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Health - 16.07.2021
People with five or more symptoms in first week of infection more likely to develop long COVID
The presence of more than five symptoms of COVID-19 in the first week of infection is significantly associated with the development of long COVID, irrespective of age or gender, according to a new University of Birmingham-led review. The review by the University of Birmingham-led the Therapies for Long COVID (TLC) Study Group , published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine , summarises current research on symptom prevalence, complications and management of long COVID.

Sport - Health - 16.07.2021
Study challenges overheating risk for pregnant women exercising in the heat
Study challenges overheating risk for pregnant women exercising in the heat
Pregnant women are at no greater risk of dangerous 'overheating' when exercising in hot weather compared to non-pregnant women, according to a world-first Australian study. The findings question recommendations discouraging exercise in hot weather due to the potential risk to the unborn child associated with 'overheating' or maternal hyperthermia, defined as a rise in core body temperature above 39°C or 102°F.

Health - Psychology - 16.07.2021
Share of people in Wales experiencing severe mental health issues more than doubled during pandemic, report finds
COVID-19 has exacerbated existing mental health inequalities for people in Wales, according to a new report from Cardiff University. The analysis, conducted by academics at the Wales Governance Centre, reveals the share of people experiencing severe mental health issues increased from 11.7% during the period immediately before the pandemic to 28.1% by April 2020.

Pharmacology - Health - 15.07.2021
When insurers and doctors haggle over Medicaid costs, patients pay the price
Reimbursement negotiations can exacerbate health care disparities, new study finds When physicians and insurers haggle over reimbursement payments, health care providers lose revenue due to extra administrative burdens-an issue that is particularly acute with Medicaid, a key part of the social safety net that serves many low-income families.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.07.2021
Common Medication Used to Reduce Cholesterol Levels May Reduce COVID-19 Severity 
Using anonymized medical records from a national registry, UC San Diego researchers confirm earlier findings that statins may substantially minimize adverse outcomes from SARS-CoV-2 infection  In a new study from University of California San Diego School of Medicine, researchers have confirmed that patients taking statin medications had a 41 percent lower risk of in-hospital death from COVID-19.

Health - 15.07.2021
Scottish smoke-free vehicle legislation reduces under 5s asthma hospitalisations
Hospitalisations for asthma in pre-school children fell in Scotland in the two years following legislation that banned smoking in vehicles containing a child. The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2016, making it illegal to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under the age of 18.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.07.2021
Computerised image analysis identifies new subtype of debilitating lung disease
Scientists at UCL have used computer-based imaging analysis to identify new patterns of lung damage in patients with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), providing the first evidence of a previously unknown and life-limiting lung disease subtype. IPF is a condition where scar tissue or fibrosis builds up in the lungs, making them thick and hard.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.07.2021
Identification of over 200 long Covid symptoms prompts call for UK screening programme
Patients who experience long COVID have reported more than 200 symptoms across 10 organ systems*, in the largest international study of 'long-haulers' to date, led by UCL scientists together with a patient-led research collaborative. For the study, published in the Lancet's EClinicalMedicine , patient researchers who connected through the Body Politic online COVID-19 support group created a web-based survey designed to characterise the symptom profile and time course in patients with confirmed or suspected long COVID, along with the impact on daily life, work, and return to health.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.07.2021
Ten organisations account for nearly half of all animal research in Great Britain
Understanding Animal Research (UAR), an organisation that promotes open communications about animal research, has today (15 July 2021) published a list of the ten organisations in Great Britain that carry out the highest number of animal procedures - those used in medical, veterinary, and scientific research.

Health - Music - 15.07.2021
Music Streaming Consumption Fell During COVID-19 Lockdowns
Carnegie Mellon University Researchers said countries where fewer people were commuting and traveling due to restrictions also saw video platform usage surges The COVID-19 pandemic was expected to change how people consume media. A new study analyzed online music streaming data for top songs for two years in 60 countries, as well as COVID-19 case and lockdown statistics and daily mobility data, to determine the nature of those changes.

