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9 ways to relieve acid reflux without medication

By |2020-09-10T02:22:04+00:00September 10th, 2020|

A few lifestyle changes are worth trying before resorting to drugs for controlling gastroesophageal reflux. If you are sounding a little hoarse and have a sore throat, you may be bracing for a cold or a bout of the flu. But if you’ve had these symptoms for a while, they might be caused not by a [...]

Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine shows promising immune response, early data show

By |2020-09-05T01:37:36+00:00September 5th, 2020|

Apotential Covid-19 vaccine from the biotech company Novavax showed a promising immune response in a small, early trial, but not without a high rate of mostly mild side effects. The results, published Tuesday, are the latest encouraging sign in the global effort to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, which has killed nearly 700,000 people [...]

Tapinarof cream shows efficacy in atopic dermatitis

By |2020-09-05T01:37:33+00:00September 5th, 2020|

Tapinarof cream was associated with significant improvement as assessed by Investigator Global Assessment in a cohort of adults and adolescents with atopic dermatitis, according to a study. “Topical treatment directed at skin inflammation is a key part of disease management to provide symptomatic relief from the core symptoms of AD, such as pruritus,” Amy S. Paller, MD, of [...]

Why does COVID‐19 kill more elderly men than women? Is there a role for testosterone?

By |2020-09-05T01:37:30+00:00September 5th, 2020|

Background Recent epidemiological data indicate that there may be a gender predisposition to COVID‐19, with men predisposed to being most severely affected, and older men accounting for most deaths. Objectives Provide a review of the research literature, propose hypotheses, and therapies based on the potential link between testosterone (T) and COVID‐19 induced mortality in elderly [...]

Smoking status and second-hand smoke biomarkers in COPD, asthma and healthy controls

By |2020-09-05T01:37:24+00:00September 5th, 2020|

Introduction Tobacco smoke worsens COPD and asthma. For healthy individuals, quantifying active and second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure clarifies the epidemiology of tobacco consumption and the efficacy of nonsmoking measures. Identifying tobacco exposure biomarkers and cut-offs might allow the creation of sensitive and specific tests. Aim We describe the state-of-the-art serum, urinary cotinine and exhaled carbon monoxide [...]

NYC’s Health Commissioner Resigns After Clashes With Mayor

By |2020-09-05T01:37:21+00:00September 5th, 2020|

The head of New York City’s health department has resigned. Dr. Oxiris Barbot is leaving one of the country’s biggest health departments in a city, of course, that got hit very hard by COVID-19. Fred Mogul of WNYC has been covering this story. Good morning, Fred. FRED MOGUL, BYLINE: Hi, there. Good morning. KING: Why did Dr. Barbot [...]

Experiences of Home Health Care Workers in New York City During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

By |2020-09-05T01:37:17+00:00September 5th, 2020|

Question  What are the experiences of home health care workers caring for older adults and for patients with chronic illnesses during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic? Findings  In this qualitative study of 33 home health care workers employed by 24 unique home care agencies across New York City, participants reported that they were at heightened [...]

Coronavirus: Queensland to close border to New South Wales

By |2020-09-05T01:37:15+00:00September 5th, 2020|

Australia’s Queensland will extend its border closure to New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to halt the spread of coronavirus from south-eastern states. It has already shut to Victoria – the centre of Australia’s second wave – amid an outbreak in Melbourne. Victoria reported 725 new infections on Wednesday, yet another [...]

In cell studies, seaweed extract outperforms remdesivir in blocking COVID-19 virus

By |2020-09-05T01:37:13+00:00September 5th, 2020|

In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the disease. Heparin, a common blood thinner, and a heparin variant stripped of its anticoagulant properties, performed on par with remdesivir in inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 infection in mammalian cells. [...]

Move Over, Traffic: Aircraft Emissions and Preterm Birth

By |2020-09-05T01:37:09+00:00September 5th, 2020|

Just over 11% of babies worldwide are born preterm (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) putting them at risk for problems with their heart, lungs, eyes, and brain development.1 Previous studies have suggested outdoor air pollution exposure may be a risk factor for preterm birth.2,3 Much of this research has focused on traffic-related air pollution. A recent study [...]