The Trump campaign has started running ads which tap into unfounded online rumors that Joe Biden wore an earpiece during Tuesday's presidential debate. According to Business Insider the ads claim Biden "refused" to take a drug test and "declined an earpiece inspection." The Biden campaign rejected both these claims. Facebook has a policy of not fact-checking political speech or ads, although there are some exceptions.
Some people carry biological links to their Neanderthal ancestors, and new research from Europe says in the current pandemic, that's not good news. Modern humans and Neanderthals are known to have interbred at various points in history, resulting in an exchange of genes than can still be found today. According to HuffPost, Neanderthal genes may increase the likelihood of suffering severe forms of COVID-19.
Comparing April 2019 to 2020, research published in The Lancet says the prevalence of 'clinically significant' levels of mental distress has risen from 18.9% to 27.3%. According to HuffPost, increases were greatest among 18- to 34-year-olds, women, and people living with young children. To preserve and protect your mental health, start by rethinking your social circles. Avoid critics, naysayers, pot-stirrers, and anyone else who brings you down.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he was cracking down on a few Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods following a spike in COVID-19 infections. According to HuffPost, city officials will start issuing fines in those areas to people who refuse to wear masks. Hundreds of outreach workers and contact tracers are going to nine Brooklyn and Queens ZIP codes that have seen an upswing in positive COVID-19 tests.
70-year-old geneticist and devout Christian Francis Collins is director of the National Institutes of Health. Collins was awarded the 2020 Templeton Prize on Thursday. The prize is one of the world's top religious awards. According to HuffPost, Collins received the award for demonstrating how science and faith are compatible. He used his acceptance speech to decry the political divide that is causing some Americans to question the science behind climate change and COVID-19.
In what's being hailed as a great leap forward for pediatric sleep science, doctors have identified a new sleep disorder in children aged six to eighteen. According to HuffPost, Restless Sleep Disorder, or RSD, is a condition in which children toss and turn while asleep, and often fall out of bed. HuffPost reports RSD sufferers often have a difficult time focusing, and face emotional and behavioral challenges as a result. Work into the mechanisms underlying RSD is ongoing.