Health

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A VCU researcher is studying an app that provides wellness tools during and after pregnancy

Mamma Mia is a self-guided program and, if proven effective, may be a low-cost, sustainable option to help prevent or cope with depressive symptoms.

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Pharmacy students, VCU Police to host Drug Take Back collection site

Oct. 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event to raise awareness of prescription misuse and abuse and provide a safe way to dispose of unused or expired medications.

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8 things you need to know about COVID-19 prevalence testing at VCU

Asymptomatic prevalence testing is quick, easy and free — and it helps our community stay safe.

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Pinterest’s efforts to moderate vaccine discussion may be causing an information vacuum

The social media platform’s 2019 policy to curb vaccine misinformation has led to an increase in the presence of verified medical sources, but a reduction in content visibility.

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Yes, you should get a flu shot this year

As we — and the pandemic — move into the fall, getting a flu shot can help decrease your risk of other viral infections.

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Health headlines

A pregnant woman cradles her stomach. [View Image]

A VCU researcher is studying an app that provides wellness tools during and after pregnancy

Mamma Mia is a self-guided program and, if proven effective, may be a low-cost, sustainable option to help prevent or cope with depressive symptoms.

Woman looks at prescription medication in bathroom cabinet. [View Image]

Pharmacy students, VCU Police to host Drug Take Back collection site

Oct. 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event to raise awareness of prescription misuse and abuse and provide a safe way to dispose of unused or expired medications.

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Digitizing the supply network could jump-start America’s ability to produce crucial medicines

A VCU researcher is working on building a targeted portfolio of in-demand medications that includes antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin.

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The stories behind the masks

What motivates VCU students to put on their masks every day?

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A genetic variation could help explain the high rate of COVID-19 among African Americans

VCU’s Robert Winn has identified a variation in the “ACE” gene — one that provides “a strong argument” for using blood pressure and heart failure drugs to manage severe symptoms of the coronavirus.

A masked person prepares to use a cotton swab on a patient. [View Image]

8 things you need to know about COVID-19 prevalence testing at VCU

Asymptomatic prevalence testing is quick, easy and free — and it helps our community stay safe.

The screen of a smartphone showing icons for Pinterest and other applications. [View Image]

Pinterest’s efforts to moderate vaccine discussion may be causing an information vacuum

The social media platform’s 2019 policy to curb vaccine misinformation has led to an increase in the presence of verified medical sources, but a reduction in content visibility.

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Total deaths recorded during the pandemic far exceed those attributed to COVID-19

States that reopened sooner, such as Texas, Arizona and Florida, experienced summer surges, report says.

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