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Why is obesity so common in COVID-19 patients?

A hormone that connects the body’s metabolism and immune response system may explain why COVID-19 is so dangerous for people with obesity. “The problem for people with obesity is that their leptin levels are always high, and that can affect the response to a COVID-19 infection,” said Candida Rebello, Ph.D., RD, lead author of a […]

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People die when hospital bed shortages force patients out

(HealthDay)—When patients are pushed out of the hospital after hip surgery to make room for others, the odds of dying increase, according to a recent study from Norway. When beds are in short supply, patients are forced out, researchers say. Fridays, the day before holidays and times when hospitals are overbooked are prime times for […]

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Heart failure patients with limited health literacy may have higher risk of death

Patients with heart failure who experience low health literacy are at an increased risk of hospitalization and mortality. This finding has significant clinical and public health implications and suggests that assessing and intervening upon an individual’s understanding of their own health could improve heart failure outcomes, according to research published in JACC: Heart Failure. Heart […]

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Arthritis drug may improve respiratory function in some patients with severe covid-19

A small study in Greece found that the clinically approved anti-inflammatory drug anakinra, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, improved respiratory function in patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The eight patients also had a condition called secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (sHLH), which is characterized by overactivation of the immune system and organ failure. One patient, […]

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Up to 30% of coronavirus patients hardly develop ANY antibodies

Chinese study finds up to 30% of coronavirus patients hardly develop ANY antibodies against the infection – raising concerns many who recover from COVID-19 are not immune Fudan University researchers tested 175 recovered coronavirus patients for antibodies against the virus  Antibodies are generated after someone has contracted a virus and generally help them fight off […]