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A National Academy of Sciences panel chronicled what COVID-19 has been like for female scientists and then urged institutions to take meaningful, equity-minded action on their findings. CBSSM's Director, Dr. Reshma Jagsi served as a panelist and is quoted in Inside Higher Ed's article about the panel.

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The pandemic has exacerbated existing disparities and created additional challenges for women, especially those with children, struggling to maintain their research productivity. For more on this important issue, check out the American Journal of Psychiatryr esearch letter by CBSSM's Reshma Jagsi and co-authors.

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Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 70,000 Black people died prematurely in 2019 compared to their white peers — on average, 190 people dying prematurely every day for a year. Covid-19 has likely made that worse. Due to a range of structural factors, Black people are disproportionately likely to get seriously ill and die from the disease. A recent study in PNAS found that the Black-white life expectancy gap grew by nearly a year and a half in 2020 due to the coronavirus, from 3.6 to 5 years.

In a recent Vox article, CBSSM's Dr. Melissa Creary was interviewed on the growing black-white life expectancy gap.


While most adults over 50 understand that overuse of antibiotics is a problem, and say they're cautious about taking the drugs, a sizable minority have used antibiotics for something other than their original purpose, and appear to think the drugs could help treat colds, which are caused by viruses not bacteria. These findings, contained in a new paper in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, come from a national poll of people between the ages of 50 and 80 carried out as part of the National Poll on Healthy Aging. CBSSM's Jeffrey Kullgren was the article's senior author.


Hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccination? Dr. Susan Goold discusses the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines & answers questions people have about receiving it. Join the conversation and watch the full video at

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