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UK counts on vaccines, 'common sense' to keep virus at bay

UK counts on vaccines, ‘common sense’ to keep virus at bay

In this May 1, 2021, file photo, Maoula Jan, 52, receives his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine for coronavirus from volunteer Steve Kriss, at a vaccine center in the Swaminarayan School in Neasden, north London. Britain’s Conservative government is hoping a combination of relatively high vaccination rates and common-sense behavior will keep a lid …

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Ireland ends compulsory hotel quarantine for travellers

Ireland ends compulsory hotel quarantine for travellers

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Ireland on Saturday stopped its system of mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers arriving in the country, as coronavirus curbs continue to wind down in the Republic. Since late March travellers arriving from a government list of “designated states” have been subject to a mandatory two week hotel quarantine. On Saturday the …

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National task force recommends removing race from kidney function equation

National task force recommends removing race from kidney function equation

Nwamaka Eneanya, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, has been a vocal advocate for the removal of race from the kidney function algorithm and is a member of the joint task force that generated the new clinical recommendations. Credit: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania A national task force …

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A new oral antiviral drug for COVID is being tested in humans

A new oral antiviral drug for COVID is being tested in humans

Credit: sebra/Shutterstock Despite the effectiveness of vaccines, we still need drugs to treat COVID. Even people who have been double vaccinated stand a small chance of getting COVID and ending up moderately or even severely ill. There are drugs to treat COVID, but they have to be given in hospital. One promising drug that could …

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A new, race-free approach to diagnosing kidney diseases

A new, race-free approach to diagnosing kidney diseases

Credit: Northwestern University The two largest national kidney associations—the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—have outlined a new race-free approach to diagnosing kidney diseases. “As the largest organizations representing kidney patients and health professionals, NKF and ASN are committed to eliminating health disparities that harm kidney patients and ensuring that …

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Shrinking waveforms on electrocardiograms predict death of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Shrinking waveforms on electrocardiograms predict death of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

(A) In-hospital survival by presence of LoQRS. In this Kaplan-Meier analysis, patientsdischarged from the hospital were considered to have survived (not censored). (B) In-hospital survival by presence of LoQRS and troponin positivity. Trop = troponin level. A positive troponin level (+) is demarcated by a troponin-I level by the Abbot architect methodology exceeding0.03 ng/ml. Credit: …

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New potential factor contributing to severity of COVID-19 identified

New potential factor contributing to severity of COVID-19 identified

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The University of Kent’s School of Biosciences and the Institute of Medical Virology at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, have identified a protein that may critically contribute to severe forms of COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. While many individuals develop only mild or no symptoms upon SARS-CoV-2 infection, others …

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Survivors of domestic violence at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19

Survivors of domestic violence at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Women with general practitioner (GP) recorded exposure to domestic abuse or violence were at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 during the first two waves of the pandemic in the UK, finds a new study led by the University of Birmingham. Public health policies put in place to prevent the spread …

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