Category: Health News

What people with high blood pressure need to know about COVID-19

Many people have concerns about staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with a chronic condition such as high blood pressure—a reading above 130/80—may face an increased risk for severe complications if they get the virus. With nearly half of Americans dealing with high blood pressure, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization

Fake Twitter accounts politicized discourse about vaccines

Activity from phony Twitter accounts established by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) between 2015 and 2017 may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ position on the nature and efficacy of vaccines, a health care topic which has not historically fallen along party lines, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Coronavirus death rate may be lower than previously thought

The coronavirus mortality rate might be lower than previously thought, according to a new study. A group of researchers analyzed data from China and found that the overall mortality rate of COVID-19 was 1.38%. But if they adjusted for cases that likely went unaccounted for due to their mild or asymptomatic nature, the overall mortality

US virus death toll exceeds official China tally

The number of deaths in the United States from coronavirus has surpassed those reported by China, where the pandemic began in December, according to a toll published on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins University. There have been 3,415 deaths in the US from the virus, the Baltimore-based university said, more than the 3,309 reported officially in

The at-home exercises SIR MUIR GRAY says you should try

From lifting heavy books to using an armchair: The at-home exercises SIR MUIR GRAY says you should try during the coronavirus lockdown Those looking to exercise could also try live classes online and competitions There’s also no need to have expensive gym equipment to exercise in the home Sir Muir Gray recommends using what you

Why a loss of smell may be a sign of coronavirus

Doctors say a complete loss of smell and taste may be an early warning sign of coronavirus… that could appear just hours after a sufferer is infected Doctors are calling for this to be added to other main symptoms of coronavirus Currently these are a continuous cough and/or a high temperature, says PHE But an

World-first tool to improve COVID-19 diagnosis, free and online

The world’s only online image-based COVID-19 diagnosis improvement tool for healthcare workers is launched today by University of Sydney spinoff DetectED-X, drawing on its global experience and outcomes in breast cancer detection and patient cases from the coronavirus pandemic. The cloud-based life-saving technology, developed by Australian-based radiation and imaging experts DetectED-X, will help doctors and

Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons. Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal

Spain coronavirus outbreak ‘close to peaking’: official

The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged over 5,600 on Saturday after a record 832 people died in 24 hours, as officials said the epidemic appeared to be close to the peak. Spain has the world’s second-highest death toll after Italy with 5,690 fatalities. But although Spain’s latest figures showed a daily increase of more

Gene mutation enhances cognitive flexibility in mice, study suggests

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered in mice what they believe is the first known genetic mutation to improve cognitive flexibility—the ability to adapt to changing situations. The gene, KCND2, codes for a protein that regulates potassium channels, which control electrical signals that travel along neurons. The electrical signals stimulate chemical messengers

Switzerland virus cases top 10,000

Switzerland on Thursday joined the small group of countries to declare more than 10,000 officially-recorded cases of COVID-19, as it launched plans to start tracking crowd build-ups through mobile phone data. The health ministry said 10,661 people in the Alpine country have tested positive for the new coronavirus—nearly 1,000 more than a day earlier—while 161