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Women’s Health Center Opening In The Abortion Desert Of Western Maryland
Happening in our little rightward leaning town! It's going to be an interesting ride...
A response to WV banning abortions.
NIH to intensify scrutiny of foreign grant recipients in wake of COVID origins debate
New study shows COVID-19 infections in 2 pregnant women caused brain damage in newborns
“…Midtrimester maternal COVID infection can infect the infant’s placenta & fetal or infant brain, triggering inflammatory events in both placenta & fetus, which can be associated with critical brain injury & progressive neurological sequelae.”
Note that mother #2 was asymptomatic
Benny M, Bandstra ES, Saad AG, et al. Maternal SARS-CoV-2, placental changes and brain injury in 2 neonates. Pediatrics. 2023;151(5):e2022058271
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Long COVID can impact fatigue and quality of life worse than some cancers, finds new study
Fatigue is the symptom that most significantly impacts the daily lives of long COVID patients, and can affect quality of life more than some cancers, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Exeter.
The research, published in BMJ Open , examines the impact of long COVID on the lives of over 3,750 patients who were referred to a long COVID clinic and used a digital app as part of their NHS treatment for the condition.
Patients were asked to complete questionnaires on the app about how long COVID was affecting them—considering the impact of long COVID on their day-to-day activities, levels of fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathlessness, brain fog, and their quality of life.
The researchers found that many long COVID patients were seriously ill and on average had fatigue scores worse or similar to people with cancer-related anemia or severe kidney disease. Their health-related quality of life scores were also lower than those of people with advanced metastatic cancers, like stage IV lung cancer.
Overall, the team found that the impact of long COVID on the daily activities of patients was worse than that of stroke patients and was comparable to that of patients with Parkinson's disease.
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China’s rolling COVID waves could hit every six months — infecting millions
The latest surge is unlikely to crash the country’s health-care system, but scientists fear hundreds of millions of infection
The latest surge in COVID-19 cases in China is not surprising to researchers, who say that China will see an infection cycle every six months now that all COVID-19 restrictions have been removed and highly infectious variants are dominant. But they caution that rolling waves of infection carry the risk of new variants emerging.
China has vaccinated more than 90% of its population, and the outbreak in December infected at least 85% of its people, says Zhong. But immunity is waning, and XBB can evade protection from vaccines and prior infections. Mokdad says that, although XBB has not caused a major rise in hospitalizations and deaths, the sheer number of infections could put pressure on China’s health-care system.
antibodies generated against Omicron variants BA.5 and BF.7, the dominant strains during the December wave in China, can provide about four months of protection against strains such as XBB1.
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Still relevant from 8/2022:
How to clean the air from harmful wildfire smoke
Not all respirators and masks are effective against wildfire smoke
|Well-fitted KN95 (head strap design)||Strong|
|KN95 (ear loop design)||Moderate|
|Cotton or cloth masks||Weak|
|Paper or surgical masks||Weak|
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still an incredible, negligent last of testing.
Drugs and Vaccines:
Study: Using diabetes medication Metformin after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 reduces risk of developing long COVID by 40%
Taking a two-week course of metformin, a safe and affordable diabetes medication after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 leads to 40% fewer long COVID diagnoses over the following 10 months, compared to individuals taking a placebo, finds a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
The long-term symptoms some people experience after SARS-CoV-2 infection, known as long COVID, are an emerging chronic illness potentially affecting millions of people around the world. Currently there are no proven treatments or ways to prevent long COVID, other than reducing the risk of infection in the first place.
This is the first phase 3 randomized controlled trial of a treatment for patients in the community that shows a medication can reduce the risk of long COVID when taken after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.
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Study: Menstrual changes due to COVID vaccines minimal
Menstrual cycles may lengthen by up to 1 day following COVID-19 vaccination, but the effect is temporary and vaccination makes little difference in cycle regularity, bleed length, heaviness of bleed, or menstrual pain, according to a study yesterday in Vaccine.
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Confidence in (all) vaccines has plummeted in Africa since the pandemic, shows eight-country study
especially in Democratic Republic of Congo
Devices, Masks, and Ventilation:
US CDC announces indoor air guidance for COVID-19 after 3 years
“The announcement calls for indoor air to be completely replaced at least five times every hour and cleaned with minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV)-13 air filters.”
Face masks to return at Tour de France to limit COVID-19 cases in the peloton
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COVID-19 human challenge study reveals more insights into how virus spreads
much of the virus people shed comes from the nose, further highlighting the importance of face masks covering the nose as well as the mouth when they’re used.
So what happened? Well, in line with Texas Senate Bill 1828, which mandates that all state schools hold a Holocaust Remembrance Week to teach history surrounding genocide, Hitler's dangerous rise to power, and concentration camps, Sophia conducted a lesson on Hitler's use of education. "My students learned about recognizing propaganda and why Hitler went into schools to teach nazi ideology and nationalism," she told BuzzFeed.
Students made parallels to signs of nationalism they were familiar with, including the US practice of having students recite the pledge of allegiance every morning in schools....
Here is our story. Please read & share. Migration management is a major policy challenge, but violating the law, brutalizing people & radicalizing your authorities & your voters cannot be the answer.— Matina Stevis-Gridneff (@MatinaStevis) May 19, 2023
It's time for the EU to demand accountability.https://t.co/1jQyZc731r /ENDS
Feel good du jour:
The way they looked down.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/h7zX7Ohkmn— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) June 10, 2023
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If you need a smile.. 😊— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) June 10, 2023
and a wink.. 😉 pic.twitter.com/Q8dn7UV4dk
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Bits of beauty: