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Increased risk of depression for young people if their mothers experienced depression during or after pregnancy

Increased risk of depression for young people if their mothers experienced depression during or after pregnancy

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Children born to mothers who are depressed during and after pregnancy are more likely to develop depressive symptoms themselves by the age of 24, according to new research led by the University of Bristol. By the age of 24, young people born to mothers with antenatal and postnatal depression, had depression …

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WHO recommends antibody treatment for COVID patients at high risk of hospital admission

WHO recommends antibody treatment for COVID patients at high risk of hospital admission

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A treatment combining two antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab) is recommended for two specific groups of patients with COVID-19 by a WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) panel of international experts and patients in The BMJ today. The first are patients with non-severe COVID-19 who are at highest risk of hospitalisation and the …

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Double vaccination halves risk of developing long-lasting symptoms

Double vaccination halves risk of developing long-lasting symptoms

Credit: Studio Romantic/Shutterstock In unvaccinated people, around one in 20 who get symptomatic COVID-19 experience symptoms for at least eight weeks. Around one in 50 have symptoms that drag out for three months or more. We wanted to know whether COVID-19 vaccines might protect against developing long-lasting symptoms. To find out, we looked at data …

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Low BMI and malnutrition, but not obesity, are risk factors for older adults dying from COVID-19

Low BMI and malnutrition, but not obesity, are risk factors for older adults dying from COVID-19

Figure 1. The fully adjusted mortality risk model for the BMI analysis in geriatric patients hospitalized for COVID-19 (n = 1409, 112 died) and other causes (n = 8622, 67 died). Abbreviations: BMI = body mass index, CCI = Charlson comorbidity index, HFRS = Hospital Frailty Risk Score. Credit: DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2021.07.025 A recent study published in Clinical Nutrition shows that low BMI and …

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New Zealand government takes a calculated risk to relax Auckland's lockdown while new cases continue to appear

New Zealand government takes a calculated risk to relax Auckland’s lockdown while new cases continue to appear

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The decision to move Auckland to alert level 3 from midnight on Tuesday is a calculated risk by the government. New daily cases in Auckland have stayed stubbornly high over the past week, a period when many of us had hoped to see them fall to single digits. On a positive …

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Physical activity may paradoxically hasten build-up of heart attack risk factor

Physical activity may paradoxically hasten build-up of heart attack risk factor

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Physical activity may paradoxically hasten the build-up of calcium deposits (plaque) in the coronary arteries, the amount of which is used to assess future cardiovascular disease risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart. But the findings don’t outweigh the numerous health benefits of exercise, emphasize the researchers. The coronary …

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Novel agent shows promise in treating the most aggressive type of breast cancer

Black women face three-fold increased risk of triple negative breast cancers

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain An analysis of nearly 200,000 patients who received mammograms between 2006 and 2015 across three U.S. health systems underscores the importance of understanding the heterogeneity of breast cancer risk factors for women of differing races, ages, and disease subtypes. The study, led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at …

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Increased presence of certain bacteria in the gut may indicate colon cancer risk

Increased presence of certain bacteria in the gut may indicate colon cancer risk

A study published today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe reported that the increased presence of certain bacteria in a gut biome indicates a greater likelihood that colon polyps will become cancerous. In his research, William DePaolo, associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, tracked 40 patients who had undergone routine …

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Two-hour glucose tolerance test helps identify patients at heightened risk of cognitive decline

Two-hour glucose tolerance test helps identify patients at heightened risk of cognitive decline

Diabetes is a risk factor for cognitive decline. In a study of the University of Turku and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the researchers observed that already a higher two-hour glucose level in the glucose tolerance test predicts worse performance in a test measuring episodic memory after ten years. Decline in episodic memory is …

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Gut bacteria might be an indicator of colon cancer risk

Gut bacteria might be an indicator of colon cancer risk

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A study published today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe reported that the increased presence of certain bacteria in a gut biome indicates a greater likelihood that colon polyps will become cancerous. In his research, William DePaolo, associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, tracked 40 patients …

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