Does Orlando have a better nightlife scene than Miami? This list says yes
The study looked at the top 100 most populated cities in the U.S., weeding out the top 10 with the best nightlife based on factors like the number of bars available, average hotel and drink prices, and other activities for people to take advantage of.
Those who wear glasses less likely to get COVID, study says
Can wearing glasses protect against COVID-19? A news study suggests the answer is yes. The study, out of India, found people who wear glasses are three times less likely to get the virus because they’re less likely to touch their eyes, WABC-TV reported. [TRENDING: Tiger Woods’ leg shattered in rollover crash | Orlando City player faces sex charge | Woman loses $100,000 to romance conman]AdThe study, conducted last summer in Kanpur Dehat, involved 304 patients, ages 10 to 80. A previous study conducted in China found 5% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 wore glasses, while about 30% of the population wears glasses.
40% of COVID-19 deaths were preventable, study says
A new report found that 40% of America’s COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented, the Lancet Commission on Public Policy and Health found that many people didn’t take the pandemic seriously at the beginning. Commission co-chair Dr. Steffie Woolhandler says public health measures such as mask wearing and physical distancing could have saved lives. However, Woodhandler says former President Donald Trump failed to create a national response, instead leaving crucial decisions to states. [TRENDING: Man in Capitol riot arrested at Orlando airport | Tom Brady throws Lombardi Trophy | How to get the vaccine in Fla.]AdBut that was only part of the problem, the commission says America’s poor health system also contributed to deaths. The commission suggested several actions to fix the health problems including adopting a single-payer health system like Medicare for all.
Hand sanitizer is hurting childrens’ eyes more often, study says
In the age of COVID-19, it’s something we constantly keep around us, but hand sanitizer can be dangerous. Cases of chemicals from hand sanitizers getting into young eyes increased 7-fold between April 1 and Aug. 24, 2020, compared to the same period a year earlier. Weber knows about the dangers of eye exposures to hand sanitizer as she’s had these calls come into the center. To keep kids safe, Weber says parents should keep hand sanitizer out of reach of younger children. Weber says you should call the nationwide poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if your child gets hand sanitizer in an eye.
Here’s where Florida ranks among the best and worst states to drive in
People who live here may disagree, but Florida is not the best or the worst state to drive in, at least according to a recent study from WalletHub. The study puts Florida firmly in the middle of the pack, ranking the Sunshine State at No. 27, with Texas being the best state to drive in and Hawaii being the worst. According to the study, the state ranks number two when it comes to most car washes per capita. On the negative side, Florida is among the states with the highest percentage of rush-hour traffic congestion.
Some dogs can be trained to detect coronavirus from sweat, study says
Dogs may be able to be trained to detect COVID-19, according to a study published on Thursday. Detection dogs, like those that sniff drugs or explosives at airports, are taught to sniff for certain infections and diseases. Now, some countries are exploring the possibility of using those types of dogs as a rapid, reliable and relatively cheap way to pre-screen people for COVID-19. Six dogs had their sniffing abilities put to the test and performed dozens of trials, with a success rate of 76-100%. The study was published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE.
Ultrasound on COVID-19 patients shows heart damage, study shows
Researchers have found that ultrasounds give a better indication of which COVID-19 patients have a higher risk of dying. Doctors at hospitals across the Mount Sinai system in New York looked at echocardiograms, or ultrasound scans of the heart, for 305 COVID-19 patients and 190 of those had structural heart damage. The scans gave doctors an indication of which patients had the highest risk for death. [TRENDING: ‘Smell of rotting flesh’ leads to body in trunk | How to celebrate Halloween during pandemic | 98 ‘murder hornets’ removed]Researchers found it gave a fuller picture than the routinely run blood tests to look for heart damage. They say ultrasounds could help doctors start treatment early and help patients recover better.
Type O blood may mean lower COVID-19 risk
It’s starting to look like people with the O blood type may have an advantage in the global pandemic. A Danish study found among more than 470,000 people tested for coronavirus, only 38% with blood type O tested positive, even though 41% of the population have type-O blood. [TRENDING: Woman stranded from home for 8 months | Video shows mountain lion stalking hiker | Moon rules: Must come in peace]A Canadian study found among 95 patients critically ill with COVID-19, a higher proportion with blood type A or A/B needed mechanical ventilation compared with patients with blood group O or B. The research gives further evidence blood type may play a role in someone’s susceptibility to infection and just how serious their illness is. The reasons for this link aren’t clear and experts say more research is needed.
Study: Bandanas are least effective DIY face mask
Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different nonmedical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19. They "delivered" a sneeze or cough from a mannequin head wearing varying face coverings and used lasers to detect respiratory droplets. Droplets from a bandana-covered cough traveled 3 feet. With a folded cotton handkerchief, droplets traveled 1 foot, 3 inches, and with the cone-style masks, they traveled about 8 inches. Stitched-quilting fabric masks were the most effective, with droplets traveling 2.5 inches.