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Tuesday, 31 January 2023

The impact of common viral infections on blood-brain barrier function and insulin sensitivity

A new study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences discusses the impact of herpes, influenza, hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) viruses on blood-brain barrier (BBB) function and insulin sensitivity, as well as their underlying mechanisms….

Some Addiction Treatment Centers Turn Big Profits by Scaling Back Care

Near the end of his scheduled three-month stay at a rehab center outside Austin, Texas, Daniel McKegney was forced to tell his father in North Carolina that he needed more time and more money, he recently recalled. His father had already received bills from BRC Recovery totaling about $150,000 to…

What you need to know about XBB.1.5, COVID’s latest variant

When did this variant emerge, and what about XBB.1.5 is catching virologists’ attention? Does XBB.1.5 appear to have the potential to cause a wave of infections similar to Omicron last winter? How does it compare to other variants in terms of likelihood to lead to hospitalizations and deaths? How effective…

Persistent gaps exist in continuity of medication use for adults with diabetes

A considerable proportion of adults with diabetes do not maintain continuity of use of glucose, blood pressure, or lipid medications, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in JAMA Network Open. Puneet Kaur Chehal, Ph.D., from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues…

Baby Malti Makes Her Public Debut With Parents Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

One-year-old Malti Marie is so cute! Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s daughter made her public debut today as her dad Nick Jonas accepted a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for The Jonas Brothers alongside his brothers Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas. The little girl was her daddy’s mini-me at the event! Malti…

How many daily steps do you need to lose weight?

It’s clear that staying active is key to being healthy, and fitness trackers and smartwatches have become popular tools for tracking activity. But just how many steps does someone need to take to lose weight? That’s not such a simple a question. While evidence is limited on exactly how many…

Researchers demonstrate non-invasive method for assessing burn injuries

Researchers have developed a neural network model that uses terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) data for non-invasive burn assessment. They combined the new approach with a handheld imaging device that they developed specifically for fast THz-TDS imaging of burn injuries. “It is important for healthcare professionals to accurately assess the depth…

World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for next crisis: Red Cross

All countries remain “dangerously unprepared” for the next pandemic, the Red Cross warned on Monday, saying future health crises could also collide with increasingly likely climate-related disasters. Despite three “brutal” years of the COVID-19 pandemic, strong preparedness systems are “severely lacking”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent…