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As COVID-19 rages, WHO calls for more efforts to prevent TB

By |2020-03-28T13:31:29+00:00March 28th, 2020|

With nations around the world confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) reminded people today that another respiratory illness—tuberculosis (TB)—remains the world’s leading infectious disease killer and urged more action to prevent the disease. In a statement marking World TB Day, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need to [...]

ECDC warns of overwhelmed hospitals, Italy-type COVID-19 pattern

By |2020-03-28T13:31:28+00:00March 28th, 2020|

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today warned in its latest COVID-19 risk assessment that cases are rapidly increasing in all of Europe, following rises that look similar to those of China’s Hubei province and Italy and that the risk of overwhelmed health systems is high. The report comes as cases in [...]

Multinational ICU study finds high rate of infection, antibiotic use

By |2020-03-28T13:31:14+00:00March 28th, 2020|

A large one-day sampling of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide has found a high prevalence of suspected or proven infections, with a substantial risk of in-hospital mortality for infected patients. The results of the multinational point-prevalence study, published yesterday in JAMA, found that, over a 24-hour period, 54% of ICU patients in 88 countries had a [...]

Early life exposure to air pollution and incidence of childhood asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema

By |2020-03-23T11:25:03+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

Abstract Rationale There is growing evidence that air pollution may contribute to the development of childhood asthma and other allergic diseases. In this follow-up of the Toronto Child Health Evaluation Questionnaire (T-CHEQ) study, we examined associations between early life exposures to air pollution and incidence of asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema from birth through adolescence. [...]

Human transport of thirdhand tobacco smoke: A prominent source of hazardous air pollutants into indoor nonsmoking environments

By |2020-03-23T11:24:58+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

Abstract The contamination of indoor nonsmoking environments with thirdhand smoke (THS) is an important, poorly understood public health concern. Real-time THS off-gassing from smokers into a nonsmoking movie theater was observed with online and offline high-resolution mass spectrometry. Prominent emission events of THS tracers (e.g., 2,5-dimethylfuran, 2-methylfuran, and acetonitrile) and other tobacco-related volatile organic compounds [...]

Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing

By |2020-03-22T11:11:23+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Taiwan is 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to have the second highest number of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to its proximity to and number of flights between China.1 The country has 23 million citizens of which 850 000 reside in and 404 000 work in China.2,3 In 2019, 2.71 million [...]

Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors

By |2020-03-22T11:11:22+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

The new coronavirus is not an equal-opportuhttps://www.statnews.com/2020/03/03/who-is-getting-sick-and-how-sick-a-breakdown-of-coronavirus-risk-by-demographic-factors/nity killer: Being elderly and having other illnesses, for instance, greatly increases the risk of dying from the disease the virus causes, Covid-19. It’s also possible being male could put you at increased risk. For both medical and public health reasons, researchers want to figure out who’s most at risk of [...]

US COVID-19 cases top 400, including first in DC

By |2020-03-22T11:11:04+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

As testing capacity ramps up in the United States, at least eight more states—plus Washington, DC—reported their first COVID-19 cases, and affected states reported more infections, raising the nation’s overall total to at least 417, according to online tracking sources. In other developments, federal health officials said yesterday that 21 of the initial 46 people [...]

China now has to fight coronavirus AND bird flu: ‘Highly pathogenic’ avian influenza hits two Chinese provinces near Hubei

By |2020-03-22T11:10:58+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Some 1,840 fowl were killed by the H5N6 virus in Sichuan, China said yesterday 4,500 chickens had died of the H5N1 bug in Hunan, officials reported on Feb. 1 Four cases of bird flu outbreaks were also recorded in Xinjiang in January alone The news comes as Beijing drains all its medical resources to fight coronavirus [...]