Category: Health News

What is COVID-19 anxiety syndrome?

As lockdowns and restrictions ease in various locations, some people find it extremely challenging to reacclimate to “normal” life. As the pandemic recedes, some consider this phenomenon as the next emerging mental health crisis. Over a year has passed since SARS-CoV-2 began to spread across the world. Its appearance, which first caused mild concern, soon

UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines

Britain announced a “first tentative step” Friday toward resuming international travel, saying U.K. citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the country’s current blanket ban on overseas vacations will be replaced on May 17

EU sceptical of US push to lift COVID vaccine patents

The EU voiced scepticism Friday over the United States’ sudden push to waive COVID vaccine patents to boost supply to poorer countries, while defending its own record as the world’s biggest exporter of doses. French President Emmanuel Macron led the charge as he arrived at an EU summit in Portugal, stressing that the bigger problem

Tanzanian president ditches predecessor's rejection of masks

Slideshow ( 2 images )NAIROBI (Reuters) – Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting COVID-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor. Hassan took office in March after the death of John Magufuli, who had urged Tanzanians to shun masks and

Could antiviral surface designs help reduce SARS-CoV-2’s spread?

It is now widely known that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), spreads via respiratory droplets. The persistence of the aerosol in the environment largely determines the success of the viral transmission. In addition, the virus-laden droplets can also deposit on various surfaces

Ventilated COVID Patient Gets Ivermectin After Court Order

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A 68-year-old woman with COVID-19, who has been in intensive care in an Illinois hospital for a month, started receiving the controversial drug ivermectin (Stromectol) this week after her family sued the hospital to have someone administer it, according to a

Here Are The Best Kinds Of Mattresses For Your Back Pain

As many people age, they start to understand why their parents always complained about their backs. They get sore! Especially after waking up, your vertebrae can feel stiff and uncomfortable — particularly if you’re using the wrong mattress. According to Health, nearly 80 percent of Americans report suffering from back pain, either sporadic or chronic.

The 100 Best and Worst Cities in America for Mental Health

WITH THE GLOBAL-pandemic-slash-economic-collapse-slash-political-unrest of the past year, we’ve been thinking a lot about mental health. What it means; how we can improve it; and where people seem the healthiest. Our analysis of 100 major American cities factored in per capita mental-health-care providers, fit-brain behaviors (sleep, physical activity, no excessive drinking), deaths due to mental disorders

COVID Impact on Breast Cancer: Upfront Endocrine Rx Increased

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The use of neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) increased significantly during the first 8 months of the COVID-19 pandemic for women with estrogen receptor–positive (ER+) breast cancer. These patients would normally undergo surgery first, but because of operating room restrictions, those surgeries

COVID Impact on Breast Cancer: Upfront Endocrine Rx Increased

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The use of neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) increased significantly during the first 8 months of the COVID-19 pandemic for women with estrogen receptor–positive (ER+) breast cancer. These patients would normally undergo surgery first, but because of operating room restrictions, those surgeries

Vaginismus symptoms: What is vaginismus? Do YOU have it?

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Corticosteroid Bursts May Increase GI Bleeding Risk in Children

Oral corticosteroid bursts are associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, sepsis, and pneumonia during the month after treatment initiation, according to a nationwide cohort study of children in Taiwan. The adverse events are rare, and the risk attenuates in subsequent months, the analysis shows. Still, the study “provides evidence that corticosteroid bursts are

Progress Stalling on Malaria Elimination

In its final report on the E-2020 initiative, the World Health Organization (WHO) touted its progress on its goal of eliminating malaria throughout the world. But critics are charging that progress has stalled. The E-2020 initiative supported the efforts of twenty-one countries in eliminating malaria. In a remarkable achievement, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, eight

New MRI technique can detect early dysfunction of the blood-brain barrier with small vessel disease

Collaborative research between the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Southern California (USC) suggests that a noninvasive neuroimaging technique may index early-stage blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction associated with small vessel disease (SVD). Cerebral SVD is the most common cause of vascular cognitive impairment, with a significant proportion of cases going on to develop dementia.

Checkpoint Inhibitor Skin Side Effects More Common in Women

Women had about a twofold higher risk than men of developing dermatologic adverse events while taking immune checkpoint inhibitors for metastatic melanoma in a review of 235 patients at Dana Farber Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Overall, 62.4% of the 93 women in the review and 48.6% of the 142 men experienced confirmed skin reactions, for

Prediabetes can boost a person's chance of major cardiovascular events

People with prediabetes were significantly more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other major cardiovascular event when compared with those who had normal blood sugar levels, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 70th Annual Scientific Session. Researchers said the findings should serve as a wake-up call for clinicians