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Health Coverage Takes Big Hit With Pandemic-Related Job Cuts

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 — Up to 7.7 million U.S. workers lost jobs with employer-sponsored health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic, and 6.9 million of their dependents also lost coverage, a new study finds. Workers in manufacturing, retail, accommodation and food services were especially hard-hit by job losses, but unequally impacted by losses in insurance […]

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Simple treatment that could free diabetics from insulin

Simple treatment that could free diabetics from insulin: Hospital procedure that takes less than an hour may improve daily lives for diabetics Trial of new procedure saw 75 per cent of diabetic patients stop using insulin  New method sees a small balloon with hot water passed down patient’s throat  Around a quarter of Type 2 […]

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Single gene disorders not so simple after all

Traditionally, geneticists divide disorders into “simple,” where a single gene mutation causes disease, or complex, where mutations in many genes contribute modest amounts. A new study suggests that the truth is somewhere in between. For many years, scientists studying patient genomes have gained glimpses of genetic “burden” or additional genetic variation that contributes to the […]

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For Many Pregnant Women, COVID-19 Has Prolonged Effect

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2020 — COVID-19 symptoms can last a long time in pregnant women, researchers say. The new study included 594 pregnant women (average age 31) across the United States who tested positive for the new coronavirus but were not hospitalized. Nearly one-third were health care workers. On average, the women were about 24 […]

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Q&A: Researcher examines the psychological toll of the pandemic

From facing fears of contracting the virus, coping with extended separation from loved ones, and combatting the everyday emotional and financial repercussions of COVID-19, the pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, professor and head of the UBC department of psychiatry, explores the psychological toll of COVID-19 […]