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Waist size may better predict AFib risk in men

Body mass index may be more helpful in predicting the risk of a common type of irregular heartbeat in women, while waist size may better predict that risk in men, new research suggests. The link between obesity and atrial fibrillation, or AFib—when the heart beats irregularly and often too fast—is well established. But researchers wanted […]

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Preterm birth may up risk for later mental health issues

(HealthDay)—Higher rates of prescription of psychotropic drugs are seen during adolescence and young adulthood for those born prematurely compared with those born at full term, according to a study published online March 12 in JAMA Network Open. Christine Strand Bachmann, M.D., from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and colleagues compared the […]

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Your neighborhood may influence your COVID-19 risk

Markers of the pandemic’s impact—testing rates, positivity ratio (cases among total tests), case rates by overall population and deaths—are clustered in neighborhoods, with low-income and predominantly minority communities experiencing worse outcomes than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods. The findings, part of the first research to look at comprehensive neighborhood-level data from March through September 2020 […]

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Recombinant IFN Plus Antivirals May Boost COVID-19 Recovery Versus Traditional IFN

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients with moderate-severe COVID-19, recombinant super-compound interferon (rSIFN-co) plus baseline antivirals was associated with a shorter time to clinical improvement than the same regimen using traditional interferon-alpha in an exploratory trial in China. “Since no antiviral agents were confirmed to be effective for COVID-19 during our study period, there […]