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Early diagnosis of COPD: myth or a true perspective

By |2020-12-19T20:00:57+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Abstract The early stages of COPD have recently become a hot topic as many new risk factors have been proposed, but substantial knowledge gaps remain in explaining the natural history of the disease. If we are to modify the outcomes of COPD, early detection needs to play a critical role. However, we need to sort out [...]

SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and asymptomatic viral carriage in healthcare workers: a cross-sectional study

By |2020-12-19T20:00:55+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Objective To determine the rates of asymptomatic viral carriage and seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in healthcare workers. Design A cross-sectional study of asymptomatic healthcare workers undertaken on 24/25 April 2020. Setting University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT), UK. Participants 545 asymptomatic healthcare workers were recruited while at work. Participants were invited to participate via [...]

Machine learning identifies new brain network signature of major depression

By |2020-12-19T20:00:54+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Using machine learning, researchers have identified novel, distinct patterns of coordinated activity between different parts of the brain in people with major depressive disorder—even when different protocols are used to detect these brain networks. Ayumu Yamashita of Advanced Telecommunications Research Institutes International in Kyoto, Japan, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Biology. While major [...]

Fracking sites may increase heart failure hospitalizations across large regions

By |2020-12-19T20:00:53+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Heart failure patients who live in communities affected by fracking are at increased risk for hospitalization, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology today. The study looked at the environmental exposure risk of thousands of heart failure patients across Pennsylvania. Heart failure is a lifelong condition that affects over 5.7 [...]

California coronavirus shutdown will last through Christmas as deaths explode past 20,000

By |2020-12-19T20:00:52+00:00December 19th, 2020|

For millions of Californians, the COVID-19 pandemic will provide a most unwelcome gift this Christmas: a wide-ranging shutdown imposed as the state grapples with its most massive and dangerous surge in infections and hospitalizations to date. Monday provided even more devastating news: More than 20,000 cumulative deaths and more than 34,000 new coronavirus cases reported Monday alone, [...]

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings

By |2020-12-19T20:00:48+00:00December 19th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. CDC offers the following [...]

Experimental flu vaccine could last for years, early results show

By |2020-12-19T20:00:47+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Each year when influenza season arrives, experts worry that the flu vaccine won’t match the currently circulating strains of the virus. The results of an early-stage trial suggest that may become a thing of the past in the not-too-distant future. Researchers found in the Phase 1 trial that a universal flu vaccine, one designed to protect against all strains of [...]

Possible bittersweet effects of stevia uncovered by researchers

By |2020-12-19T20:00:46+00:00December 19th, 2020|

According to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers, the natural sweetener stevia may lead to a gut microbial imbalance. The findings were just published in Molecules, a leading international peer-reviewed journal of chemistry. Stevia is a natural low-calorie sweetener that is growing in popularity in food and beverage products and is generally [...]

New study finds fish oil omega-3s EPA and DHA work differently on chronic inflammation

By |2020-12-19T20:00:44+00:00December 19th, 2020|

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA work differently against chronic inflammation, according to the results of a small randomized study, suggesting each has its own important role to play in regulating the immune system. The 34-week trial, led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA), [...]

Particle number emission rates of aerosol sources in 40 German households and their contributions to ultrafine and fine particle exposure

By |2020-12-18T19:47:49+00:00December 18th, 2020|

Abstract More representative data on source‐specific particle number emission rates and associated exposure in European households are needed. In this study, indoor and outdoor particle number size distributions (10‐800 nm) were measured in 40 German households under real‐use conditions in over 500 days.     pabst_ell Read more… The post Particle number emission rates of [...]