‘Physical stress’ at work linked to signs of brain aging and memory loss

Scientists have linked on-the-job stress to brain aging and memory loss for the first time, according to new research from Colorado State University.  Their findings pertain to a very specific kind of stress. Through surveys about people’s most recent jobs, memory tests and scans of their brains they found brain changes and recall problems in people who found their jobs physically stressful.  But, interestingly, the people who reported ‘physical stress’ at work did not necessarily have labor-intensive jobs.   Yet mental stress at work was not associated with loss of volume…

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Gilead says it has ramped up production of remdesivir by 50-fold

Gilead Sciences Inc says it has ramped up production of its antiviral remdesivir and expects to produce millions of vials soon enough. The California-based pharmaceutical company announced in a statement on Thursday that it has increased supply by more than 50-fold since January. Officials say they expect to meet ‘real-time global demand’ beginning in October and anticipates producing more than two million treatment courses – equivalent to 12.5 million doses – by year-end.  Remdesivir has been at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, after…

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Coronavirus: Vaccine may be less effective in obese adults

It’s already well-known that being overweight is a major risk factor for contracting the novel coronavirus. But some health experts fear that when a vaccine finally becomes available, it may not protect obese Americans as well as the general population..  Previous studies have found that inoculations for influenza and hepatitis B have been less effective in obese adults, making them more prone to illness and severe complications such as organ failure and  death. Researchers theorize a COVD-19 vaccine may result in similar circumstances, leaving one of the most at-risk populations vulnerable…

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Coronavirus outbreak spread to 929 meat plant workers in five weeks

Meat plants in the US and abroad have been especially hard-hit by coronavirus – and an outbreak at one South Dakota facility spread like wildfire to more than 900 workers in just five weeks, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report reveals.  Dozens of meat and poultry processing plants across the US have overwhelmed by coronavirus, which is transmitted easily in confined spaces with a high density of people in them.  The South Dakota plant’s outbreak quickly exploded from a first case diagnosed in March to 929 of…

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Coronavirus US: Families east of Portland’s 82nd Avenue at risk

Portland neighborhoods with mostly minority families and crowded public housing have higher rates of the novel coronavirus.  Stumptown has become a tale of two cities with blacks and Hispanics living east of 82nd Avenue, also known as Cascade Highway, at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.   An analysis from Willamette Week found that residents of this area were more than twice as likely to fall ill compared to those living west of 82nd. The towns with higher rates are far from where the nightly protests…

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Coronavirus: Could gum disease make infection more deadly?

Scientist have discovered a link between life-threatening coronavirus infection and gum disease in new research published Thursday.  Gum disease has known links to heart disease and chronic lung disease, both of which also put people at risk for becoming severely ill from or dying of COVID-19.  Researchers in California and Brazil found in a review of studies that COVID-19 patients with high levels of an inflammatory immune protein, called interleukin-6 (IL-6), that indicated they suffered from gum disease were far more likely to need ventilators to keep them alive.  Although…

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Coronavirus: Asymptomatic patients shed just as much of virus

More evidence has emerged about the dangers of asymptomatic patients with the novel coronavirus.  Researchers found that the viral load of those without symptoms is just as high as infected people who cough and run fevers. What’s more, because asymptomatic patients contained as much of the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, in their noses and and throats, they were just as likely to spread the disease. The team, from Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital in South Korea, says the findings further suggest the importance of ramping up testing and contact tracing so…

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Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients shed as much of the virus as those with symptoms

More evidence has emerged about the dangers of asymptomatic patients with the novel coronavirus.  Researchers found that the viral load of those without symptoms is just as high as infected people who cough and run fevers. What’s more, because asymptomatic patients contained as much of the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, in their noses and and throats, they were just as likely to spread the disease. The team, from Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital in South Korea, says the findings further suggest the importance of ramping up testing and contact tracing so…

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Coronavirus cases up by 17% since last week, new test and trace figures show

Test and trace figures showed an increase in cases in England in the past week There has been a 17% increase in positive coronavirus cases in England from last week, according to the latest test and trace figures. The increase comes despite the number of people being tested increasing by just 4%. Officials put the rise down to ramped-up testing in coronavirus hotspot areas but acknowledged that there has been an overall rise in incidence of the virus. A total of 47,762 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England…

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Cases of gout are spiralling at an ‘astonishing’ rate across the world

Cases of gout are increasing at an alarming rate across the world, scientists have warned.  Researchers calculated that 41million people worldwide are currently living with the agonising form of arthritis each year. It means cases have risen by 7 per cent since 1990 — but the increase is around 11 per cent in Western Europe and up to 34 per cent in the US and Canada. Experts at the University of Sydney, who carried out the review, described the pace of increase as ‘astonishing’.   Gout has been traditionally associated with…

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