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Why many COVID experts think Americans can ditch their masks soon

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain COVID cases are declining quickly while vaccinations continue to rise slowly but surely in the United States, the former epicenter of the pandemic. Many experts believe the time will soon be right for the federal government to ease its recommendations on indoor masking across the board, and say doing so could help encourage more vaccine holdouts ...

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Fearing India-like COVID collapse, Kenya scrambles for oxygen

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain At the peak of Kenya’s third wave of COVID-19 in March, hospitals—buckling under the strain of the virus—saw their oxygen reserves fizzle out. Since then, they have been scrambling to increase capacity of the lifesaving element, fearing the nightmare scenario currently unfolding in India due to oxygen shortages. On the roof of the Metropolitan Hospital, a ...

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Obese people with pattern of later waking, peak activity later in day at higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (held online, 10-13 May) shows that people living with obesity with the so called ‘evening chronotype’ – that is, a pattern of later waking and peak activity later in the day—have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) than those ...

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Study finds reduced risk of cataracts associated with obesity surgery

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (held online 10-13 May) has found a reduced risk of eye cataracts occurring in patients who have lost weight through obesity (bariatric) surgery. The study is by Dr. Theresa Burkard, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and colleagues from Sweden and Switzerland. A cataract is a cloudy obstruction in ...

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Measuring brain blood flow and activity with light

A noninvasive method for measuring brain blood flow with light has been developed by biomedical engineers and neurologists at the UC Davis and used to detect brain activation. The new method, functional interferometric diffusing wave spectroscopy, or fiDWS, promises to be cheaper than existing technology and could be used for assessing brain injuries, or in neuroscience research. Credit: LetPub A ...

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New experimental drug cagrilintide (AM833), when combined with emaglutide, shows potential for treatment of obesity

Credit: CC0 Public Domain An early study of a new experimental drug to treat obesity known as cagrilintide shows that, when combined with semaglutide 2.4 mg, the combination leads to more weight loss than semaglutide 2.4 mg alone and is well tolerated. This phase 1 study, which was recently published in The Lancet will be presented at this year’s European ...

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COVID-19 travel plan will let new variants into the UK, experts warn

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The government’s COVID-19 travel plan will let new variants into the UK, warn experts in The BMJ today. Virologists Jangu Banatvala and Deenan Pillay urge caution over plans to implement a traffic light system, permitting international travel to resume dependent upon the COVID-19 status of destination countries. And they warn that the aviation industry‘s current enthusiasm ...

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