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Changing weather patterns in Laos linked to increase in typhus cases

Changing weather patterns in Laos linked to increase in typhus cases

Changing weather patterns in Laos may be responsible for an increase in bugs responsible for the neglected tropical diseases scrub typhus and murine typhus, a new study finds. Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is caused by the Orientia tsutsugamushi bacterium and spread by the bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). Flea-borne (murine) typhus …

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Severe COVID-19 linked to increase in autoantibodies

Severe COVID-19 linked to increase in autoantibodies

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients are substantially more likely to harbor autoantibodies -;antibodies directed at their own tissues or at substances their immune cells secrete into the blood -; than people without COVID-19, according to a new study. Autoantibodies can be early harbingers of full-blown autoimmune disease. If you get sick enough from COVID-19 to end …

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Blood lipoprotein levels linked to future risk of ALS

Blood lipoprotein levels linked to future risk of ALS

An MRI with increased signal in the posterior part of the internal capsule which can be tracked to the motor cortex consistent with the diagnosis of ALS. Credit: Frank Gaillard/Wikipedia Some blood lipid biomarkers linked to cardiovascular disease risk are also associated with a lower risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) suggest the findings of …

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Eye conditions linked to heightened risk of dementia

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Age-related macular degeneration, cataract and diabetes-related eye disease are linked to an increased risk of dementia, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Vision impairment can be one of the first signs of dementia, and reduced stimulation of visual sensory pathways is believed to accelerate its progression. Some …

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High viral load in lungs linked to COVID-19 mortality

High viral load in lungs linked to COVID-19 mortality

Increased severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) abundance and low anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody response are associated with COVID-19 mortality, while hospital-acquired respiratory pathogen acquisition is not associated with fatal outcomes, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in Nature Microbiology. Imran Sulaiman, M.D., from the New York Grossman School of Medicine in New York …

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COVID-19 susceptibility linked to blood clots, thrombophlebitis and circulatory diseases

COVID-19 susceptibility linked to blood clots, thrombophlebitis and circulatory diseases

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Research led by Queen Mary University of London associates genetically determined COVID-19 susceptibility with increased blood clot events in leg and lungs, thrombophlebitis and circulatory diseases. The study used a Phenome-wide (PheWAS) analysis in up to 400,000 European ancestry individuals, derived from the UK Biobank, researchers aimed to identify traits and …

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Exposure to traffic noise linked to higher dementia risk

Exposure to traffic noise linked to higher dementia risk

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Exposure to noise from traffic on roads and railways over a long period is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study from Denmark published in The BMJ today. The researchers estimate that as many as 1,216 out of the 8,475 cases of dementia registered …

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HIV linked with increased risk of sudden cardiac death

HIV linked with increased risk of sudden cardiac death

Credit: CC0 Public Domain People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher risk of sudden cardiac death than people who do not have HIV, especially if the virus is not well-controlled or if they have other heart disease risk factors, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart …

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Planned surgery in independent sector linked to shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions than in NHS

Planned surgery in independent sector linked to shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions than in NHS

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Planned (elective) surgery in an independent sector hospital in England, and funded by the NHS, is associated with shorter lengths of stay and lower readmission rates than the same treatment in NHS hospitals, finds research published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. The findings were consistent for 18 common procedures performed …

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