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For people over 50, even 'mild' COVID‑19 can result in mobility problems

For people over 50, even ‘mild’ COVID‑19 can result in mobility problems

Researchers surveyed more than 24,000 people over the age of 50 from across Canada during the initial phase of the lockdown in 2020 to determine the effect of a COVID diagnosis on their mobility. Credit: Timon Studler photo/Unsplash Adults over age 50 who experience mild or moderate COVID-19 are at greater risk of worsening mobility …

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Tackling aging may be best way to prevent multiple chronic conditions from developing in older people

Tackling aging may be best way to prevent multiple chronic conditions from developing in older people

Targeting the biological causes of ageing could be one method for better treating multimorbidity. Credit: oneinchpunch/ Shutterstock Over half of UK adults over the age of 65 live with two or more long-term health conditions—commonly known as multimorbidity. People living with multimorbidity not only have a shorter life expectancy, but they may also experience poorer …

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Politics still make people sick

Politics still make people sick

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Scrolling social media, reading websites, listening to podcasts, watching news. With so many options, it’s never been easier to follow American politics, but at what cost? According to research from University of Nebraska–Lincoln political scientist Kevin Smith, all the political jockeying is harmful to our health, has been for some time, …

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WHO warns against dismissing AstraZeneca vaccine after setbacks

One in ten people may still be infectious for COVID after ten days, new research indicates

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain One in 10 people may have clinically relevant levels of potentially infectious SARS-CoV-2 past the 10 day quarantine period, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Exeter and funded by Animal Free Research UK, used a newly adapted test which can detect whether the virus was potentially …

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Pandemic, stigma a double barrier to health care for people who use substances

Pandemic, stigma a double barrier to health care for people who use substances

Public health researcher Elaine Hyshka, the newly named Canada Research Chair in Health Systems Innovation, aims to translate evidence for harm reduction approaches into practices that can be implemented in the health-care system. Credit: John Ulan Hospitals aren’t better equipped to help those struggling with a substance use disorder because of ongoing stigma in health …

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Study shows high acceptance of proactively treating partners of people diagnosed with chlamydia

Study shows high acceptance of proactively treating partners of people diagnosed with chlamydia

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Chlamydia rates have been steadily increasing over the last 20 years, with women experiencing the highest burden of the infection. Expedited partner therapy (EPT) for chlamydia—proactively treating partners of people diagnosed with the infection—can be an important public health tool for stopping transmission of the infection. The approach is important especially …

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BinaxNOW test catches COVID infection in many people, study shows

BinaxNOW test catches COVID infection in many people, study shows

(HealthDay)—Countering earlier concerns, a real-world study finds that a widely used at-home coronavirus test called BinaxNOW is as effective at detecting Omicron as other COVID-19 variants. The study of Abbot’s rapid antigen test included more than 700 people who visited a walk-up testing site in San Francisco. The test detected 65% of infections caught by …

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ECT treatment helps more people with severe depression than ketamine

ECT treatment helps more people with severe depression than ketamine

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have compared the effects of intravenous ketamine treatment with ECT treatment in severe depression. The results support the view that ketamine is a possible treatment, but also show that ECT treatment helps more people. In recent years, ketamine has emerged as a new treatment for depression, after studies have …

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Even symptom-free, people with Omicron are much more likely to spread COVID, say studies

Even symptom-free, people with Omicron are much more likely to spread COVID, say studies

Researchers say they’ve uncovered a clue to why the Omicron variant spreads COVID-19 so much more rapidly than its predecessors. People who are infected but have no symptoms are still far more likely to infect others than they would have been with earlier variants, the data shows. “As we witness the quick, global spread of …

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Death rates among people with type 2 diabetes have declined in many countries including Australia, Canada and the US

Death rates among people with type 2 diabetes have declined in many countries including Australia, Canada and the US

Credit: CC0 Public Domain People with type 2 diabetes are living longer, with a new study suggesting that health management strategies developed in recent decades may be working. The global study of 16 high-income countries, led by researchers at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, showed that death rates for people with type 2 diabetes …

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