Should the most vulnerable be shielding again?

Should the most vulnerable be shielding again – no matter what health chiefs say? The Covid-19 vaccines provide robust protection even to those most vulnerable to the virus, a recent study by Public Health England (PHE) concluded.  The report was welcome news to the four million Britons who had been sticking to the strictest shielding rules – such as not […]

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A Mom of 6 Explains Why She’s In a ‘Vulnerable State’ After Getting Potentially Cancerous Moles Removed From Her Face

Rachel Bennett's moles were a part of who she was. "They were like my birthmark, my trademark, something that made me significantly different looking than other people, and I absolutely loved them," she tells Health. So in late January, when the 38-year-old social media influencer and mother of six got the moles on her face removed so that they could […]

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Study: minorities should be designated vulnerable to COVID

Researchers writing in a British Medical Journal are recommending that ethnic minorities should be considered “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19, a distinction that could give groups hard-hit by the pandemic earlier access to potentially life-saving vaccines. This suggestion is one of six made by the authors of an analysis published Friday in The BMJ. They say “systemic racism” is the fundamental […]

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Study suggests vulnerable populations—both clinical and sociodemographic—hit hardest by COVID-19

Data from the first COVID-19 patients treated at three large Massachusetts hospitals reveal important trends, including disproportionate representation of vulnerable populations, high rates of disease-related complications, and the need for post-discharge, post-acute care and monitoring. “Our medium follow-up revealed that many of these patients are very sick even after leaving the hospital,” says senior author Jason H. Wasfy, MD, MPhil, […]

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Lockdown ease could lead to tens of thousands of excess deaths unless vulnerable are protected

The risk of death among people with health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, is five times higher than in people without underlying conditions and easing the lockdown must take into account this clinical vulnerability, according to new UCL-led research. The study, published today in The Lancet, analyzed 3.8 million health records and found that between 37,000 and 73,000 […]

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Natural lipids in buttermilk could contribute to reducing cardiovascular risk in vulnerable populations

Dairy products contain a wide variety of lipids, including triglycerides and polar lipids, the latter being specific lipids that naturally stabilize fat droplets and are notably found in cream and buttermilk. Polar lipids play a crucial physiological role as they are essential components of cell membranes. Preliminary experiments in rodents had revealed the beneficial effects of milk polar lipids on […]

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Some women with psychotic disorders are more vulnerable around the time of menstruation

Mothers on the Edge, a recent documentary by Louis Theroux, told the stories of four new mothers admitted to specialist mental health units for a range of serious conditions including anxiety, depression and psychosis—triggered by recent motherhood. Hormonal changes that happen with childbirth, menopause and menstruation may trigger or exacerbate symptoms of psychosis. Levels of ovarian hormones in the blood […]

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