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Mandatory Masking In Schools Reduced COVID-19 Cases During Delta Surge

Schools with mandatory masking during the Delta surge had approximately 72% fewer cases of in-school transmission of SARS-CoV-2 when compared to schools with optional or partial masking policies, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study included more than 1.1 million students and over 157,000 staff attending in-person school across nine states: North Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Washington, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Texas. The study is supported by NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics – Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It appears in Pediatrics.

The authors pointed out that their study was conducted when Delta was the dominant variant, and that their study did not obtain data on school masking in preventing the spread of the O

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Run Not Just Fun For Rice Students, Elementary Partners

Regular exercise is good for everyone, and youngsters stand to benefit most -- if they stick to it.

Rice University researchers are figuring out how to encourage that tenacity. A new study by a team of kinesiologists matched undergraduate mentors at Rice with local fifth graders to get them to step up their games.

Though the numbers in this pilot study were small, the recruitment and retention of mentors and mentees was unbeatable: 100%.

Their study in the journal Recent Progress in Nutrition follows 22 pairs of mentors and elementary students from a single classroom in a pilot program called Running W.I.S.E. -- With Interscholastic Student Engagement. It demonstrated qualitatively, via feedback through their mentors, that scheduled physical activity was indeed good for their physical health and mental well-being.

Surprisingly, it was just as good for the Rice students.

“We knew fro

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Lead As a Social Determinant of Child and Adolescent Physiological Stress and Behavior

Lead is an environmental neurotoxicant that causes neurocognitive deficits and cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. It also disproportionately affects socially disadvantaged communities. The association between lead exposure and children’s IQ has been well studied, but few studies have examined the effects of blood lead on children’s physiological stress and behavior. Three University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) studies shed light on how lead can affect children and adolescents’ physiological stress and emotional/behavioral development.

Lead Exposure and the Psychological Stress Response
Exposure to lead during childhood and adolescence is associated with a host of detrimental outcomes that persist into adulthood. Until now, however, few studies have tested the association between lead exposure and the physiological stress response, which in and of itself may ac

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Inflation, War Push Stress To Alarming Levels At Two-Year Covid-19 Anniversary

Two years after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, inflation, money issues and the war in Ukraine have pushed U.S. stress to alarming levels, according to polls conducted for the American Psychological Association.

A late-breaking poll, fielded March 1–3 by The Harris Poll on behalf of APA, revealed striking findings, with more adults rating inflation and issues related to the invasion of Ukraine as stressors than any other issue asked about in the 15-year history of the Stress in AmericaTM poll. This comes on top of money stress at the highest recorded level since 2015, according to a broader Stress in America poll fielded last month.

Top sources of stress were the rise in prices of everyday items due to inflation (e.g., gas prices, energy bills, grocery costs, etc.) (cited by 87%), followed by supply chain issues (81%), global uncertainty (81%), Russia

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