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Targeted treatment may prevent chronic Lyme disease

Chronic Lyme disease has frustrated doctors and patients alike for years. The severe, lingering symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, or cognitive difficulties, have disrupted patients’ lives and treatments have been elusive. But what if there was a way to prevent acute Lyme disease from progressing to the longer-term version? That’s […]

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Biden slams ‘minority’ preventing US from overcoming COVID

President Joe Biden on Thursday blamed vaccine hesitant Americans for preventing the United States from overcoming the COVID pandemic. “A distinct minority of Americans supported by a distinct minority of elected officials are keeping us from turning the corner,” he said in a televised White House address during which he announced a new vaccination plan […]

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How to prevent and treat high blood pressure with exercise

The first personalised advice on the most effective exercise to lower blood pressure is published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The ESC consensus document recommends specific activities according to an individual’s current blood pressure level. One in four heart attacks are caused by […]

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Anti-inflammatory therapies have potential to prevent heart disease in the elderly

Therapies that soothe inflammation could be an effective way to prevent heart disease in people with a common age-related blood condition, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. The researchers identified how the blood condition, called clonal hematopoiesis, worsens atherosclerosis, and their findings suggest that an […]

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Preventing loneliness among children of depressed mothers may help prevent adolescent suicidality

Children of mothers experiencing depressive symptoms are more at risk, as adolescents, of experiencing suicidal thoughts and attempting suicide. New research suggests that this link may be explained by loneliness, potentially opening new ways for youth suicide prevention. The study—by the universities of Exeter, Montréal, Laval and McGill—used data from more than 1,600 families from […]

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Looking back decades shows hospitalized patients need more than movement to prevent dangerous clots

Based on a systematic review of scientific studies dating back nearly 70 years, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and collaborating institutions suggest that ambulation—walking or exercising without assistance—is not sufficient alone as a preventive measure against venous thromboembolism (VTE), a potentially deadly condition in which a blood clot forms, often in the deep veins of […]

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Germany eyes local travel bans to prevent 2nd virus wave

Germany’s point person in the coronavirus pandemic said Tuesday that the country is on course to avoid a big second wave of infections but only if people keep practicing social distancing, wear masks and if necessary, quarantine in areas that experience spikes in new cases. Helge Braun, who as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff […]