COVID-19 will have a long-term impact on rural communities

Although vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun in the UK, the effects of the pandemic on the economy and society will continue to be felt for a long time. Rural communities, in particular, will be hit hard. The closure of local hubs such as pubs and community centers in rural and remote areas has been a trend in recent years. The […]

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MS Has Mixed Impact on Patients’ Cancer Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 — How does having multiple sclerosis (MS) affect a person’s odds for cancer? The answer may depend on the type of cancer, new research shows. The study found that MS patients do have much greater odds of developing bladder cancer compared to people without the illness. But there was good news, too: Their risk of breast […]

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Patients With IBD Report Concern About Impact of COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2020 — Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) report concern about the impact of COVID-19 on their health, and many perceive themselves as being at increased risk for contracting the virus, according to research published online Oct. 16 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Thomas M. Goodsall, M.B.B.S., from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on access to Parkinson’s disease medication

A global survey of health professionals, led by Queen Mary University of London, has shown that during the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with Parkinson’s disease in large parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin and South America experienced difficulty in accessing their medication, which is likely to have led to deterioration of symptom control. The email survey of the Movement Disorders Society, […]

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Scientists eager to explain brain rhythm boost’s broad impact in Alzheimer’s models

The sweeping extent to which increasing 40Hz “gamma” rhythm power in the brain can affect the pathology and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mouse models has been surprising, even to the MIT neuroscientists who’ve pioneered the idea. So surprising, in fact, they can’t yet explain why it happens. In three papers, including two this year in Cell and Neuron, they’ve […]

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Taking the long view on health: Tracking the impact of aging in rural South Africa

Population aging is a growing challenge worldwide, and African is no exception. The World Health Organisation estimates that the continent is home to almost 65 million people aged 60 years or older, and that this number will increase to over 100 million by 2050. This rapid population aging will certainly lead to an increase in non-communicable diseases. This, in turn, […]

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Changes to rectus muscles from pregnancy may impact abdominoplasty

(HealthDay)—Pregnancy alters the shape of the rectus abdominis muscle, which may in turn affect abdominoplasty outcomes, according to a study published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Lindsay E. Janes, M.D., from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues used the Northwestern Enterprise Data Warehouse to identify women (aged 18 to 45 years) […]

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Research shows impact of poverty on children’s brain activity

Children born into poverty show key differences in early brain function, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers studied the brain function of children aged between four months and four years in rural India. They found that children from lower-income backgrounds, where mothers also had a low level of education, had weaker brain activity and were […]

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‘I’d go to a family function and not talk to anyone’: the social impact of hearing loss

Alan Edwards can still remember the day he heard clearly for the first time. “It was an overwhelming sense of calm,” Edwards says, remembering sitting on a park bench and laughing as he enjoyed the sounds he’d never heard before. Alan Edwards found himself feeling isolated when his hearing deteriorated. “It was really fascinating and amazing.” Having struggled with genetic, […]

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