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Heavier birth weight is linked to higher risk of bone fracture later in life

Heavier birth weight is linked to higher risk of bone fracture later in life

New research published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has linked heavier birth weight with lower bone mineral density and a higher risk of bone fracture later in life. The research, which relied on data from the UK Biobank, the Early Growth Genetics consortium, and the Genetic Factors for Osteoporosis consortium, also found …

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Drop in convalescent plasma use at US hospitals linked to higher COVID-19 mortality rate

Drop in convalescent plasma use at US hospitals linked to higher COVID-19 mortality rate

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues suggests a slowdown in the use of convalescent plasma to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients led to a higher COVID-19 mortality during a critical period during this past winter’s surge. U.S. hospitals began treating COVID-19 patients with …

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New data reveals higher incidence of severe stroke in COVID-positive people

New data reveals higher incidence of severe stroke in COVID-positive people

Among people who have strokes and COVID-19, there is a higher incidence of severe stroke as well as stroke in younger people, according to new data from a multinational study group on COVID-19 and stroke, led by a team of Geisinger researchers. The COVID-19 Stroke Study Group’s latest report, published in the journal Stroke, focused …

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Study: Inferring SARS-CoV-2 variant within-host kinetics. Image Credit: Red-Diamond / Shutterstock

SARS-CoV-2 variants have higher transmissibility and a longer infectious period

Researchers analyzed data on three variants of concern and found that viral loads were higher and infection lasted longer for the B.1.1.7 variant. They all were more infectious than the original strain, and transmissibility also depended on population demographics. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has evolved since it first emerged in late …

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Infection with human papillomavirus linked to higher risk of preterm birth

Infection with human papillomavirus linked to higher risk of preterm birth

Electron micrograph of a negatively stained human papilloma virus (HPV) which occurs in human warts. Credit: public domain Women carrying human papillomavirus (HPV) run an elevated risk of preterm birth, a University of Gothenburg study shows. A connection can thus be seen between the virus itself and the risk for preterm birth that previously has …

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Providing more low-value care doesn’t lead to higher patient experience ratings

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As hospitals, insurance companies and policy makers seek to improve healthcare quality and reduce rising medical costs, one important metric used to assess clinicians hinges on how patients feel about their healthcare experience. Many healthcare providers and policy makers fear that increased pressure to please patients—and ensure high satisfaction ratings as …

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Adults with obsessive compulsive disorder face higher risk of ischemic stroke

Adults with obsessive compulsive disorder face higher risk of ischemic stroke

Adults who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) were more than three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke later in life compared to adults who do not have OCD, according to new research published today in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. “The results of our …

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OCD linked to higher stroke risk in later life

New findings indicate that the risk of developing ischemic strokes is increased in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), with older adults prone to the highest risk of ischemic stroke, yet the mechanistic association between OCD and stroke risk remains unclear. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Image Credit: StepanPopov/Shutterstock.com The relationship between cerebrovascular disease and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) …

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Study shows higher dose of DHA is linked to lower rate of early preterm birth

Study shows higher dose of DHA is linked to lower rate of early preterm birth

May 24 2021 Women taking 1,000 mg of docosohexanoic acid (DHA) daily in the last half of pregnancy had a lower rate of early preterm birth than women who took the standard 200 mg dose, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Women who entered the study with the lowest DHA …

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Africa has much higher mortality rate for very ill COVID patients: study

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Seriously ill COVID-19 patients in African countries are more likely to die than those on other continents, which could be because of a lack of critical care equipment, a study published Friday said. Africa’s populations have so far been less badly hit by the pandemic than other regions when it comes …

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