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Study: Absence of Excess Mortality in a Highly Vaccinated Population During the Initial Covid-19 Delta Period. Image Credit: Lazy_Bear/ Shutterstock

No excess mortality during the Delta variant era in US state with high vaccination rates

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spread rapidly around the globe, and excess mortality was seen worldwide in the initial outbreak. Mass vaccination programs, drug repurposing, and monoclonal antibody treatments have contributed to controlling the disease’s spread and severity, but worries remain over the rise of variant strains. Of particular concern is the Delta variant, …

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Russia reports over 24,000 virus-related deaths in February

Russia’s daily virus deaths match record high

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Russia on Thursday matched its record coronavirus death toll, as the Delta variant and a slowing vaccine drive push up infections. A government tally reported 820 fatalities over the past 24 hours and 21,438 new cases. It previously reported the same death toll in late August. Russia, the fifth worst-hit country …

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WHO recommends antibody treatment for COVID patients at high risk of hospital admission

WHO recommends antibody treatment for COVID patients at high risk of hospital admission

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A treatment combining two antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab) is recommended for two specific groups of patients with COVID-19 by a WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) panel of international experts and patients in The BMJ today. The first are patients with non-severe COVID-19 who are at highest risk of hospitalisation and the …

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China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

In this May 2, 2021, file photo, a woman adjusts her face mask as she walks by a statue featuring the Beijing Winter Olympics figure skating on display at the Shougang Park in Beijing. China’s “zero tolerance” strategy of trying to isolate every case and stop transmission of the coronavirus has kept kept the country …

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Meds, surgery may help obesity-related high blood pressure if diet, exercise fall short

Meds, surgery may help obesity-related high blood pressure if diet, exercise fall short

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Weight-loss medications and surgical procedures show promise for reducing the long-term effects of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) in people who are overweight or have obesity, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published today in the Association’s journal Hypertension. A scientific statement is an expert analysis of current research and …

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Women exposed to high levels of PFAS more likely to stop breastfeeding early

Women exposed to high levels of PFAS more likely to stop breastfeeding early

Women with higher levels of PFAS in their system may be 20% more likely to stop breastfeeding early, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are manmade chemicals used as oil and water repellents and coatings for common products including cookware, …

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High adherence to Mediterranean diet improves cognitive functions and memory

High adherence to Mediterranean diet improves cognitive functions and memory

People of advanced age who are overweight or obese with a higher level of adherence to the Mediterranean diet preserve their cognitive performance and even improve their abilities after three years, according to a new study. The Mediterranean diet does not only have beneficial effects for the cardiovascular health of those who follow it, but …

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Expectant mothers who have HPV could be at high risk of giving birth prematurely

Expectant mothers who have HPV could be at high risk of giving birth prematurely

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Persistent infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) in pregnant women may increase the risk of preterm birth, according to a study led by CHU Sainte-Justine researcher and Université de Montréal associate professor Helen Trottier. Published today in the JAMA Network Open. this finding may have serious implications, as HPV …

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Study: Autoantibodies against IL-1-receptor-antagonist in multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Image Credit: Vitstudio / Shutterstock

IL-1-Ra autoantibodies observed in high frequency in children with PIMS/MIS-C

Although severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection typically affects children only mildly, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) or pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS) is a serious but rare complication occurring after infection. PIMS or MIS-C symptoms in affected children PIMS or MIS-C usually occurs 2 to 6 weeks after SARS-CoV-2 infection, and …

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Weighted prevalence of swab-positivity by age group and by region for round 12 and round 13 complete. Bars show 95% confidence intervals. (A) Weighted prevalence of swab-positivity by age group. (B) Weighted prevalence of swab-positivity by region.

SARS-CoV-2 infections surged in England this summer, despite high vaccine uptake

Researchers in the UK have warned that England experienced a rapid exponential increase this summer in the prevalence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – despite high rates of vaccination uptake. The researchers say that between the end of May and the beginning of …

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