March when her campus switched to online classes and sent students home amid the coronavirus emergency. She felt it was best to stay in America. But as Wang awaited news of the college’s fall reopening policies, her plans were further upended when federal officials announced new visa guidelines that prohibit international students from staying in the U.S. if they continue to take all of their courses online. “If we go online, I don’t have a choice but to go back to China,” she said Tuesday. Wang is among the more than 1 million international students whose lives...
    (CNN)A gut-wrenching experience. Butterflies in your stomach.Many of us instinctively feel the connection between our gut and our brain. That connection and how the range of bacteria residing in our digestive tract -- our microbiome -- might help treat mental illness has become a field of interest for scientists in recent years. A new review of medical literature has suggested that probiotics -- foods or supplements containing microbes thought to exert a positive influence on our gut -- could help ease depression. Probiotics dont do much for most peoples gut health despite the hype, review finds"This is good quality research but it is a review of relatively preliminary data," Allan Young, a professor of mood disorders at the Institute...
    A new study flies in the face of much of the previous research on the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, finding that the medication was able to help some patients survive better who were hospitalized with the novel coronavirus. A group of researchers at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan found that of just over 2,500 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, those given the controversial drug were less likely to die, as CNN reported. “Overall crude mortality rates were 18.1 percent in the entire cohort, 13.5 percent in the hydroxychloroquine alone group, 20.1 percent among those receiving hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin, 22.4 percent among the azithromycin alone group, and 26.4 percent for neither drug,” the study revealed. Essentially, as Dr. Marcu Zervos, who led the study,...
    Herd immunity. You’ve heard the term — and you’re about to hear it a lot more. Under herd immunity, a virus begins to wane — with spread dramatically reduced — because so many people have already had it and thus built up immunity. And several new studies show that we may be moving toward herd immunity more quickly than previous research suggests. While some of the studies use small sample sizes and the findings are not definitive — and while Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns that even an effective coronavirus vaccine may not be enough to achieve herd immunity — the studies are at least promising. “The prevalence of immunity to the...
    Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that there may have been 10 times more COVID-19 cases in the U.S. than the number that is reflected in official statistics, based on the results from antibody studies. "The traditional approach of looking for symptomatic illness and diagnoses obviously underestimated the total number of infections," Redfield announced last week, Time reported. "Now that serology tests are available, which test for antibodies, the estimates we have right now show about 10 times more people have antibodies in the jurisdictions tested than had documented infections." How did they estimate this? The estimate comes from the results of serology studies from six locations: the western part of Washington...
    More than 20 million Americans may have contracted COVID-19, according to new data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data was collected from blood samples of citizens nationwide and indicate that nearly 10 times more people have caught the virus than the 2.3 million confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, representing 6% of the total population according to the Associated Press. “Our best estimate right now is that for every case that’s reported, there actually are 10 other infections,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said on a call with reporters Thursday, Axios reported. While many spikes in new cases caused several states to reverse plans for reopening, U.S. health officials believe this new estimate likely reflects...
    The Georgia Department of Education is asking for feedback and comments regarding the proposed Georgia Standards of Excellence for two new high school social studies elective courses, History and Literature of the Old Testament and History and Literature of the New Testament. This survey feedback will be utilized to inform the adoption of the proposed standards for these two courses. The survey will be posted for thirty days beginning June 22, 2020, through 5:00 PM EDT July 22, 2020. If you have questions regarding the survey or standards, please contact Joy Hatcher Social Studies Program Manager, Georgia Department of Education at [email protected] Old-and-New-Testament-Social-Studies-GSE-Draft