The best way to launch a generation with ideal cardiovascular health? Start with a generation of healthier parents

About a decade ago, scientists found that people can lower their risk of heart disease and stroke by managing seven easily understood risk factors—things like diet, exercise and smoking status. This collection was dubbed “Life’s Simple 7.” The way it works is simple, too: The more of those factors in a person’s favor, the higher their chance of living longer […]

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COVID-19 infection doubles the risk of psychiatric diagnoses

COVID-19 infection doubles the risk of psychiatric diagnoses including depression and anxiety and triples the risk of sleep problems, study finds COVID-19 infection leads to increased risk of fatigue, sleep problems, and psychiatric issues long after patients are diagnosed, a new study finds Researchers at the University of Manchester used a database of 12 million patients’ health records to examine […]

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Digital pharmacies on the rise. But who is going to pay?

Today consumers are used to getting just about everything delivered at their doorstep. But historically, getting medication required a trip to the doctor’s office and then a stop at the pharmacy. However, digital may interrupt this paradigm.  It’s no secret that medication adherence is a major issue in healthcare. While medication costs have often been pointed to as the main […]

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Researchers outline the connection between inflammation and depression

In a paper published recently in Pharmacological Reviews, Emory University School of Medicine researchers outlined the impact of inflammation on motivation as it relates to depression. The researchers propose that low grade inflammation affects brain chemicals and brain circuits that regulate motivation, ultimately leading to motivational deficits and a loss of interest or willingness to engage in usually pleasurable activities […]

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Mechanism underlying the emergence of virus variants unravelled

An international consortium, led by Delft University of Technology and the University of North Carolina, has for the first time succeeded in probing the molecular origins of recombination in RNA viruses. Hiccups during the copying process of viruses cause recombination to take place: the exchange of segments of viral RNA. While this can lead to the emergence of new virus […]

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Delta and Delta Plus evade the antibody response

The emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants that can spread rapidly and undermine vaccine-induced immunity threatens the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The delta variant (B.1.617.2) emerged in India and subsequently spread globally within a short time period. Also in Germany, almost all recent infections are due to this variant. In addition to Delta, so-called Delta Plus sub-variants have been observed, […]

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Study explores the decisions made by physicians in the delivery room, and why they may be making them

Clinical decisions made in the delivery setting as to whether to employ vaginal delivery or cesarean section are often made under high pressure, and with great uncertainty, and have serious consequences for mother and baby. Now, a new study of electronic health records spanning 86,000 deliveries suggests that if their prior patient had complications in one delivery mode, a physician […]

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