Microbial characteristics of COVID-19

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, triggered by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has caused over 5.5 million deaths amidst hundreds of millions of infections worldwide. Without specific treatments, the outlook is bleak as new variants emerge, mocking the immunity gained from infection by earlier variants or vaccination based on the ancestral spike antigen. Study: Potential Associations […]

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Effect of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants and vaccination status on COVID-19 transmission rates

In a recent study published in the medRxiv* preprint server, a team of researchers determined the impact of the emerging severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants of concern (VOCs) and vaccination status on the SARS-CoV-2 transmission dynamics. The study concluded that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination lowered the susceptibility to infection and the infected patients' transmission rates. Study: […]

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Diabetes: The cheap snack that ‘significantly’ lowers blood sugar after two daily servings

Type 2 diabetes can be a 'devastating diagnosis' says expert We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition characterised by unstable […]

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Aquatic exercise cuts pain, disability from chronic low back pain

(HealthDay)—Therapeutic aquatic exercise leads to greater pain alleviation in patients with chronic low back pain compared with physical therapy, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in JAMA Network Open. Meng-Si Peng, from the Shanghai University of Sport, and colleagues assessed the long-term effects of therapeutic aquatic exercise on people with chronic low back pain. The analysis included 113 […]

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Cannabinoids may prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2, including variants

A new study published in the Journal of Natural Products of the American Chemical Society and American Society of Pharmacognosy has shown that isolated cannabinoids or those in hemp extracts have the potential to prevent and treat the infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2) – primarily by blocking viral cell entry. One of the primary worries […]

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Stabilizing Circadian Rhythm Tied to Lower Suicide Risk in BD

Social rhythm therapy (SRT), which uses behavioral strategies to support healthy sleep and other routines, is linked to improved mood and reduced suicide risk in young people with bipolar disorder (BD), early research suggests. The small study also showed SRT is both feasible and acceptable in this patient population. Results showed SRT, which was primarily delivered via telehealth sessions, began […]

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Celebrities’ social media promotes junk food, often for free

(HealthDay)—Images of people eating and drinking are a staple of social media, but new research finds such posts from celebrities often puts the spotlight squarely on junk food. Profit isn’t always the reason why, investigators found: Celebrities often highlight unhealthy food favorites without getting paid for it. “Ninety-five percent of photos that contain foods and beverages on celebrities’ Instagram profiles […]

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