Testing asymptomatic individuals to assess COVID-19 spread in Luxembourg

The Research Luxembourg COVID-19 task force announces the launch of «CON-VINCE «, a study that aims to evaluate the dynamics of the spread of the COVID-19 disease within the Luxembourgish population. The project is one of the several initiatives put in place under the aegis of the task force to help contain the current pandemic.…

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COVID-19: Genetic network analysis provides ‘snapshot’ of pandemic origins

Researchers from Cambridge, UK, and Germany have reconstructed the early «evolutionary paths» of COVID-19 in humans — as infection spread from Wuhan out to Europe and North America — using genetic network techniques. By analysing the first 160 complete virus genomes to be sequenced from human patients, the scientists have mapped some of the original…

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Early bedtime may help children maintain healthy weight

Going to bed early and following a consistent bedtime routine may help reduce children’s risk of becoming overweight or obese, according to a new study published in Acta Paediatrica. In the study of 1,258 Indigenous Australian children with an average age of 6 years, children who consistently went to bed late experienced greater weight gain…

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The effects of inflammatory bowel disease on pregnancy

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—often affects women of childbearing age. A study published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics compared the health of pregnant and non-pregnant women with IBD. The study included 2,058 Korean women with IBD who became pregnant between 2007 and 2016 and 20,580 women of similar age who did…

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Probiotics may help treat acne

Acne is caused by chronic inflammation and is often treated with antibiotics. A recent analysis published in Dermatologic Therapy indicates that probiotics may be an effective alternative. The analysis examined the results of all relevant published studies on the use of probiotics in creams or oral medications for treating acne. The results suggest that probiotics…

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Excess weight during pre-school linked to higher bone fracture risk

Pre-school children who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of bone fractures during childhood than normal weight pre-schoolers, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. The study included 466,997 children with weight and height measurements at age 4 years who were followed for a median of 4.9…

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Foods high in vitamin D may benefit heart health

Consuming foods high in vitamin D may have heart-protective effects, according to new research published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. The study was conducted during 2001-2012 and included 1,514 men and 1,528 women from the greater Athens area, in Greece. In the lowest, middle, and highest categories of vitamin D intake, cardiovascular…

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Restricting sleep may affect emotional reactions

In a recent Journal of Sleep Research study, participants perceived pleasant and neutral pictures in a more negative way when their sleep was restricted for several nights in a row. In the study, participants were tested the morning after 5 nights of regular sleep and after 5 consecutive nights of sleep restriction (5 hours a…

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Mindfulness program may benefit patients with irritable bowel syndrome

Adults with irritable bowel syndrome experienced fewer gastrointestinal symptoms after they participated in a mindfulness program meant to reduce stress. Results of the study are published in Neurogastroenterology & Motility. In the study, 53 women and 15 men with irritable bowel syndrome participated in an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction class. Most participants experienced significant improvements…

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Depression in adults who are overweight or obese

In an analysis of primary care records of 519,513 UK adults who were overweight or obese between 2000-2016 and followed up until 2019, the incidence of new cases of depression was 92 per 10,000 people per year. The risk of depression also rose with higher weight, according to the Obesity analysis. The study also found…

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