People with generalized anxiety disorder who practiced mindfulness meditation for eight weeks had less of a marker of inflammation and stress-related adrenocorticotropic hormone (but not the stress-related hormone cortisol).
Treating COVID-19 patients with zinc, vitamin C, or both did not reduce symptom duration compared with standard care.
Short-term exposure to air pollution can disrupt heart rate, whether someone is awake or asleep, and this effect is more pronounced in obese people.
In households with a COVID-19 patient, transmission to a household contact occurs over 15% of the time. Most transmissions occur from symptomatic patients, and spouses were the most likely to be infected.
In an online survey, Americans were more hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when they were told that it was rapidly developed, but less hesitant when told that the vaccines had gone through standard rigorous testing.
In 21,720 people across 6 countries excluding pregnant women and children under 16, two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine were found to be 95% protective against COVID-19 over a period of 4 months.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes thousands of changes every day to genes inside human skin cells. Cancer risk increases as the number of DNA changes increases, but the majority of DNA changes in healthy skin cells will not cause cancer.
Viewing cat videos or photos boosts feelings of energy and positive emotions (hope, happiness, contentment) and decreases negative emotions (anxiety, annoyance, sadness, guilt). However, viewing more cat videos was also associated with less emotional stability.