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Study suggests wearing a face mask during intense exercise is safe for healthy people

Wearing a protective face mask has only a modest effect on the ability of healthy people to do vigorous exercise, according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers carried out detailed testing on breathing, heart activity and … Continue reading

Published Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Investment needed to bring down pancreatic cancer death rates in Europe. Researchers predict over 1.4 million deaths from top 10 cancers in 2021 in the EU and UK. Accompanying editorial warns of adverse effect of COVID-19 on death rates

Researchers have called on European policymakers to make adequate resources available to tackle pancreatic cancer, a disease that is almost invariably fatal and where little progress has been made over the past 40 years. In the latest predictions for cancer … Continue reading

Published Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases

Damage to the heart found in more than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital

Around 50% of patients who have been hospitalised with severe COVID-19 and who show raised levels of a protein called troponin have damage to their hearts. The injury was detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at least a month … Continue reading

Published Thursday, February 18th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

People infected with COVID-19 have a higher risk of dying after a cardiac arrest. Women are nine times more likely to die

COVID-19 patients who suffer a cardiac arrest either in or out of hospital are far more likely to die than patients who are not infected with the coronavirus. In particular, women have the highest risk of dying: they are nine … Continue reading

Published Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

Study of COVID-19 levels in oncology staff suggests need for more extensive testing

Second study reveals impact of COVID-19 on oncology staff and their work A study of oncology staff carried out immediately after the spring peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK indicates that many had been infected with the coronavirus … Continue reading

Published Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases

Study of emergency workers in New York City shows COVID-19 risk to firefighters and emergency medical workers

Firefighters and emergency medical workers in New York City were 15 times more likely to be infected during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the general public, according to a study published in ERJ Open Research. [1] … Continue reading

Published Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Study estimates exposure to air pollution increases COVID-19 deaths by 15% worldwide

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of dying from COVID-19 and, for the first time, a study has estimated the proportion of deaths from the coronavirus that could be attributed to the exacerbating effects … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

New research reveals effects of COVID-19 on breast cancer screening, treatment and care

An increase in deaths could be prevented by ensuring older women do not miss final screening During the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries paused their breast cancer screening programmes. A new study, presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference, suggests … Continue reading

Published Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases

COVID-19 patients suffer long-term lung and heart damage but it can improve with time. Coronavirus patients recover faster if they undergo rehabilitation as soon as possible after coming off ventilators or leaving intensive care

COVID-19 patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage but, for many, this tends to improve over time, according to the first, prospective follow-up of patients infected with the coronavirus, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] Researchers … Continue reading

Published Monday, September 7th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Study of nose and throat reveals why people with COVID-19 may lose their sense of smell

Researchers studying tissue removed from patients noses during surgery believe they may have discovered the reason why so many people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell, even when they have no other symptoms. In their experiments they found extremely … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory