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September 20, 2020

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According to Dr. Christy Sadreameli, vaping and smoking impairs the lung's ability to fight off infection. 

Do smoking and vaping increase susceptibility to COVID-19?

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) predominantly affects the respiratory system, several studies have looked at the connection between smoking or vaping and the risk of COVID-19 infection. Scientists suspect that smoking and vaping increase a person’s risk of severe COVID-19. 


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Conflicting information from medical experts and decreased supply of masks have led to a shortage of personal protective equipment in the U.S.

Why do we have a shortage of personal protective equipment in the U.S.?

As the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) surges in the U.S., a shortage of medical supplies has emerged, among which personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves have taken the greatest hit. The shortage is in part the result of public panic, which has resulted in many citizens buying these supplies in bulk.




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Most research labs at Hopkins have been shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 shuts down research laboratories

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, most labs at Hopkins — apart from those researching the virus — have closed. The closure has disrupted the work of many researchers in the Hopkins community. 



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This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer image shows air pollution over East China.

COVID-19 and air pollution: an unexpected source of hope

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed the lives of over 14,000 people worldwide, infecting a total of 330,000 people. Countries such as China, Italy, France, Spain and the U.S. have suffered the most damage to date. Yet, among heightened anxiety and social distancing measures, the pandemic has at least one beneficiary: the planet. 


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Social distancing aims to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Public health experts explain the science behind social distancing

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise across the world, public health officials are recommending social distancing as a measure to slow the spread of the virus. Because we are innately social beings, this public health practice has been challenging and has required substantial lifestyle adjustments. 





Students frustrated after Dr. Mike’s talk is cancelled

The Osler Medical Symposium (OMS) had to cancel one of their events this week in light of concerns over the coronavirus. Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, a celebrity physician also known as Dr. Mike, was invited to come speak on March 10 about the influence of social media on modern medicine. 


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Grassroots organization and mobilization is necessary to pass health care reforms.

Grassroots organization is the key to passing Medicare for All

One of the biggest criticisms of universal health care is its perceived inability to pass in the Senate. The idea behind this criticism is often that a more moderate plan would be able to go through, such as Medicare for All Who Want It, or even the expansion of Obamacare. 


Seminar explores how bacterial division occurs

Erin Goley, an associate professor of biological chemistry at the Hopkins School of Medicine, presented a talk entitled “How to Divide a Bacterial Cell: Cytoskeletal Control of Cell Wall Metabolism” as part of the Department of Biological Chemistry’s Tuesday Seminar Series.


Wrap up: The latest in technology...

New compound has big implications for clean energy Researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland discovered a new type of chemical compound that has the potential to make ceramic fuel cells a practical clean energy solution. Ceramic fuel cells have long been suggested as an alternative to fossil fuels but have not been widely implemented because of their high operating temperature, which results in a short life span. These fuel cells are a promising avenue for emissions reduction as they emit very low amounts of emissions and can convert chemical energy into electrical energy with high efficiency. 


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Artwork, such Luke Fildes’s The Doctor, can remind students of the non-academic side of medicine.

Pre-med students interpret art through a healthcare lens

During their undergraduate studies, pre-health students tend to take a variety of courses in science and mathematics in an attempt to fulfill the prerequisites for the graduate program of their choice. The required completion of specific courses often makes it difficult for pre-health students to explore other areas of study, such as the humanities. 



Weather trends intensify due to climate change

Climate change and global warming affect the weather in more ways than you can think of, and changing weather affects humans in even more ways. Last week, I discussed how climate change affected health. This week, I’ll be talking about how climate change affects the climate and weather.



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