Childhood sexual abuse: Psychological and physical effects are closely linked | Health News

Toronto: A new Canadian study reveals that the psychological and physical effects of childhood sexual abuse are closely tied. The finding could help healthcare professionals develop more effective interventions and ultimately improve mental and physical health outcomes for survivors of abuse in childhood. Authored by Pascale Vezina-Gagnon, a PhD candidate at Universite de Montreal`s Department of Psychology, under the supervision of Professor Isabelle Daigneault, the study is published today in Health Psychology. Twice as many diagnoses The long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse on survivors` health have only been recognized…

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Diminished response by ‘killer’ T cells found in elderly COVID-19 patients | Health News

Washington: Although people of any age can be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, elderly patients face a higher risk of severity and death than younger patients. New research, comparing the immune response among age groups, may help explain why. Older patients with the disease have lower frequencies of the immune cells needed to expel the virus from the body, the researchers found. The study was published this week in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. “Elderly people have more severe diseases compared to…

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Couples can show linked behaviour in terms of risk factors to prevent type 2 diabetes | Health News

Washington DC: New research shows that when one half of a couple shows high levels of certain behaviours that prevent type 2 diabetes, such as good diet or exercise, that behaviour also tends to be high in the other half of the couple. The study is by Omar Silverman-Retana, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, and Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark, and colleagues. In the study, the authors compared the degree of spousal concordance in a set of detailed pathophysiological mechanisms and risk factors…

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Rheumatoid arthritis associated with 23% increased risk of diabetes: Study | Health News

Washington DC: A new study shows that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a 23 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D), and may indicate that both diseases are linked to the body`s inflammatory response. The research was conducted by Zixing Tian and Dr Adrian Heald, University of Manchester, UK, and colleagues. Inflammation has emerged as a key factor in the onset and progression of T2D, and RA is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease.  The team suggests that the systemic inflammation associated with RA might therefore contribute to the risk…

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COVID-19 likely to become a seasonal disease in countries with temperate climates: Scientists | Health News

Washington: COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, will likely become seasonal in countries with temperate climates, but only when herd immunity is attained, suggests a new review published in Frontiers in Public Health. Until that time, COVID-19 will continue to circulate across the seasons.  These conclusions highlight the absolute importance of public health measures needed just now to control the virus. “COVID-19 is here to stay and it will continue to cause outbreaks year-round until herd immunity is achieved. Therefore, the public will need to learn to live…

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COVID-19 infection may be diagnosed through emergency stroke scans: New research | Health News

Washington DC: New research from King`s College London has found that COVID-19 may be diagnosed on the same emergency scans intended to diagnose stroke. The findings have important implications in the management of patients presenting with suspected stroke through early identification of COVID-19. In a paper published today in the American Journal of Neuroradiology, study lead and Senior Lecturer in Neuroimaging at King`s College London, Dr Tom Booth said the emergency scans captured images of the top of the lungs where a fluffiness known as `ground glass opacification` allowed COVID-19…

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Brain injury can be detected in 15 minutes by rapid blood test: Study | Health News

Washington: A blood protein test could detect the severity of head trauma in under 15 minutes, according to research published recently in the Journal of Neurotrauma. By showing that glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) can accurately determine the severity of a brain injury through a blood test, the research team working on this study, led by author David Okonkwo, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Neurotrauma Clinical Trials Center at UPMC and professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, advanced the development of a point-of-care testing…

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Azithromycin, potential COVID-19 drug, may increase risk for cardiac events | Health News

Washington: A commonly-prescribed antibiotic, Azithromycin, is being investigated as a potential treatment for COVID-19. Azithromycin`s association with cardiac events also has been debated. In 2012, the FDA issued a warning for azithromycin stating that it had been linked to cardiac events, but subsequent studies have yielded mixed results. Now, researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago have found that azithromycin by itself is not associated with an increase in cardiac events; however, if the drug is taken with certain other drugs that affect the electrical functioning of the heart, then…

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Children taking steroids at increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, blood clots | Health News

Washington: Children who take oral steroids to treat asthma or autoimmune diseases have an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and blood clots, according to Rutgers researchers.  The study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, examined the records of more than 933,000 US children from ages one to 18 with or without autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile arthritis, or psoriasis. Among those without an autoimmune disease, about two in three children who received prescriptions for steroids had evidence of asthma. “The rates of…

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COVID-19 will become seasonal virus in countries with temperate climates: Scientists | Health News

Washington DC: A new review published in Frontiers in Public Health suggests that COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, will likely become seasonal in countries with temperate climates, but only when herd immunity is attained. Until that time, COVID-19 will continue to circulate across the seasons.  These conclusions highlight the absolute importance of public health measures needed just now to control the virus. “COVID-19 is here to stay and it will continue to cause outbreaks year-round until herd immunity is achieved. Therefore, the public will need to learn…

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Older people who have experienced falls should be screened for Alzheimer`s: Study | Health News

Washington DC: Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that in older people without cognitive problems who experience a fall, the process of neurodegeneration that leads to Alzheimer`s dementia already may have begun. The findings, available online in the Journal of Alzheimer`s Disease, suggest that older people who have experienced falls should be screened for Alzheimer`s and that new strategies may be needed to reduce the risk of falling for people in the disease`s early stages. “In the world of fall research, we generally say…

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Biologic therapy for psoriasis may reduce heart disease, reveals study | Health News

Dallas: Patients with psoriasis treated with biologic therapy, which are protein-based infusions to suppress inflammation, had a significant reduction in high-risk plaque in heart arteries, over one-year, according to new research. The research was published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, an American Heart Association journal. Chronic inflammation in people with psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease. Biologic therapy medications are proteins that are given by injection or infusion and suppress the inflammation process by blocking the action of cytokines, which are proteins that promote systemic…

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