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Moderate alcohol intake–defined as no more than one alcoholic drink for women and two for men per day–has been associated with a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease when compared with individuals who abstain from drinking or partake in excessive drinking, according to a new study being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s
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It is still unclear how the immune system’s antibodies target and attack certain viruses, particularly the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the pathogen that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a new study recently published in the journal Science, a team of researchers in the U.S. found that most of the antibodies
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has shown a disproportionate tendency to cause severe or critical disease and death in men, and in older adults, in the first wave at least. But why does its causative virus – the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – show this predisposition? A new study, released as
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Transplant patients are typically on chronic immunosuppression, making them automatically more vulnerable to infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the agent responsible for the loss of over three million lives in the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A new study, released as a preprint on the bioRxiv* server, discusses evidence
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It is well known that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) binds with the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor on the host cell surface. This process facilitates host-virus membrane fusion, with cell entry achieved by host proteases. The particular host protease utilized varies amongst betacoronaviruses, though SARS-CoV-2 appears to use cathepsins primarily, usually found
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A team of scientists in Australia has recently investigated the health condition of Australian citizens who lost jobs during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The study findings reveal that job loss is associated with a deterioration in mental health but an improvement in physical health. Importantly, retaining employment has shown a positive impact on
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Latest Coronavirus News FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) After SARS-CoV-2 exposure, a 14-day quarantine is standard among university athletes. But shorter quarantines for these athletes, along with mid-quarantine testing, may improve their compliance without increasing the risk that they’ll infect others, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 620 U.S. college athletes who
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Latest Cold and Flu News FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 The United States has far fewer flu cases than normal, and experts say it’s probably due to measures people are taking to protect themselves from COVID-19. Flu season usually peaks between December and February. Influenza typically causes about 45 million illnesses, 810,000 hospitalizations and 61,000 deaths
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Latest Coronavirus News FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) A combination of mask use, social distancing and routine testing would eliminate nearly all COVID-19 infections on U.S. college campuses, a new study claims. Using a computer model that simulated a semester of a mid-sized college (5,000 students and 1,000 faculty), researchers assessed the effectiveness and
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Latest Coronavirus News By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) President-elect Joe Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus “rescue” plan on Thursday that would pump $400 billion directly into efforts to fight the pandemic, with the rest focused on economic relief and state and local aid. “”I know
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Latest Cancer News FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) Giving low-income women mammograms when they’re hospitalized can boost their breast cancer screening rates, according to a new study. Getting cancer screening tests can be challenging for low-income women due to factors such as a lack of transportation and not being able to take time off
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Latest Pregnancy News FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) When it comes to in vitro fertilization, new research suggests fresh is best. In the study, researchers analyzed data from 33,000 women who received fresh or frozen embryos derived from freshly retrieved donor eggs. The data was from 370 in vitro fertilization clinics in the United
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Latest Exercise & Fitness News FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) What makes a marathoner great? New research pinpoints the physical attributes of top marathon runners, and could help others improve their marathon performance. Elite male distance runners were asked to run on treadmills at a range of speeds and also on an outdoor track
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