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Canada health authority approves Pfizer's anti-COVID pill

Canada health authority approves Pfizer’s anti-COVID pill

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Canada’s health authority said Monday it has approved Pfizer’s anti-COVID pill, Paxlovid, for adults at high risk of progressing to serious disease. The oral treatment was approved after an “expedited review,” Health Canada said in a statement on its website, adding that it would continue to monitor its safety and effectiveness. …

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Mainstream news more reliable than social, alternative media for accurate health information

Mainstream news more reliable than social, alternative media for accurate health information

Credit: CC0 Public Domain People may find it difficult to discern the facts about vaccines with the extensive amount of health misinformation disseminated on websites and social media. Accuracy and truth, according to a new study involving three countries, including the United States, has been found by individuals who rely more on mainstream news. Meanwhile, …

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Pandemic, stigma a double barrier to health care for people who use substances

Pandemic, stigma a double barrier to health care for people who use substances

Public health researcher Elaine Hyshka, the newly named Canada Research Chair in Health Systems Innovation, aims to translate evidence for harm reduction approaches into practices that can be implemented in the health-care system. Credit: John Ulan Hospitals aren’t better equipped to help those struggling with a substance use disorder because of ongoing stigma in health …

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Research shows childhood abuse can lead to poor stress management, worse health in adults

Research shows childhood abuse can lead to poor stress management, worse health in adults

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain People who suffer abuse or neglect as children may have trouble managing stress later in life, a problem that’s linked to a host of negative health conditions, according to new research from Rice University. The study, “Childhood maltreatment, subjective social status, and health disparities in bereavement,” examined how 130 adults who …

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Health burden from fish smoking possibly impacts millions of workers in coastal Africa

Health burden from fish smoking possibly impacts millions of workers in coastal Africa

Millions of workers in coastal Africa—most of them women—spend their days preserving fish by smoking them in rudimentary, wood-fired mud ovens. University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues looked at the air pollutant exposures and health symptoms experienced by fish smokers in two coastal cities in the West African nation of Ghana. They compared the …

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Resource allocations for health and education should be based on evidence, not politics

Resource allocations for health and education should be based on evidence, not politics

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain If resource allocation decisions were made based on evidence rather than internal and external politics, the education sector would get a large chunk of resources, given its potential for positive impact on health, wellbeing and the economy, now and in the future. Researchers writing in the Journal of the Royal Society …

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Measuring impact of drugs on global health can aid in identifying shortcomings

Measuring impact of drugs on global health can aid in identifying shortcomings

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A common framework that standardizes health impact across diseases and their interventions can aid in identifying current shortcomings on a global scale, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. “Good data on medicines’ health impacts can help guide our global response to epidemics and pandemics,” said …

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Less than 1 in 5 adults with type 2 diabetes in the US are meeting optimal heart health targets

Less than 1 in 5 adults with type 2 diabetes in the US are meeting optimal heart health targets

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Fewer than 1 in 5 adults with Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. are meeting targets to reduce heart disease risk. Fortunately, available therapies can help when combined with new approaches that address social determinants of health and other barriers to care, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement …

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Study: Impacts of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 on male reproductive function: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol . Image Credit: Girts Ragelis/Shutterstock

Researchers plan to review the effect of SARS-CoV-2 on male reproductive health

Since coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged, it has spread to nearly every country globally and caused over five million deaths. Many countries were forced into costly and restrictive measures to reduce the high transmission rate of the disease. These included the mandatory wearing of face masks in public, social distancing restrictions, and even full …

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