Research

How does molnupiravir work?

Molnupiravir, a broad-spectrum antiviral, has been approved in the U.K. for the treatment of COVID-19.  How does molnupiravir work, how was it developed, and what are the potential side effects?   What is molnupiravir?  Since the onset of the global pandemic, a lot of research has been done in the field of finding new treatments and prevention […]

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Link between COVID-19 and hearing loss

A recently published study has discovered that COVID-19 may infect the inner ear. The study provides a promising explanation for why some COVID-19 patients have hearing loss post-infection.  SARS-CoV-2 may target the cochlea The study, published in Nature’s Communications Medicine journal, studied why some people experience hearing loss, ringing of the ears – or “tinnitus”, […]

Diabetes Research

Standing is associated with insulin sensitivity in sedentary adults

A Finnish collaborative study investigates the association between standing and insulin sensitivity in adults with metabolic syndrome and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It controls blood glucose levels and energy metabolism. Normal insulin function may be affected by several factors, such as genetics, sedentary […]

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Obesity and risk of ICU admission with COVID-19

The coronavirus disease began to spread around the world in 2019. COVID-19 is caused by a SARS-CoV-2 infection that affects the respiratory system.1 COVID-19 can cause asymptomatic or severe pneumonia, acute respiratory injury, or acute respiratory distress syndrome. These diseases caused 20% of COVID-19 patients to be hospitalized and under intensive care.1 The World Health […]

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Video game with biofeedback for emotional regulation

Emotional dysregulation can be defined as the limited ability to initiate and regulate one’s emotional reaction and response in a manner that is consistent with the situation. It has also been noted that emotional dysregulation is a common feature of several different health and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and oppositional defiant […]

Diabetes Mental Health Research

Insulin resistance and depression are linked, according to study

A recent study by Stanford University suggests that being insulin resistant may contribute to the development of major depressive disorders.1 This link between insulin resistance and depression may lead to the development of more effective treatment and prevention options for those with depressive disorder.  Depressive disorders are the number-one cause of disability.2 People who develop […]

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Blood clots have been identified in Long COVID patients

A recent study is the first to reveal that COVID-19 can leave micro clots post-infection. These blood clots may contribute to persistent COVID-related symptoms post-infection including fatigue and muscle weakness, also termed Long COVID.  What is “Long COVID”?  The research group led by Professor Resia Pretorius at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, set out to […]

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Is there a link between SARS-CoV-2 and Guillain-Barre syndrome?

A new research study, published in the journal Brain, explores the occasional link between SARS-CoV-2 and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Following SARS-COV-2 infection, doctors have reported over 90 cases of patients with central and peripheral neurological disorders, including Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). GBS is a rare autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the nerves, causing muscle weakness […]

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New measurement to predict fetal weight

Measuring the weight of the fetus is an important part of keeping both mother and baby safe, since a clinically high birth weight is a risk factor for pregnancy-related complications. A recent study investigated 3D limb volume together with abdominal circumference to create a measurement that would be able to predict fetal weight. According to […]