Category: Health News

On the road again: COVID-19 safety tips for commuters

Many commuters are back on the road as COVID-19 restrictions are lifting across the country and businesses are reopening. For commuters using public transportation, car sharing services and carpooling, close proximity to fellow commuters may raise concerns about safety and risk of infection. That’s because COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets

People with some health conditions have more coronavirus 'doorways'

Is THIS why diabetes sufferers are vulnerable to coronavirus? Scientists discover people with some underlying diseases have more ‘doorways’ for infection on their cells People with underlying health conditions like lung disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are at higher risk of severe coronavirus  Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo and the University of

Risk of preterm births falls under new initiative

The rate of potentially fatal preterm births in Western Australian hospitals can be safely reduced by up to 20% when a coordinated series of interventions is applied to pregnant women, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia. The detailed research findings, published in PLOS ONE, reveal a 7.6% reduction in preterm births across the

COVID-19: Lower risk of death in treatment with medication for heartburn – natural healing naturopathic specialist portal

Study shows potential of heartburn drug for COVID-19 According to an observational study, which was conducted at Irving, Medical Center of Columbia University (USA), could help a common drug for heartburn by the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2-induced disease COVID-19. In a new study has shown that COVID-19-patients and in -patients in the Famotidine, a common drug for

Low physical function and low muscle mass increase the risk for accelerated bone loss in older hip fracture patients

Low physical function and low muscle mass after hip fracture increased the risk for accelerated bone deterioration in older hip fracture patients. Acknowledgement of the risk factors is important for bone health and overall recovery. “Substantial decrements in physical function, muscle and bone strength occur after hip fracture, which markedly increase the risk for a

Researchers identify ‘hot spots’ for developing lymphatic vessels

When an embryo develops, a wide variety of proteins and enzymes trigger a series of biochemical reactions. The development of the lymphatic vasculature is crucially dependent on one specific protein—the growth factor VEGF-C. In order to become biologically active and to initiate downstream signaling events, the protein must first undergo processing steps. Thus far it

Link between dementia and repetitive negative thinking identified

A new study has identified a possible link between negative repetitive thinking and the key signs of dementia. New research has suggested a link between the key signs of dementia, the buildup of proteins in the brain and cognitive decline, and repetitive negative thinking (RNT). The research, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, lays

Overactive enzyme causes hereditary hypertension

A Turkish family from a village near the Black Sea caught the attention of medical researchers in the early 1970s, when a physician discovered that many members of this large family had both unusually short fingers and astronomically high blood pressure, sometimes twice as high as that of healthy people. Those affected die around the

Brazil during the 1918 flu epidemic

While the impact of the 1918 Spanish flu on the developed world has been extensively researched, a lot less is known about its health effects on the Global South. In a first-of-its-kind study, Professor of Business at Brandeis International Business School Aldo Musacchio and his colleagues have applied modern statistical methods to study the toll

Study underlines importance of adequate PPE and training to prevent COVID-19 infection

Despite being at high risk of exposure to COVID-19, frontline healthcare professionals who were appropriately protected did not contract infection or develop protective immunity against the virus, finds a study from China published by The BMJ today. The researchers acknowledge that the healthcare professionals were working away from home, so had limited social interactions after

Mozart may reduce seizure frequency in people with epilepsy

A new clinical research study by Dr. Marjan Rafiee and Dr. Taufik Valiante of the Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital, part of University Health Network, has found that a Mozart composition may reduce seizure frequency in patients with epilepsy. The results of the research study, “The Rhyme and Rhythm of Music in Epilepsy,”