Washington: Heart damage in Covid-19 patients is caused by the novel coronavirus infecting cardiac muscle cells, leading to cell death which interferes with the muscle's contraction, according to a study that may lead to the development of new drugs to treat the viral infection . While studies since the beginning of the pandemic have linked Covid-19 with heart problems such as reduced ability to pump blood, scientists, including those from the Washington University School of Medicine in the US, said it was unknown until now if these are directly caused by the virus infecting the organ, or due to inflammation elsewhere in the body. In the current research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Basic to Translational Science, they used stem cells to engineer cardiac tissue and modelled how the coronavirus infected the heart. The researchers found that viral infection not only kills heart muscle cells but destroys the muscle fibre units responsible … [Read more...] about ‘How coronavirus infection interferes with heart function decoded’
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If you’ve tried walking 10,000 steps outdoors in the blazing heat, you’ve probably asked yourself halfway through completing the distance: Is this really going to help me live longer? Or can I get away with walking a few hundred steps less to save my sanity? The answer is yes. And yes. But there’s a catch, obviously. The 10,000-steps-a-day exercise goals is a common target built into many wearable fitness trackers and smartphone apps. Companies are even organising their own step challenges. Singtel, for example, recently launched a new wellness platform with AIA called StepUp, where customers are able to redeem up to 3GB of local data based on the number of steps they take daily. The platform is part of the My Singtel app and syncs the number of steps taken to the user’s smartphone. READ: Singtel partners with AIA to launch a new wellness platform called StepUp Setting and achieving a daily goal like 10,000 steps can be a decent way to increase your activity level … [Read more...] about What exactly does a sedentary lifestyle on the couch do to your body?
For all intents and purposes, Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony was an imitation of life; stars dressed up for “red carpet” pictures from homes and hotel suites around the world, before logging onto a Zoom meeting to hear the results. Even the show’s hosts were in different cities, interacting awkwardly around broadcast delays. But after a barrage of negative attention on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the days leading up to the show, it was the imitation of sincerity in addressing the criticism that rankled most. In a half-hearted attempt to answer perhaps the biggest challenge to the HFPA’s integrity in its history — and there have been plenty — the org’s president Ali Sar, vice president Helen Hoehne and former president Meher Tatna dedicated less than a minute , in only 100 words, to their vow to do better, and in so doing, rushed through their meas culpa faster than the any of the indulgent president’s speeches of years past. Instead, the show upped the … [Read more...] about The Golden Globes Is Beyond Fixing And The HFPA’s Time Is Up – Commentary
“Within a very short time, we received 900 phone calls after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8,” Marianna Thomas, head of food and shelter for the American Red Cross in San Francisco, told me. She continued, “I’ve never seen anything like that. People want to know what they can do.” Of course, we all know that we can donate items or money, but what else can we do? This has been a very important question in the minds of those of us who have witnessed or heard about the disaster through the media during the last few days. Watching the devastating stories of this disaster elicited strong emotional reactions in all of us, such as shock, horror, grief , and the urge to help—yet without knowing how to help. Helplessness is one of the main indicators in trauma that may predict post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ), 1 a condition that can manifest after a life-threatening event, such as a natural disaster. Not only do the survivors need to feel more empowered … [Read more...] about Typhoon Haiyan: What Can We Do?
Sometimes it takes the licensing and advertising of a treatment to get patients to seek help, even for a medical problem that is often painful and psychologically devastating. Such is the case with Peyronie’s disease, a scarring and bending or curving of the penis that can make sexual intercourse difficult or impossible for both straight and gay men. It most often afflicts middle-aged men, usually the result of an injury that may not have been noticed. Injury can occur during a sports activity, accident or vigorous sex when the erect penis is bent or pounded against bone. In repairing the damage, the body creates plaques of scar tissue under the skin of the penis, causing it to bend or curve abnormally or become indented when erect. Before the end of 2014, when the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) approved an injectable drug called Xiaflex, there was no approved treatment for Peyronie’s. One off-label remedy – multiple injections into the penile plaque of the blood … [Read more...] about A new treatment for painful penis curvature, a condition that can make sex difficult
Presented by Facebook Charles Schumer Chuck Schumer A Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.) " width="580" height="387" data-delta="1" /> Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 513,091; Tuesday, 514,657; Wednesday, 516,608. The Senate will officially kick off consideration of the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as party leaders urge Senate Democrats to stick … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls