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10 Jul

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Causing A Rise In 'Broken Heart Syndrome'

This stress-induced heart condition has jumped significantly since the COVID-19 crisis began.

09 Jul

Taking Probiotics May Help Ease Symptoms Of Depression

Researchers say the benefits were seen in patients 55 and older.Their impact on anxiety disorders is still not clear.

08 Jul

Common Blood Pressure Meds May Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer

Researchers say the benefits were seen in patients 55 and older.
High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet May Help People With Ulcerative Colitis

Steven Reinberg July 10, 2020

High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet May Help People With Ulcerative Colitis

A low-fat, high-fiber diet may improve the quality of life of patients with ulcerative colitis, a new study finds.

"Patients with inflammatory bowel disease always ask us what they should eat to make their symptoms better," said researcher Dr. Maria Abreu. She's a professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology at the University... Full Page

Blacks Underrepresented in Cancer Drug Trials: Study

Robert Preidt July 10, 2020

Blacks Underrepresented in Cancer Drug Trials: Study

U.S. government-funded clinical trials for new cancer treatments have more Black participants than those run by drug companies, but Blacks are still underrepresented in cancer studies, researchers say.

The SWOG Cancer Research Network team analyzed data from 358 clinical trials -- 85 drug industry trials and 273 SWOG trials. They inclu... Full Page

Remdesivir May Reduce Deaths, Hasten Recovery for COVID-19 Patients

E.J. Mundell July 10, 2020

Remdesivir May Reduce Deaths, Hasten Recovery for COVID-19 Patients

There's more good news on the effectiveness of the antiviral drug remdesivir against COVID-19, according to new clinical trial results from the drug's maker.

Gilead Sciences said Friday that in a trial involving more than 1,100 patients, remdesivir was associated with improved recovery and a 62% reduced risk of death compared with ... Full Page

Changes in IVF May Have Spurred Drop in Cerebral Palsy, Study Says

Robert Preidt July 10, 2020

Changes in IVF May Have Spurred Drop in Cerebral Palsy, Study Says

Rates of cerebral palsy among babies in Nordic countries born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) have fallen by more than half over the past two decades, due to fewer twin births from IVF, according to a new study.

A study in Denmark 15 years ago found a significantly increased risk of cerebral palsy in infants born through IVF. The ... Full Page

Terrifying Delirium Can Strike Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Alan Mozes July 10, 2020

Terrifying Delirium Can Strike Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Intense breathing problems may be the most widely reported feature of COVID-19, but new research warns that coronavirus can also take aim at the brain.

Infection can trigger serious nerve damage, stroke, inflammation and even wild bouts of delirium.

In fact, a bizarre array of delusions plagued nearly a quarter of the 43 Brit... Full Page

Most Survivors of Severe COVID-19 Report Symptoms Many Weeks After 'Recovery'

E.J. Mundell July 10, 2020

Most Survivors of Severe COVID-19 Report Symptoms Many Weeks After 'Recovery'

Even a month after hospital discharge and "recovery," a majority of patients who had survived severe COVID-19 were still dealing with fatigue, shortness of breath and other symptoms, Italian research shows.

The study tracked outcomes for 143 hospitalized patients treated in April in Rome, at the height of the Italian COVID-19 pandemic.... Full Page

Antiviral Drugs Tied to Heart Issue in COVID-19 Patients

Steven Reinberg July 10, 2020

Antiviral Drugs Tied to Heart Issue in COVID-19 Patients

Older, critically ill COVID-19 patients who are given a combination of two common antiretroviral drugs can experience a drastic slowing of their heart rate, French researchers report.

In their study of 41 patients treated with lopinavir and ritonavir twice daily for 10 days, 22% developed a slow heart rate condition called bradycar... Full Page

AHA News: More People Are Dying During the Pandemic – and Not Just From COVID-19

July 10, 2020

AHA News: More People Are Dying During the Pandemic – and Not Just From COVID-19

More people in the United States are dying during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not just because of the coronavirus. One reason, experts say, is people with other ailments may not be seeking help.

That conclusion is emerging from new research showing deaths are increasing from causes such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes – while ... Full Page

Raw Milk Can Harbor Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Steven Reinberg July 10, 2020

Raw Milk Can Harbor Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

If you're a fan of raw milk, keep it chilled. Leaving raw milk at room temperature can release antimicrobial-resistant genes, a new study suggests.

Also, bacteria that have antimicrobial-resistant genes can transfer them to other bacteria, spreading resistance, the researchers said.

"We don't want to scare people, we want t... Full Page

U.S. Sees Another Record-Breaking Day of New Coronavirus Cases

Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell July 10, 2020

U.S. Sees Another Record-Breaking Day of New Coronavirus Cases

States across America reported nearly 60,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting yet another daily record as the pandemic tightens its grip on a country struggling to reopen.