Health - Environment - 15.07.2021
You can help identify what's killing lorikeets
You can help identify what’s killing lorikeets
Lorikeets in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland are becoming paralysed, often resulting in death. Scientists are beginning to discover why - but need your help. A new study  brings us one step closer to ensuring the health and wellbeing of wild rainbow lorikeets. Researchers from the University of Sydney identified the prevalence, distribution, and manifestation of lorikeet paralysis syndrome - a seasonal disease (October to June) that affects thousands of rainbow lorikeets each year in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Health - 15.07.2021
Far more social distancing needed to control Sydney outbreak
Far more social distancing needed to control Sydney outbreak
For Sydney to see a sufficient drop in COVID-19 case numbers after one month, social distancing must be observed by over 80 percent of people, a model published today by Professor Mikhail Prokopenko reveals.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.07.2021
Why do scientific discoveries take long to reach the general public?
Why do scientific discoveries take long to reach the general public?
SUMMER SERIES: HOW SCIENCE WORKS For scientists, the path from bright idea to finished product is a long one. Prototypes must go through an extensive testing and approval process before they are ready for the market. Let's have a look. The results of scientific research can often bring considerable societal and economic benefits.

Life Sciences - Health - 14.07.2021
Breakthrough into leading cause of blindness
A University of Manchester led team of scientists has discovered that the most common form of adult blindness is probably caused by a failure of at least one of five proteins to regulate the immune system. The breakthrough could one day herald the development of transformative treatments for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which affects 600,000 people in the UK alone.

Health - 14.07.2021
Women need individualised help with weight after endometrial cancer
Women recovering from endometrial cancer require health professionals to provide them with individualised weight management plans to assist with their recovery, a University of Queensland study has shown. UQ's Professor Monika Janda said endometrial cancer was the most common sub-type of womb cancer and survivors often had issues with obesity and weight gain before and following treatment.

Health - Life Sciences - 14.07.2021
New blood test measures immunity against SARS-CoV-2
New blood test measures immunity against SARS-CoV-2
The Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and EPFL teamed up to develop a new test that's sensitive enough to measure the amount of SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies present in the bloodstream. The scientists' discovery, published in the prestigious Science Translational Medicine , opens promising new avenues for tracking immunity acquired by infection or vaccination.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.07.2021
Personalised 3D printed knee implant could bring relief to thousands of arthritis sufferers
Personalised 3D printed knee implant could bring relief to thousands of arthritis sufferers
Pioneering 'printed metal' procedure to create bespoke treatment for early knee osteoarthritis set to be trialled in the UK following MHRA approval. Last updated on Thursday 15 July 2021 A groundbreaking new treatment that uses 3D printed implants and that could bring relief to tens of thousands of knee osteoarthritis sufferers has received approval to be trialled in UK patients, following a virtual "in-silico" trial that demonstrated its safety.

Life Sciences - Health - 14.07.2021
UCL releases animal research statistics alongside fellow top institutions
UCL is releasing its animal research statistics today in collaboration with Understanding Animal Research - a non-profit that promotes open communications about animal research. UCL and nine other institutions together conducted nearly half of all UK animal research in 2020. The statistics pertain to animal procedures used in medical, veterinary and scientific research, and are freely available on UCL's animal research website as part of our joint commitments to transparency and openness around the use of animals in research.

Health - 14.07.2021
Lateral flow tests are 95% effective at detecting Covid-19 when used at the onset of symptoms | University of Oxford
A new study by researchers at the , Queen Mary University of London, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and the Medical University of Graz, has found that lateral flow tests detect Covid-19 with similar accuracy to laboratory-based PCR tests, providing they are used at the onset of infection and soon after symptoms start.

Health - Computer Science - 14.07.2021
Support for India During COVID-19 Surge
Carnegie Mellon University Research identified tweets from Pakistan supportive of India during crisis India and Pakistan have fought four wars in the past few decades, but when India faced an oxygen shortage in its hospitals during its recent COVID-19 surge, Pakistan offered to help. On Twitter, hashtags like #IndiaNeedsOxygen and #PakistanStandsWithIndia trended.