Schizophrenia is 2nd highest risk factor for dying of COVID-19, after age

Schizophrenia may be one of the highest risk factors for dying from COVID-19, second only to age, according to a new study.  Previous studies had found that people with mental illnesses, particularly depression and schizophrenia — a condition that causes distortions in thinking and perception — had a higher risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, […]

Geisinger research identifies genetic risk factor for stroke

DANVILLE, Pa. – A team of Geisinger researchers has identified a common genetic variant as a risk factor for stroke, especially in patients older than 65. Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) causes about a quarter of ischemic strokes worldwide and is the most common cause of vascular dementia. SVD can manifest as lesions on […]

Frailty is a factor in higher mortality for women awaiting liver transplants

Women awaiting liver transplants in the United States are known to be about one-third more likely than men to become too ill to undergo surgery or die before receiving a liver. Now a study headed by UC San Francisco and Columbia University highlights the role that frailty plays in this gender gap. The study followed […]

Large tides may have been a key factor in the evolution of bony fish and tetrapods

Credit: The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago Pioneering research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, into ancient tides during the Late Silurian—Devonian periods (420 million years ago—380 million years ago), suggests that large tides may have been a key environmental factor in the evolution of bony fish and early tetrapods, the first […]

Bacterial metabolism of dietary soy may lower risk factor for dementia — ScienceDaily

A metabolite produced following consumption of dietary soy may decrease a key risk factor for dementia — with the help of the right bacteria, according to a new discovery led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Their study, published today in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & […]

Effective ventilation may be a key factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19

IMAGE: During the first wave of COVID-19, which paralyzed the world in spring, it was initially thought that effective hand washing and 2-meter social distancing would help prevent the highly contagious… view more  Credit: TalTech During the first wave of COVID-19, which paralyzed the world in spring, it was initially thought that effective hand washing and […]