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Study: Clinical outcomes among patients infected with Omicron (B.1.1.529) SARS-CoV-2 variant in southern California. Image Credit: anushkaniroshan/Shutterstock

Study shows Omicron less severe than Delta among COVID-19 hospitalized patients

New research posted to the medRxiv* preprint server suggests the Omicron variant produces less severe COVID-19 symptoms than earlier severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants. There was a 74% reduced risk of ICU admission, a 91% reduced risk of death, and no patients with Omicron infections needed mechanical ventilation. In addition, patients infected …

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Death during sex very rare among those under 50

Death during sex very rare among those under 50

(HealthDay)—It’s a familiar trope of TV and movies—a couple is engaged in passionate sex when the guy’s heart suddenly gives out. “Usually it’s a middle-aged man. Usually he’s cheating with somebody else. It’s funny, there’s this myth in our mind that this can happen,” said cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati, who refers to the concept as …

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Pandemic boosts care for serious illnesses at home

Among care organizations, day centers were hit the hardest by COVID crisis

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The crisis sociology research group of the University of Tartu Institute of Social Studies and European researchers studied how the care organizations of nine European countries coped during the coronavirus crisis, showing their resilience in providing support to people who had fallen into economic difficulties during the crisis or were already …

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Low birth weight among IVF babies unlikely to be driven by the reproductive technology

Low birth weight among IVF babies unlikely to be driven by the reproductive technology

Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction are more likely to be born premature and are at greater risk of being born small than naturally conceived babies, according to new research published today by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies in collaboration with the University of Utah. However, the study of almost 250,000 U.S. families finds …

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Death rates among people with type 2 diabetes have declined in many countries including Australia, Canada and the US

Death rates among people with type 2 diabetes have declined in many countries including Australia, Canada and the US

Credit: CC0 Public Domain People with type 2 diabetes are living longer, with a new study suggesting that health management strategies developed in recent decades may be working. The global study of 16 high-income countries, led by researchers at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, showed that death rates for people with type 2 diabetes …

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New insights about COVID-19 vaccination rates among people living with HIV

New insights about COVID-19 vaccination rates among people living with HIV

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), the largest global HIV research network, which recently expanded its focus to include evaluating outpatient treatment for COVID-19, today announced that insights around COVID-19 vaccination rates among people living with HV have been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study identified that the global probability of COVID-19 …

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Chronic exposure to air pollution may increase risks for ICU admission or death among COVID-19 patients, study finds

Chronic exposure to air pollution may increase risks for ICU admission or death among COVID-19 patients, study finds

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who had been chronically exposed in their neighborhoods to higher particulate matter—such as smoke, soot, and dirt—had increased risks for admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and death compared to those without such exposure, Mount Sinai-led researchers reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care …

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Racial bias among doctors may exacerbate disparities in HIV prevention

Racial bias among doctors may exacerbate disparities in HIV prevention

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Racial bias among health care providers may limit the number of Black women who could be taking a daily pill to prevent HIV infection, according to a Rutgers-led study. Published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, the study examined how racial biases among primary health care providers impacts their …

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Study: Assessment of correlations between risk factors and symptom presentation among defined at-risk groups following a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. Image Credit: GoodStudio / Shutterstock

An analysis of risk factors and symptom presentation among groups at risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection

The emergence of a novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) led to a group of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. SARS-CoV-2 caused coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), resulting in an epidemic in China followed by a global pandemic. Recent reports indicate that SARS-CoV-2 has infected over 266 million individuals worldwide …

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