Obesity implies risk of COVID-19 regardless of age, sex, ethnicity and health condition

The probability that an obese person will develop severe COVID-19 is high regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, and the presence of co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or lung disease, according to a study by Brazilian researchers published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. The systematic review […]

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Sept. 13-Oct. 25

The 124th American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and OTO Experience The annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is being held virtually this year from Sep. 13 to Oct. 25 and has attracted participants from around the world, including otolaryngologists, medical […]

Restricting supermarket promotions of high-sugar food and drinks reduces sales without reducing store profits

Restricting the promotion and merchandising of unhealthy foods and beverages leads to a reduction in their sales, presenting an opportunity to improve people’s diets, according to a randomised controlled trial of 20 stores in remote regions of Australia published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. Merchandising in food retail outlets, […]

Previous infection with other types of coronaviruses may lessen severity of COVID-19

Being previously infected with coronaviruses that cause the ‘common cold’ may decrease the severity of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections, according to results of a new study. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, the study also demonstrates that the immunity built […]

Study offers global review of impact of COVID-19 on cancer treatment and research

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of cancer care and research- from introducing new risks for cancer patients to disrupting the delivery of cancer treatment and the continuity of cancer research, a review of scientific literature shows. The report, by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and other institutions, […]