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The COVID health crisis presents exceptional challenges to doctors and healthcare workers who are tirelessly working daily to ensure our health and safety. Often, they have to deal with the scope of what the virus can do, handle the effects and problems of mandatory lockdown and quarantining, manage social distancing, engage in complex problems, and simply deal with the uncertainty of everything in the midst of a pandemic. It strains even the most well-prepared of us.
Improved and more cost-effective vaccines could be on the horizon thanks to a strain of bacteria and the efforts of USU faculty member, Dr. Michael Daly. A chief expert of this widespread microorganism, Daly has spent decades studying Deinococcus radiodurans and the fascinating way it has been able to thrive in adverse settings across the planet.
Scientists from the Uniformed Services University (USU), Emory University and the University of Vermont have found that cigarette smoking is linked to increased lesions in the brain’s white matter, called white matter hyperintensities. White matter hyperintensities, detected by MRI scan, are associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. These findings may help explain the link between smoking and increased rates of dementia and other forms of cognitive decline.
The Uniformed Services University’s Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) held the sixth iteration of its “Summer Institute: Preparing for a Psychology Career in the Military'' from 15-19 June. More than 50 students applied, and 41 were accepted for the five-day program aimed at 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-year clinical and counseling psychology doctoral students who anticipate, or are seriously considering, applying for a military psychology internship.