Category: Health News

UK finds missing case of Brazil variant, says no sign it has spread

FILE PHOTO: A person works at a minibus that was converted into a COVID-19 mobile test centre for people who can’t get to regular test centres, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Walsall, Britain, February 8, 2021. REUTERS/Carl RecineLONDON (Reuters) – English health authorities have tracked down a previously-unidentified person who tested

How moving the homeless to hotels during the pandemic helps everyone

(HealthDay)—Giving homeless COVID-19 patients a free hotel room for their quarantine and recovery pays huge health dividends for the entire community, according to a new study out of San Francisco. Only 4% of homeless folks transferred from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to a participating hotel wound up back in the hospital with worsened COVID-19

Semaglutide for Meaningful Weight Loss in Obesity and Diabetes?

A 2.4-mg weekly injection of the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist semaglutide led to a clinically meaningful 5% loss in weight for roughly two thirds of patients with both overweight/obesity and type 2 diabetes, researchers report. These findings from the Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People With Obesity 2 (STEP 2) trial, one of four phase

NIH Launches New Research on COVID-19 in Children

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The National Institutes of Health has launched a new research initiative to better understand how COVID-19 affects children, particularly those with long-term effects of coronavirus infection. The CARING for Children with COVID program will study why some children face greater risks

Australia asks EU to stop blocking vaccine exports

BRUSSELS — Australia is seeking assurances from the European Union’s executive arm that future shipments of vaccines will not be blocked, after Italy banned a large export of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shots. The shipment to Australia of more than a quarter-million doses was blocked from leaving the 27-nation bloc — the first use of an

When does a cancer first arise?

There is no stronger risk factor for cancer than age. At the time of diagnosis, the median age of patients across all cancers is 66. That moment, however, is the culmination of years of clandestine tumor growth, and the answer to an important question has thus far remained elusive: When does a cancer first arise?

CVD risk factors tied to cognitive impairment in schizophrenia

(HealthDay)—Cardiovascular risk factors are associated with cognitive impairment among individuals with schizophrenia, according to a review and meta-analysis published online March 3 in JAMA Psychiatry. Katsuhiko Hagi, Ph.D., from Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma in Tokyo, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the association between risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cognition

US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled

Pandemic lockdowns and stay-at-home orders kept many drivers off U.S. roads and highways last year. But those who did venture out found open lanes that only invited reckless driving, leading to a sharp increase in traffic-crash deaths across the country. The nonprofit National Safety Council estimates in a report issued Thursday that 42,060 people died

Putin says Russia vaccinated two million against virus

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia had vaccinated more than two million people with its two-dose Sputnik V vaccine, while another two million had received their first dose. His comments came as the European Union began reviewing the Russian vaccine, moving closer to approving the jab in what would be

The COVID Vaccine Side Effects To Know

We’re now several months deep into COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and doses are slowly making their way to the general population. Depending on where you live, you might be eligible to get vaccinated soon, if you’re not already. That may leave you wondering: What are the COVID-19 vaccine side effects I should be prepared for? It’s

Covid cases rising again in Europe: WHO

The number of new coronavirus cases has risen in Europe after six weeks of decline, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. “Last week, new cases of COVID-19 in Europe rose nine percent to just above one million. This brought a promising six-week decline in new cases to an end, with more than half of

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly. Two officials in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration shared details Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The doses will be spread