New study confirms that COVID-19 vaccines can temporarily affect menstruation

New study confirms that COVID-19 vaccines can temporarily affect menstruation

The study, published in the medical journal BMJ, looked at nearly 20,000 women around the world who self-reported their menstrual cycle through Natural Cycles, an FDA-cleared birth control app. Study participants who were vaccinated reported, on average, a nearly one-day day increase in the length of their menstrual cycle length after receiving their first COVID … Read more

Some pre-existing conditions matter a lot more when assessing COVID-19 outcomes

Some pre-existing conditions matter a lot more when assessing COVID-19 outcomes

A new paper in Biology Methods & Protocols, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that some pre-existing conditions-;including degenerative neurological diseases, dementia, and severe disabilities-;matter a lot more than once thought when assessing who is at risk for death due to COVID-19. COVID-19 has changed lives dramatically. In the United States, the disease may result … Read more

IVF using frozen embryos may be linked with higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy

IVF using frozen embryos may be linked with higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy

In vitro fertilization (IVF) using frozen embryos may be associated with a 74% higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. In comparison, the study found that pregnancies from fresh embryo transfers – transferring the fertilized egg immediately after in vitro fertilization (IVF) … Read more

New study shows reusable contact lenses could cause blindness

New study shows reusable contact lenses could cause blindness

Don’t be blind to the risks of contacts! Wearing reusable contact lenses could lead to a rare infection that causes sight loss, according to eye-opening new research. People who wear multi-use lenses are nearly four times more likely to develop a corneal infection that causes blindness than people who use disposables, according to research published … Read more

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep supports immune function, study shows

Getting a consistent good night's sleep supports immune function, study shows

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep supports normal production and programming of hematopoietic stem cells, a building block of the body’s innate immune system, according to a small National Institutes of Health-supported study in humans and mice. Sleep has long been linked to immune function, but researchers discovered that getting enough of it influenced the … Read more

Study reveals who is at higher risk for AFib

Study reveals who is at higher risk for AFib

New research has found women are at a shockingly higher risk for developing atrial fibrillation than men are — flipping conventional beliefs that males were more susceptible. Researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai are reporting in the journal JAMA Cardiology that women, when height is accounted for, have a 50% higher risk of … Read more

Ivermectin among generic drugs that failed to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization, large study shows

Ivermectin among generic drugs that failed to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization, large study shows

A new study found three generic drugs — fluvoxamine, which is often prescribed to treat depression, the controversial antimalarial ivermectin, and the diabetes pill metformin — failed to prevent the kind of severe COVID-19 that leads to an emergency-room visit or hospitalization. The research, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined whether … Read more

COVID can impair brain function, large study suggests – POLITICO

COVID can impair brain function, large study suggests – POLITICO

Patients recovering from coronavirus infection suffer from increased rates of neurological and psychological problems, according to a wide-ranging observational study published Thursday. Researchers from Oxford University combed through more than a million patient files and discovered that, two years after infection, patients who had recovered from COVID-19 were at a higher risk of psychosis, dementia … Read more

Why Michigan experts say monkeypox is next pandemic, but not next COVID

Why Michigan experts say monkeypox is next pandemic, but not next COVID

ANN ARBOR – As cases of monkeypox continue to grow worldwide, the United States recently declared a national public health emergency amid the outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 31,800 cases around the world as of Aug. 9. Nearly 99% of those cases were found in countries that had … Read more

Scientists Discover Miracle Molecules That Reverse Aging

Researchers in Israel say they identified a group of molecules that repair damaged cells that break down over time. From that discovery, they developed a drug that protects human cells from damage so that human tissues can remain functional longer. The same compound can potentially reverse and prevent age-related diseases, offering the potential of a … Read more