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VIDA Fitness Ballston Focuses on Precautions to Increase Memberships

Since VIDA Fitness Ballston opened on June 27, about 500 members have had the 30,000 square feet to themselves.

The regional, high-end fitness chain usually sees up to four times that many people join before opening day and in the first three months. But the coronavirus has hurt the boutique gym’s ability to attract members.

After overcoming construction and pandemic-related delays earlier this year, VIDA Ballston’s biggest challenge is getting people to walk in the door, VIDA Fitness Director of Operations Aaron Moore said.

The rate of new memberships is lagging compared to other locations, since many are not comfortable with going to the gym. In response, the company has spent “tens of thousands of dollars” on cleaning equipment and takes state regulations a step further to keep the space sanitary and to follow precautions.

“Our primary motivation is how are we going to keep people safe, because if they

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2020 Medicine Winners Are Team Players

Yesterday’s announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine looked similar to many previous years. Three senior male scientists were chosen for their contributions to a field of great scientific significance—the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, the causative agent of blood-borne hepatitis. Hepatitis C infection is a major global health problem with an estimated 71 million cases of chronic hepatitis C virus infection around the world (World Health Organization) that can result in cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The work of Harvey J. Alter, MD, senior scholar at the Clinical Center’s Department of Transfusion Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and one of the three 2020 Nobelists, demonstrated that an unknown virus was a common cause of chronic hepatitis. The lab of Michael Houghton, PhD, professor in the department of medical microbiology & immunology at the University of Alberta in Canada, isolated the genome of the virus.

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