Health Experts Provide Advice on How to Improve Mental Health during the Pandemic

It is important to take care of your mental health in the winter, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Healthcare professionals have been placing heavy emphasis on being aware of one’s mental health. As a reminder (since we’ve covered this previously, but feel it is important to remind people periodically to be careful and …

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Colder Months Increase Importance of Public Health Measures

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is not a unique event, though there likely aren’t any people who can remember the events of the last one. When World War I was ending in 1918, there was an influenza pandemic. There are many similarities between that pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary differences are fairly obvious. There …

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Surgeons’ Expectations More Accurate Than Patients’ Expectations in Predicting Patient-Reported Outcomes after Lumbar Spine Surgery

While patients may know their bodies better than medical professionals, when it comes to something as complicated as lumbar surgery, doctors tend to be far more accurate in their assessment of a patient’s recovery and capability after surgery. Patients tend to be more optimistic about what they will get from the surgery than professionals. Lower …

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The Prostheses That Could Alleviate Amputees’ Phantom Limb Pain

The article details the professional history of Swiss neuroengineer professor Silvestro Micera and his pursuit of revolutionary prosthetics. His interest in them began when he was a teenager who loved reading comic books, particularly Spiderman with the eight-tentacled Doc Oc. This developed into a desire to create prosthetics that were beneficial in the real world. …

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How Should the World Be Warned of Global Health Emergencies?

The year 2020 has highlighted a need for a method of sending differentiated warnings for dire health risks. The World Health Organization (WHO) has begun to look at different alert system to send notifications to at least the members of the organization after governments appeared to react too slowly to the early threat from the …

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Snake Venom Can Now Be Made in a Lab and That Could Save Many Lives

Humans have been making anti-venom for a couple of centuries, and the process has changed significantly since the early days. Instead of the complicated process, scientists have found a way to safely create anti-venom in the lab instead of needing to milk venom from snakes. Netherland researchers used glands from nine venomous snakes and stem …

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Putting off Care Could Be Keeping You from Finding Back Pain Relief

As people spend more time inside because of the pandemic, they are less likely to seek relief for back pain. The article discusses the experience of a firefighter who suffered from chronic back pain. At the time of publication, it had been a year since he had  back surgery, but he was already suffering from …

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