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Duke University's Aggressive COVID Testing and Surveillance Minimized Infections

An aggressive COVID-19 surveillance and testing effort at Duke University was highly effective in minimizing the spread of the disease among students on campus, according to a case study appearing Tuesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 

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Farms, Tables and Revealing Vast Impacts Between and Beyond

Bountiful harvests in one location can mean empty water reservoirs and environmental woes far from farmlands. 

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Tropical Peatland Conservation Could Protect Humans From New Diseases

Conservation of tropical peatlands could reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of new diseases jumping from animals to humans, researchers say.

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Study Improves Ability to Predict How Whales Travel Through Their Ocean Habitat

Scientists at the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life recently published a study that could help researchers learn where protections are needed the most for bowhead whales.

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Climate Extremes Drive Changes in Antarctic Bottom Water

British Antarctic Survey contributes to new international study that finds a surprising increase in the amount of dense water sinking near Antarctica, following 50 years of decline.

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Are E-cigarette Users at Greater Risk of Poor Immune Response to Flu, COVID?

In a controlled study of smokers, nonsmokers, and e-cigarette users, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette users exhibited significantly altered immune responses to a model of influenza virus infection, suggesting increased susceptibility to disease.

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Study of Non-COVID-19 Deaths Shows 2020 Increase in Several Demographics

March through May saw a significant increase in deaths over previous years – and not just from COVID-19, says a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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COVID-19 Highlights Risks of Wildlife Trade

Many diseases, such as COVID-19, have made the jump from animals to people with serious consequences for the human host. 

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Abundance of Prey Species is Key to Bird Diversity in Cities

Urbanisation represents a drastic change to natural habitats and poses multiple challenges to many wildlife species, thereby affecting the occurrence and the abundance of many bird species.

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