Scientists find predictors of heart disease among Black Americans that are shared across ethnicities

Coronary heart disease, which is a major cause of heart attack, develops when damaged or clogged arteries cannot deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart. Black Americans are at greater risk of coronary heart disease than non-Hispanic white individuals; however, because Black Americans are underrepresented in clinical research, established risk prediction models do not fully capture their risk. To identify […]

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Why you can probably keep milk longer than you think (and why you should)

Around one-third of the food produced globally every year never gets eaten. This waste often occurs along the supply chain before the food even reaches us. But consumers who throw away food because it’s gone bad, or because they think it may have gone bad, are also responsible for a large proportion of food waste. All food production results in […]

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Booster shots are instrumental in protecting against Omicron, new C.D.C. data suggest.

By Apoorva Mandavilli Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines aren’t just preventing infections with the contagious Omicron variant — they’re also keeping infected Americans from ending up in the hospital, according to data published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra doses are 90 percent effective against hospitalization with the variant, the agency […]

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Romania hits pandemic record of nearly 20,000 infections

Romania on Friday hit a new pandemic record of 19,649 COVID-19 infections amid a rapid rise of cases, but hospitalizations and deaths remain significantly lower compared to the previous wave, official data shows. Just a month ago Romania was registering fewer than a thousand coronavirus infections a day. But daily cases have skyrocketed since the emergence of the highly transmissible […]

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Researchers determine the number of intervention sessions needed to prevent cognitive decline

Physical activity, nutrition and cognitively stimulating activities are all known to be good ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia. And older adults at risk can access a variety of lifestyle services to that end, including diet regimes and exercises for their body and mind. Now an international team of researchers led by Université de Montréal psychology professor Sylvie Belleville […]

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COVID-19: Nearly half of virus hospitalizations in Massachusetts are for other issues

COVID therapeutics becoming important tool in combating the virus Correspondent Jonathan Serrie has details from Atlanta on ‘The Faulkner Focus.’ Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health on Thursday—for the first time—made a distinction between COVID-19 patients hospitalized with “primary” and “incidental” cases. Boston 25, citing the newly released data, reported that 49% of the state’s 3,187 patients– hospitalized on Jan. 18–were […]

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RNA reference materials are useful for standardizing COVID-19 tests, study shows

Scientists track and monitor the circulation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, using methods based on a laboratory technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Also used as the “gold standard” test to diagnose COVID-19 in individuals, PCR amplifies pieces of DNA by copying them numerous times through a series of chemical reactions. The number of cycles it takes to […]

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Roundup: Melbourne's digital chief joins St. Vincent's Health, Kensington Hospital moves to cloud and more briefs

Melbourne’s digital chief joins aged care provider St. Vincent’s Health  The chief digital officer of the city of Melbourne has announced her move to aged care provider St. Vincent’s Health Australia. In a social media post, Michelle Fitzgerald, who is also the city council’s customer and digital general manager, said she is filling in the same position of CDO at the […]

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