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The number of people hospitalized for eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia) doubled in 2020 from 2019, with the median hospital stay growing from nine to 12 days.

Researchers say there are a number of possible reasons, all related to the COVID-19 pandemic: a focus on obesity as a COVID risk factor led to unhealthy dieting; fear of contagion during grocery store visits, resulting in buying and eating too much; families noticed eating disorders in college-age children because they were home again.

A New mRNA Vaccine Ticks Closer

Each year, almost 500,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease, a condition caused by biting ticks carrying the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Most cases are successfully treated with antibiotics but some cases linger for months or years.

Researchers have successfully tested an mRNA vaccine on guinea pigs that effectively induces biting ticks to jump off before they start feeding properly or infect the guinea pigs. When vaccinated guinea pigs were bitten, their skin turned red but that passed without any further ill effect.

Body of Knowledge

 

A study some years ago surveyed male members of Mensa, the high intelligence society, and found they were more likely to have hairy bodies, especially their backs. The same researcher examined photos of top-ranked boxers and determined that world champions were less hairy than nonchampions -- all of which is neither hair nor there.

Counts

700,000 to 1.6 million: Estimated range of persons in the U.S. diagnosed with COVID-19 who include loss of sense of smell as one of their symptoms

50 million: Estimated number of COVID-19 cases in U.S. since pandemic began

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