Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New mothers negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic policies

Giving birth can be a joyous, yet stressful experience in the best of times—but what happens when a global public health crisis is thrown into the mix? McGill University and the University of Toronto researchers examined ...

Overweight & Obesity

Pandemic shows risk of obesity, and challenge of weight loss

Jennifer Bergin was already obese and pre-diabetic before the pandemic, and learning she also had high blood pressure made her worry about how sick she might get with COVID-19. She began walking three hours a day, eventually ...

Health

COVID-19 lockdowns lead Aussie and UK women to drink more

Feelings of anxiety, pessimism and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic led middle-aged women in both Australia and the UK to stock up on alcohol, which was associated with drinking more, a new Flinders University-led ...

Medical research

Study reveals worrying disparity in excess deaths during pandemic

A study led by researchers at the Universities of Manchester and York published in The Lancet Regional Health—Europe today (07/06/21) has revealed strong disparities in rates of excess deaths in England and Wales during ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Better understanding student stress during the pandemic

The stress of the past year put unprecedented demands on college students all over the country, and thanks to assistant professor of psychology Hannah Snyder and her lab, we now understand more about that experience.

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Pandemic

A pandemic (from Greek πᾶν pan "all" + δῆμος demos "people") is an epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading through human populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide. A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics exclude seasonal flu. Throughout history there have been a number of pandemics, such as smallpox and tuberculosis. More recent pandemics include the HIV pandemic and the 2009 flu pandemic.

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