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Study links COVID-19 public health efforts to dramatic drop in COPD hospitalizations

Study links COVID-19 public health efforts to dramatic drop in COPD hospitalizations

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) analyzed data at the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and found public health measures designed to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus may have fostered a substantial side benefit: Hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were …

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LSU Health New Orleans receives $2.38 million in funding to sequence SARS-CoV-2 variants

LSU Health New Orleans receives $2.38 million in funding to sequence SARS-CoV-2 variants

LSU Health New Orleans has been awarded $2.38 million in funding to lead partnerships to sequence SARS-CoV-2 variants. The funding is from a contract with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)) and a National Institute of General Medical Sciences supplement to the LACaTS (Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science Center) grant. Lucio Miele, MD, PhD, Professor …

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Kids can tell when parents suppress their stress

Middle-aged Americans are stressed and struggle with physical and mental health more than in other nations

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Midlife was once considered a time to enjoy the fruits of one’s years of work and parenting. That is no longer true in the U.S. Deaths of despair and chronic pain among middle-aged adults have been increasing for the past decade. Today’s middle-aged adults—ages 40 to 65—report more daily stress and …

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Young adults who lost and then restored heart health had lower risk of heart attack, stroke

Young adults who lost and then restored heart health had lower risk of heart attack, stroke

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Preserving good cardiovascular health during young adulthood is one of the best ways to reduce risks of premature heart attack or stroke, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. The number of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease is increasing in many countries including the …

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German health minister floats lifting of mask rules

German health minister floats lifting of mask rules

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Germany could soon begin easing rules on mask-wearing as the country enjoys a sharp drop in COVID-19 infections, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Monday. “With falling incidence rates, we could proceed in stages. The first stage would be to lift the mask requirement outdoors,” Spahn said in an interview with the …

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Why everyone should care about health disparities – and what to do about them

Why everyone should care about health disparities – and what to do about them

by Genaro C. Armas, Aha News The coronavirus pandemic and the equity movement have shined a spotlight on longstanding systemic problems that contribute to health disparities linked with factors such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status and sexual identity. But health disparities don’t only affect those facing them. In a time of deep division and …

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A better understanding of 'wet markets' is key to safeguarding human health, biodiversity

A better understanding of ‘wet markets’ is key to safeguarding human health, biodiversity

Governments have pushed for the closing of so-called “wet markets” around the world, but this is not an effective policy solution, according to Princeton University researchers. Instead, policymakers should target the most high-risk aspects of markets to prevent disruptions to local food supply chains while reducing human health and biodiversity dangers. Credit: Ginette Lai, Taiwan …

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Bedfont Scientific Ltd. teams up with GI Cognition to launch Hydrogen and Methane Breath Testing ‘Home Kits’ to help improve Gastric Health remotely

Bedfont Scientific Ltd. teams up with GI Cognition to launch Hydrogen and Methane Breath Testing ‘Home Kits’ to help improve Gastric Health remotely

Bedfont presents its new Hydrogen and Methane Breath Testing Home Kits in association with GI Cognition. With the pandemic of COVID-19 bringing a halt to most medical tests and procedures, it has highlighted a need to safely, easily, and remotely find a way for health services to continue treating their patients, especially in the field …

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Patients combatting SARS-CoV-2 may develop myocarditis

Improving heart health may reduce the severity of COVID-19 disease

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, heart disease and diabetes are associated with worse outcomes in patients with COVID-19, according to a study published today in European Heart Journal—Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 “Many of the cardiovascular risk factors associated with more …

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Why standard ways of valuing health were set aside during the pandemic

Why standard ways of valuing health were set aside during the pandemic

QALYs are often used to assess the value of medicines and other interventions to improve health. Credit: sfam_photo/Shutterstock Governments around the world initially responded to COVID-19 according to the single most important aim: saving lives. But as the pandemic continued, affecting both health and finances, questions started arising as to what the right focus should …

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