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Safe Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Safe Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wearing a face mask: ● Cover your nose, mouth, and chin to make a tight seal aroundyour face with a face mask when in public and when aroundpeople who do not live in your household● Avoid touching the mask with your hands● Wash cloth masks after use, or dispose of used masks safelyHandwashing● Wash your […]

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New CDC guidelines say face masks protect those wearing them, too—here are the best ones

New CDC guidelines say face masks protect those wearing them, too—here are the best ones

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a statement that face masks do in fact offer protection to the wearer in addition to helping prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Initially, it was thought that masks only prevented individuals from spreading the virus to others, but new research shows that exposure from infectious droplets is lowered through the filtration […]

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8 coronavirus tips that doctors wish patients would follow

8 coronavirus tips that doctors wish patients would follow

As communities continue to navigate the impending flu season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that patients take preventive measures to minimize their risk and limit exposure to SARS-CoV-2, often referred to as the novel coronavirus. Following proper precautions can decrease a person’s chances of being infected or spreading the deadly virus. With […]

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AMA campaign urges Americans to wear face masks

The AMA recently launched the #MaskUp campaign to normalize mask wearing in the fight against COVID-19. “COVID-19 respects no geographic, demographic or ideological boundaries, and unfortunately it shows no signs of going away any time soon,” AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, said in a press release. “Make masks part of your daily wardrobe and regular routine. […]

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Regions with early interest, adoption of face masks showed modest COVID-19 infection rates

Regions with early interest, adoption of face masks showed modest COVID-19 infection rates

Countries with early interest in face mask use had milder COVID-19 infection rates, according to a letter-to-the-editor published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers with the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported findings from an analysis of how public interest in face masks, based on Google Trends relative search volume data, […]

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Unapproved Pharmaceutical Ingredients Included in Dietary Supplements Associated With US Food and Drug Administration Warnings

Key Points Question  What are the trends across adulterated dietary supplements associated with a warning released by the US Food and Drug Administration from 2007 through 2016? Findings  In this quality improvement study, analysis of the US Food and Drug Administration warnings from 2007 through 2016 showed that unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients were identified in 776 dietary supplements, […]

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MDD and the Role of Neuroplasticity

Impaired Synaptic Connections Research increasingly links impaired synaptic connections with MDD.1 Synaptic connections are constantly remodeled, created, and lost as a result of new experiences, emotions, learning, and memory.1 However, this synaptic plasticity may be impaired in patients with MDD.2 In a study published in Nature Medicine, researchers found a significantly lower number of synapses in key regions of post-mortem […]