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, […]

World’s ageing big dams pose ’emerging risk’: UN

Most of the world’s nearly 59,000 big dams—constructed between 1930 and 1970—were designed to last 50 to 100 years By 2050, more than half the global population will live downstream from tens of thousands of large dams near or past their intended lifespan, according to a UN report released Friday. Most of the world’s nearly […]

Advances in modeling and sensors can help farmers and insurers manage risk

A trial of drought-tolerant beans in 2016 in Malawi, during one of the worst droughts to hit the nation in three decades. Credit: Neil Palmer/International Center for Tropical Agriculture When drought caused devastating crop losses in Malawi in 2015-2016, farmers in the southeastern African nation did not initially fear for the worst: the government had […]

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 […]

Free online tool calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission in poorly-ventilated spaces

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID The vital role of ventilation in the spread of COVID-19 has been quantified by researchers, who have found that in […]

New tools will help ecologists predict when species may be at risk — ScienceDaily

More than 3,000 animal species in the world today are considered endangered, with hundreds more categorized as vulnerable. Currently, ecologists don’t have reliable tools to predict when a species may become at risk. A new paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, “Management implications of long transients in ecological systems,” focuses on the transient nature […]

Rapid blood test identifies COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease

IMAGE: A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that measuring mitochondrial DNA in the blood of patients with COVID-19 can help predict which patients are… view more  Credit: WANDY BEATTY One of the most vexing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is doctors’ inability to predict which newly hospitalized patients will […]

Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in patients with schizophrenia — ScienceDaily

A new study conducted at the University of Turku, Finland, shows that patients with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder have an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease later in life. The increased risk may be due to alterations in the brain’s dopamine system caused by dopamine receptor antagonists or neurobiological effects of schizophrenia. The record-based case-control study […]