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Biggest benefits of gastric bypass linked to special diet, not surgery

Biggest benefits of gastric bypass linked to special diet, not surgery

It may be the special diet adopted by gastric bypass patients, not the surgery itself, that results in many of the biggest benefits associated with the weight loss procedure, according to a new study. The findings come from Lund University, where one of the study's lead authors Nils Wierup explained, "What we previously thought was an effect of the operation is actually due to the diet."

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COVID-19 symptoms timeline details the order to watch out for

COVID-19 symptoms timeline details the order to watch out for

New research pinning down the likely order in which COVID-19 symptoms appear could help identify potential new cases faster, scientists claim, particularly in situations where people are uncertain whether they are in fact infected. Effective triaging of new coronavirus cases has proved difficult during the growing pandemic, in part because many people infected with COVID-19 show only mild symptoms or no symptoms whatsoever.

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Common seafood meals contain surprising amounts of microplastics

Common seafood meals contain surprising amounts of microplastics

When it comes to seafood, the biggest concern on most people's minds is the mercury risk, something that's relatively easy to avoid by making certain dietary choices. A new growing concern is much harder to deal with, however, and its potential health consequences are still largely unknown: microscopic bits of plastics that are embedded in the flesh of sea critters. A new study has found that some commonly eaten seafood contains more microplastics than others.

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WHO: COVID-19 control possible with consistency and vigilance

WHO: COVID-19 control possible with consistency and vigilance

Today the World Health Organization spoke on humanity's current handling of global pandemic with COVID-19 here in August of 2020. Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead, COVID-19, WHO Health Emergencies Program spoke in response to a question of numbers - how it may appear that we've flattened the curve, and how some countries appear to be doing quite well with COVID-19 suppression.

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WHO: COVID-19 has “a long way to burn, if we allow it”

WHO: COVID-19 has “a long way to burn, if we allow it”

This morning the World Health Organization held a press conference in which they outlined the importance of vigilance in the fight against COVID-19. Speaking on the current state of the global pandemic, with regard to containment and advancements in vaccinations, Dr. Michael Joseph Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization's Health Emergencies Program, suggested that the disease has a lot of potential to become a lot worse, IF we allow it.

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Risky and useless DIY face masks: The studies you need to know about

Risky and useless DIY face masks: The studies you need to know about

Controversy and misinformation aside, it is clear at this point that face masks are a vital step toward reducing the community spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The disease remains widespread in the United States and select other countries, ones where many people are turning to reusable and homemade face masks as an alternative to more expensive and harder to find disposable medical masks.

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WHO says Rwanda and NZ are fighting COVID-19 the right way [UPDATE]

WHO says Rwanda and NZ are fighting COVID-19 the right way [UPDATE]

This week remarks from the World Health Organization (WHO) pointed to two "essential elements" in fighting COVID-19 effectively. "Leaders must step up to take action and citizens need to embrace new measures." The WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's remarks this week pointed to a pair of regions where progress has been made both efficiently and effectively: Rwanda and New Zealand.

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Russia’s claim of world’s first coronavirus vaccine raises alarms

Russia’s claim of world’s first coronavirus vaccine raises alarms

The world has more or less gotten used to the fact of the COVID-19 coronavirus plaguing almost all countries even as some of those continue to struggle to keep their infection numbers and, worse, death tolls in check. What was previously a race to bring order to a suddenly chaotic world has now become a race to find a cure or, at the very least, a vaccine to prevent infection in the first place. Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly claimed the crown in that race, raising not just doubts but also deep concerns over releasing a vaccine that has not undergone proper and massive testing.

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Study finds controversial MSG makes food healthier and tastier

Study finds controversial MSG makes food healthier and tastier

Monosodium glutamate, a food additive most commonly known as MSG, has been a controversial ingredient for decades, with some claiming an allergy to it that results in headaches or other issues -- something that may be, in fact, simply a sensitivity to the additive when consumed in high doses. Regardless, the ingredient is still commonly used in many food products and that may be a good thing, according to a new study.

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Study warns these common COVID-19 face masks aren’t helping

Study warns these common COVID-19 face masks aren’t helping

A new study warns that one of the go-to types of face covering for those complying with mask-wearing rules may not, in fact, be sufficient to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infected droplets. Masks have become a contentious fact of life in recent months, as public health authorities increasingly mandate their wearing in an attempt to cut down on community spread of the coronavirus.

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Depression during pregnancy rewires child’s brain for emotional issues

Depression during pregnancy rewires child’s brain for emotional issues

A large body of research links prenatal depression -- that is, a mother who is depressed while pregnant -- and increased risks of developmental and behavioral issues in the offspring. Though the link has been established, the reasons for it have remained a mystery. A new study from the Society for Neuroscience has changed that, finding distinct brain changes in children born to depressed mothers.

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CDC has big plans for grapefruit ingredient that repels bloodthirsty bugs

CDC has big plans for grapefruit ingredient that repels bloodthirsty bugs

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the discovery of a chemical found in grapefruit peels that can effectively repel bloodthirsty insects like ticks and mosquitos. The agency has big plans for this compound, which it has registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for use in insect repellants and insecticides. What's so special about this chemical? It works differently from existing insecticides, effectively killing pests that bite and, as a result, reducing the presence of bloodborne diseases like Lyme disease.

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