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WHO director-general says ‘the end is in sight’ for COVID pandemic

The world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, urging nations to keep up their efforts against the virus that has killed over six million people. “We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus … Continue reading WHO director-general says ‘the end is in sight’ for COVID pandemic

New study suggests steroids may change the structure of the brain

Steroids are able to change the structure of the brain and affect a person’s mood, according to a new study.  Dutch researchers conducted the study by examining the brains of nearly 25,000 steroid users and non-users. The team found that those who inhaled or orally took glucocorticoids, a steroid that is prescribed to decrease inflammation, experienced … Continue reading New study suggests steroids may change the structure of the brain

New study suggests you should stop eating ultra-processed foods

Men living in the United States who regularly eat ultra-processed foods such as sodas, ice cream, sausage, and deep-fried chicken, are at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.  A study published on Wednesday in The BMJ indicates that U.S. men are at 29% greater risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer if they consume large amounts of … Continue reading New study suggests you should stop eating ultra-processed foods

First human death of West Nile virus in Illinois in 2022 confirmed

The first human death in Illinois in 2022 from the West Nile virus was confirmed on Tuesday. An unnamed individual in their late 70s passed away from the illness in Cook County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday that WNV played a contributing role in the … Continue reading First human death of West Nile virus in Illinois in 2022 confirmed

British scientists behind crucial COVID trial pivot to monkeypox treatment research

The British scientists behind one of the major therapeutic COVID-19 trials have turned their focus to treatments for monkeypox, a viral disease that has been labeled a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). The team from Oxford University behind the so-called RECOVERY trial – which honed in on four effective COVID treatments – … Continue reading British scientists behind crucial COVID trial pivot to monkeypox treatment research

Combo ‘polypill’ cuts heart disease deaths, new study finds

One pill may be better than three. A heart medication known as a “polypill” reduced the chance of a secondary adverse cardiovascular event in individuals who previously had a heart attack, according to the findings of a study announced on Friday, August 26, at the European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC 2022) in Barcelona, Spain. The cardiovascular … Continue reading Combo ‘polypill’ cuts heart disease deaths, new study finds

Omicron infects young children easier than other variants; loss of smell may be precursor to memory loss

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Childrens’ noses defend less well against Omicron The Omicron variant may be more efficient at infecting children through the nose than previous versions of … Continue reading Omicron infects young children easier than other variants; loss of smell may be precursor to memory loss

Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine linked to death in South Africa, health regulator reports

South Africa’s health regulator reported on Thursday a causal link between the death of an individual and Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been made in the country. The person presented with rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome soon after being given J&J’s Janssen vaccine, after which the person was put on … Continue reading Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine linked to death in South Africa, health regulator reports

Cognitive decline can be avoided with simple everyday exercises

While scientists have always recommended physical activity to keep the brain healthy, research now shows regular stretching and motion exercises can help older people with mild memory troubles.  Researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine recruited 300 adults with mild cognitive decline to do aerobic and stretching-and-balance exercises. The groups were split up based on … Continue reading Cognitive decline can be avoided with simple everyday exercises

Australia’s health care system strained by record number of COVID patients as Omicron surges

The number of Australians admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 hit a record of about 5,450 on Monday, official data showed, as the spread of highly contagious new Omicron subvariants strains the healthcare system nationwide. The figure has grown since late June, as the BA.4 and BA.5 strains became dominant since they can evade immune protection, whether from … Continue reading Australia’s health care system strained by record number of COVID patients as Omicron surges

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