End-of-life care stats reveal racial gaps

Black Americans pursue more intensive treatments than white Americans in the last six months of life, researchers report. White people are also more likely to use hospice care, according to the new study. The intensive treatments Black patients are more likely to seek include mechanical ventilation, gastronomy tube insertion, hemodialysis, CPR, and multiple emergency room…

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Mutations may have made SARS-CoV-2 more contagious

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is accumulating genetic mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious, according to a study of more than 5,000 patients in Houston, Texas. “The virus continues to mutate as it rips through the world.” That mutation, called D614G, is located in the spike protein that pries open…

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COVID will likely shrink job market for college grads

The job market for new college graduates is expected to decline for the first time in more than a decade as firms adjust hiring patterns during the COVID-19 economic slowdown, a new study shows. Compared to 63,555 expected hires in the previous Collegiate Employment Research Institute annual Recruiting Trends survey from Michigan State University, more…

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First plants appeared on land 460 million years ago

A new study confirms what earth scientists have long suspected: Plants first appeared on land about 460 million years ago, in the middle of a 45-million-year-long geologic period known as the Ordovician. The study describes a series of plant impressions in an Ordovician rock deposit from Douglas Dam in Tennessee. While previous studies have revealed…

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