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WVU-led initiative engages West Virginia youth in their communities

The West Virginia University School of Public Health and Health Sciences & Technology Academy are collaborating on a project that will engage trusted individuals in rural communities throughout the state and provide experiential learning opportunities for the next generation of health care professionals to improve health outcomes.

People with paranormal beliefs spooked by science and the COVID-19 vaccine, WVU sociologists suggest

Previous research has shown people with conservative religious beliefs are more likely to lack confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, but most studies have observed only mainstream or institutionalized religious forms. WVU researchers were curious whether paranormal beliefs — beliefs in astrology and spirits, for instance — would be associated with a similar lack of confidence.

Obesity and biological sex may make individuals more vulnerable to COVID-19, WVU study suggests

A new animal study from Katherine Lee — a researcher with the West Virginia University School of Medicine — investigates why individuals with obesity may have a particularly difficult time fending off SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Specifically, female obese mice experienced worse disease symptoms, showing the importance of both obesity and biological sex in COVID-19 outcomes.

WVU releases annual Clery Act report

The return to more normal campus operations at West Virginia University following COVID-19 restrictions in the previous year is reflected in the latest Clery Act report, showing increased crime reporting for 2021 in many categories.

‘Everything smells like a burning cigarette,’ WVU leads study of long COVID in kids

Most children who get COVID-19 recover quickly and completely, but some develop symptoms that linger for weeks or months. These symptoms constitute “long COVID,” a condition that can cause a range of issues, including altered smell and taste, fatigue and concentration problems. WVU researchers Kathryn Moffett and Lesley Cottrell are investigating how this poorly understood condition affects kids and their families.