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Keeping indoor air clean can reduce the chance of spreading coronavirus

Open windows and doors to boost air flow and help remove airborne particles. Daniela Torres/EyeEm via Getty Images Shelly Miller, University of Colorado Boulder The vast majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs indoors, mostly from the inhalation of airborne particles that contain the coronavirus. But in spite of the obvious risks posed by being inside, according to the Centers for Disease …

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CBD: Rising star or popular fad?

CBD, made from hemp, is being hyped as treatment for pain, nausea and a variety of maladies. But studies so far do not show benefit in humans. ElRoi/Shutterstock.com Jenny Wilkerson, University of Florida and Lance McMahon, University of Florida Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” …

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How mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna work, why they’re a breakthrough and why they need to be kept so cold

Moderna’s new mRNA vaccine is almost 94.5% effective in large-scale trials. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images Sanjay Mishra, Vanderbilt University As the weather cools, the number of infections of the COVID-19 pandemic are rising sharply. Hamstrung by pandemic fatigue, economic constraints and political discord, public health officials have struggled to control the surging pandemic. But now, a rush of interim …

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