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Fascinating glimpse into what some of the earliest stars in the universe might have looked like

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An artist's rendering of what the first stars might have looked like in the Universe. (Photo: NSF)

Meanwhile in space: moon activity and satellites watching satellite launches . An artist’s rendering of what the first stars might have looked like in the Universe. N.R.Fuller, National Science Foundation A cold start When we look through telescopes, we can see into the past.

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Mental health related visits to the ER increased for children during the pandemic: CDC

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As lockdown restrictions return due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published new research that shows the negative impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children and adolescents.Researchers found that the proportion of emergency department visits related to mental-health were up 24% for children aged 5 to 11 and 31% for children aged 12 to 17 from April through October, compared with the same time period last year. The findings, published last week, add to existing research suggesting that COVID-19 has had a negati... (more…)

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Thousands of doctors’ offices buckle under financial stress

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Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August.Caine is one of several parents who followed Dr. Heather Decker to her new location on the outskirts of Minneapolis, an hour and a half away. Many couldn’t get appointments for months with swamped nearby doctors.“I was kind of devastated that she was leaving because I don’t like switching providers, and my kids were used to her. She’s just an awesome doctor,” said Caine, a postal work... (more…)

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OSHA let employers decide whether to report health care worker deaths — and many didn’t

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As Walter Veal cared for residents at the Ludeman Developmental Center in suburban Chicago, he saw the potential future of his grandson, who has autism.This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free.So he took it on himself not just to bathe and feed the residents, which was part of the job, but also to cut their hair, run to the store to buy their favorite body wash and barbecue for them on holidays.“They were his second family,” said his wife, Carlene Veal.Even after COVID-19 struck in mid-March and cases began spreading through the government-run facility, which serves ... (more…)

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