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Researchers find dementia gene mutation doubles risk of severe COVID-19 infection

May 29, 2020

An international team of researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School (Exeter), UK, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UConn Medicine), US, have found high risk of severe COVID-19 infection among participants of European ancestry who carry two faulty copies of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene – the APOE gene is involved […]

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Adults with dysfunctional childhoods more at risk of heart disease, health issues

May 4, 2020

A high level of childhood family environment adversity has been shown to increase a person’s risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s. Children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect and family dysfunction are also likely to report higher rates of stress, smoking, anxiety, depression and sedentary lifestyle – which persist well into adulthood. […]

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S. Koreans on alert over possible rise in coronavirus cases after 2020 general election

April 17, 2020

Following South Korea’s general election this past week – the world’s first nationwide election held during the COVID-19 pandemic – health authorities are concerned that new infection clusters could pop up and again contribute to the death toll. This round of polls reportedly had a 66% voter turnout, the highest in almost three decades, with […]

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Maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 31, 2020

Loneliness and social isolation may increase the risk of premature death by nearly 50%, according to two meta-analyses from Brigham Young University in Utah, US, in 2017. However, as many people’s freedom of movement is now severely limited thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, avoiding loneliness and keeping mentally healthy could become increasingly difficult. Experts from […]

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Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing infectious diseases’ spread

March 25, 2020

A recent commentary reveals a small percentage of children infected with COVID-19 can become seriously ill – researchers thus caution that it is critical to understand how the virus affects children to model the pandemic accurately, limit the disease’s spread, and hopefully treat infected patients. Though COVID-19 so far appears to be largely sparing children, […]

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World may face pandemic as epicenters of rapidly spreading coronavirus appear outside China

February 28, 2020

COVID-19 cases inside China have for the first time been surpassed by fresh cases elsewhere this past week, with Italy and Iran emerging as epicenters of the rapidly spreading illness as well as the first reported infection in Latin America, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, and Romania. The World Health Organization (WHO) said Chinese authorities reported 412 […]

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WHO concerned by global spread of COVID-19; China reports significantly fewer new cases

February 24, 2020

Despite a sharp fallin new deaths and cases of the coronavirus – in the Chinese epicenter Wuhan – on Saturday (US Central Time), new infections continued to rise in other countries, such as South Korea, Iran, Italy and Lebanon. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against making predictions about the outbreak as it was deeply […]

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WHO announces official name of novel coronavirus; hopes rapid infections will cease soon

February 14, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has finally announced the official name of the deadly virus from China, “COVID-19” – “co” stands for corona, “vi” for virus and “d” for disease, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified in late December 2019. WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name […]

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WHO calls coronavirus outbreak a global emergency; more cases reported outside of China

February 3, 2020

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak has been declared a global emergency recently, with World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issuing a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) announcement – it will allow countries to follow the WHO’s leadership in taking certain measures especially on interaction with affected countries. “The declaration of the […]

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Women seem to have faster aging blood vessels than men, accounts for earlier CV risk

January 20, 2020

Women have been thought to simply ‘catch up’ to men in terms of their cardiovascular risk, according to the Director of Public Health Research, Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, Dr. Susan Cheng. However, new research from the Los-Angeles-based institute has found that women’s blood vessels – including both large and small arteries – age at a […]

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