Allergies & Asthma

Should the anti-viral remdesivir be used to treat COVID-19? The sudden, dramatic emergence and spread of COVID-19 meant that the pharmaceutical industry hasn’t had the opportunity to develop treatments specifically aimed at the novel virus. As a result, drug researchers have instead scoured the existing pharmaceutical arsenal for potentially effective drug treatments. Thus far, a
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A new study investigates how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting patient enrollment in cancer clinical trials.  Clinical trials are an integral part of health research, and they have led to the development of treatments for many diseases.  The purpose of clinical trials is to test the effectiveness and safety of potential treatments on people.  In
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Chinese researchers report on the first human trial of a candidate vaccine for COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccine urgently required for long-term pandemic solution SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic, has spread rapidly around the world since the first infections were reported at the end of 2019. The WHO situation report at the beginning of May
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A worldwide research study investigated the effects of eating nuts on cardiovascular disease and death.  Altering dietary intake is well known to have a positive impact on cardiovascular disease. Several studies have identified that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats or plant protein can lower cholesterol levels and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Nuts
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A recent analysis investigated the immediate and longer-term effects of COVID-19 and other severe coronavirus infections on mental health. The typical symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, are related to the viral effects on the respiratory system, such as cough, shortness of breath, and fever. However, in some cases SARS-CoV-2 may
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Researchers in Australia recently examined whether the current popularity and perceived benefits of nature play are justified by any scientific evidence. Nature play is an increasingly popular design theme for children’s playgrounds.  Whereas traditional playgrounds consist of equipment such as slides and swings, nature play playgrounds are full of natural components such as rocks, ponds,
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A new study suggests undiagnosed cases of COVID-19 may be responsible for the rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, first emerged in Wuhan, China in 2019. As of March 19, 2020, this novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has spread to 177 countries. Researchers from around the world are working to
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A new systematic review examines the factors that motivate people to participate in health research studies. Clinical research is a major part of drug development and healthcare education, and many advances in medicine can be attributed to clinical trials.  One of the primary challenges for clinical research is recruiting participants since many people are hesitant
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In the first step toward developing effective COVID-19 treatments, scientists successfully identify receptors that allow the virus to enter cells. Every new confirmed case of COVID-19 adds to the mounting pressure to develop a treatment or vaccine. But how are treatments or vaccines created, and why does it take so long?  What do we know
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Nutrition and physical activity intervention for obese students may lead to weight loss and healthier eating habits. The obesity epidemic is increasing all over the world, including in children.  A study published in BMC Public Health addressed the issue of obesity through nutrition and physical activity intervention at schools in Lebanon.  The purpose of the
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Researchers have linked excessive weight around the waist to cognitive decline. Increased health risks due to excess weight are a growing concern. In 2018, 7.3 million Canadian adults over the age of eighteen were obese, and another 9.9 million were overweight. Although many overweight individuals are healthy, some people develop serious cognitive conditions. There have
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A small study discusses the risk of COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic carriers.  As scientists continue to work on slowing the spread of COVID-19, examining patterns of person to person disease transmission is crucial. However, the transmission of COVID-19 from asymptomatic carriers, with a normal chest computed tomography (CT), has not been investigated. Published in the Journal
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