Medical research

Study finds the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not viable on cash banknotes

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many businesses stopped accepting cash payments in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. While neither the CDC nor WHO ever banned the use of paper money, many businesses still only ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

COVID vaccines: We need to find out which incentives actually work

The most powerful tool for combating COVID is not a drug or a vaccine, but a method. A randomized trial is the best way to discover what works and what doesn't. This method underlies much of the progress in modern medicine, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How social media could be affecting COVID vaccine hesitancy

A social media campaign could help to advertise the positives of COVID-19 vaccination and counter the negative posts and comments which are putting Australia's vaccination program at risk, a UNSW researcher says.

Medications

Pharmacists have responsibility to check opioid Rx are legitimate

(HealthDay)—Pharmacists should be aware that they are expected to take steps to make sure opioid prescriptions are written for legitimate medical purposes, and should document these efforts, according to a report published ...

Oncology & Cancer

Paying women to have mammograms is unethical, ethicist says

The widespread practice of incentivizing mammogram completion via cash payments, typically by insurance companies and ranging from $10 to $250, is unethical according to a Viewpoint article published this week in JAMA by ...

HIV & AIDS

Study finds incentive price for reducing HIV risk in Mexico

Studies have found that conditional cash transfer programs, in which governments pay citizens if they consistently practice societally beneficial behaviors, have improved pediatric health care and education in Mexico, increased ...

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