Lung, immune function in kids could protect from severe COVID-19

Differences in lung physiology and immune function in children could be why they are more often spared from severe illness associated with COVID-19 than adults, according to pediatric and adult physicians at... Read more »

Trump administration can allow employers to deny birth control coverage: Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Trump administration rules allowing some employers to decline to provide contraceptive coverage on religious or moral grounds, which could leave more than 70,000... Read more »

‘Bystander Effect’ not exclusive to humans

A rat is less likely to help a trapped companion if it is with other rats that aren’t helping, according to new research from the University of Chicago that showed the social... Read more »

How good gut bacteria help reduce the risk for heart disease

Scientists have discovered that one of the good bacteria found in the human gut has a benefit that has remained unrecognized until now: the potential to reduce the risk for heart disease.... Read more »

COVID-19 brain complications found across the globe

Cases of brain complications linked to COVID-19 are occurring across the globe, a new review by University of Liverpool researchers has shown. Published in The Lancet Neurology, the study found that strokes,... Read more »

Cancer trial to focus on protecting patients from COVID-19 infection

OTTAWA — A national clinical trial this summer will focus on protecting cancer patients from developing severe COVID-19. Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital say the goal is to strengthen the immune system... Read more »

What Is Toxic Positivity? Why It’s OK To Not Be OK Right Now.

“Everything will be fine.” “This too shall pass.” “Stay positive! It could be worse.” If you’ve ever gone through a difficult time (a breakup, a job loss), you’ve probably heard some of... Read more »

Researchers propose novel approach to limit organ damage for patients with severe COVID-19

Patients with severe COVID-19 frequently experience a life-threatening immune reaction, sometimes called a cytokine storm, which can lead to respiratory failure, organ damage and potentially death. With no FDA-approved treatment currently available... Read more »

Light pollution ruins teen sleep and may contribute to mental disorders, study says

Hey sleepyheads — have you been turning off or covering up all your smartphone and computer lights in your bedroom at night? Blocking indoor light to keep your body in sleep mode... Read more »

Twin girls, joined at the skull, successfully separated in 18-hour operation

A pair of conjoined twin girls with an extremely rare condition have been successfully separated at a hospital in the Vatican City. Ervina and Prefina, aged 2, were joined at the skull... Read more »