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'Ice' flavored e-cig use may be linked to nicotine dependence among the young

‘Ice’ flavored e-cig use may be linked to nicotine dependence among the young

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The use of ‘ice’ flavored e-cigarettes may be common and positively associated with conventional smoking and nicotine dependence among young adults, suggests research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. And it’s unclear where these’ hybrid’ vapes, combining fruit/sweet and cooling flavors, fit into current or future regulatory frameworks, which apply …

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Study: Pre-infection 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 levels and association with severity of COVID-19 illness. Image Credit: Kavun Halyna / Shutterstock

Are pre-existing Vitamin D deficiencies linked to COVID-19 severity and mortality?

Even as the coronavirus disease 20019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread and new variants of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerge, much remains to be known about why severity varies so unpredictably between individuals. A new study by researchers from the Galilee Medical Center, The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Safed, …

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Study identifies how COVID-19 linked to Alzheimer’s disease-like cognitive impairment

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease. Credit: public domain A new Cleveland Clinic-led study has identified mechanisms by which COVID-19 can lead to Alzheimer’s disease-like dementia. The findings, published in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, indicate an overlap between COVID-19 and brain changes common in Alzheimer’s, and may help inform risk management and …

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Spain extends AstraZeneca vaccine jabs to over 65s

COVID-19 vaccine linked to low platelet count, nationwide study suggests

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A condition that affects the blood, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), may be associated the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in rare cases, research suggests. The very small increased risk of the condition—which is characterized by low platelet counts—is estimated to be 11 per million doses, similar to figures seen in vaccines for …

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Persistent childhood insomnia symptoms linked with risk of internalizing disorders in adulthood

Persistent childhood insomnia symptoms linked with risk of internalizing disorders in adulthood

A 15-year longitudinal study shows that childhood insomnia symptoms that persist into adulthood are strong determinants of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults. Results show that insomnia symptoms persisting from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood were associated with a 2.8-fold increased risk of internalizing disorders. Insomnia symptoms that newly developed over the course …

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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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Patients combatting SARS-CoV-2 may develop myocarditis

Researchers identify gene linked to congenital heart disease

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain New insight on the link between a gene called SORBS2 and congenital heart disease has been published today in eLife, with findings that may help explain the cause of the disease in some patients. Some people with congenital heart disease are missing part of the long arm of chromosome 4, otherwise …

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Defying body clock linked to depression and lower wellbeing

Defying body clock linked to depression and lower wellbeing

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain People whose sleep pattern goes against their natural body clock are more likely to have depression and lower levels of wellbeing, according to a largescale new study. Research led by the University of Exeter, published in Molecular Psychiatry, also found the most robust evidence to date that being genetically programmed to …

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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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Pandemic prevention measures linked to lower rates of Kawasaki disease in children

Pandemic prevention measures linked to lower rates of Kawasaki disease in children

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The rate of Kawasaki disease in South Korea has substantially decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, possibly due to pandemic prevention efforts, such as mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. Kawasaki disease is the most common cause of heart …

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