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Autopsy study shows how COVID harms the brain

The brains of people who died from COVID-19 were remarkably similar to the brains of people who die from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, showing inflammation and disrupted circuitry, researchers report. “The brains of patients who died from severe COVID-19 showed profound molecular markers of inflammation, even though those patients didn’t have any […]

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S.Africa COVID infections hit five-month high

South Africa’s COVID-19 infections jumped by 13,246 on Wednesday, the highest daily total in five months, government said. The figure is almost double the weekly average for the past seven days, and compares to 8,436 cases recorded the previous day. “These concerning figures represent the highest number of daily cases and positivity rate recorded since […]

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After COVID, many Americans are struck by new maladies: study

Suffering through a case of COVID-19 unleashed a host of other health problems in hundreds of thousands of Americans participating in the largest study yet of the long-term effects of coronavirus infection. Tracking the health insurance records of nearly 2 million people who caught the coronavirus last year, researchers found that one month or more […]

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Bots blamed for COVID misinformation on Facebook

(HealthDay)—Bots, not individual users, drive much of the COVID-19 misinformation on Facebook, according to a new study. Bots are large numbers of automated accounts controlled by single users. “The coronavirus pandemic has sparked what the World Health Organization has called an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation,” said study leader John Ayers, a scientist who specializes in public […]

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Teens: You got your COVID vaccine, what now?

(HealthDay)—U.S. teens are getting their COVID shots—how does that change their daily lives? Besides letting teens resume many of their normal activities, U.S. authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12 is crucial to slowing the spread of the coronavirus, one expert says. “We know that teenagers can not only get […]

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Diabetics hit harder by COVID-19

People with type 2 diabetes are at significantly elevated risk of needing intensive care if they get COVID-19. This is shown by a study comprising data on 2.6 million Swedes, of whom half a million are on the diabetes register. The study also indicates increased mortality from COVID-19 among type 2 diabetics. In Sweden, about […]

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EU’s COVID health pass to be operational in June

The EU is “fully on track” to ensure all its citizens and residents are able to have a free COVID health pass next month to ease travel, a spokesman said Monday. The European Union is keen for anybody living in its 27 countries to be able to get a digital health pass—which the Commission refers […]