The surge has been largely fueled by states in the South and the West that eased their lockdowns early, The New York Times reported.

Sing... Full Page

With Social Distancing, Schools Should Be Safe to Reopen This Fall, Experts Say

Dennis Thompson July 10, 2020

With Social Distancing, Schools Should Be Safe to Reopen This Fall, Experts Say

Kids should be able to safely return to reopened schools this fall, resuming their studies with little risk that they will contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic, some infectious disease experts argue.

The scientific evidence so far indicates that children do not tend to spread the novel coronavirus between themselves, nor do they appear ... Full Page

Cold War Antiseptic May Be Valuable Germ Fighter

Steven Reinberg July 10, 2020

Cold War Antiseptic May Be Valuable Germ Fighter

A nontoxic antiseptic developed in the former Soviet Union may be a valuable weapon for fighting common infections, British researchers say.

The drug, miramistin, was developed for the Soviet Space Program. While little known in the West, it blocks or kills flu, human papillomaviruses (HPV), coronaviruses, adenoviruses and HIV, accord... Full Page

'Aerosol Boxes' Meant to Protect COVID Health Teams Might Harm Them: Study

Robert Preidt July 10, 2020

'Aerosol Boxes' Meant to Protect COVID Health Teams Might Harm Them: Study

Aerosol boxes meant to protect health care workers when they intubate COVID-19 patients may actually increase their exposure to airborne virus particles, an Australian study warns.

Intubation is done when patients are placed on a ventilator.

Aerosol boxes have been touted as a quick, simple way to protect workers, but their e... Full Page

Marijuana, E-Cigarettes Enticing More Young Adults

Robert Preidt July 9, 2020

Marijuana, E-Cigarettes Enticing More Young Adults

E-cigarettes and pot may go hand in hand when it comes to young Americans, a new report suggests.

There's been a sharp rise in the use of both among young adults in California, and many of them are underage, the new analysis finds.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, examined state data from 2017 to 20... Full Page

Coronavirus Fears Kept Many Essential Workers at Home in April: Study

E.J. Mundell July 9, 2020

Coronavirus Fears Kept Many Essential Workers at Home in April: Study

Many more American workers caring for children, the sick or aged, as well as bus drivers, subway workers and those involved in food production took time off work in April -- probably due to fears of contracting COVID-19, a new government report finds.

In an analysis of federal employment data on work absenteeism from October 2019 until... Full Page

'Broken Heart Syndrome' Has Risen During Pandemic: Study

Amy Norton July 9, 2020

'Broken Heart Syndrome' Has Risen During Pandemic: Study

Doctors at one Ohio hospital system have discovered yet another possible consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: More cases of "broken heart syndrome."

The condition -- which doctors call stress cardiomyopathy -- appears similar to a heart attack, with symptoms such as chest pain and breathlessness. But its cause is different: Experts be... Full Page

In Many Cases, Hip Replacement Also Eases Back Pain

Serena McNiff July 9, 2020

In Many Cases, Hip Replacement Also Eases Back Pain

If you have a bad hip and lower back pain, a new study suggests that hip replacement surgery may solve both issues at once.

Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City focused on 500 patients who underwent hip replacement surgery and followed up with them one year after the operation.

Over 40% report... Full Page

5 Years, No Fatal ODs: Study Finds 'Safe Injection Sites' Can Save Lives

Robert Preidt July 9, 2020

5 Years, No Fatal ODs: Study Finds 'Safe Injection Sites' Can Save Lives

Safe injection sites for users of illicit drugs such as heroin: They've been tried and legalized in countries such as Canada and the Netherlands, and a new study suggests they might save American lives, too.

In the study, published online July 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed five years of data (201... Full Page

Blood Test May Reveal Concussion Severity With Accuracy of Spinal Tap

Robert Preidt July 9, 2020

Blood Test May Reveal Concussion Severity With Accuracy of Spinal Tap

A simple blood test may predict the severity of a concussion as accurately as an invasive spinal tap, researchers report.

They focused on a biomarker called neurofilament light chain. This nerve protein can be detected in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid when nerve cells are injured or die, according to the study.

"When you... Full Page

AHA News: Where Do New Viruses Like the Coronavirus Come From?

July 9, 2020

AHA News: Where Do New Viruses Like the Coronavirus Come From?

Factors smaller than a cell and as large as the planet are at play when a virus leaps from an animal to a human.

The question of how that happened with SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, is crucial for several reasons, said best-selling author and science journalist David Quammen. The answer could help scientists find a vacci... Full Page

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