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COVID-19 May Be Delaying College Decisions, But Federal Programs Stand Ready To Help Students Succeed

May 1st—also known as National College Decision Day—is an important day for prospective students. It’s traditionally the deadline to submit acceptance letters and deposits to attend a 4-year college in the fall. However, many colleges have delayed that deadline and … Continue reading

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Superbugs: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections on the Rise

Some bacterial infections have become difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. That’s because the “superbugs” causing these infections have developed the ability to defeat antibiotics—the drugs designed to kill them. While antibiotics do not work on viral diseases like COVID-19, … Continue reading

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CARES Act provides relief to some homeowners during coronavirus outbreak

Help is coming for some Americans, who are falling behind on their mortgage payments as a result of economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March … Continue reading

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CRISPR: A Technology That Could Help In the Fight Against COVID-19

As work continues around the globe to diagnose and treat patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus), today’s WatchBlog looks at a technology that may help scientists develop new diagnostic tests for rapidly identifying the virus—a critical component in the fight against the … Continue reading

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Providing Services to Older Adults Isolated Due to COVID-19

Adults over the age of 60 may be more at risk of serious health issues as a result of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). These adults may isolate themselves in their homes for increased safety, and may face challenges accessing … Continue reading

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Maternal Mortality in the United States

April 11 was the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. One crucial issue related to maternal health is maternal mortality—that is, when a woman’s death is related to her pregnancy.  While the maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal … Continue reading

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The Military’s Pandemic Response—Supporting Civil Authorities

The Department of Defense (DOD) often is expected to play a critical role in helping respond to a pandemic or medical disaster. For example, during the Zika virus outbreak in 2016, DOD collaborated with the Department of Health and Human … Continue reading

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As Aid for COVID-19 Arrives, So Might Fraud. Here’s How You Can Report It.

The federal government has taken extraordinary measures to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, provides funds for federal and state agencies to … Continue reading

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

The nation’s critical infrastructures —such as energy, transportation systems, communications, and financial services—are dependent on information technology (IT) systems and electronic data to carry out and report on operations. But these systems are increasingly at risk from things like insider … Continue reading

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School Lunches During COVID-19

What happens to children who rely on meals at school when the coronavirus pandemic results in unexpected school closures? Federal nutrition assistance programs are usually used to provide food to children in low-income areas when schools are closed for vacation. … Continue reading

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