Latest News Releases 23 June
COVID-19 vaccination is not associated with an increased risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with established cardiovascular disease, according to a large study published today in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our study showed that pre-existing cardiovascular disease should not prevent people from getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said study author Dr. Esther W. Chan of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. “Vaccination is particularly important for this group since cardiovascular disease is associated with worse outcomes and a higher risk of death after COVID-19 infection.”
- Cardiovascular Research
World’s first biodiversity-adjusted sovereign credit rating warns of looming national debt crises across 26 countries. Financial markets should use scientific research to integrate nature-loss into credit risk assessments, say researchers. Omitting the risks of nature loss could undermine market stability, bankrupt governments, and severely impact households.
Contact with non-traditional pets increases the risk of exposure to zoonotic pathogens, which are pathogens that spread between animals and people. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examine the threat to pet owners and provide recommendations for prevention
- Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
The premise is simple, and it seems like common sense: If Republicans and Democrats could come together for good faith dialogue, the conversations would reduce tensions and ease the corrosive polarization that threatens U.S. democracy. But a new study co-authored by UC Berkeley political scientist David Broockman and Stanford social psychologist Erik Santoro found that brief, cross-partisan conversations about sensitive political topics have scant power to narrow divisions. Conversation about neutral topics can create some goodwill, the authors found, but even there, the effect doesn’t last.
- Science Advances
New drugs and technologies covered by insurance plans can be much more profitable than those not covered, which may lead to bias in cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) funded by pharmaceutical or other medical industry firms. The research team gleaned its data by analysing the results of more than 8,000 CEAs published between 1976 and March 2021. Nearly 30 per cent of these CEAs were sponsored by industry.
- The BMJ
Infertility and pregnancy loss are associated with an increased risk of non-fatal and fatal stroke in later life, finds an analysis of observational studies, published in The BMJ.
- The BMJ
The largest study to date of long COVID symptoms in children aged 0-14 years confirms that children who have received a COVID-19 diagnosis can experience symptoms of long COVID lasting at least two months. The study, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, used national level sampling of children in Denmark and matched COVID-19 positive cases with a control group of children with no prior history of a COVID-19 infection.
- The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
- A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation
Babies fed taster portions of the new Nordic diet of fruit, berries, roots, and vegetables, as well as breast or formula milk, from the age of 4-6 months of age, were eating almost double the number of vegetables (46% more), than those fed a conventional diet, by 18 months of age.
- 54th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN)
TU Delft scientists provide insight into the limitations of super-resolution microscopy and offer a new calculation method to determine maximum resolution. The major precision improvements previously made by fellow-researchers is nuanced by their publication. The technology is important for studying processes in the living cell, discovering the origin of diseases and developing new medicines. In addition, their publication nuances major precision improvements previously claimed by fellow researchers. Their findings were published in Biophysical Journal.
- Biophysical Journal
A one-of-a-kind interactive tool that catalogs all human studies on EPA and DHA omega-3s was introduced recently by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED), an industry trade organization. The Clinical Study Database (CSD) is a comprehensive searchable database that allows users to understand the body of evidence supporting the benefits of omega-3s and can be filtered by outcome, population demographics, study size or dosage.
- Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
Six months ago, University of Maryland School of Medicine surgeon-scientists successfully implanted a genetically modified pig heart into a 57 year-old patient with terminal heart disease in a first-of-its-kind surgery. It was considered an early success because the patient lived for two months with a strong functioning heart showing no obvious signs of rejection, according to a new paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
- New England Journal of Medicine