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Study shows high rates of kidney disease among adults with diabetes

Study shows high rates of kidney disease among adults with diabetes

Dr. Tomás Griffin, consultant endocrinologist specializing in diabetes care at Galway University Hospitals, Honorary Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway and lead researcher on the study, along with Clinical Trial Nurse Michelle Hennessy with patient Brian Curran at UHG. Credit Aengus McMahon. Credit: Aengus McMahon Some 42% of patients attending a dedicated diabetes clinic have signs …

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Study: Single-dose mRNA vaccine effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2, including P.1 and B.1.1.7 variants: a test-negative design in adults 70 years and older in British Columbia, Canada. Image Credit: Melinda Nagy / Shutterstock

High single-dose efficacy of Pfizer vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 in older adults

In British Columbia (BC), Canada, vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began with the Pfizer/Moderna mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccines began with nursing home residents and frontline healthcare workers. New research by scientists in Canada suggests that these are known to have a high protective efficacy of 92-93% after a single dose, but this data …

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Study: Bovine Colostrum Derived Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 Show Great Potential to Serve as a Prophylactic Agent. Image Credit: Design_Cells / Shutterstock

Bovine-derived polyclonal antibodies exhibit high efficacy in neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 variants

A team of scientists in Estonia has recently evaluated the therapeutic/prophylactic efficacy of anti-severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) polyclonal antibodies derived from the colostrum of immunized cows. The antibodies exhibit high efficiency in inhibiting the interaction between SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). Furthermore, the scientists have prepared a nasal …

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High sensation-seeking personality trait confers susceptibility to drug addiction

High sensation-seeking personality trait confers susceptibility to drug addiction

People who have a high sensation-seeking personality trait may be more likely to develop an addiction to cocaine, according to a Rutgers study. “Although many people try illicit drugs like cocaine or heroin, only a small proportion develop an addiction,” said lead author Morgan James, a member of the Rutgers Brain Health Institute and an …

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Study finds high levels of lead in indigenous people in Peruvian Amazonia

Study finds high levels of lead in indigenous people in Peruvian Amazonia

Lead is a toxic metal, and its widespread use has led to significant environmental pollution and public health problems in many parts of the world. This has led the WHO to include it on a list of ten chemicals that cause serious health problems. However, lead poisoning continues to affect many population groups. A study …

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A high concentration of ACE2 in the blood may increase the risk of serious COVID-19

A high concentration of ACE2 in the blood may increase the risk of serious COVID-19

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Normally, the ACE2 enzyme helps regulate our blood pressure. The enzyme sits on the surface of cells, including cells in the lungs, but in connection with COVID-19 it has been found that ACE2 also functions as a gateway for the virus. “Different viruses have different ways of accessing our cells—as the …

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High vaccination rates can help reduce risk of variants

High vaccination rates can help reduce risk of variants

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 file photo, Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies program, speaks during a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Top World Health Organization official Dr. Michael Ryan, said Monday June 7, 2021, he estimates that worldwide COVID-19 vaccination coverage of over …

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High caffeine consumption may be associated with increased risk of blinding eye disease

High caffeine consumption may be associated with increased risk of blinding eye disease

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Consuming large amounts of daily caffeine may increase the risk of glaucoma more than three-fold for those with a genetic predisposition to higher eye pressure according to an international, multi-center study. The research led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is the first to demonstrate a dietary—genetic interaction …

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Study: The Relationship between Inflammatory Cytokines and Coagulopathy in Patients with COVID-19. Image: Cytokines 3d illustration. Credit: Sciencepics / Shutterstock

High baseline levels of inflammatory cytokines linked to thrombotic events in patients with COVID-19

In a recent open-access paper published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, researchers from Iran and Germany show that high baseline levels of inflammatory cytokines measured during admission put patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at increased risk of developing coagulopathy, thrombotic events – and even death. Cytokine storm and thrombotic events are two principal complications …

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Lower mortality rate for men at high risk for death from prostate cancer who received postoperative radiation therapy

Lower mortality rate for men at high risk for death from prostate cancer who received postoperative radiation therapy

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a large, international retrospective study, men at high risk for death from prostate cancer had a significant reduction in all-cause mortality if treated with radiation shortly after surgery. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among men, and about 1-in-8 of them will be diagnosed with …

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