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Designed by psychologists, the free and anonymous web-based app can help you remember who you came in contact with. Ani Ka via Getty Images

This DIY contact tracing app helps people exposed to COVID-19 remember who they met

With new US COVID-19 cases topping 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here's how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.
Health is a complex issue that requires an interdisciplinary approach to study and teach. (Shutterstock)

‘How to live in a pandemic’ is the type of university class we need during COVID-19

The pandemic has revealed the complexity of new and ongoing health crises. Post-secondary institutions need to respond to this complexity with an interdisciplinary approach to teaching health issues.
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments. Kalinka Georgieva/Shutterstock.com

Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster

Fighting off infection comes with predictable psychological and behavioral features. Now researchers suggest an emotion coordinates this response to help you get better. They call it 'lassitude.'
Illustrations from the Nuremberg Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Dealing with devil has long been a part of medicine

Reports of demonic possession are once again on the rise. But during the devil’s last apogee in early modern Europe, demonic afflictions were taken seriously by both priests and physicians.

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