Category: Health News

Thailand faces growing outbreak ahead of New Year travel

Thai authorities struggled to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak just days before the country’s traditional Songkran New Year’s holiday, when millions of people travel. Health officials reported 559 new infections on Friday, following increases over the previous two days. The government response has so far centered on closures of nightlife venues in 41 provinces for

Parity Whether Anticoagulation Is Halted or Not for Unplanned Cath

Maintaining oral anticoagulation (OAC) throughout an unplanned cardiac catheterization confers no extra risk and might hold some advantages over periprocedural OAC interruption in patients on long-term anticoagulation therapy, suggests a major registry analysis. There was no significant difference in adjusted risk of bleeding or in a primary endpoint that included death and ischemic events whether

Riociguat an Option for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension When PDE-5 Inhibitors Fail

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) at intermediate risk of death within a year may be switched from a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor to riociguat to reduce risk, researchers suggest. “Decision making regarding treatment of PAH has become increasingly complex,” Dr. Marius Hoeper of Hanover Medical School in Germany told Reuters

Developing new ways to diagnose preeclampsia

Researchers at Texas A&M University are developing novel tests to diagnose preeclampsia earlier in a pregnancy, even before symptoms occur, allowing hospitals to better treat pregnant patients. Preeclampsia—a pregnancy complication that can lead to organ damage, especially in the liver and kidneys —is one of the leading causes of maternal and baby deaths during pregnancy.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine bet that paid off

With a strategic alliance, 24-hour production and a bit of luck, Pfizer and BioNTech were able to roll out their COVID vaccine at a brisk pace and relatively free of controversy. US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and BioNTech, a smaller German biotech firm, joined forces on April 9, 2020, as the world reeled from the pandemic,

Sunlight linked with lower COVID-19 deaths, study shows

Sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from Covid-19, an observational study suggests. Increased exposure to the sun’s rays—specifically UVA—could act as a simple public health intervention if further research establishes it causes a reduction in mortality rates, experts say. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh compared all recorded deaths from Covid-19 in the continental

Spain widens age limit for AstraZeneca jabs

The use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to protect against COVID-19 in Spain will be widened to include people aged 66-69, the health ministry announced Thursday. Amid fears the jab may cause blood clots, the government had on Wednesday limited the vaccine to 60-65 year-olds. “The aim is to complete the inoculation of the people who

‘Pain is always a perception’: Physical therapy can help prevent, treat opioid use disorder

When you think of ways to treat opioid use disorder, you might think methadone clinics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. You probably don’t imagine stretches and strengthening exercises. But Anne Swisher—professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine—is working to address opioid misuse in an unconventional way: through physical therapy. She and her colleagues have

Don’t be modest—it’s OK to brag, study suggests

If something positive happens in your life, don’t be modest by keeping the news to yourself—brag about it to your close friend or family member, or risk having them feel devalued when they find out second hand, say researchers at the University of Michigan. People are often concerned about being seen as braggarts. They avoid

For veterans, a hidden side effect of COVID: Feelings of personal growth

The U.S. military veteran population is known to have abnormally high rates of suicide, so health officials have been concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic might elevate risk of psychiatric disorders, particularly among those suffering from post-traumatic stress and related disorders. A recent national study of more than 3,000 veterans participating in the National Health and

Risk Behavior Screenings for Youth Infrequent in Hospital Settings

(Reuters Health) – Youth risk behavior screening rates are low in hospital, emergency department, and urgent care settings, a scoping review suggests. Researchers examined data from 46 studies that focused on risk behavior screening rates and intervention tools for assessing and treating youth aged 10 to 25 years. Most of the studies looked at emergency