FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 -- Low blood levels of vitamin D might heighten people's odds for severe or even fatal COVID-19, new research shows.
Taking in a healthy level of vitamin D may therefore "reduce the complications, including the cytokine storm [release of too many proteins into the blood too quickly] and ultimately death from COVID-19," said study author Dr. Michael Holick. He's a professor of medicine, physiology, biophysics and molecular medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.
THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2020 -- The final statistics are in for America's last flu season, and the news is good: Record low rates of influenza were reported as cases plummeted during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.
Why? Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe the social distancing measures put into place across the country last spring kept more than the new coronavirus at bay.
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2020 -- Cellphone activity could be used to monitor and predict spread of the new coronavirus, researchers say.
They analyzed cellphone use in more than 2,700 U.S. counties between early January and early May to identify where the phones were used, including workplaces, homes, retail and grocery stores, parks and transit stations.