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Among COVID-19 survivors, an increased risk of death, serious illness

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that many survivors -- even those who had mild cases -- continue to manage a variety of health problems long after the initial infection should have resolved. In what is... Continue Reading →

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach bulges through the large muscle separating your abdomen and chest (diaphragm). Your diaphragm has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube (esophagus) passes before connecting to your... Continue Reading →

Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

To understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, it helps to first look at how our bodies fight illness. When germs, such as the virus that causes COVID-19, invade our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion, called an infection, is what... Continue Reading →

How to make the healthiest coffee

We may all be drinking more coffee to help us survive the COVID-19 lockdown. Scientists announce the healthiest way to make a brew. The first study to examine links between coffee brewing methods and risks of heart attacks and death... Continue Reading →

What are puberty blockers?

Transgender and gender diverse children might choose to temporarily suppress puberty through the use of prescription medications called pubertal blockers. But deciding to get this treatment is a big step. Here's what you need to know about the pubertal blocker... Continue Reading →

High Blood Pressure in Midlife Is Linked to Increased Brain Damage in Later Life

Higher than normal blood pressure is linked to more extensive brain damage in the elderly, according to a new study published in the¬†European Heart Journal. In particular, the study found that there was a strong association between diastolic blood pressure... Continue Reading →

Healthy sleep habits help lower risk of heart failure

Adults with the healthiest sleep patterns had a 42% lower risk of heart failure regardless of other risk factors compared to adults with unhealthy sleep patterns, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association's flagship journal Circulation. Healthy... Continue Reading →

Over 80 % of COVID-19 patients have vitamin D deficiency, study finds

Over 80 percent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Vitamin D is a hormone the kidneys produce that... Continue Reading →

How COVID-19 causes smell loss

Temporary loss of smell, or anosmia, is the main neurological symptom and one of the earliest and most commonly reported indicators of COVID-19. Studies suggest it better predicts the disease than other well-known symptoms such as fever and cough, but... Continue Reading →

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