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    Study hints, can’t prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

    Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it’s not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they’ll ever get a clear answer.

    More than 64,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a century-old approach to fend off flu and measles before vaccines. It’s a go-to tactic when new diseases come along, and history suggests it works against some, but not all, infections.

    There’s no solid evidence yet that it fights the coronavirus and, if so, how best to use it. But preliminary data from 35,000 coronavirus patients treated with plasma offers what Mayo lead researcher Dr. Michael Joyner on Friday called “signals of efficacy.”

    There were fewer deaths among people given plasma within three days of diagnosis, and also among those given plasma containing the highest levels of virus-fighting antibodies, Joyner and

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    Study says students could lose $90,000 over their lifetime

    Going to college immediately after high school has been a rite of passage for millions of students. Now, more college-bound students are considering a gap year amid rising coronavirus cases and concerns about the value of college instruction that may be partly or all online.

    A new study out this week by SimpsonScarborough finds that 40 percent of incoming freshmen are likely or highly likely to not attend any four-year college this fall. Last week, Harvard reported that more than 20% of its first-year students are deferring enrollment.

    But there could be a downside to delaying college by a year: the potential loss of $90,000 in lifetime earnings, according to a recent study from economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That might seem counter-intuitive, given that the pandemic has pushed the jobless rate higher, prompting questions from families about whether it’s the best time to make a

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    UK study finds digital treatment for insomnia more effective than face-to-face therapy

    An online self-help programme that helps people sleep better is more effective than face-to-face psychological therapy, a study involving over 7,000 NHS patients has found.

    Sleepio, a six-week digital treatment for insomnia, helped 56% of users beat the condition, whereas the success rate in NHS Improving access to psychological therapy (Iapt) services is 50%.

    The programme helped insomniacs gain almost six hours more sleep a week, reduced their use of sleeping pills, and cut the number of times they went to the GP or had to take a day off sick from work. It also helped reduce the anxiety and depression that lay behind many participants’ sleeplessness.

    The findings have emerged from a study involving 7,078 patients in the Thames Valley, which was overseen by the Oxford academic health science network of doctors, scientists and academics.

    “The experiment was a very big success. Using Sleepio had a significant impact”, said

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    10 Great Ways to Make Money While You Study Abroad

    Studying abroad can be an invaluable part of a college education, but you might be worried about the cost. Fortunately, it is possible to support yourself out of the country if you figure out how to make money while studying abroad.

    Some visas let you take part-time jobs, or you could work under-the-table as a tutor or babysitter. Plus, thanks to the internet, it’s easy to make money abroad by working online.

    How to make money while studying abroad

    If you’re looking for ways to finance a semester or two outside of the U.S., here are 10 options for study abroad jobs, as well as factors to consider as you decide whether to seek your fortune abroad.

    1. Teach English 2. Tutor students in test prep 3. Work as a freelancer online 4. Babysit 5. Offer translation services 6. Become a tour guide 7. Help out at a hostel 8.

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    Employers urging women to dress ‘sexier’ in video meetings, study finds

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    Employers are urging women to dress “sexier” and wear make-up during video calls in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, a new study has found.

    The research, carried out by employment law specialist Slater and Gordon, found more than a third of women were asked to put more make-up on or redo their hair, while 27 per cent were asked to dress in a more sexy or provocative way.

    Employers routinely justified their requests to dress more seductively by claiming it would “help to win new business” – with 41 per cent of bosses saying this.

    Around 40 per cent of employers explained the demands by saying it is important to “look nicer for the team”, while more than a third said it would be more “pleasing to a client”. The demands were said to have left female employees feeling “objectified, demoralised and self-conscious” about the way they look.

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    Bosses tell female employees to be ‘sexier’ for work video meetings, study suggests

    One in three women said were asked to dress more sexily for work video calls, according to a new study. Photo: Getty
    One in three women said were asked to dress more sexily for work video calls, according to a new study. Photo: Getty

    Female employees have been told by bosses to dress “sexier” and wear make-up for video calls while working from home due to the coronavirus crisis, a new study suggests.

    More than a third of women have been subject to at least one sexist workplace demand since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March, according to the research by employment law firm Slater and Gordon.

    One in three women surveyed said they were asked to wear more make-up or change their hairstyle, and almost the same number were asked to dress more sexily or provocatively.

    Around two out of five women said they were left feeling “objectified, demoralised and self-conscious” about their appearance when they were asked to change their clothes or make-up, noting that demands were targeted at them

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    The age of blunt diplomacy? Twitter can be used to escalate global conflict, study says

    Just because Twitter is predominantly filled with quips and kvetching doesn’t mean what’s said on the platform can’t have far-reaching consequences, according to a new study from the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London on how government officials and agencies use Twitter during global crises.

    In Escalation by Tweet: Managing the New Nuclear Diplomacy, authors Dr Heather Williams and Dr Alexi Drew report that while “tweets from government officials may help shape the American public narrative and provide greater insights into US decision-making”, they can also create confusion, upend diplomatic communications and escalate global tensions.

    For example, Trump notoriously goaded Kim Jong-un on Twitter in 2018, writing “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button,

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    ICE Backtracks, Allows Foreign Students To Study Online In The U.S.

    Thousands of international students are breathing a sigh of relief and fall planning is back on track for colleges after the Trump administration walked back a rule that would have barred foreign students in the U.S. from taking all their classes online.

    “It’s really good to have the confirmation and have that backing that even if I were to do online classes, I would not have to leave the country,” said Christian Jackson, a Malaysian student at Drake University in Iowa.

    “I can finally stop thinking of all other options and just, like, keep going, moving on with my life,” said Natalia Marques, a Brazilian student at Sonoma State University in Northern California.

    The White House reversal came after 19 states and scores of universities sued the government over the plan to require foreign students to take in-person classes or face deportation.

    Colleges argued that forcing international students to go

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    The state most resistant to wearing masks for coronavirus protection? Arizona, study says

    PHOENIX — Arizona is the most resistant state in the country when it comes to wearing masks, according to a recent study examining anti-mask activity online. 

    The analysis conducted by Survival At Home, a survival and preparedness website, with direct access to what Twitter calls “tweet geospatial metadata,” or the location information that’s built into tweets and the profiles that post them. Survival At Home frequently posts this kind of ranked analysis using trends software on Twitter metadata.

    Compiling over 150,000 geotagged Twitter posts that referenced popular hashtags like “#nomask,” “#burnyourmask,” “iwillnotcomply” and others, Survival At Home was able to produce a map of the hotspots for anti-mask sentiment.

    “As you can see, there are pockets of anti-mask activity all across the US, however the upper northeast (outside of Maine) is the most pro-mask region,” said Ryan Taylor, a publicist for the marketing and brand firm Fresh Marketing. 

    Taylor added

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