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Most homemade masks are doing a great job, even when we sneeze, study finds

Studies indicate that homemade masks help combat the spread of viruses like COVID-19 when combined with frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. Many of these studies focus on the transfer of tiny aerosol particles; ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

No evidence for link between depression and diet

Evidence that the right diet can prevent or alleviate depression is weak. In literature reviews on the subject, the authors often reach strong conclusions, nonetheless. This is what Florian Thomas-Odenthal, a master's student ...

Health

Study aims to connect the dots on food access

Researchers know from many previous studies what prevents cash-strapped shoppers in underserved communities from buying more fresh produce. But little is known about which strategies are most likely to reach the people who ...

Health

Are people who vote healthier than those who don't?

A new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that California adults who in are good health with little psychological distress are more likely to consistently vote in local, state and national elections ...

Health

Does a healthy diet counter the ill-effects of obesity?

A healthy quality Mediterranean-like diet partially modifies the association between obesity and cardiovascular mortality, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Karl Michaëlsson of Uppsala University, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 could cause declines in life expectancy

A new analysis of period life expectancy around the world shows that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a short-term decline in life expectancy in many regions of the world.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

You don't need to wipe down everything to protect yourself

If you were wiping down every single Amazon package, can of chickpeas, and takeout container at the start of the pandemic, you certainly weren't alone. Clorox, the world's biggest maker of disinfectant cleaning materials, ...

Health

Is your kitchen clean enough?

Every year, 5,000 Europeans die from diseases contracted from food. Researchers visited people's homes and discovered both good and bad kitchen habits in different European countries.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Understanding of COVID-19 high among Chinese workers, study finds

Understanding workers' knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding COVID-19 is crucial to preventing it and controlling it. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases report that Chinese workers are highly ...