Heat now more lethal than cold for people with respiratory diseases in Spain

Barcelona, 20 May 2020. A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the «la Caixa» Foundation, has analysed deaths linked to respiratory disease in Spain between 1980 and 2016. The study, which analysed data on more than 1.3 million deaths, found that the seasonality of temperature-attributable mortality from…

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Every heart dances to a different tune

Sophia Antipolis — 20 May 2020: Play the same piece of music to two people, and their hearts can respond very differently. That’s the conclusion of a novel study presented today on EHRA Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This pioneering research revealed how music triggers individual effects…

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High blood pressure during and after exercise may be markers for disease later in life

(Boston)—Higher blood pressure during exercise and delayed blood pressure recovery after exercise are associated with a higher risk of hypertension, preclinical and clinical cardiovascular disease and death among middle-aged to older adults. Blood pressure responses to exercise are significant markers of cardiovascular disease and mortality risk in young to middle-aged adults. However, few studies…

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ASTRO survey: Fewer patients despite enhanced safety measures at radiation oncology clinics

ARLINGTON, Va., May 20, 2020 — Despite facing challenges such as limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) following the COVID-19 outbreak, radiation oncology clinics quickly implemented safety and process enhancements that allowed them to continue caring for cancer patients, according to a new national survey from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). All…

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The Time for ‘The Talk’ Is Now

As a palliative care doctor in the Covid-19 era, I meet many families struggling to make decisions for loved ones who become too sick, too fast, to make their own health care choices. Recently, the son of a critically ill patient asked that we postpone major decisions about his father’s care until he had improved…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: All 50 States Move to Ease Restrictions

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMarket Street in downtown St. Louis. The city began a partial reopening of businesses on Monday.Credit…Whitney Curtis for The New York Times By Wednesday, all 50 states will have reopened. The rules still vary widely. By Wednesday, all 50 states will have begun to reopen in at least some…

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Coronavirus Forces Cambridge to Hold Most Classes Online Next Year: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImageKing’s College at Cambridge. Other universities are also backing away from in-person classes: In Canada, McGill University said it will offer most of its courses online in the fall.Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times Cambridge University announces that it will hold all lectures online for the next academic year.…

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W.H.O. Members Reject Trump’s Demands but Agree to Study Its Virus Response

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s angry demands for punitive action against the World Health Organization were rebuffed on Tuesday by the organization’s other member nations, which decided instead to conduct an “impartial, independent” examination of the W.H.O.’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a four-page letter late Monday, Mr. Trump had threatened to permanently cut off…

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