Medical News

  • Most comprehensive studies to date find 'insufficient evidence' to support herbal, dietary...
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:30 am

    The first global review of complementary medicines (herbal and dietary supplements) for weight loss in 16 years—combining 121 randomized placebo-controlled trials including nearly 10,000 adults—suggests that their use cannot be justified based on the current evidence.

  • Spain ends COVID state of emergency
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Spain has lifted a state of emergency in place since October to fight the pandemic, allowing Spaniards to travel between regions for the first time in months.

  • Vegetarians have healthier levels of disease markers than meat-eaters
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Vegetarians appear to have a healthier biomarker profile than meat-eaters, and this applies to adults of any age and weight, and is also unaffected by smoking and alcohol consumption, according to a new study in over 166,000 UK adults, being presented at this week's European Congress on Obesity (ECO), held online this year.

  • South Africa reports four cases of India virus variant
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:27 am

    South Africa's health ministry on Saturday said four cases of a coronavirus variant fuelling a devastating surge of COVID-19 in India had been recorded in the country.

  • Fully vaccinated enjoy new freedoms in Germany
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:25 am

    People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from many restrictions in Germany from Sunday after the government passed new legislation to restore some freedoms.

  • Study supports recommendations to avoid pregnancy for at least 12 months after obesity surgery
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:25 am

    A study presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (held online, 10-13 May) supports recommendations to avoid pregnancy for 12 months after bariatric (obesity) surgery due to an association with adverse outcomes in pregnancy including an elevated risk of preterm birth. The study is by Dr. Laura Heusschen, Vitalys Obesity Clinic, part of Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, The Netherlands, and colleagues.

  • As cases grow, India's vaccination campaign falters
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Since India opened vaccinations to all adults this month, hoping to tame a disastrous coronavirus surge sweeping across the country, the pace of administering the shots has dropped with states saying they only have limited stock to give out.

  • Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all
    on May 9, 2021 at 9:21 am

    At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad's capital, there are no debates over which coronavirus vaccine is the best.

  • Merkel urges US to export COVID vaccines
    on May 8, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged the United States to export coronavirus vaccines made on its soil, as she rejected a patent waiver call from Washington for the jabs.

  • India deaths top 4,000 as Macron urges end to vaccine export limits
    on May 8, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    New COVID-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world's worst outbreaks, as EU pressure mounted on Washington to end vaccine export limits and offer a concrete plan to lift patents.

  • Variant accelerating India's COVID explosion: WHO top scientist
    on May 8, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    A COVID-19 variant spreading in India is more contagious and may be dodging vaccine protections, contributing to the country's explosive outbreak, the World Health Organization's chief scientist said Saturday.

  • As US reopens, campuses tighten restrictions for virus
    on May 8, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    About a year into mask mandates, nasal swabs and remote classes, the atmosphere turned tense at the University of Vermont as the school cracked down on rules for social distancing and face coverings amid a spike in student COVID-19 cases.

  • States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes
    on May 8, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    States asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses.

  • EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no 'magic bullet'
    on May 8, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    European Union leaders cranked up their criticism of the U.S. call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents Saturday, arguing the move would yield no short-term or intermediate improvement in vaccine supplies and could even have a negative impact.

  • Switch of breast tumors to HER2-low in recurrence may provide greater therapeutic options
    on May 8, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    The finding that breast tumours can evolve to express low HER2 potentially widens the number of patients who can benefit from new investigational agents, typically novel antibody-drug conjugate therapies, that are currently in clinical trials for HER2-low tumours.

  • EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
    on May 8, 2021 at 10:16 am

    The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023.

  • After lull, cases spread in Vietnam's cities, provinces
    on May 8, 2021 at 10:06 am

    After over a month with no local infections, Vietnam has recorded 176 confirmed coronavirus cases from several outbreaks that have spread to 19 provinces during the past 10 days, the Health Ministry said.

  • Thailand wants to buy more vaccines as surge worsens
    on May 8, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Thailand's prime minister said he wants to secure more vaccines for his country and give as many first doses as possible, as it battles a surge of the pandemic with Bangkok reporting a record number of cases.

  • EXPLAINER: How activists target CDC vaccine tracking system
    on May 8, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Once, getting vaccinated was all but routine. But since the heightened public awareness around the new COVID-19 vaccines, it's a different story. Now, it means check-ins with family and friends about possible arm soreness or mild symptoms.

  • In fight against COVID variants some firms target T cell jabs
    on May 8, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Getting COVID vaccines into the arms of the world's population is an international priority—but will today's jabs stay effective against virus variants that are spreading across the globe?

  • Virus deaths top 4,000 in India as WHO green-lights Chinese vaccine
    on May 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

    New COVID-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday as it struggled with one of the world's worst outbreaks, but the global immunisation effort was boosted with WHO approval for Chinese firm Sinopharm's vaccine.

  • EU invites 'concrete' US plan on lifting vaccine patents
    on May 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Europe on Saturday passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over COVID vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs.

  • India's surge hits southern states, prompts more lockdowns
    on May 8, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Two southern states in India became the latest to declare lockdowns, as coronavirus cases surge at breakneck speed across the country and pressure mounts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to implement a nationwide shutdown.

  • Mild COVID-19 infection is very unlikely to cause lasting heart damage
    on May 8, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Mild Covid-19 infection is very unlikely to cause lasting damage to the structure or function of the heart, according to a study led by UCL (University College London) researchers and funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Barts Charity.

  • Largest study to date confirms non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications do not result in worse...
    on May 8, 2021 at 9:51 am

    The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, does not lead to higher rates of death or severe disease in patients who are hospitalised with COVID-19, according to a new observational study of more than 72,000 people in the UK published in The Lancet Rheumatology journal.

  • Vaccinate those at risk worldwide before children: WHO
    on May 7, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    The World Health Organization on Friday urged governments to refrain from vaccinating children against coronavirus until the elderly and at-risk worldwide have received the vaccine.

  • WHO approves Chinese COVID vaccine as India logs new virus record
    on May 7, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    The World Health Organization on Friday approved the first COVID-19 vaccine from China in a bid to boost global immunisation drives, as India logged yet another record number of infections that have spilled over into neighbouring countries.

  • Mexico City exhales as COVID-19 infections fall
    on May 7, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    More than three months after COVID-19 infections peaked in Mexico City, the local government announced Friday that the public hospital network dedicated to fighting the disease is experiencing its lowest rate occupancy of the pandemic.

  • EU calls on US to push exports to counter vaccine shortage
    on May 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    The European Union called on the United States Friday to start boosting its vaccine exports to contain the global COVID-19 crisis, and said that the U.S. backing of patent waivers would provide only a long-term solution at best.

  • Sleep disorders tally $94.9 billion in health care costs each year
    on May 7, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Sleep disorders are associated with significantly higher rates of health care utilization, conservatively placing an additional $94.9 billion in costs each year to the United States health care system, according to a new study from researchers at Mass Eye and Ear, a member hospital of Mass General Brigham.