Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown new research shows

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows.

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Carriers of two genetic mutations at greater risk for illness and death from COVID-19

Researchers suggest that carriers of the genetic mutations PiZ and PiS are at high risk for severe illness and even death from COVID-19. These mutations lead to deficiency in the alpha1-antitrypsin protein, which protects lung tissues from damage in case of severe infections. Other studies have already associated deficiency in this protein with inflammatory damage to lung function in other diseases.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200926145205.htm

Last-resort life support option helped majority of critically ill COVID-19 patients survive

The life-support option known as ECMO appears to be saving lives for many of the critically ill COVID-19 patients who receive it. Patients in a new international study faced a staggeringly high risk of death, as ventilators and other care failed to support their lungs. But after they were placed on ECMO, their actual death rate was less than 40 percent.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200926145200.htm

Faced with shortages researchers combine heat and humidity to disinfect N95 masks

Researchers found that gently heating N95 masks in high relative humidity could inactivate SARS-CoV-2 virus trapped within the masks, without degrading the masks' performance.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200926145145.htm

A better alternative to phthalates

Researchers analyzed urine samples from pregnant women to look for the presence of DINCH, which is short for di(isononyl)cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate. They found concentrations of DINCH in most of the urine samples but no evidence of effects in lab assays on two hormones, progesterone and estrogen.

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US hospital admissions for non-COVID-19 have only partially rebounded from initial decline

While declines in U.S. hospital admissions during the onset of COVID-19 has been well-documented, little is known about how admissions during the rebound varied by age, insurance coverage and socioeconomic groups. The decline in non-COVID-19 admissions was similar across all demographic subgroups but the partial rebound that followed shows that non-COVID-19 admissions for residents from Hispanic neighborhoods was significantly lower than for other groups.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200925134714.htm

Comparing face coverings in controlling expired particles

Laboratory tests of surgical and N95 masks show that they do cut down the amount of aerosolized particles emitted during breathing, talking and coughing. Tests of homemade cloth face coverings, however, show that the fabric itself releases a large amount of fibers into the air, underscoring the importance of washing them.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200925113650.htm

What new research reveals about rude workplace emails

A new study finds that rude emails at work can lead to significant distress for employees. Researchers say that 'active' email rudeness is overloaded with strong negative emotions. By comparison, 'passive' email rudeness leaves people struggling with uncertainty. Passive email rudeness may create problems for employees' sleep, which further puts them in a negative emotional state the next morning, thus creating a vicious cycle.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200925113648.htm

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