COVID-19 has unmasked significant health disparities in the US; essay on behalf of the Association

DALLAS, May 4, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked longstanding racial and ethnic health-related disparities, according to a new article published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. The perspective essay, «At the Heart of the Matter: Unmasking and Addressing COVID-19’s Toll on Diverse Populations,» notes higher rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths…

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Strenuous exercise safe for people at high risk of knee arthritis

Many worry strenuous exercise could hurt their joints 10 years of vigorous activity did not pose risk Strenuous activity for one to two hours weekly reduces risk of knee osteoarthritis by 30% Osteoarthritis affects 32.5 million adults in U.S. CHICAGO—People at high risk for knee osteoarthritis (OA) may be nervous and reluctant to participate…

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New COVID-19 guidance for gastroenterologists

AGA has published new expert recommendations in Gastroenterology: AGA Institute Rapid Review of the GI and Liver Manifestations of COVID-19, Meta-Analysis of International Data, and Recommendations for the Consultative Management of Patients with COVID-19. Key guidance for gastroenterologists: GI symptoms are not as common in COVID-19 as previously estimated: The overall prevalence was 7.7% (95%…

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AHA statement: Pregnant women with CVD need specialized care before, during and postpartum

DALLAS, May 4, 2020 — Women with cardiovascular conditions should be cared for during pregnancy by a cardio-obstetrics team or health care providers experienced in high-risk pregnancies to provide specialized maternity care for the mother and fetus, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement, Cardiovascular Considerations in Caring for Pregnant Patients, published today…

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Researchers report discovery of antibody that blocks infection by the SARS-CoV-2 in cells

Researchers at Utrecht University, Erasmus Medical Center and Harbour BioMed (HBM) today reported that they have identified a fully human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus from infecting cultured cells. The discovery, published online today in Nature Communications, is an initial step towards developing a fully human antibody to treat or prevent the…

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Boris Johnson, China, Italy: Coronavirus World Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe Trevi Fountain in Rome, normally packed with people day and night, is nearly empty save for the those passing by with groceries.Credit…Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times Nations confront the possibility that reopening may be harder than locking down. Experts across Europe had warned that closing…

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Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest News and Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Donald Trump speaking at a Fox News event at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday.Credit…Evan Vucci/Associated Press Trump acknowledged that the virus has proved more lethal than he had expected. President Trump predicted on Sunday night that the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country may reach…

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