Health

Steve June 5, 2020

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has passed more than 40,000, according to the latest government figures. A total of 40,261 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the virus, up 357 from Thursday. The BBC’s Laura Foster looks at how we got here. Read More

Steve June 5, 2020

June 5 (UPI) — Hydroxychloroquine offers “no beneficial effect” in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, researchers at the University of Oxford In England announced Friday. Just over one in four patients who received the anti-malaria drug died within 28 days of starting treatment, while slightly less than one in four of those who received usual care […]

Steve June 5, 2020

June 5 (UPI) — Assessing how much elderly people exercise may help determine their risk for heart disease, a study published Friday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality and Outcomes has found. The research revealed that seniors who rated their levels of physical activity lower on a zero to 10 scale were nearly […]

Steve June 5, 2020

June 5 (UPI) — Flavored e-cigarettes may help adults quit smoking, but they may make teenagers more inclined to start, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. The analysis revealed that adults who moved to vaping with non-tobacco-flavored products after smoking traditional cigarettes were 34 percent more likely to quit than those who […]

Steve June 4, 2020

June 4 (UPI) — Sleeping poorly on a regular basis may increase a person’s risk for heart disease, a study published Thursday by the journal PLOS Biology has found. The connection may be that fragmented sleep increases inflammation in the body, which in turn raises a person’s risk for atherosclerosis and stroke, according to researchers […]

Steve June 4, 2020

June 4 (UPI) — The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine announced Thursday that the authors of published studies on use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 have retracted their findings. The retractions come after reports questioned the validity of data used in the studies, and researchers and third-party reviewers could not […]

Steve June 4, 2020

June 4 (UPI) — One in five visits to hospital emergency rooms in the United States involve seniors 60 years and older, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In all, 7 percent of patients in hospital ERs come from nursing homes, the agency reported. “[The ER] […]

Steve June 4, 2020

June 4 (UPI) — The numbers of Americans suffering from mental health disorders like anxiety and depression have more than tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published Thursday by JAMA. The number of people in the United States reporting feelings of anxiety […]

Steve June 4, 2020

The Seacole Centre in Surrey opened to cater for Covid patients and others who need help with their recovery. It’s the only hospital of its kind in England and is on the same site as the former military rehab centre, Headley Court. The BBC’s Sima Kotecha has been inside to meet some of the patients. […]

Steve June 4, 2020

June 4 (UPI) — Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act increased access to long-term birth control methods for women beneficiaries, according to a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open. In states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, 6 percent of women were using long-acting reversible contraceptives — including injections and intrauterine devices, or […]

Steve June 3, 2020

June 3 (UPI) — Visits to hospital U.S. emergency rooms have dropped by more than 40 percent so far in 2020, compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics indicate that a significant number of Americans may have delayed or […]