Good Stuff To Know December 2020

The Mask Controversy
Laura Ingraham offers compelling information on the use of masks. Her mask commentary starts at approximately 1:19


Cancer treatment without side effects?

Researchers eliminate brain tumors without damaging cognition. Treating cancer without debilitating side effects has long been the holy grail of oncologists, and researchers may have found it.

New tactic to stop the growth of a deadly brain cancer

The findings indicate the body may be the ultimate weapon against glioblastoma, but it needs help. Scientists have discovered a way to stop the growth of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer. The finding provides a new tactic in the war against cancer that involves reprogramming the immune system to do what it does best – fight the tumor instead of fueling it.

Over 80 percent of COVID-19 patients have vitamin D deficiency, study finds

Vitamin D deficiency was more prevalent in men.Over 80 percent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study.

Kid influencers are promoting junk food brands on YouTube — garnering more than a billion views

Little-known but common form of product placement boosts children’s exposure to unhealthy food, warrants stronger regulations. Kids with wildly popular YouTube channels are frequently promoting unhealthy food and drinks in their videos, warn researchers.

Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age

Research on mice suggests aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning to make some types of decisions. Neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit critical for learning to make decisions that require evaluating the cost or reward of an action.

High-sugar diet can damage the gut, intensifying risk for colitis

Mice fed diets high in sugar developed worse colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and researchers examining their large intestines found more of the bacteria that can damage the gut’s protective mucus layer.

Positive outlook predicts less memory decline

A new study finds that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful — what psychologists call ‘positive affect’ — are less likely to experience memory decline as they age. This result adds to a growing body of research on positive affect’s role in healthy aging.

Compression garments reduce strength loss after training

Regular training enhances your strength, but recovery is equally important. Elastic bandages and compression garments are widely used in sports to facilitate recovery and prevent injuries. Now, a research team has determined that compression garments also reduce strength loss after strenuous exercise.

Remdesivir for COVID-19: FDA approved but still unproven

Researchers say effective public health strategies are more urgently needed. In a review of evidence from the most reliable data from randomized trials to find likely small-to-moderate effects of remdesivir, researchers say that totality of evidence compiled before the WHO trial results justifies compassionate use of remdesivir for severely ill patients.

Vitamin D levels during pregnancy linked with child IQ

A study showed that mothers’ vitamin D levels during pregnancy were associated with their children’s IQ, suggesting that higher vitamin D levels in pregnancy may lead to greater childhood IQ scores.

‘Something extremely bogus is going on’: Musk says he’s positive & negative for Covid-19 after taking 4 tests in 1 day

Futurist entrepreneur and auto maker Elon Musk has expressed doubts about the accuracy of coronavirus tests, after claiming to have been both diagnosed and cleared of the disease on the same day.

Study: Working Women Show Sharper Memory With Age

Women who work outside the home may end up with a sharper memory later in life, a new study suggests.

Cannabis strength soars over past half century

Largest study on how cannabis has changed over time finds increased strength putting consumers at greater risk of harm.

Natural approach to antiperspirants

Researchers have just made a major breakthrough in the study of natural antiperspirants.

Antibiotic exposure in children under age 2 associated with chronic conditions

Children under age 2 who take antibiotics are at greater risk for childhood-onset asthma, respiratory allergies, eczema, celiac disease, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new article. While previous studies have looked at the association of antibiotics with single diseases, this is the first to look at the association across many diseases.

Measles outbreaks likely in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Major measles outbreaks will likely occur during 2021 as an unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new academic article.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment: Clinical trial reverses two biological processes associated with aging in human cells

A new study indicates that hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) in healthy aging adults can stop the aging of blood cells and reverse the aging process. In the biological sense, the adults’ blood cells actually grow younger as the treatments progress.

Age is no barrier to successful weight loss

Obese patients over the age of 60 can lose an equivalent amount of weight as younger people using only lifestyle changes, according to a new study that demonstrates that age is no barrier to losing weight.

Memories of past events retain remarkable fidelity even as we age

Even though people tend to remember fewer details about past events as time goes by, the details they do remember are retained with remarkable fidelity, according to a new study. This finding holds true regardless of the age of the person or the amount of time that elapsed since the event took place.

Interim Operational Considerations for Implementing the Shielding Approach to Prevent COVID-19 Infections in Humanitarian Settings

From the CDC: “The shielding approach aims to reduce the number of severe COVID-19 cases by limiting contact between individuals at higher risk of developing severe disease (“high-risk”) and the general population (“low-risk”). High-risk individuals would be temporarily relocated to safe or “green zones” established at the household, neighborhood, camp/sector or community level depending on the context and setting.1,2 They would have minimal contact with family members and other low-risk residents.”






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