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Will people really need a yearly COVID booster vaccine?

Will people really need a yearly COVID booster vaccine?

(HealthDay)—As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic. Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who’ve gotten the jab need booster shots to maintain their protection? It’s an important question, …

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People with 'healthy obesity' are still at increased risk of disease

People with ‘healthy obesity’ are still at increased risk of disease

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study published in Diabetologia reveals that having a normal metabolic profile does not mean that a person with obesity is actually healthy (referred to as metabolically healthy obesity), since they face an increased risk of diabetes, heart diseases, strokes, and respiratory diseases. The research was conducted by Dr. Frederick …

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Study shows when people with cerebral palsy are most likely to break bones

Study shows when people with cerebral palsy are most likely to break bones

Credit: Jacob Dwyer, Michigan Medicine Researchers at Michigan Medicine found a subset of middle-aged men with cerebral palsy are up to 5.6 times more likely to suffer fractures than men without the disorder. “We are not really sure why this happens,” said Edward A. Hurvitz, M.D., professor and chair of the Michigan Medicine Department of …

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The effects of the pandemic on people living with dementia

The effects of the pandemic on people living with dementia

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Dr. Katya Numbers from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique risks to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dr. Numbers’ research has revealed people living with dementia have a relatively high risk of contracting severe COVID-19 and are also at risk of …

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Personalized soundscape could help people with dementia with time, place recognition

Personalized soundscape could help people with dementia with time, place recognition

Credit: Arezoo Talebzadeh, Ghent University Designing a soundscape to improve the quality of life for an individual is centered on putting their perception at the heart of the process. It becomes trickier for people who have diminished cognitive capacities. During the 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, which will be held virtually June …

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New treatment demonstrated for people with vaccine clots

New treatment demonstrated for people with vaccine clots

Angela Huynh, PhD working in the McMaster Platelet Immunology Laboratory. Credit: McMaster University A new lifesaving treatment for people suffering from vaccine-related blood clots has been demonstrated by scientists at McMaster University. Researchers at the McMaster Platelet Immunology Laboratory (MPIL) are recommending two treatments, a combination of anti-clotting drugs with high doses of intravenous immunoglobulin, …

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Disparities in treatment persist for people with headache

Disparities in treatment persist for people with headache

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Disparities exist in the treatment of people with headache disorders because of race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geography, according to a review article published in the June 9, 2021, online issue of Neurology. The article, developed by 16 headache experts, reviews the existing research on headache and health care disparities …

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Understanding the hidden causes of delays in discharging frail older people from hospital

Understanding the hidden causes of delays in discharging frail older people from hospital

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Delays in discharging older people living with frailty from hospital are caused by a complex range of factors, but a key factor is how medical and social information about patients becomes fragmented during their stay. This is the conclusion of a study in two large NHS hospitals led by National Institute …

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People more afraid of catching COVID-19 are more judgemental, study finds

People more afraid of catching COVID-19 are more judgemental, study finds

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers studying how we make moral judgements found that people more concerned about catching COVID-19 were more disapproving of the wrong-doings of others, whatever they were doing wrong. The researchers say their findings are evidence that our morality is shaped by various emotions and intuitions, of which concerns about health and …

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Study finds high levels of lead in indigenous people in Peruvian Amazonia

Study finds high levels of lead in indigenous people in Peruvian Amazonia

Lead is a toxic metal, and its widespread use has led to significant environmental pollution and public health problems in many parts of the world. This has led the WHO to include it on a list of ten chemicals that cause serious health problems. However, lead poisoning continues to affect many population groups. A study …

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