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26 May

Zoom fatigue’ is real. Here’s why you’re feeling it, and what you can do about it

For those confined to their homes lately, chatting by video has become a crucial way to stay in touch from afar. But for all its benefits, our reliance upon video during isolation has spawned a surprising new problem: Being on so many video conferences is exhausting. That’s because many of the nonverbal cues that we typically rely upon during in-person conversations, says Laura Dudley, a behavior analyst at Northeastern University.

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26 May

How COVID-19 is exposing — and widening — cracks in the US health system

The system was already flawed. The pandemic brings those failings into focus. "Any time you have a whole population exposed to a disease, it reflects the structural underpinnings and the failures of our society," Dr. Mary Bassett, a professor at Harvard's public health school, told ABC News in April.

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26 May

Oh, Good, the Kids Are Fighting Again

“They’re fighting over who’s sitting in what chair,” said Ana Balich, a mother of three who lives in Chicago. “They always fought about stuff like that, but it just seems like its been worse.” In Meridian, Idaho, Mette Angerhofer Holden has watched her children battle over who gets to eat the most play food and which TV show to watch.

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26 May

The patients are digital. The nursing students are real.

The patient is 61 years old, an African American man named Alex Carson who, according to the emergency technicians’ report, fainted at airport security after visiting his family in New York. His blood pressure is elevated, his heart rate is fast, and his temperature is 104 degrees. His history shows he is a daily smoker who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. Jennifer Stand, who is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at Northeastern, must determine how to proceed.

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26 May

We’re the youngest people out there fighting this

It’s something Evelyn Goroza and Thomas Cava never would have anticipated when they began their jobs in January at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Over the last few weeks, the cardiovascular intensive-care unit and the cardiac surgery floor, where the two Northeastern co-ops work as patient care technicians, have been transformed into COVID-19 units—putting Goroza and Cava on the front lines of the effort to save lives.

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28 Apr

Is Your Home Office Working For You?

By now, most people are working from home or working remotely in an effort to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But, our new at-home workstations present new challenges for us—and for our bodies. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to improving remote workspaces, Jack Dennerlein, a professor of physical therapy at Northeastern, says fitting your workspace to your body is essential for maintaining your health and productivity.

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28 Apr

A Typology of Civilians Shot and Killed by US Police: a Latent Class Analysis of Firearm Legal Intervention Homicide in the 2014–2015 National Violent Death Reporting System

Approximately 1000 people are killed by police acting in the line of duty each year. These incidents, often referred to as legal intervention homicides (LIH), have been a topic of intense public and scholarly interest for several decades.

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28 Apr

In It Together 4/22/2020

Host Arun Rath went over the news of the day and how his healthcare system is handling this pandemic with Dr. Kumara Sidhartha with Cape Cod Healthcare. Next, Rath spoke with Registered Nurse Amanda Weathers from Tufts Medical Center about her work in the COVID-19 ICU.

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21 Apr

1,000 people in the US die every year in police shootings. Who are they?

African-Americans are at greater risk of being killed by police, even though they are less likely to pose an objective threat to law enforcement, according to new data-driven research by Northeastern professor Matt Miller. The Northeastern-Harvard study combs through shooting deaths by police across 27 states in 2014-15, based on details culled from police and medical-examiner reports by the relatively new National Violent Death Reporting System.

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21 Apr

From the classroom to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

At the end of Alyson Dahlberg’s shift, which wraps up around 7 a.m., she can be found sitting, balancing on the driver’s seat of her car with her feet in a bucket. She’s removing her hospital shoes, which she just wore for the past 12 hours, and changing into her “normal” shoes before they ever touch the interior. The bucket goes into the trunk, and her scrubs stay behind at the hospital, where they’re washed. Also being disinfected before she uses it again during her next shift is her designated N95 mask.

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21 Apr

COVID-19 has shut down many blood drives. Northeastern came to rescue on this one.

On Wednesday, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced college campuses across the country to close, voices echoed through Northeastern’s Matthews Arena. Not the voices of fans roaring for a goal or singing the verses of “Stacy’s Mom,” but the voices of Red Cross workers and volunteers setting up for a much-needed blood drive.

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21 Apr

To fight the COVID-19 outbreak, first we have to track it

If we want to slow the spread of COVID-19, we need to stay apart from each other. But we also need to know where the disease is. “The reason we’re so focused on testing for this is so that we can identify patients that have [COVID-19] and who they could have spread it to,” says Brandon Dionne, an assistant clinical professor in Northeastern’s department of pharmacy and health systems sciences. “We can try to isolate cases and try to contain it before it can spread through the community.”

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21 Apr

Public health authorities need help responding to COVID-19. Students are answering the call—by picking up the phone.

Northeastern students Cassandra Dechaine and Magda Pankowska have full course loads and full-time jobs. Starting this week, they’re adding one more task to their busy schedules: contact tracing. The concept is simple. Someone tests positive for COVID-19 and they either self-isolate at home to recover or, in some more serious cases, are admitted to a hospital. But who have they come into contact with? Where have they been? Where have they passed through?

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8 Apr

We’ll never forget spending so much time together’

As millions of people around the world isolate themselves to protect their families from COVID-19, myriad legitimate challenges await inside their homes. “As we spend such uninterrupted time with one another, where our options are pretty limited, things can get frustrating, they could get boring, and we could see some conflict,” says Laurie Kramer, a professor of applied psychology at Northeastern.

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8 Apr

Pharmacy Technicians Affected by State Regulator Actions to Address COVID-19 Crisis

As of April 1, 2020, regulatory authorities in 31 US states, territories, and the District of Columbia, have published emergency rules and guidance that has the potential to change the roles and duties of pharmacy technicians as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose new challenges to pharmacies.

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8 Apr

Northeastern models are helping shape US COVID-19 policy

Northeastern researchers are part of the network of teams creating models to advise the Trump administration on the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, White House officials said Tuesday. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that the modeling estimates provided by Northeastern’s Network Science Institute and researchers from several other universities had made it possible to “see what these mitigations could do—how steeply they could depress the curve.”

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