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Study shows sinusitis may raise risk of rheumatic disease by 40%

Study shows sinusitis may raise risk of rheumatic disease by 40%

People suffering from the common inflammatory condition sinusitis may be at 40 per cent risk of developing a subsequent diagnosis of rheumatic disease, particularly in the five to 10 years preceding the start of symptoms, finds a research. Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the lining of the sinuses, the small, air-filled cavities behind the cheekbones and forehead.

Vaping can make you more prone to Covid infection: Study

Vaping can make you more prone to Covid infection: Study

While tobacco smokers are known to have worse Covid-19 outcomes, a new study showed that vapers are more susceptible to infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The electronic cigarettes typically contain an e-liquid, made up of nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavour chemicals.

Inflammatory protein potential key to treating severe asthma: Study

Inflammatory protein potential key to treating severe asthma: Study

 Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in treating severe cases of asthma. In a study published on Monday, researchers found that beta common cytokines, a family of proinflammatory molecules, control inflammation and scarring of the airways in severe and steroid-resistant asthma cases.

Over 45.8 mn children to receive polio vaccination in Pakistan: Health Ministry

Over 45.8 mn children to receive polio vaccination in Pakistan: Health Ministry

A week-long countrywide polio vaccination campaign is going to start in Pakistan from Monday, in which more than 45.8 million children under five years of age will be vaccinated, the Pakistani Health Ministry said. The second campaign of the year will be held across the country from Feb. 26 to March 3, and in 33 districts of the country's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province from March 2 to 6.

Onset of Covid pandemic soared antidepressant use in young girls: Study

Onset of Covid pandemic soared antidepressant use in young girls: Study

Antidepressant use rose sharply in adolescents and young adults, particularly among girls, after the Covid-19 pandemic began, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, showed the rate of antidepressant use rose nearly 64 per cent faster after March 2020 in young people aged 12 to 25. “Antidepressant dispensing to adolescents and young adults was already high and rising before March 2020. Our findings suggest these trends accelerated during the pandemic,” said lead author Kao Ping Chua, a paediatrician and researcher at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in the US.

Asthma drug may help fight dangerous food allergy in kids: Study

Asthma drug may help fight dangerous food allergy in kids: Study

US researchers have found a drug that is commonly used to treat asthma patients and can also help children with food allergies. According to a new study led by scientists at the Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University, regular use of omalizumab can protect people from severe allergic responses, such as difficulty breathing, if they accidentally eat a small amount of a food they are allergic to.

Gut microbes may be behind high blood clot risk in some Covid patients

Gut microbes may be behind high blood clot risk in some Covid patients

Some Covid-19 patients suffer high blood clot risk. Turns out, gut microbes are the culprit, according to a study. A gut microbial metabolite called 2-methylbutyrylcarnitine (2MBC) plays a role in exacerbating thrombosis -- the formation of blood clots, Chinese researchers report.

72 killed in Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria

72 killed in Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria

At least 72 fatal cases of Lassa fever have been reported in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, since the beginning of this year, public health authorities said on Thursday. The 72 deaths were among a total of 411 cases confirmed so far from the outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic fever recorded across 21 states since January, citing the latest report of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC).

Studies show no safe air quality threshold exists for heart & lung health

Studies show no safe air quality threshold exists for heart & lung health

Short and long term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution is linked to an increased risk of hospital admission for major heart and lung diseases, find two large US studies, published by The BMJ on Thursday. Together, the results suggest that no safe threshold exists for heart and lung health, said the team of researchers from Harvard T.H Chan School of Medicine, US.

Robotic surgery devices market to hit $10 bn in 2024: Report

Robotic surgery devices market to hit $10 bn in 2024: Report

Robotic surgery and devices is expected to experience unprecedented growth in 2024, driven by a surge in demand for minimally invasive procedures and advancements in robotic technologies, according to a report on Thursday. The global market for robotic surgical systems and accessories is projected to hit $10 billion by the end of 2024, with an anticipated surge to $15.8 billion by 2030, said the report by GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

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