COVID-19 in humanitarian settings and lessons learned from past epidemics

April 8, 2020 — «COVID-19 in Humanitarian Settings and Lessons Learned from Past Epidemics» published in Nature Medicine, invokes a global response to protect the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors make the point that displaced populations, including refugees and migrants, are often the first to be stigmatized and unjustly blamed for the…

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New tool helps gather useful genetic information obtained from blood, skin tissues

Philadelphia, March 31, 2020 — DNA sequencing is becoming a more commonplace method for detecting diseases and improving precision medicine. Because DNA sequencing does not detect all possible disease-causing mutations, RNA sequencing is often used to address this important gap. However, RNA sequencing is typically performed on clinically-accessible tissues from blood and skin and likely…

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COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine

Below please find link(s) of new coronavirus-related content published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. A collection of coronavirus-related content is free to the public at http://go.annals.org/coronavirus. Chest Computed Tomography for Detection of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Don’t Rush the Science In this Ideas and Opinions piece from the University of California, San…

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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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