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First comparison of dangers of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes and water pipes. Any smoking and vaping technique may increase risk of COVID-19 infection and death

Smoking and vaping, whether by means of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes or waterpipes, stiffens the arteries, causes inflammation and damages DNA, leading to a variety of health problems, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In addition, … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

High blood pressure linked to increased risk of dying from COVID-19

Patients with raised blood pressure have a two-fold increased risk of dying from the coronavirus COVID-19 compared to patients without high blood pressure, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In addition, the study found that … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

Men’s blood contains greater concentrations of enzyme that helps COVID-19 infect cells. Finding may explain why men with heart failure suffer more from the coronavirus than women

Evidence from a large study of several thousand patients shows that men have higher concentrations of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in their blood than women. Since ACE2 enables the coronavirus to infect healthy cells, this may help to explain why … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 11th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

Androgen-deprivation treatments for prostate cancer could protect men from COVID-19

A study of 4532 men in the Veneto region of Italy has found that those who were being treated for prostate cancer with androgen-deprivation therapies (ADT) were less likely to develop the coronavirus COVID-19 and, if they were infected, the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases

Risk of severe COVID-19 could be increased in people with COPD and smokers due to higher levels of ‘entry point’ enzyme in lungs

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and people who currently smoke may have higher levels of a molecule, called angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE-2), in their lungs according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. [1] Previous research … Continue reading

Published Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Newborns infected with COVID-19 in China experienced mild symptoms

Researchers have identified a total of four cases of newborn babies with COVID-19 infection in China. In all cases the babies experienced only mild symptoms with none requiring intensive care or mechanical ventilation according to research published in in the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Cheap, quick test identifies pneumonia patients at risk of respiratory failure or sepsis

Madrid, Spain: Spanish researchers in Valencia have identified specific fragments of genetic material that play a role in the development of respiratory failure and sepsis in pneumonia patients. Presenting the research at the European Respiratory Society International Congress [1], Dr … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Treatment with long term, low dose antibiotic could help people born with chronic lung condition

Madrid, Spain: Taking a low dose of the antibiotic azithromycin for six months reduces symptoms for patients with the chronic lung condition primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] PCD is … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Babies develop fewer respiratory infections when they have well-connected bacterial networks

Madrid, Spain: Microscopic bacteria, which are present in all humans, cluster together and form communities in different parts of the body, such as the gut, lungs, nose and mouth. Now, for the first time, researchers have shown the extent to … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Baby’s first cold can last longer depending on nose-dwelling bacteria

New research on the types of bacteria living in babies’ noses could offer clues as to why some recover quickly from their first cough or cold, while others suffer for longer. The study, published in ERJ Open Research, suggests that … Continue reading

Published Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory
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