Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Research sheds new light on care home staff experiences in the COVID-19 pandemic

New research in Scotland has shed light on the challenging and difficult experiences of care home staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Omicron infection may leave seniors more susceptible to future COVID infections, say McMaster researchers

Researchers at McMaster University have found that rather than conferring immunity against future infections, infection during the first Omicron wave of COVID left the seniors they studied much more vulnerable to reinfection during the second Omicron wave.

Research identifies immunosuppressed people are least likely to have COVID-19 antibodies

New research has identified which people with compromised immune systems are less likely to have COVID-19 antibodies - making them more vulnerable to a severe infection.

Covid inquiry evidence from Newcastle University expert

A world-leading expert on health inequalities has presented a report and evidence to the independent public inquiry into the Covid pandemic.

Antipsychotic drug use increased in Canadian long-term care homes in first year of pandemic

While most aspects of care quality in long-term care homes did not differ in the first year of the pandemic from pre-pandemic levels, a new study shows that the use of antipsychotic drugs increased in all provinces.

How Canadians’ lifestyle behaviours changed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sixty per cent of roughly 1,600 Canadians who took part in a new McGill University study say their lifestyle habits either stayed the same or improved during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The power of peer-to-peer communication in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout: study

During the COVID-19 pandemic, discussions with peers played a large role in people’s decisions around vaccination, new research from UNSW Sydney shows.

Key to fighting chronic inflammation in severe COVID

A treatment to prevent runaway inflammation in patients with severe COVID-19 is a step closer after a University of Queensland-led study into how immune cells respond to the virus.

What else is in a flush? UCalgary researchers are going to find out

Calgary researchers behind the hugely successful COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program and online COVID tracker are convinced of the potential of wastewater as a public health tool,­ and they’re not alone.

Energy insecurity worsened in remote Australia during COVID

Residents of remote Indigenous communities who prepay for access to electricity experienced unrelenting energy insecurity during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research from The Australian National University (ANU).
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