Cholesterol lowering drugs linked to improved gut bacteria composition in obese people

The human gut microbiota consists of trillions of bacteria, fungi and virus constituting an inner chemical factory producing a multitude of microbial compounds affecting immunity, neurobiology and metabolism of the human host. It has for long been known that imbalances in the composition of gut microbes link with a variety of chronic human disorders spanning…

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Children & coronavirus infection (COVID-19): How to avoid post-traumatic stress disorder

COVID-19 is a pandemic that has forced many states to declare restrictive measures in order to prevent their wider spread. These measures are necessary to protect the health of adults, children and people with disabilities. Long quarantine periods could cause an increase in anxiety crisis, fear of contagion and post-traumatic stress disorder (frustration, boredom, isolation,…

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Intel from an outpatient COVID-19 clinic

At a glance: New report offers insights on differentiating COVID-19 from other infections that can present with similar symptoms Early differentiation remains critical in the absence of universal and reliable point-of-care diagnostic testing Analysis based on data from patient visits to an outpatient COVID-19 clinic in Greater Boston during the month of March …

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Position statement addresses difficult issue: allocating scare resources in COVID-19 era

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on societies worldwide, given the pandemic’s rapid, often deadly spread. In health care, the pandemic has raised the pressing question of how society should allocate scarce resources during a crisis. This is the question experts addressed today in a new position statement published by the American Geriatrics Society…

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