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New Study Calls into Question Early Claims of COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ of Health Misinformation

January 12, 2022

In a first-of-its-kind study comparing hundreds of millions of social media posts about online health topics, a team of researchers found that posts about COVID-19 were less likely to contain misinformation than posts about other health topics.

GW Experts Available to Comment on the Healthcare Burnout

January 12, 2022

Even before the pandemic, physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers were struggling with stressful working conditions amid growing shortages of staff. Now, in the midst of the recent surge in Omicron cases, that stress has escalated to crisis levels of stress, burned-out workers and in some cases a condition called moral injury.

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Researchers Switch Off Gene to Switch On Ultraviolet in Butterfly Wings

January 10, 2022

A team of researchers at the George Washington University has identified a gene that determines whether ultraviolet iridescence shows up in the wings of butterflies. In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team showed that removing the gene in butterflies whose wings lack UV coloration leads to bright patches of UV iridescence in their wings. According to the researchers, the gene plays a critical role in the evolutionary process by which species become distinct from one another.

COVID Vaccine Mandate

GW Legal Experts Available to Comment on SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate Case

January 07, 2022

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to two sets of challenges to the Biden administration’s authority to impose vaccine mandates. In the National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the justices will decide the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate for workers at large employers. In Biden v. Missouri the Justices will consider whether Biden can authorize a vaccine mandate for health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding. George Washington University has experts available to discuss various aspects of the vaccine mandates.

The Federal Government Must Prepare for a Future with COVID-19

January 06, 2022

The virus that causes COVID-19 is likely to be with us forever, so now the US must formulate the plans and make the long-term investments necessary to minimize virus transmission, save lives, and return the country to normalcy, according to a commentary published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Nearly 2 Million Children Worldwide Develop Asthma as a Result of Breathing in Traffic- Related Pollution

January 05, 2022

Nearly 2 million new cases of pediatric asthma every year may be caused by a traffic-related air pollutant, a problem particularly important in big cities around the world, according to a new study published today.

January 6 Attack

GW Experts Offer Statements on Anniversary of January 6

January 05, 2022

As the country grapples with the one-year anniversary of the attack on the United States Capitol, George Washington University offers up commentary across various academic fields on the status of America one year later.

January 6 Riot

GW Experts Available to Discuss Topics Related to Anniversary of Jan. 6 Attack

January 03, 2022

George Washington University has experts available to discuss various aspects of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, as well as what has changed in the year since.

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Online Parenting Communities Pulled Closer to Extreme Groups Spreading Misinformation During COVID-19 Pandemic

January 03, 2022

Parenting communities on Facebook were subject to a powerful misinformation campaign early in the COVID-19 pandemic that pulled them closer to extreme communities and their misinformation, according to a new study published by researchers at the George Washington University.

Public Health Leaders Nationwide Defend OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rule

December 01, 2021

The Biden Administration’s vaccine rule for large companies is based on the latest scientific evidence and would prevent thousands of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, according to two public health amicus briefs filed today with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is scheduled to consider multiple lawsuits challenging the regulations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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GW Experts Available to Discuss Topics Related to the Holidays

November 16, 2021

George Washington University has experts available to discuss the best ways to get together with family and friends this holiday season, how to manage stress and how to enjoy some good cheer without blowing your diet and fitness plan. GW also has experts who can talk about sustainable holiday shopping and the history of holiday traditions.

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George Washington University Launches First-Of-A-Kind Tool Providing Health Workforce Racial and Ethnic Diversity Data for 10 Professions

November 10, 2021

The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the George Washington University announced the launch today of the Health Workforce Diversity Tracker, an interactive online tool that provides extensive data on the diversity of recent graduates and the existing workforce across ten critical health professions.

Dr. Rong Li, the Ross Professor of Basic Science Research at GW

Researchers Identify Molecule That Blocks Immune Cells from Entering and Killing Breast Tumors

November 03, 2021

George Washington University researchers have identified a key molecule in certain kinds of breast cancers that prevent immune cells from entering tumors and killing the cancer cells inside. The paper and its findings, published today in Nature, could pave the way toward a new treatment for certain kinds of aggressive breast cancer.

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Potentially Harmful Industrial Chemicals Detected in US Fast Foods

October 26, 2021

Chicken nuggets, burritos and other popular items consumers buy from fast food outlets in the United States contain chemicals that are linked to a long list of serious health problems, according to a first-of-its-kind study published today.