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The more exercise the better, heart health study finds

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When it comes to matters of heart health, no amount of exercise is too much, scientists said this week in research that debunks the myth that high levels of vigorous physical activity might not always be beneficial. The research found "every move counts" toward improving cardiovascular health, the scientists said,… Read

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Bumpy road ahead for global COVID-19 vaccine rollout, experts say

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Governments worldwide face a tremendous challenge in building up the logistics needed for mass vaccination against COVID-19 and providing clear messaging to their citizens to boost confidence in the shots, public health experts say. Experts speaking to Reuters from the United States, India and Britain said they were hopeful the… Read

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New virus mutation raises vaccine questions

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As the British coronavirus variant occupies countries' pandemic plans due to its increased transmissibility, other mutations to the Sars-CoV-2 are provoking concern among scientists who are scrambling to work out if they will still respond to vaccines. In particular, one mutation, known as E484K, detected initially in South Africa and… Read

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Alzheimer's drug slows mental, functional decline in mid-stage trial

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Eli Lilly and Co says a small trial of its experimental Alzheimer's drug found that it slowed by about a third the rate of decline in a combined measure of cognition and function in patients at an early stage of the mind-wasting disease. The drug, donanemab, is an antibody designed… Read

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Disinfecting during pandemic puts asthmatics at risk

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Increased cleaning by people with asthma during the pandemic may be triggering flares of their disease, a new report suggests. Researchers who surveyed 795 U.S. adults with asthma between May and September found the proportion who disinfected surfaces with bleach at least five times a week rose by 155% after… Read

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Most COVID-19 patients have at least one symptom 6 months on: study

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More than three quarters of people hospitalised with COVID-19 still suffered from at least one symptom after six months, according to a study that scientists said shows the need for further investigation into lingering coronavirus effects. The research, which was published in the Lancet medical journal and involved hundreds of… Read

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If I’ve already had the coronavirus, can I get it again?

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If I’ve already had the coronavirus, can I get it again? It’s possible, but such cases seem to be rare. Evidence is growing that people whose bodies mounted a strong defense to the virus are unlikely to test positive again for at least several months and maybe longer. It’s not… Read

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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine appears effective against mutation in new coronavirus variants: study

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Pfizer Inc and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine appeared to work against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus discovered in the UK and South Africa, according to a laboratory study conducted by the U.S. drugmaker. The not-yet peer reviewed study by Pfizer and scientists from the… Read

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One in 100,000 had severe reactions to Pfizer vaccine: U.S. study

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Roughly one in a hundred thousand people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine have had severe allergic reactions, U.S. health officials said while stressing that the benefits of immunization greatly outweigh the known risks. The data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which documented 21 cases of… Read

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Facing slow vaccine rollout, scientists weigh new tactics

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Should COVID-19 boosters be delayed? Could the dose levels be reduced by half, and would mixing and matching shots made by different makers work just as well? These are questions now facing governments around the world as vaccine rollout falters and the coronavirus continues to rage, spurred on by new… Read

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