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Sweden’s high number of coronavirus deaths can be linked to a mild flu season, says chief researcher

People walk on Stranvagen in Stockholm on September 19, 2020. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND | AFP | Getty Images Sweden’s foremost epidemiologist has partly accused the country’s high death toll from mild outbreaks of influenza in recent winters. “When many people die of the flu in the winter, fewer people die in heat waves the following summer. In this case, it was …

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Memories of Italy’s first wave help keep off second wave

In the last week, Italy had fewer than 1,500 new infections on average per day, compared to France’s average of about 10,400, Spain’s 10,500, and the UK’s 3,700. Italy is not facing a second wave like Spain and France because people have continued to practice social distancing, wash hands, and wear masks, the Wall Street Journal reported. Italy’s brutal first …

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Fujifilm’s Avigan proved effective in Japanese Phase 3 study for Covid-19

Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said on Wednesday that its Avigan drug reduced viral load and symptoms in Covid-19 patients, paving the way for government approval in Japan after months of delays. The Phase 3 clinical trial in 156 patients showed that those treated with Avigan improved after 11.9 days, compared with 14.7 days for a placebo group. The results of the …

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New “prediction model” can help hospitals care for COVID-19 patients

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, M.Sc.22 Sep 2020 Using a combination of demographic and clinical data collected from seven weeks of COVID-19 care early in the coronavirus pandemic, Johns Hopkins researchers today published a “prediction model” that they say can help other hospitals treat COVID-19. patients – and make important decisions about planning and resource allocation. Brian Garibaldi, MD, an associate …

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Spider poison peptide can help stop pain in irritable bowel syndrome

University of Queensland researchers have found that a specific peptide found in spider venom may have properties that may make it useful in relieving pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Their study, entitled “A spider venom peptide with multivariate activity on sodium and calcium channels, relieves chronic visceral pain in a model of irritable bowel syndrome” is published in …

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Surgeons revive donor heart after death, completed successful transplant

Surgeons at UC San Diego Health have performed a successful heart transplant from a donor after circulatory death (DCD), the first time such a transplant has been performed on the west coast. DCD transplants involve removing the organ within 30 minutes of the donor’s death and connecting it to a machine that fills it with warm blood. TransMedics developed the …

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Many measures to measure COVID-19, which are the best?

Ali Mokdad, Professor of Health Sciences, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; Head of Public Health Strategy, University of Washington, Seattle. Amesh Adalja, MD, senior researcher, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, Baltimore. NPR: “Joe Biden: For the next 3 months, all Americans should wear a mask when they are out.” Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: “COVID-19 estimation …

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Does coronavirus spread easily among children?

The coronavirus spreads easily among children 22 September 2020, 07:06 • 2 min reading Does coronavirus spread easily among children? It seems that the virus can be spread among children and teenagers, but how easily it can vary with age. Research is still ongoing, but children under the age of 10 appear to be less likely than older children to …

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Having the flu and COVID together doubles the risk of death in hospital patients

by Robin Foster, Not Mundell While health officials are worried about a potential “twindemic” of COVID-19 and flu this winter, a new study shows that hospital patients infected with both viruses were more than twice as likely to die as those just infected with the new coronavirus. British government researchers conducted the research during the first months of the pandemic, …

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