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Daily Archives: February 14, 2022

Heart-disease risk soars after COVID — even with a mild case

Xie, Y., Xu, E., Bowe, B. & Al-Aly, Z. Nature Med. (2022). “Massive study shows a long-term, substantial rise in risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Even a mild case of COVID-19 can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems for at least a year after diagnosis, a new study shows. Researchers found that rates of many conditions, such as heart failure and stroke, were substantially higher in people who had recovered from COVID-19 than in similar people who hadn’t had the disease. What’s more, the risk was elevated even for those who were under 65 years of age and lacked risk factors, such as obesity or diabetes. “It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, it doesn’t matter if you smoked, or you didn’t,” says study co-author Ziyad Al-Aly at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the chief of research and development for the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. “The risk was there.” Al-Aly and his colleagues based their research on an extensive health-record database curated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The researchers compared more than 150,000 veterans who survived for at least 30 days after contracting COVID-19 with two groups of uninfected people: a group of more than five million people who used the VA medical system during the pandemic, and a similarly sized group that used the system in 2017, before SARS-CoV-2 was circulating…”

Building Strategic Partnerships Through Collaboration Between Law Libraries

Carpino, Lindsey and Mentkowski, Annie and Nejdl, Clanitra Stewart, Building Strategic Partnerships Through Collaboration Between Law Libraries (2020). AALL Spectrum (Mar.-Apr. 2020), Available at SSRN: “The authors discuss the benefits of collaboration between government, academic, and law firm libraries, as well as practical methods for collaboration.” Continue Reading

The Federal Circuit Helps a Patent Troll Block Public Access to Court Records

“For more than three years, EFF has been fighting for public access to court records in a patent case between Uniloc, one of the world’s most prolific patent trolls, and Apple, one of the world’s biggest tech companies. The district court has ruled three different times that the public has a strong presumption of access… Continue Reading

Social Media Law

Bogdan, Varvara, Social Media Law (December 10, 2021). Available at SSRN: or “Social media law is a new direction for scientific research. Users of various social networking websites around the world are concerned about the protection and preservation of their personal data, the protection of copyright for content, including after the death of… Continue Reading

The Nature Conservancy releases map to help site renewables

PV Magazine: “With up to 75% of the nation’s large renewable energy projects expected to be developed in the central region of the US by 2050, the Site Renewables Right map, released today by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is intended to help companies, state agencies, and communities quickly plan, permit, and purchase renewable energy in… Continue Reading

Reuters Legal News is Free to Access and Now Customizable to Your Interests

LawSites: “Over the past two years, Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, has been beefing up its coverage of legal news, bringing on the former editor-in-chief of to lead legal news, hiring several well-known legal-industry commentators as columnists, and increasing its hiring of legal news editors and reporters. One result of… Continue Reading

Alumni Litigators Help Give Students a Leg Up in Depositions Training

Berkeley Law: “Years ago, while consulting with law firms to help train their associates, Henry Hecht was asked to create a training program on depositions: how to take them, defend them, and prepare a witness for them. Not wanting to be a “talking head,” Hecht — Berkeley Law’s Herma Hill Kay Lecturer in Residence —… Continue Reading