Face masks could reduce coronavirus R number and prevent 2nd wave, scientists say
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(Kashmira Gander/ Newsweek) — Wearing face masks in public all the time could help epidemics of the COVID-19-causing coronavirus to die out and prevent future waves, according to a study.

The authors of the paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A used existing data on how the coronavirus spreads, and the effectiveness  …

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Blood pressure meds help the frail elderly live longer
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(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay News) — Blood pressure drugs help even the most frail elderly live longer, and older people who are healthier get the biggest benefit, Italian researchers say.

“We knew that high blood pressure medication was protective in general among older people, however, we focused on whether it is also  …

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Many Canadians used virtual medical care during COVID-19, poll suggests
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(Amina Zafar/ CBC News) —Canadians embraced virtual health-care options like phone or video appointments during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new poll released by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

The survey released on Monday suggested 47 per cent of Canadians have used “virtual care” such as calls, email  …

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US survey evaluates coronavirus impact on romantic relationships, mental health
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(Agence France-Presse) — An American survey conducted by researchers at Chapman University in California has highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 4,149 adults with an average age of 39 years living in the United States. The study made use of a national data set from all 50 states, but the sample was not nationally representative,  …

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High blood pressure ‘DOUBLES risk of dying from coronavirus’ – the 8 signs to know
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(The Sun) —High blood pressure doubles the risk of dying from Covid-19, a study found.

But despite fears that medication used to treat the condition could increase susceptibility to infection, doctors found the opposite was true. Those who are not taking medication to control raised blood pressure are at even greater risk.

Researchers  …

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Hydroxychloroquine fails to prevent COVID-19 in those at high risk, trial shows
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(CBC News) —The drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been the subject of heated debate as a potential treatment for COVID-19, was not effective in preventing the disease in Canadians and Americans at risk, according to the first gold standard clinical trial.

In Wednesday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, medical  …

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Héma-Québec calls for more blood donations ahead of summer
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Héma-Québec is putting out a call for blood donations. File / Global News

(Canadian Press) —Héma-Québec is looking for more blood donations in June in anticipation of the summer season.

The organization, whose mission is to meet Quebec’s needs in blood donations, said that it needs an additional 100 donations each day more than the 1,000  …

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ICUs become a ‘delirium factory’ for Covid-19 patients
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(Liz Szabo/ CNN)  — Doctors are fighting not only to save lives from Covid-19, but also to protect patients’ brains.

Although Covid-19 is best known for damaging the lungs, it also increases the risk of life-threatening brain injuries — from mental confusion to hallucinations, seizures, coma, stroke and paralysis. The  …

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COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery more likely to die, global study suggests
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(CBC News) — A global study conducted by international researchers, including one from Western University in London, Ont., suggests that COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery experience worse postoperative outcomes, including death, compared to similar patients who haven’t been infected with the virus.

The study, published  …

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COVID-19 a silent passenger on cruise ships
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(Molly Walker/ MedPage Today) —Of passengers and crew on a Southern Hemisphere ocean cruise who tested positive for COVID-19, only about 20% ever developed symptoms, researchers found.

The vessel carried 217 passengers and crew, with 128 ultimately testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. Of these, only 24 were recorded as showing symptoms,  …

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