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Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

September 6, 2021

Constant use of antibiotics can affect the intestinal microbiome and increase the risk of colon cancer, confirmed researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. According to Sophia Harlid, cancer researcher at the university, although the increase in risk was greatest for those taking a high amount of antibiotics, the Swedish study of 40,000 cancer cases also suggests […]

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Obesity leads to hospitalisation/death from COVID-19

March 17, 2021

Epidemiologists have noted a distinct correlation between body weight and COVID-19 severity from the early days of the pandemic, and now, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that more than three-quarters of people presenting at a hospital with COVID-19 were either obese or overweight. It is unsurprising that obesity should […]

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Night shift work heightens cancer risk

March 10, 2021

Night shift work has been found to cause circadian rhythm disruptions and can alter the expression of tumour-related genes, making one more vulnerable to the DNA damage that leads to cancer. According to Hans Van Dongen, Director of Washington State University’s (WSU) Sleep and Performance Research Center, night shift workers face “considerable” health disparities – […]

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Six cases of new coronavirus variant found in India

December 30, 2020

India’s Health Ministry has found positive cases of the more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus in six people who returned from Britain in recent weeks. Discovery of the new coronavirus variant in Britain weeks ago has prompted India to suspend all flights from the country. The ban will remain until the end of the […]

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Inter-arm differences in blood pressure increases cardiovascular disease risk

December 22, 2020

An expansive study led by researchers at the University of Exeter, UK, is the first to find that increasing differences in the blood pressure between each arm is linked to poorer cardiovascular health – the greater this differential in pressure, the greater the patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke and early death. Blood pressure rises […]

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WHO: health harms from prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels

December 2, 2020

New research involving some 44,000 people across four countries highlights a grim reality: a high daily tally of sedentary time (10 or more hours) i.e. prolonged sitting is linked to a significantly heightened risk of premature death, particularly among people who are already unfit or physically inactive. However, according to guidelines set out in the […]

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People with Parkinson’s more likely to die from COVID-19

October 16, 2020

New analysis based on patient data in the TriNetX COVID-19 research network in the US suggests that patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) disease have a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. According to neurologists Qiang Zhang and Nandakumar Narayanan at the University of Iowa Health Care (UI), at least 21.3% of COVID-19 patients with PD […]

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Two tropical, mosquito-borne viruses linked to neurological damage, stoke

September 21, 2020

While the world focuses on COVID-19 and its many debilitating complications, UK researchers and Brazilian collaborators have found that an infection from mosquito-borne viruses, namely the Zika and chikungunya viruses can cause stroke and extensive problems in brain function.These viruses mostly circulate in the tropics and are known to cause large outbreaks of rash and […]

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Blood test predicts risk of developing psychotic disorders in childhood

August 31, 2020

A fraction of young people who display mild, transitory psychotic signs and symptoms at an early age will go on to develop a serious psychotic disorder. Researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have compiled datasets from several 12-year-olds classified as at a clinically high-risk of psychosis and used machine learning to […]

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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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