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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

Breathing through nose

Breathe more through your nose to help your immune system

We decided to dust off this older story with a great solution.  We all want to strengthen our immunity, and while diet and exercise are a big part of that, there is another thing you can do to bolster your defense: nasal breathing. According to human performance specialist and breathing Read More...

School closed due to COVID-19 outbreak and a message was posted on the school blackboard.

Study proves closing schools and workplaces in the pandemic saved lives

The past few years have been challenging. The pandemic forced the world indoors and caused us to adapt to a new way of life. Many of us are still adjusting and getting used to post-pandemic life and although nothing can make that easy, this new study might be able to help us remember that this Read More...

Humbertium covidum the newly discovered hammerhead black flatworm species.

"Alien" flatworm named in honor of COVID-19 victims

How scientists decide to name new animal species they discover doesn't follow a prescribed set of rules. Some aim to go for a humorous approach like the flatworm Ramisyllis kingghidorahi which was named after Godzilla’s enemy, King Ghidorah. Some name the novel creature after a human, like the Read More...

Exercise after vaccine

Study: Exercise after vaccination may boost immunity

If you thought it was better to take it easy after getting your vaccine, you may want to think again. In a new study published by Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, researchers found that up to 90 minutes of mild-to-moderate exercise soon after receiving a vaccine could provide you with additional Read More...

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New Covid test gives results comparable to PCR test in just 5 minutes

Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have conducted a study investigating a new prototype breathalyzer test that detects a Covid infection through changes in your chemical “breath print”. To use the breathalyzer, the user breathes into a single-use tube for Read More...

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How to deal with "maskne"

Mask-wearing helps keep us and everyone else safe and healthy, but we can all agree that mask-wearing-induced skin irritation and acne (otherwise known as “maskne”) is not ideal. The two types of maskne that people get when wearing face masks are: contact friction and breakouts. While they Read More...

Man receiving a plaster from a medical professional after getting a vaccination.

New mRNA flu vaccine shows success in clinical trials

When the common cold returns each year, so does the rise in flu cases. For younger, healthy people, all this means is the sniffles and a day in bed, but as we get older or develop other health conditions, these seasonal diseases can have a more dramatic, sometimes deadly impact on our Read More...

Patient's heart beat monitor in intensive care unit (ICU).

New AI system helps prioritize and assess ICU patients

A new AI system created by researchers at the University of Washington aims to help doctors during busy periods, like during a global pandemic. How does the technology work? The new algorithm can instruct doctors on which patients need intensive care unit (ICU) treatment and which can be helped Read More...

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WHO proposes global treaty to better address future pandemics

Unfortunately, as the climate crisis progresses and humans continue to infringe on wild animal habitats, the risk of another global pandemic is growing. To address this, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has agreed to form an intergovernmental negotiating body to create a legally-binding Read More...

Image of fetus in mothers womb.

Study: Covid-19 does not impact fetus brain development

A big source of anxiety during the pandemic came from the unknown impact of COVID-19 on pregnant people and their soon-to-be-born children. It has been observed that other viruses, such as HIV and rubella, can pass from mother to fetus through a process called vertical transmission. A research Read More...