Statins reduce COVID-19 severity, likely by removing cholesterol that virus uses to infect

There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatments for COVID-19, the pandemic infection caused by a novel coronavirus. While several therapies are being tested in clinical trials, current standard of care involves providing patients with fluids and fever-reducing medications. To speed the search for new COVID-19 therapies, researchers are testing repurposed drugs—medicines already known to be safe for human […]

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Black newborns three times more likely to die when cared for by white doctor: study

A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has found that newborn Black babies are three times more likely to die just after birth when they are cared for by a white doctor, compared to the national average. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of Florida medical […]

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Patients with privacy concerns three times as likely to withhold details from their doctors

Have you ever kept information from a doctor or other health care provider because you were concerned about the privacy or security of your medical record? If so, new research at The Ohio State University College of Medicine finds you’re not alone, and that could have negative implications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers with CATALYST—the Center for the Advancement of […]

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Parents twice as likely to be concerned about ticks than of mosquitoes

Not all bloodsuckers are created equal in parents’ eyes. When it comes to bug bites, parents are twice as likely to be concerned about ticks as they are about mosquitoes transmitting disease, a new national poll finds. But as children spend more time outside, families may not always know the best way to protect them from both of these pesky […]

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Denver mask mandate likely coming next week, Mayor Hancock says

Mayor Michael Hancock said Thursday he expects to issue a mandate next week requiring Denver residents to wear face masks in public. Hancock told Denver7 that he expects to have a detailed news conference sometime next week to “lay out the new landscape for Denver” and that he expects to announce the mask mandate at that time. Hancock has previously said […]

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Some people are more likely to infect others with coronavirus

Could YOU be a super-spreader? Some people are more likely to infect others with coronavirus as they are prone to milder symptoms that mean they don’t notice and continue to socialise Steve Walsh, a Scout leader in Hove, named ‘super-spreader’ of new coronavirus He unwittingly infected at least 11 people during skiing holiday in French Alps  However the term super-spread […]

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Only-children more likely to be obese than children with siblings

Families with multiple children tend to make more healthy eating decisions than families with a single child. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found that only-children, who researchers refer to as “singletons,” had less healthy family eating practices, beverage choices, and total Healthy Eating Index 2010 score, coming in lower on three […]

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Watch Out, Young Moms: Your Kids Are More Likely to Have ADHD

We hear plenty about the risks of becoming a mother when you’re older (even though recent studies have shown that older parents have better-behaved children, so there’s that!). But yesterday, a new study conducted by the University of South Australia, which was published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, explains how younger moms are more likely to have kids with ADHD — especially […]

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Poor and minority patients are more likely to have cancer detected via emergency room visit

Medicare patients from lower socioeconomic groups and several ethnic minority groups were more likely than their wealthier, whiter peers to be diagnosed with cancer following an emergency room visit, according to results of a study presented at the 12th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, held here Sept. 20-23. Although […]

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Physicians more likely to prescribe opioids later in the day

It’s only human that decision-making changes when people are rushed. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University conducted the first study in the United States to examine this phenomenon—using a national source of electronic health records—in primary care physicians when they decide whether to prescribe opioid painkillers. The findings were recently published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers looked […]

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