Health

Dire shortage of infectious disease specialists in the US, for ‘complex’ reasons

The United States is experiencing a dire shortage of infectious disease specialists, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a medical association based in Arlington, Virginia. “Infectious disease (ID) physicians have repeatedly demonstrated their importance during critical worldwide crises, such as with HIV/AIDS, the COVID-19 pandemic and Mpox (previously Monkeypox),” Dr. Cindy Whitener …

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Obesity and belly bulge linked to being ‘frail’ later in life: study

A bulging belly might be linked to early physical decline and age-related infirmity. Researchers in Norway recently released a prospective cohort study that looked into the relationship body mass indexes (BMI) and waist circumferences (WC) have on “pre-frailty” and “frailty” in older adults, and they published their findings in BMJ Open, a peer-reviewed open access …

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Are new weight loss drugs really an obesity ‘game changer’?

“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates. What’s happening A new category of expensive weight loss drugs has exploded in popularity over the past few months as celebrities, tech moguls and social media stars have testified that they’ve been able to rapidly shed weight thanks to the medications. Originally …

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Cancer blood test using DNA fragments brings hope for earlier detection, say researchers

Researchers have developed a new machine-learning model to detect cancers that are in their early stages of disease by examining DNA fragments from cancer cells in the blood. A University of Wisconsin–Madison research team was able to detect cancer in the bloodstream in most of the samples tested, it said. Muhammed Murtaza, professor of surgery …

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If you retire early, you could be harming your health: new study

As they grow older, many Americans begin to think about the best time to retire. Yet a new study throws some warning signs around that decision — as retiring early could actually worsen people’s health. A recent paper published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization suggests that early retirement may accelerate cognitive decline …

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Doctors in China discouraged from citing COVID as a reason for patients dying amid outbreak

During a busy shift at the height of Beijing’s COVID wave, a physician at a private hospital saw a printed notice in the emergency department: doctors should “try not to” write COVID-induced respiratory failure on death certificates. Instead, if the deceased had an underlying disease, that should be named as the main cause of death, …

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Care about your heart? Try getting better sleep, new study suggests

A group of researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health evaluated the American Heart Association’s recently expanded metric — which now includes sleep as it relates to cardiovascular disease risk. The study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association provided evidence that sleep plays an important role when it comes to …

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 drug Paxlovid in short supply in China

When Li’s 83-year-old father with diabetes started coughing and complaining of body aches last month, the Beijing resident became anxious about finding a treatment for COVID-19 in case his parent had caught the virus sweeping the city. He heard at that time that Pfizer’s anti-viral drug Paxlovid was an effective treatment, but patients could only …

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Remember the fear about flu flare-ups over the holidays? It didn’t happen, says the CDC

Ahead of the holidays, there was fear in certain medical circles that holiday gatherings among millions and millions of families across America would spark a dangerous surge in respiratory diseases. Now, new US government data suggests that was not the case. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that visits to …

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Europe in ‘collective denial’ over the state of the COVID pandemic, former WHO official says

A recent view of Milan. (Mairo Cinquetti/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) BARCELONA, Spain — A report released Friday morning by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) found that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the continent was improving compared to the spikes of new cases and hospitalizations experienced in December. But experts who …

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