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Wives bore the brunt of child care during the shutdown

Traditional gendered patterns of child care persisted during the COVID-19 shutdown, with more than a third of couples relying on women to provide most or all of it, according to a study from University of Georgia researcher Kristen Shockley. Some previous research has found that typical familial patterns may get upended during crises, but that’s […]

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Low-income preschoolers exposed to nurturing care have with higher IQ scores later on

Preschoolers living in impoverished communities who have access to a nurturing home environment have significantly higher intelligence quotient (IQ) scores in adolescence compared to those raised without nurturing care. That is the finding of a new international study conducted by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers, which examined data from more than 1600 […]

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COVID-19 preprint data rapidly influenced critical care practice

In a new research letter published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, researchers examine whether preprint data on the use of the corticosteroid dexamethasone influenced clinical practice in treating COVID-19 critical care patients throughout Australia. Preprints are scientific papers that are posted online rapidly, before peer review. […]

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Major differences in palliative care provision across the globe

A major review of palliative care services around the world has highlighted huge inconsistencies in provision, with patients in some countries receiving a fraction of the support provided elsewhere. More than 11 million cases have been reviewed at the University of Leeds’ Academic Unit of Palliative Care, which found length of care for people with […]

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Minorities benefit less from regionalizing heart attack care

California’s Black and Hispanic communities may be falling further behind whites in the quality of care they receive for heart attacks, despite recent medical efforts aimed at improving the standards of care for these populations, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. In response to ongoing health disparities, emergency management […]

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Palliative care needed across China for everyone who needs it, study finds

Palliative care should extend across China and pay more attention to managing non-malignant disease—integrated within the country’s healthcare system and available to everyone who needs it, according to a new study. Researchers have found that, with rapidly aging populations, there is an increasing need for palliative care across Greater China—Hong Kong, Macao, mainland China and […]