Cardio COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Lockdown and Weight Changes

2022 21 Jun

It has been speculated that the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and shutdown of public places may have resulted in weight gain and increased rates of obesity. A recent survey reported that 60% of adults had gained a mean of 5.6 kg in body weight. However, another meta-analysis suggested much smaller gains at about 1.57 kg. The findings are hence quite... Read more

Mental Health and Policy Stringency During COVID-19

2022 03 May

According to two new studies that have reviewed data from 15 countries, pandemic policy measures aimed at controlling rather than eliminating COVID-19 are associated with worse mental health and lower life evaluations. Findings are published in The Lancet.  Study results show that countries that aimed to eliminate community transmission within... Read more

Hospitalised COVID-19 Patients More Likely to Die Than Those With Influenza

2022 27 Apr

Adults (aged 18 or older) hospitalised with COVID-19 are at higher risk of complications and death than those with influenza, despite being younger and having fewer chronic illnesses, according to a retrospective cohort study conducted at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona. The findings, presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology... Read more

Money Talks, Djokovic Walks?

2022 05 Jan

STORY UPDATE: Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to Australia after an extraordinary mix-up with his visa application. It seems his team requested a sub-class of visa that does not apply to those with a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. This news comes in the midst of a furious backlash from tennis fans around the world who are angry... Read more

BREAKING NEWS: COVID-19 Pill Receives First Authorisation in the World

2021 04 Nov

U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has authorised the first oral antiviral medicine for treating mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults with a positive COVID-19 infection and at least one risk factor for developing severe illness.    Molnupiravir will be the first oral medicine authorised for COVID-19. This is a major achievement... Read more

HealthManagement.org: Call for Journal Submissions

2021 24 Oct

HealthManagement.org is a leading publication in healthcare management and leadership. We feature articles on imaging, cardiology, critical care, hospital management and HealthIT.    We welcome papers addressing topics related to COVID-19, diagnostic imaging, radiology, cardiovascular disease, cardiac imaging, critical care, hospital management and... Read more

The COVID-19 Lockdown - A Live Experiment Revealing Gender Differences

2021 29 Sep

New research shows men and women demonstrated typical and cliché-sounding behavioural patterns during the COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020. The findings are published in Scientific Reports and are based on mobile phone data from 1.2 million Austrians.  Among some of the typical and expected behavioural patterns, the researchers observed that women... Read more

#ESCCongress 2021 Begins Soon!

2021 26 Aug

The ESC Congress 2021, the world’s largest cardiovascular event, begins soon. Get ready for the hottest new science in cardiology from August 27-30.    During the scientific meeting, all areas of cardiovascular disease will be covered across 15 channels. The spotlight this year will be on Sudden Cardiac Death. In addition, the congress will feature... Read more

Effect of COVID-19 Vaccine Against Delta Variant

2021 27 Jul

The Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has contributed to a significant surge in cases around the globe, including India and the U.K. While more and more people continue to get vaccinated worldwide, the effectiveness of these vaccines against the delta variant remains unclear.   In this study, researchers use a negative-case... Read more

Statins May Reduce COVID-19 Severity

2021 20 Jul

Findings from a new study published in PLOS ONE show that patients taking statins had a 41% lower risk of in-hospital death from COVID-19.  Statins are used to reduce blood cholesterol levels by blocking liver enzymes responsible for making cholesterol. This category of drugs is widely prescribed worldwide. According to the CDC, 93% of patients who... Read more

Effect of COVID-19 on Life Expectancy

2021 27 Jun

According to latest findings, decreases in life expectancy during 2020 were much larger in the United States than in other high income countries, particularly among Hispanic and Black Americans.  The findings show that between 2018 and 2020, life expectancy in the U.S. decreased by almost two years - 8.5 times the average decrease in 16 other comparable... Read more

So You Think You Got Microchipped? Prove It!

2021 08 Jun

  People around the world are getting the COVID-19 vaccine. There are four main options out there for those who want to be vaccinated - the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, the on-and-off Astra Zeneca vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   While most people are optimistic that mass vaccination will help the world... Read more

The Dilemma of Using Location-Based Terms for COVID-19 Variants

2021 01 Jun

With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in India, talks of the “Indian variant” have been circulating over social media. However, this has offended the Indian government who is demanding that references to the Indian variant in media should be removed as it hurts the country’s image and is also not scientifically accurate.   While media has not complied... Read more

Why Do We Keep Ignoring the World’s Leading Killer?

2021 01 Jun

High blood pressure is the world’s leading killer. It will kill more people than COVID-19, and, in usual circumstances, more than all infectious diseases combined. However, very little coverage or importance is given to this deadly condition, even though high blood pressure is a preventable risk factor. It can be prevented by reducing dietary sodium.... Read more

From an Epidemic of Fear to an Epidemic of Explanations

2021 21 May

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have moved through different phases as they battle this crisis. In the beginning, there was an epidemic of fear. People were worried and scared about this unknown virus and its incredibly high level of contagiousness. After that, when governments imposed lockdowns and restrictions, this fear quickly switched to... Read more

Needles or Fangs? COVID-19 Vaccine at Dracula’s Castle

2021 11 May

A COVID-19 vaccine centre has been set up at Dracula's castle in Transylvania. Healthcare professionals with fang stickers on their scrubs are providing Pfizer shots to everyone who visits Bran Castle in central Romania. The goal of operating a vaccination clinic on this site is to encourage Romanians to get the vaccine.    Compared to global numbers,... Read more

Verdict: NSAIDS Do NOT Worsen COVID-19 Outcomes

2021 11 May

The verdict is in. Findings from the ISARIC CCP-UK (International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium Clinical Characterisation Protocol United Kingdom) study, the largest of its kind, show that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, do not result in higher rates of death or disease severity in patients... Read more

High Vaccination Rate Key to Controlling the Pandemic

2021 04 May

New research shows the importance of a high rate of vaccination for reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Data scientists from Mayo Clinic have developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases.  As per the findings of a study published n  Mayo Clinic Proceedings, vaccination can help keep positive... Read more

Risk Factors for COVID-19: Type II Diabetes, High BMI

2021 06 Apr

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, researchers have found associations between certain lifestyle factors and a person's risk of getting infected. While it has already been established that those with Type II diabetes and a high body mass index (BMI) are at greater risk of experiencing hospitalisations and other severe complications related to COVID-19,... Read more

Texas Ends COVID-19 Lockdown

2021 04 Mar

Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, celebrated Texas Independence Day on March 2 by announcing the end of COVID-19 lockdown. The Governor has officially declared that statewide COVID-19 restrictions will end in Texas effective March 10 . All businesses - restaurants, cinemas, bars, bowling alleys, etc., will no longer have to follow occupancy limits... Read more