• FEBRUARY 3, 2020
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    Blood pressure: Why averaging readings may be dangerous

    Blood pressure: Why averaging readings may be dangerous

    New research finds that large spikes in blood pressure among young adults are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in middle age. As a result, physicians may need to revisit the practice of averaging blood pressure readings to determine if medication is necessary. Dr. Yuichiro Yano, Ph.D. — an assistant professor in the

    • FEBRUARY 1, 2020
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    Coronavirus: WHO declare a public health emergency

    Coronavirus: WHO declare a public health emergency

    As the number of cases of novel coronavirus rises, the World Health Organization (WHO) take stock of the situation and declare an emergency. Cases of novel coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, first appeared in the city of Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province. Since the initial reports in December 2019, it has spread to a number of

    • JANUARY 31, 2020
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    LASSA FEVER

    LASSA FEVER

    Background Lassa fever (LF) is an acute viral illness and a viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF). The causative agent is a single-stranded RNA virus in the family Arenaviridae, the Lassa virus. This zoonotic disease is associated with high morbidity and mortality, and it has both economic and health security consequences. The illness was first reported in

    • JANUARY 31, 2020
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    What’s to know about coronaviruses?

    What’s to know about coronaviruses?

    Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. They are associated with the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and can also affect the gut. A coronavirus was first isolated in 1937 from an infectious bronchitis virus in birds that has the ability to seriously devastate poultry