Should vasoconstriction be treated or not?

If deposits have formed in arteries that threaten to block the blood vessel or become loose and might block smaller vessels, doctors are faced with the question of whether and how they should intervene. Methods like balloon dilatation are not without risk. Mechanical engineers Professor Daniel Balzani and Professor Klaus Hackl at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at […]

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WHO wants invite to China’s probe into virus origins

The World Health Organization said Friday it hoped China would invite it to take part in its investigations into the animal origins of the novel coronavirus. “WHO would be keen to work with international partners and at the invitation of the Chinese government to participate in investigation around the animal origins,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP in an email. […]

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UK ‘past peak’ of coronavirus outbreak: PM Johnson

Britain is “past the peak” of its coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday, despite recording another 674 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 26,711. The country is now the third-most affected in the world behind the United States and Italy on cumulative deaths, after changing its reporting to include community as well as hospital […]

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Study finds that many published psychology experiments lack evidence of validity

An examination of nearly 350 published psychological experiments found that nearly half failed to show that they were based on a valid foundation of empirical evidence, suggesting that a wide swath of psychological science is based on an “untested foundation.” The study—conducted by David Chester, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Emily Lasko, a psychology doctoral student […]

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Cardiorespiratory fitness assessment improves accuracy of health predictions

According to a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, taking cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) into account along with traditional risk factors such as age, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking, improves the accuracy of mortality risk assessment. “We found that within a contemporary adult UK population with a varied and relatively low pre-test risk profile, greater CRF was strongly associated with […]

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How to control an influenza outbreak without a specific vaccine

A group of pandemic modeling experts from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering have published new research that simulated viral influenza outbreaks to examine the efficacy of pandemic interventions in the absence of a tailored vaccine. The general use of low-efficacy vaccines, coupled with a targeted application of antiviral medications, may be effective at countering the spread of influenza […]

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Trump says U.S. federal guidelines on social distancing set to expire Thursday

Social distancing guidelines crafted by the federal government to stem the spread of coronavirus expire on Thursday, but President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has no intention of extending the measures. “They’ll be fading out, because now the governors are doing it,” Trump explained during a media briefing. More than half of the United States, at least 28 states, will […]

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Being male or overweight can lead to more serious COVID-19 hospital admissions

New UK research has found that being male or obese reduces chance of survival from severe coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The findings come from a study of almost 17,000 patients with COVID-19, in which researchers from three universities, including Imperial, aim to answer important questions about the course of and risk factors for the disease. According to the Department of Health […]

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