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Weight loss surgery drops the risk of suffering severe COVID symptoms by 60 percent

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Dec 30, 2021 … CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bariatric surgery, a procedure obese people have to dramatically cut their weight, may also protect these individuals from suffering a life-threatening case of COVID-19. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic say obese patients undergoing the weight loss surgery before the pandemic have a 60-percent lower risk of developing severe complications if they contract coronavirus.…

Alzheimer’s gene may also raise the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms

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Dec 28, 2021 … HELSINKI, Finland — A gene that makes it more likely someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease may also increase the likelihood patients with COVID-19 have severe or life-threatening symptoms. Studies show that individuals carrying the APOE4 allele genetic variant are more likely to deal with Alzheimer’s during old age. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 15%…

Pfizer COVID-19 pill first to receive FDA emergency use authorization for adults, children

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Dec 22, 2021 … SILVER SPRING, Md. — A COVID-19 treatment in pill form is now available for both children and adults with mild cases of the illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s drug combination Paxlovid. The COVID antiviral treatment is a three-pill combination of nirmatrelvir and ritonavir tablets…

‘Fountain of youth’ pill shows ability to dramatically increase longevity in mice

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Dec 08, 2021 … SHANGHAI, China — Anti-aging treatments come in all shapes and sizes, from oxygen chambers to simple diets and exercises. Now, researchers say a flavonoid-based pill to fight aging and improve longevity could be on the horizon after scientists found the treatment dramatically extended the lifespans of mice. A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences…

Food additive in many processed foods alters gut health, may cause disease

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Dec 01, 2021 … ATLANTA, Ga. — A common food additive, carboxymethylcellulose, which manufacturers put in processed foods alters the healthy balance of gut bacteria in humans, a new study warns. An international team finds that the long-term impact of consuming this chemical may include developing chronic inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and even colon cancer. Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) is a synthetic member…

Long COVID symptoms very rare among young, competitive athletes

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Nov 16, 2021 … BOSTON, Mass. — Lingering and unpredictable COVID-19 symptoms long after the illness is over continues to be a major point of concern. While modern medicine continues to work around the clock to better understand “long COVID” in all of its forms, a team from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Washington reports persistent COVID-related…

COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s disease share the same genetic risk factor

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Oct 08, 2021 … LONDON — The same genetic risk factor which increases a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may also make them more vulnerable to severe symptoms of COVID-19, a new study warns. Researchers at University College London have discovered that variants of the OAS1 gene play a role in both increasing dementia risk and worse coronavirus infections.…

Wash your hands: Diarrhea-causing bacteria C.diff is ‘everywhere’

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Oct 07, 2021 … HOUSTON, Texas — Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a form of bacteria which causes severe diarrhea and colon inflammation. Unsettlingly, researchers from the University of Houston report it is “everywhere” in non-healthcare settings in the United States and all over the globe. Tests on a “worldwide sample” revealed C.diff on 26 percent of environmental samples from…

Common osteoporosis drug may protect patients from developing diabetes

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Sep 28, 2021 … AALBORG, Denmark — The osteoporosis drug alendronate may be doing more for patients than just strengthening bones. A new study reveals the prescription medication also appears to be reducing a patient’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Moreover, researchers say that protection only gets stronger the longer a person takes alendronate. Dr. Rikke Viggers from Aalborg…

The cure for COVID-19 may come from bats

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Sep 22, 2021 … MELBOURNE, Australia — Bats may hold the key to beating COVID-19, according to a new study. The flying mammals have exceptional immunity, which protects them against deadly viruses. Scientists in Australia say cracking their secret to superior health would open the door to discovering a cure for the virus. Researchers note that bats catch COVID…