Masks urged indoors in Lehigh and Northampton counties with ‘high’ COVID level

Lehigh and Northampton counties are experiencing “high” community levels of COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, based on calculations released Thursday. That means the CDC recommends: Wear a mask indoors in public. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for … Read more

Common Medications Can Prolong Back Pain, Study Says

The researchers also replicated the findings in mice, compressing the animals’ sciatic nerves to produce back and leg pain or injecting the sciatic nerves with an irritant. When they blocked the animals’ immune response with dexamethasone, a steroid commonly used to treat back pain, the pain became chronic. Six Tips for Treating Chronic Pain Card … Read more

Taking ibuprofen or paracetamol in pregnancy raises premature and stillbirth risk by 50%: study

Pregnant women who take painkillers are more likely to have complications, a study has found. Aberdeen University researchers found there were higher rates of preterm birth and stillbirth among women who took over-the-counter pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Premature birth was roughly 50 per cent more likely among women who took one of … Read more

How to Know If You Have a Fear of Abandonment (and What to Do About It)

Photo: panitanphoto (Shutterstock) It’s normal to feel a little uneasy or unsure about a new romantic interest or new friend. But if you find yourself overly concerned about being dumped and left behind by others, then you might have a fear of abandonment. “Fear of abandonment is an all-consuming fear that people close to you … Read more

The Trigger That Makes an Octopus Mom Self-Destruct

Most octopus species live for one year. But the deaths of octopus mothers after they reproduce have long been a scientific spectacle. Why exactly octopus mothers engage in a form of self-harm that leads to death just after they reproduce remains something of a mystery. But a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology … Read more

Central Virginia poised for another COVID surge

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Central Virginia is set to experience another surge in COVID infections, with the CDC updating their COVID-19 Community Levels in several localities to the medium level. The community level measures “case rates, hospitalization rates, and hospital capacity,” and replaces an earlier CDC measure that was based on transmission alone. Why the … Read more