Putative COVID- 19 Induction of Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) and Associated Behavioral Addictions with Potential Concomitant Dopamine Depletion: Is COVID-19 Social Distancing a Double Edged Sword?
Conclusion: Mitigation of these effects by identifying subjects at risk and promoting dopaminergic homeostasis to help regulate stress-relative hypodopaminergia, attenuate fears, and prevent subsequent unwanted drug and non-drug RDS type addictive behaviors seems prudent. PMID: 32957797 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Jeremy Farrar explains why we must expect new variants, and why he ’d like to give away his booster shot.Medscape
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Now that schools have welcomed students back to classrooms, they face a new challenge: a shortage of teachers and staff the likes of which some districts say they have never seen.Associated Press
If current trends hold steady, cases and deaths could fall for the next several months, avoiding a winter surge. Infections are projected to drop to around 9000 cases per day by March.WebMD Health News
The Rev. Jesse Jackson was released Wednesday from a Chicago facility a month after he was hospitalized for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection and intensive physical therapy for Parkinson's disease.Associated Press
Adverse childhood experiences, including abuse and neglect, are tied to neurologic disorders in adulthood ― as well as to comorbidities, anxiety, and depression.Medscape Medical News
President Joe Biden announced the new pledge during a virtual COVID-19 summit on Wednesday. The plan will increase the US contribution to more than 1 billion doses.WebMD Health News
Bioethicist Art Caplan warns against using ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment and urges doctors to refuse to prescribe it if patients demand it.Medscape Business of Medicine
DNA-based device might offer rapid COVID-19 test that is not fooled by dead virus
Miami-based diagnostic lab GenoSur is teaming up with blockchain biometric startup GenoBank.io to protect Covid-19 test results from fraud. The partnership will enable GenoSur to certify the results of Covid-19 tests using blockchain technology and cryptographic signatures, said Head of Business Development Camilo Padron. Instead of issuing PDF results that can be easily manipulated on platforms like Photoshop, the collaboration will create Covid-19 negative test certifications stored on a public…