Antibody Tests Are Still A Long Way From Holding The Key To Ending COVID-19

Novel coronavirus antibody tests can help determine whether a person has contracted COVID-19. COVID-19 antibodies are also being studied to determine if they could hold the key to potential treatments or vaccines. Right now, reliable COVID-19 antibody tests are not widely available, though many are currently in development. Back in mid-March, the coronavirus got me—in a subtle sneak attack. My […]

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How a virus like this one could harm health long after recovery

How a virus like this one could harm health long after you’ve recovered: Worrying evidence suggests Covid-19 may leave behind debilitating conditions ranging from sensory loss to heart and lung damage Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID Long after the lockdown is lifted and the pandemic has receded, the UK health service may still be treating […]

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How long coronaviruses persist on surfaces and how to inactivate them

A review article summarizes everything that researchers know about the lifetime of corona viruses on surfaces and the effect of disinfectants. How long do corona viruses persist on surfaces such as door handles or hospital bedside tables? Which methods can be used to kill them effectively? A research team from Greifswald and Bochum has compiled all published data that are […]

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It’s taking too long to treat rural Aussies who have a stroke

Addressing inequity between metropolitan and regional acute stroke care requires attention to each component of regional workflow, according to the authors of a Perspective published in the Medical Journal of Australia. About 56 000 strokes occur in Australia annually at an estimated economic cost of $5 billion per year; in regional Australia strokes occur at a rate of 250 per […]

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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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Caution: Grapefruit juice may impose risk on patients with long QT syndrome

Grapefruit juice is already listed as a substance to avoid when taking QT-prolonging medications because it increases the toxicity of many drugs. Investigators have now confirmed the QT-prolonging effects of grapefruit juice in a new study and call for a stronger warning to patients who are taking QT-prolonging drugs or who have long QT syndrome because of the potential risk. […]

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