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Study reveals COVID-19 risk factors for those with IDD

Study reveals COVID-19 risk factors for those with IDD

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A study of nearly 550 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving residential services in New York City found that age, larger residential settings, Down syndrome and chronic kidney disease were the most common risk factors for COVID-19 diagnosis, and heart disease was most associated with COVID-19 deaths. The study, “Risk …

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Young adults who lost and then restored heart health had lower risk of heart attack, stroke

Young adults who lost and then restored heart health had lower risk of heart attack, stroke

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Preserving good cardiovascular health during young adulthood is one of the best ways to reduce risks of premature heart attack or stroke, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. The number of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease is increasing in many countries including the …

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As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still see risk

As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still see risk

Workers at a mostly empty COVID-19 vaccination clinic located at Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God in Birmingham, Ala., are shown in this Monday, May 3, 2021, file photo. New COVID-19 cases are declining across the most of the country, even in some states with vaccine-hesitant populations. But almost all states bucking that …

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Future falls risk detected by a simple bone density scan

Future falls risk detected by a simple bone density scan

Osteoblasts actively synthesizing osteoid. Credit: Robert M. Hunt; Wikipedia. The build-up of calcium in a major blood vessel is linked with a 39 percent higher risk of serious falls in older women, new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has found. This calcium build-up, known as abdominal aortic calcification (AAC), is a hardening of the abdomen’s …

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Detecting rare blood clots was a win, but US vaccine safety system still has gaps

Vaccination reduces the risk of severe COVID-19 infection

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain However, adults who are frail, living in areas of high deprivation or have unhealthy lifestyles are more at risk of COVID-19 infection and getting ill, despite being vaccinated, compared to other vaccinated people. Researchers at King’s College London analyzed data from participants logging their symptoms, tests and vaccines on the UK …

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Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for addiction to opioids and ultraviolet rays

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for addiction to opioids and ultraviolet rays

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Vitamin D deficiency strongly exaggerates the craving for and effects of opioids, potentially increasing the risk for dependence and addiction, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). These findings, published in Science Advances, suggest that addressing the common problem of vitamin D deficiency with inexpensive …

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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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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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Poorly fitting face masks increase the risk of airborne diseases

Poorly fitting face masks increase the risk of airborne diseases

Even the best face masks work only as well as their fit. And poorly fitting face masks greatly increase the risk of infection from airborne pathogens compared to custom-fitted masks, according to a new study by the University of Cincinnati. Researchers in UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science used computerized tomography or CT scans …

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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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